From the School

The University of Central Florida is a comprehensive research university with over 59,000 students. As one of the nation's fastest growing universities and the 2nd largest in the nation, UCF enrolls a diverse student body representing 50 states and over 120 countries. The University offers educational and research programs that complement the economy, with strong components in aerospace engineering, business, education, film, health, nursing, social sciences, and hospitality management. UCF's programs in communication and the fine arts help to meet the cultural and recreational needs of a growing metropolitan area. The University also offers many graduate programs leading to masters and doctoral degrees.

UCF has established extensive partnerships with businesses and industry in the central Florida area that provide students with exceptional research and learning experiences. These partnerships bring practical learning environments to UCF students through co-op and internship programs. Joint curriculum development strategies are used throughout the university.

The on-campus and campus-affiliated housing facilities include traditional residence halls, apartment-style options, and Greek housing that accommodates approximately 10,000 students. Several thousand students live in apartments located within walking distance of the campus. Approximately 400 students live in on-campus Greek housing.

Overview

Applicants
33,226
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

61%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
550 - 640
ACT Composite
24 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

One of Florida’s premiere institutions, University of Central Florida is rapidly gaining a strong national reputation. Impressively, despite being one of the largest universities in the country, UCF manages to feel “like one big family.” Indeed, undergrads here stress that the administration truly “cares about the success of each student.” While UCF offers many great academic options, students are quick to emphasize the phenomenal nursing, engineering, sports medicine, psychology, speech disorder, and communication programs. Though some undergrads gripe that professors can be “hit and miss,” most students are full of praise for their teachers. As one appreciative undergrad relays, “My professors always [make] sure we [are] involved and engaged [with] material and that the material covered in class [is] relevant to the degree we [are] earning.” A fellow student agrees, stating, “Professors are very creative when it comes to teaching and make learning fun and interesting.” Moreover, they are “always willing to help and available for contact outside of classroom hours.” They truly “want to make sure we make the most of our educational opportunities.” As this truly satisfied undergrad gratefully sums up his experience, “UCF is an amazing college, and deciding to attend is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
31.4:1
Total Faculty
1,823
with Terminal Degree
1,230

997
Men
826
Women
408
Minority
52
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
30 - 39

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


George Kalogridis
President, Walt Disney World Resort

Alex Martin
Chief Executive Officer, Orlando Magic

Alan Eustace
Senior Vice President, Google

Vinod Philip
CEO, Siemens Generators Business Segment, Siemens Energy Inc.

R. Glenn Hubbard
Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Business

James Atchinson
President/CEO, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Lesa Roe
Dir, NASA's Langley Research Center

Overview

From The School

Approximate Tuition, Health Fee, Room and Board Annual Rates 2012-2013:

Florida Resident Non-Florida Resident
Tuition and Fees
$6,247 $22,345
Room $5,620 $5,620
Board $3,620 $3,620
Books (estimate) $800 $800
Approximate Total $16,287 $32,385
Annual Cost

Based on 15 credit hours per semester, double room and meal plan.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
Application Deadlines
Jun 30
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

State residency has its privileges—an academic year of tuition, room, board, and books at UCF for a Florida resident is about $16,800, while nonresidents will find themselves paying closer to $32,900. Forty-eight percent of students borrow to pay for their education, and the average cumulative debt for that cohort is $23,186. Over 80 percent of the student body receives some manner of financial aid.

Bang For Your Buck

UCF offers an array of merit and need-based financial awards. Several merit scholarship awards are available to freshmen based upon strong academic credentials in high school and solid test scores. As a bonus, all incoming freshmen are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Students should be quick to contact their academic departments, too, as they also offer awards that require a separate application. Other awards are available to those who excel in academics, athletics, leadership, music, or drama, and for those who have an alumni affiliation. Minority scholarships and ROTC scholarships are also available.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,961

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,953

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,584

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,378

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,771

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,368
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$22,467
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,146

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,856

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
University scholarships and grants.

