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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are there to help you, I haven't come across a bad professor yet! The registration process is quick and the work load isn't too difficult, as long as you practice good time management. There are a ton of study and help opportunities on campus!

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The quality of the academics really depends on the professor you have, what course you take and how big your class is. In my smaller classes students tend to be more engaged and motivated as opposed to large lectures where half the students do not show up and the other half doesn't pay attention. It is possible to do well in your classes as UCF offers a lot of resources. We have the writing centre, tutors and office hours where professors will meet with you one and one. A lot of the academics are what you make of them. It depends on how much time and effort you are willing to put into your classes.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The major is a great and easy one, but some of the instructors are not compassionate about the workload.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I really love our academics here at UCF. The classrooms are huge, which actually turned out to fit my needs.

3 College Senior

Academics: To be an early childhood education major, you really have to be willing to put up with a lot of inconveniences. However, in my opinion, it is worth it. Meet with your advisor. You have to, it is a requirement, don't plan your schedule yourself or it is likely you'll be taking an extra semester. The coordinators want everything to be taken in a specific order and they aren't very lenient. The information on the major and requirements is all over the place, so don't expect to find everything you need. Attendance is mandatory. Never forget to submit your stuff to livetext or you fail. Check webcourses and your email everyday, because sometimes you will get random notifications about something happening that night in class. Your first internship (seminar) is longer than elementary education's, and almost everything elementary education does is different than what we do (SO DON"T LISTEN TO THEM WHEN THEY TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG OR YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ELSE).

On the flip side to all of the things listed above, the professors are amazing people who really know their subject and love it. If you love children and you want to be around others that truly love children, it is definitely a great experience. It is definitely a stepping stone for becoming a children's advocate.

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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
117
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
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 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 133 responses

  • 22% Al Weiss - president, Walt Disney World Resorts
  • 11% Michelle Akers - Olympic gold medalist, soccer
  • 10% D. Lee Constantine - Florida state senator
  • 7% Richard Crotty - former mayor, Orange County, Fla.
  • 6% Daniel Myrick - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 5% Eduardo Sanchez - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 4% Robert Damron - winner, 2001 PGA Tour Byron Nelson Classic
  • 4% Michael Monello - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 4% Robin Cowie - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 4% Gregg Hale - co-creator, "The Blair Witch Project"
  • 2% Mary Collier - president of Collier Jaguar
  • 2% Roger Pynn - partner, Curley & Pynn Public Relations
  • 2% Daniel Tosh - Comedian
  • 2% Blake Bortles
  • 1% Daniel Tosh
  • 1% Daniel Tosh
  • 1% Daniel Tosh from Tosh.0
  • 1% Daniel Tosh- stand up comedian
  • 1% John Bersia - Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 1% Bill Parsons - director, NASA

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 919 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 922 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.

How often do you:    Based on 137 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 137 responses

  • 23% This was my dream school.
  • 71% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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