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The University of Central Florida is a comprehensive research university with over 69,500 students. As one of the nation's fastest growing and largest universities, UCF enrolls a diverse student body representing all 50 states and 149 countries. The University offers educational and research programs that complement the economy, with strong components in engineering, business, education, science, 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 12,140 students. Several thousand students live in apartments located within walking distance of the campus.

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Overview

Applicants
45,118
Acceptance Rate
44%
Average HS GPA
4.05

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
4%
3.25 - 3.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

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

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
29.7:1
Total Faculty
2,159
with Terminal Degree
1,618

1,151
Men
1,008
Women
598
Minority
82
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.

  • 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.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

The University of Central Florida is a massive institution that yields over 60,000 students. Yet, despite its overwhelming population, UCF “strives to make everyone feel welcome.” And undergrads stress that you’ll “never [feel] completely anonymous.” Moreover, the university’s size means that it’s able to provide students with “a ton of resources to help students succeed academically.” Indeed, the sheer variety of academic disciplines astounds, and “there are countless opportunities to get involved in internships, co-ops, [and] work experience programs.” Undergrads here greatly appreciate all of these “opportunities for professional development” and a number highlight the fact that there are “lots of resources to help students with résumés and cover letters.”

When it comes to the classroom, undergrads admit that their “general education” professors can be “hit or miss.” Thankfully, many students are eager to sing the praises of the “outstanding,” “welcoming,” and “very knowledgeable” faculty in their respective majors (regardless of the department). “They care about the material, they know how to present it, and they are willing to work with [us] to facilitate the learning process,” says a student. Best of all, they are “very friendly and will go out of their way to help you succeed.”

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

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
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


Michelle Akers
Two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist

Shaquem Griffin
NFL linebacker, Seattle Seahawks

Glenn Hubbard
Dean emeritus and professor of finance and economics at Columbia Business

Vinod Philip
CEO of Service Power Generation, Siemens AG

William W. Parsons Jr.
Director, NASA's Kennedy Space Center

Nicole Stott
former NASA astronaut

Alex Martins
CEO, Orlando Magic

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$88,600

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$92,800

Percent High Job Meaning
16%

Percent STEM
51%


Students Say

Career Services is the university’s hub for all things job and internship related, and offers résumé critiques, an Employer Practice Interview Program, lunch and learns, and career expos. Plus, the more than 150,000 UCF graduates that still live in Orlando or central Florida also provide “networking capabilities out of the wazoo.” The UCF Lockheed Martin College Work Experience Program lets students get real-world training relevant to their major while still in school, and UCF has many connections to firms, “all of which [come] on campus in career expos so it's easier to look for a career for post-graduation or an internship while in college.”

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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
$7,339

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,160

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,588

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
49%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,561

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,804

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
$1,200

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,850
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 Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

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 Nursing 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
59,483
Foreign Countries Represented
140

Demographics

6.47%
Asian
10.80%
African-American
28.47%
Hispanic
46.52%
Caucasian
2.77%
International

55% female
45% male
71% are full time
29% are part time

Students Say

UCF Knights value the fact that “the student body is very diverse.” One student explains, “We’ve got every kind of student you can imagine, … and we come together to make one great community that people find hard to resist.” Indeed, you can find “ambitious high achievers and classic frat [guys] and sorority girls” and everything in between. Students have “strength in passion … and achievement,” and they “love what they are studying (even if they don’t love the course load).” Additionally, undergrads describe their classmates as “enthusiastic,” “inspiring,” and “very school spirited.” As one happy student shares, “I would never have expected for everyone … I have met to be so helpful and kind, but they truly are.” A fellow Knight adds, “The students here are amicable and always happy to lend a hand to their peers.” All in all, rest assured that “you’ll find a niche in which you’ll fit” and that UCF has “something for everyone.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
71%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Undergrads at UCF can’t help but have a good time. After all, one student says “there are so many extracurricular activities and clubs that you can always find something to your liking.” Another points out, “on a typical walk across campus you will see ROTC training, people playing guitar and singing on Memory Mall, people hammocking in the palm trees, free items being handed out, people dancing by the Union, [and] students studying out front of the fountain.” For the sporty types, there’s the “climbing course and the Rec fields [along with] swim[ming] in the leisure pool [and] play[ing] racquetball.” You can even borrow kayaks and go boating on the lake on campus. Of course, “football games are also very popular” and students report that “tailgating is a fun activity” as well. Additionally, “fraternity and sorority life are present for those who want to participate.” Finally, students love to take advantage of their prime Orlando location. You better believe that “Disney [and] Universal Studios … are [both] popular destination spots.” As one student claims, “there is no excuse for feeling lonely or bored at this school!”

