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Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Senior

Academics: Being a Mechanical Engineering student it is frustrating in that there is no way to shorten the program if you come in with extra credit from high school. Also the overwhelming majority of the courses are focused on research and pure academics, with very little emphasis on real world applications.

3 College Senior

Academics: There are plenty of places to study on campus. Besides the library, student union, or the All Knight study locations there are study tables spread throughout most buildings on campus. The registration process is pretty straightforward, the hard part is figuring out what class you need to sign up for.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My major is Forensic Science at UCF and it is a very intensive major. If one wants to succeed in the program, one must put in a lot of time and effort into studying and really staying on top of academics. But, the good part is, that if you stick with the program you can create a bond with your professors and peers and create great job/internship opportunities for yourself.

5 College Freshman

Academics: UCF has a very diverse range of things for one to do. There are over 40 different majors and we have 12 different colleges within the school.

4 College Junior

Academics: Overall, the curriculum, the facilities and the aspects of my major are fine. I have a workable schedule, but I wish my classes would be earlier in the day.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 59th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 65th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 95th
    Best Course Variety
  • 235th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nathalie Desdunes
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major
Marketing
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UCF seems to offer a good learning environment for students. Many professors are passionate and genuinely interested in their students learning. Like anywhere else, you have your bad seeds thrown into the mix. Most teachers will assist you anyway that they can, and they're there to work with you and your needs.

Students seem to be torn down the middle whether they find classes boring or interesting, with upper-level classes receiving better reviews. I would advise asking around to see what professors are well-liked and which classes are most interesting. Students are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to recommending professors and courses. Be sure to listen when they give you their two cents.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
32:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,158
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
685
Total FT Faculty
1,406
Faculty with Terminal Degree
79%
Average Faculty Salary
$75,289
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
72%
Transfer-Out Rate
8%
Graduation Rate
65%
Programs/Majors Offered
118
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 26%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 49%
  • 50 or More Students: 25%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Burnett Honors College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Health and Public Affairs
  • Rosen School of Hospitality Management
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 2%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Bookstore CafĂ©
  • Library
  • Student Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't get lost in the shuffle; introduce yourself to all of your professors. It's helpful if they recognize you and know that you are serious about your studies.
  • Go to class, even if there is no attendance policy (at least once a week).
  • Rent study rooms at the library when studying with classmates.
Did You Know?
  • UCF is one of the fastest growing metropolitan research universities in the country.
  • UCF's first session of classes had an orginal enrollment of 1,948 students.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 61 responses

  • 24% Al Weiss - president, Walt Disney World Resorts
  • 12% D. Lee Constantine - Florida state senator
  • 11% Michelle Akers - Olympic gold medalist, soccer
  • 9% Richard Crotty - former mayor, Orange County, Fla.
  • 6% Eduardo Sanchez - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 6% Daniel Myrick - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 5% Michael Monello - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 5% Robin Cowie - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 4% Robert Damron - winner, 2001 PGA Tour Byron Nelson Classic
  • 3% Roger Pynn - partner, Curley & Pynn Public Relations
  • 3% Gregg Hale - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 1% Mary Collier - president of Collier Jaguar
  • 1% Daniel Tosh
  • 1% Blake Bortles
  • 1% Daniel Tosh from Tosh.0
  • 1% Daniel Tosh - Comedian
  • 1% Daniel tosh-Comedian
  • 1% Daniel Tosh- stand up comedian
  • 1% Daniel Tosh
  • 1% Daniel Tosh - Tosh.0

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 915 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 917 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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