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Students participate in more than 400 organizations, including special interest clubs, multicultural associations, fraternities and sororities, honor societies, and academic and pre-professional organizations. The Office of Student Involvement schedules a wide array of extracurricular programs, including concerts, movies, and guest speakers.

The University of Central Florida is a member of the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference. All teams compete on the NCAA Division 1 Level. UCF's men's teams compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women's teams compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intercollegiate coed club activities include championship cheerleading, crew, and waterskiing teams. The university intramural sports program offers many options including disc golf, flag football, floor hockey, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Students Say

Though undergrads assert that with a population this large, this is “no typical student” at UCF, they’re still able to make a few generalizations regarding their peers. If pressed to define their fellow students, undergrads are likely to suggest that they’re “generally laid-back” and “fit into the Florida [stereotype]: flip-flops, very down-to-earth, not uptight, [and] like to have fun.” They are also “very kind, intelligent, and hardworking.” Most students “are welcoming [and] if you want to find people with like-[minded] interests, there are tons of clubs and organizations.” Impressively, many undergrads here confidently declare that students just seem to “fit in.” “Whether its clubs or study groups or coming into class late and having to take the seat furthest in the row and closest to the wall, conversations brew naturally.” One student concurs succinctly, stating, “I feel like you’d have to go out of your way to not make friends.” Simply put, “there’s a little bit of everything [and everyone] at UCF.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
52,532
Out of State

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
143

Demographics

5.64%
Asian
10.97%
African-American
23.26%
Hispanic
55.78%
Caucasian
1.16%
International

55% female
45% male
69% are full time
31% are part time

Overview

From The School

The University of Central Florida: Competitive Advantages
A Focus on Undergraduate Education: We're committed to teaching and providing advising and academic support services for all students. Our undergraduates have access to state-of-the-art wireless buildings, high-tech classrooms and research labs, Web-based classes and an undergraduate Research and Mentoring program.

A Talented Student Body: As one of the fastest growing universities in the southeast, total enrollment has reached over 59,000; 50,000 are undergraduates. Our emphasis on excellence in undergraduate education has produced many rewarding results: a Goldwater Scholarship awardee, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, a Clarion awardee in Radio/Television, a Zonta International Amelia Earhart fellowship awardee, and a nationally ranked Computer Science programming team.

Career Opportunities: Our Career Services professionals help students gain practical experiences at NASA, schools, hospitals, high-tech companies, local municipalities, and the entertainment industry. UCF faculty sit on boards and planning committees, and our graduates make their mark in engineering, business, computer science, education, health care, science, tourism, film and public service.

An International Presence: With an international focus to our curricula and research programs, we currently enroll international students from 122 nations. Our study abroad programs and other study and research opportunities include agreements with 98 institutions and 36 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Wales.

A Spacious, Modern Campus, plus Orlando: UCF's 1,415-acre campus provides a safe and serene setting for learning, with natural lakes and woodlands. The university provides housing for 10,000 students on campus and through affiliated housing. The bustle of Orlando lies a short distance away: the Orlando Magic, the Orlando Predators, the Kennedy Space Center, major film studios, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Sea World, and sandy beaches are all nearby.

Students Say

University of Central Florida is always abuzz with activity. Indeed, “Between classes, sporting events, our top of the line two-story gym, canoeing Lake Claire, concerts and shows, or even Light Up UCF (a holiday carnival on campus for the general public as well as students), one never has a reason to be bored.” Further, there are “so many different clubs [for students to join] from recreational [and] religious [groups to] food [organizations and] volunteering.” Moreover, “UCF is big on school spirit, especially when it comes to football.” Tailgating is definitely a popular pastime during the season. Students also love to take advantage of hometown Orlando, which offers a myriad of cultural and entertainment options. Shares one undergrad, “People around here love going clubbing and bar-hopping. It’s totally normal for the typical student to have a Disney pass or Universal pass and carloads of students can be seen at either of these parks.” Additionally, “there are some fun college bars right across from campus that are very popular, and Orlando has an amazing downtown that is great for once students turn twenty-one and want something new.” When undergrads are itching to get a little farther away, it’s common to “go to either coast to visit the awesome beaches.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Dr. Philip Kalfin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
605
Number of Honor Societies
30