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
612
Number of Honor Societies
34

Number of Social Sororities
20
Number of Religious Organizations
45

5% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

12% 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
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
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 Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
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, 2019.

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 & Addition Financial 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 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. On Fridays, shuttles end services at 8:00 pm. The shuttle makes round trips approximately every twenty minutes. Service is also provided to the Health Sciences Campus, Downtown campus, and Rosen School of Hospitality Management. -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. Parking and Transportation Services has partnered with Lynx, the Central Florida Transit Authority to provide complimentary access to routes on-board lynx shuttles. A valid UCF student, Staff, and Faculty Identification card will be needed. For more information, please visit http://www.golynx.com -Closest airport: Orlando International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Orlando International Airport: Go east on 528 to 417 north. Take 417 North to University Blvd. Exit east onto University Blvd. Continue east on University Blvd. for approximately two miles and it will take you to the main entrance to the campus. Make a right turn at the first light, Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center. From Orlando Sanford Airport: Take Lake Mary Blvd. to 417 South. Take 417 South to the University Blvd. exit. Exit east onto University Blvd. Continue east on University Blvd. for approximately two miles and it will take you to the main entrance to the campus. Make a right turn at the first light, Gemini Blvd. At the first stop sign you will see directions to the visitor?s information booth. From The North: Option 1 ? Take the Florida Turnpike South to 408 east. Take 408 east to 417 North toward Sanford. Exit off of 417 to University Blvd. East. Take University Blvd 2 miles and it will take you to the main entrance of the campus. Make a right turn at the first light , Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center. Option 2 ? Take I-95 South to SR 50 West. Take SR 50 to Alafaya Trail. Make a right hand turn on Alafaya Trail. Continue on Alafaya Trail to University Blvd. Make a right turn on University Blvd. and you are on campus. Make a right turn at the first light, Gemini Blvd. Then follow the signs to the Visitor's Information Center. From The South and Melbourne Area: Option 1 ?Take the Florida Turnpike north and exit onto I-4 East. Continue until you reach 408 east. Take 408 east to 417 North toward Sanford. Exit off of 417 to University Blvd East. Continue on University Blvd. for 2 miles and it will take you to the main entrance of the campus. Make a right turn at the first light, Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center. Option 2 ? Take I-95 north to 520 West. Continue West and the road will merge with SR 50. Take SR 50 West to Alafaya Trail. Make a right turn on Alafaya Trail. Continue for approximately 2 miles to University Blvd. Make a right turn on University Blvd. and you will be on campus. Make a right turn at the first light,Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center. From The East, Titusville and Daytona: Option 1 ? Take Highway 50 West to Alafaya Trail. Turn right on Alafaya Trail, go north for two miles. Turn right onto University Blvd. and you are on campus. Make a right turn at the first light Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center. Option 2 ? Take I-4 West to 417 South. Exit off of 417 at University Blvd. East. Continue on University Blvd East and it will take you to the main entrance of the campus. Make a right turn at the first light, Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center. From The Tampa Area: Take I-4 east to 408 east toward Titusville. Take 408 to 417 North toward Sanford. Exit off of 417 at University Blvd.East. Continue going on University Blvd and it will take you to the main entrance of the campus. Make a right turn at the first light, Gemini Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor?s Information Center.

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