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The University of Central Florida is a comprehensive research university with over 66,000 students. As one of the nation's fastest growing and largest universities UCF enrolls a diverse student body representing all 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 and beyond 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 11,500 students. Several thousand students live in apartments located within walking distance of the campus.

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Overview

Applicants
37,693
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.93

GPA Breakdown

67%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
29.6:1
Total Faculty
2,051
with Terminal Degree
1,508

1,103
Men
948
Women
543
Minority
73
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Latin American Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Meeting and Event Planning.
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
  • Real Estate.
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Journalism.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Laser and Optical Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Structural Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate).

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Digital Arts.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Photography.


Students Say

While it's one of the largest universities in the United States, University of Central Florida manages to maintain a campus with "an extremely welcoming, safe, and comfortable atmosphere." Undergrads also value UCF's prime Orlando location. Indeed, it's "great for finding internships and jobs." As one thrilled architecture major explains, "I can get hands-on experience and connect what I'm learning to actual situations." Overall, the school has a number of fantastic academic programs. However, UCF is an absolute stalwart when it comes to the health sciences. Indeed, the university has "a great reputation [when it comes to] placing their students in good medical schools." Further, the nursing school boasts an "NCLEX pass rate [that] is consistently 95 percent or higher." Fortunately, no matter their chosen course of study, UCF undergrads are fairly happy with their classroom experience. Though a few complain that some professors are more "interested in research [rather than] teaching," most assert that their instructors are "enthusiastic and engaging." Moreover, it's evident that they "care about student success." An electrical engineering student brags, "My professors have helped me become a better student and have personally prepared me for job interviews." And a thrilled biology major concurs, adding, "All of my professors so far have been more than helpful both inside and outside of the classroom and are always willing and available during office hours and [appointments] to talk."

Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty

Dr. Pappachan Kolattukudy
Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Dr. Peter Delfyett
Professor of Optics and Photonics, CREOL-Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers

Drs. Diane and Arlen Chase
Professors of Anthropology, Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Jack Ballantyne
Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Science, Chemistry

Dr. Samuel Durrance
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and former NASA astronaut, Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering

Prominent Alumni


George Kalogridis
President, Walt Disney World Resort

Alex Martins
CEO, Orlando Magic

Randy J. Hunt
Vice President of Design, Etsy

Vinod Philip
CTO, Siemens Power & Gas Division, Siemens AG

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

Grace Bochenek
Dir, National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy

Lesa Roe
Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 30
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,002

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,796

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,645

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,818

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,239

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
$1,152

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,866

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,011
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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.

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
56,972
Foreign Countries Represented
147

Demographics

6.11%
Asian
11.25%
African-American
26.43%
Hispanic
49.28%
Caucasian
1.83%
International

54% female
46% male
70% are full time
30% are part time

Students Say

With a student body that's more than 64,000 strong, it's understandable that many UCF undergrads describe their school as a proverbial "melting pot." As an environmental studies major explains, "the student population is a mix of races, a balance of genders, all with a variety of interests and ambitions." Indeed, "UCF is not a cookie-cutter place, where there is a set style." Regardless, there is definitely common ground to be found. For example, the majority of undergrads are "full of [school] spirit no matter the occasion and…bleed black and gold at all time[s]." Undergrads are also quick to describe their peers as "friendly" and "welcoming." A statistics student supports this sentiment adding, "I don't feel like I need to join a certain club or Greek life in order to have friends or feel welcome. Everyone in my classes are polite and kind and always there to work together on assignments or study." All in all, "UCF provides the perfect environment for students to be themselves and fulfill their education at the same time."

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
68%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

If there's one thing that University of Central Florida undergrads agree on it's that "life is never boring here." After all, given that UCF "is such a large school, there are so many ways…to get involved." Working out is also a popular pastime for students and we've been warned that "the gym is always packed." Undergrads can also frequently be found "us[ing] the pool or play[ing] volleyball at the sand volleyball courts." Additionally, "Lake Claire…is very popular among the student body…[and] provides free canoeing, paddle boating, and kayaking." And while the actual football team isn't especially popular, students do still love to tailgate. For individuals anxious to get off campus, the immediate area surrounding UCF offers "places to shop, bowl, play mini-golf, see movies [and has a selection of] bars if you're into that kind of thing." And, of course, the city of Orlando offers a wealth of attractions including Universal Studios and Disney World, for which students can purchase annual passes.

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Adam Meyer

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
565
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
22
Number of Religious Organizations
37

6% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

14% participate in intramural sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
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

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

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 (Starbucks cafe)
Reflecting Pond
Spectrum Stadium & CFE Arena

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Universal 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

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. -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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