Number of Social Sororities
22
Number of Religious Organizations
22

7% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

20% participate in intramural sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Knights)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
80

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
293

Average Number of PC's per Lab
29

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
96%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, HP, Lenovo, on-campus computer store (http://www.tpc.ucf.edu)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ms. Elizabeth Costello
Director of Admissions

Address
P.O. Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111

Phone
(407) 823-3000


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Recreation and Wellness Center
Bookstore (Barnes and Noble cafe)
Reflecting Pond
Brighthouse Stadium & CFE Arena

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
University Studios Orlando featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Waterford Lakes Town Center
International Drive

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon - Fri
see website
(407) 823-3000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 AM and 2 PM Monday-Friday
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
Amanda.Miller@ucf.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
-UCF Shuttle: The University of Central Florida shuttle services provides transportation from designated pick-up/drop-off areas within the residential communities, as well as designated stops on campus. Shuttles are accessible to riders with disabilities. The shuttle runs from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shuttle makes round trips approximately every fifteen minutes.lt;brgt; -Lynx bus system: LYNX is the public transportation provider for Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, offering a variety of transportation programs including a route to the University of Central Florida along the apartment communities surrounding the school. -Closest airport: Orlando International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Orlando International Airport: (20 miles) Go east on 528 to 417 north. Take 417 north (Toll Road) to University Blvd. Exit east onto University Blvd. to UCF. From Orlando Sanford Airport: (20 miles) Lake Mary Blvd to 417 south (Toll Road). Go to University Blvd. Turn left onto University Blvd. continuing east to UCF. From Daytona Beach on I-4: Exit 49 onto Route 434 east. Go through Longwood, Winter Springs, and Oviedo on 434 to UCF. From Tampa on I-4: Exit 28 onto east 528 (Toll Road). Go past Orlando International Airport to 417 north. Take 417 north (Toll Road) to University Blvd. Exit east onto University Blvd. to UCF. From South on Florida Turnpike: Exit 254 (Orlando South - 441). Take first right onto east 528 (Toll Road). Go east past Orlando International Airport to 417. Take 417 north (Toll Road) to University Blvd. Exit east onto University Blvd. to UCF. Exit 265 onto east 408 (Toll Road). Go east through Orlando to merge with 417. Take 417 north to University Blvd. Exit east onto University Blvd. to UCF. From Titusville (East Coast): Hwy. 50 west past 408 overpass to 434. Turn right to UCF (2 miles). From Melbourne: I-95 to 520 to Hwy. 50 west to right on 434 or I-95 to 528 west (toll) to 417 north to University Blvd. Exit east to UCF. Directions Hotline: (407) 882-0909

Local Accommodations
Comfort Suites 12101 Challenger Parkway Orlando, FL 32826 (407) 737-7303 Hampton Inn and Suites 3450 Quadrangle Blvd Orlando, FL 32817 (407) 282-0029 Holiday Inn Select 12125 High Tech Ave Orlando, FL 32826 (407) 275-9000 LaQuinta 11805 Research Parkway Orlando, FL 32826 (407) 737-6075 Marriott Courtyard 12000 Collegiate Way Orlando, FL 32817 (407) 277-7676 Radisson 1724 Alafaya Trail Orlando, FL 32817 (407) 658-9008 Crestwood Suites 11424 University Boulevard Orlando, FL 32817 (407) 249-0044
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Key Stats

33,226
Applicants
52,532
Size
50%
Acceptance Rate
1180
SAT Scores

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