University of Central Florida

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4000 Central Florida Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32816

Phone: (407) 823-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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May 1
application deadline

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#170 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Central Florida is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 50,968, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,415 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Central Florida's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 170. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,317 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,415 (2013-14).

The University of Central Florida is, fittingly, a school that's spread across the middle of the state. UCF is based in Orlando and has more than 10 regional campuses in locations including Daytona Beach, Ocala and South Lake. Freshmen at the Orlando campus are not required to live on campus and, because of limited space, those who hope to are encouraged to apply early for housing. There are more than 40 fraternities and sororities in the school's large Greek system, as well as more than 300 other student organizations to consider joining. The UCF Knights compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.

The University of Central Florida has many programs for graduate students, too, including those through the College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Education. Notable alumni of the University of Central Florida include Cheryl Hines, an actress who starred in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; comedian Daniel Tosh, star of Comedy Central’s "Tosh.0"; and former soccer player Michelle Akers, a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

UCF Stands For Opportunity:
The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 59,785 students, offering 177 bachelor's and master's degrees and 31 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and 145 countries. The Princeton Review and Kiplinger's named UCF a best-value university and Forbes named UCF one of the nation's 50 most-affordable colleges. In 2010-11, UCF awarded $408 million in financial aid to students.
Twelve colleges, including the newly established College of Medicine engage students that attend classes on UCF's main Orlando campus and its 10 regional campuses.
UCF offers 212 degree programs and is an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, the sciences including biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media.
UCF ranks number thirty-four nationwide for the number of National Merit Scholars of first-time-in-college students.
The main campus stretches 1,415-acres and provides modern facilities. The Health Center is a full-service health clinic with on-site professionals, X-ray capabilities, dental services, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory and physical therapy services.
The Student Union has computer labs, study lounges, ballrooms and meeting rooms, popular eating establishments and a small shopping mall. Students also enjoy a 149,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center complete with a three-story climbing wall, an indoor track and fitness equipment.
The main campus manages 800 acres of natural ecosystems resulting in habitats for more than 45 animal species.
Housing includes on-campus residence halls and affiliated apartments with 10,276 beds. And the 10,000-seat UCF Arena and a 45,000-seat on-campus football stadium were opened in 2007.
UCF promotes a diverse and inclusive environment. Study abroad programs allow students to study and conduct research with 98 institutions in 36 countries. Students at UCF have been recognized throughout the world and include recipients of the Rhodes, Mellon and Goldwater scholarships.
In 2010-11, UCF professors received $107 million in research funding. Distinctive programs extend learning beyond the classroom and include leadership programs, study abroad, cooperative education, mentorships, internships, service learning and paid research positions. In 2011, UCF earned The Carnegie Foundation highest designation for research activity.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $121,087,980


When applying to University of Central Florida, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Central Florida is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.2%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Central Florida is 32:1, and the school has 27.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Central Florida include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Education; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 32:1
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Psychology 10%
Education 9%
Engineering 6%

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Student Life

University of Central Florida has a total undergraduate enrollment of 50,968, with a gender distribution of 45.4 percent male students and 54.6 percent female students. At this school, 16.7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83.3 percent of students live off campus. University of Central Florida is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 59,767
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Central Florida offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Central Florida also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Central Florida.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Central Florida, 76.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,846.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,317 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,415 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,394 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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