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University of Central Florida Reviews

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  • 08/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    106 out of 107 people found this review useful. 1 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Central Florida is great for students who like large campuses with about 50,000 students which mean there is a great diversity and large classrooms. It is also good for those who like to live in a large suburb area and want a good cost of admission. UCF is located in Florida so the student would have to feel comfortable with the environment/weather. Most importantly, it’s perfect for anyone who is looking to further their education. Anyone can quickly adapt to UCF and will fall in love with everything about it. If you feel that it is a right choice then go with that feeling and officially become a Knight (mascot).

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Time Management: Learn how to mange your time, get a planner so you can be organized and know when it’s time for work and time for play. 2. Network: Get to know your professors, mentors, peers, and other administrators. By taking the time to know people you can create a comfortable environment for yourself and know where to go when you need help or even a recommendation letter. 3. Get Involved: There are tons of organizations and activities to do at UCF. By getting involved you can gain leadership opportunities which will enhance student success and involvement on campus. Most importantly you will get to meet new friends. 4. Live On Campus: By living on campus you will experience the real feeling of living in a dorm and walking to class. After your first year you will already know more about your campus and what goes on during the year. 5. Get To Know Your Campus: Take advantage of your campus and all the resources, assistance, and opportunities you have at UCF. You can find out where is the best spot at the library to study, shortcuts to class, where all the computer labs are, free printing machines, and vending machines that have supplies. 6. Create Strategies for Studying: Learn how to prepare and study for an exam. Go to class everyday, take class notes, participate in class, read the textbook, and complete all assignments. DO NOT procrastinate but keep an open mind and always do your best. It is good to set goals and keep yourself aware of what you want to accomplish. There is so much to learn about but don’t stress yourself either. 7. Have Fun: These are suppose to be the best years of your life so take a break from the books and enjoy the experience.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Central Florida has one of the best admission cost especially with the way the economy is right now. If this was not true than it would not be one of the largest universities in the nation and have a big amount out of state students. UCF also has a listing of numerous scholarships for every student. Once again you cannot go wrong with all the free events and items that are available. There is not one student who complains about free food, shirts, concerts, movies, activities, resources, and much more. If you don’t live on campus and don’t have a car there is also a free shuttle that can take you to campus from most apartments and all UCF affiliated apartments. Even when it comes to your health there is a hospital on campus where you can get free check-ups and exams done by a doctor. You can still be part of an organization for free and attend meetings and events or take fun classes at the gym such as boxing, yoga, or something of your interest. It won’t be a secret that there are free items or events, you will definitely hear or read about it everywhere. There is always something you can get your hands on for free and why not get stuff you will enjoy.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Central Florida is more than an amazing university. It is a very large campus with a variety of activities and events going on everyday. There are tons of organizations you can become involved in such as fraternities/sororities, Hispanic Organization, Caribbean Organization, Chocolate Club, Dance lessons, Movie Showings, Ice Skating during the winter, even associations that may be about your major. Don’t forget one of the best gyms where you can workout, play basketball, rock climb, play volleyball, run in an inside track or take a dip in the pool. If that does not convince you then I’m sure all the free events and items that are given will make your college experience unforgettable. Homecoming week is also very fun and you get to enjoy all the traditions such as going to the game and spirit splash. Celebrities are also known to visit the university where in most cases, concerts are held where you can attend for free as students. As a student you receive discounts on theme park tickets and other outside concerts and free admission to all athletic activities as well. UCF even has a whole day for students to attend Islands of Adventure, where the park is closed down just for the students for free. UCF is located in central Florida which is also a wonderful place since it is located near downtown and close to theme parks, beaches, restaurants, malls, and apartments. As a student you will NEVER have a dull moment where you cannot find anything to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Since I have been at the University of Central Florida I have learned more than I could imagine. The professors truly know what they are teaching and are more than welcomed to give you any additional help if needed. There is no excuse that they cannot be reached because on the first day of class you are given a syllabus with everything that you are going to be learning, the professor’s email, number, and their office hours so you are able to contact them at your convenience. There is also supplementary help offered such as tutoring and the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC). There is also the huge library and many other sources that can help with anything you need from financial advice to counseling. Other than the required courses you must take there are a variety of other courses that you may be interested in as well. Not only are there courses to learn from but they are plenty of events that you can attend in which you will gain a lot of information such as how to prepare to an interview, how to write a resume, or even learn about different cultures.

  • 05/29/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    86 out of 98 people found this review useful. 2 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy big campuses and classrooms with a lot of people will like it here because the class sizes are large. Also, they say there is always something to do and you will meet a lot of people. If you are shy, you wont be shy anymore probably.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't think because you got into this school that you will survive. If you are going to this school just to make money, you will not survive. Go to college for fun but also because you want to learn.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 out of 44 people found this review useful. 3 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCF is not a good school for any one particular type of student, its good for anyone who feels like it’s a fit. It’s really up to you to decide that for yourself. Go to the campus look at the classrooms and see if you can see yourself there. Talk to some of the students and ask them if they like it. Evaluate what you want for the rest of your life and see if UCF will help you get there. Only you can decide which schools will work for you and which won’t. Going to college is a big step, so don’t rush the decision to choose a college. Be true to yourself and what you want for the rest of your life and everything will work out fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Top Ten Tips to Surviving UCF 1. If you can, get involved in either the Honors College or LEAD Scholars—I did this and it saved my life here at UCF. Both of these programs are like safe havens for college students. They welcome you into the school and help get you involved. The class sizes in both of these programs (yes they involve taking extra classes) are always under thirty students so you get the feel of a small college on a big university campus, its like having the best of both worlds. If you can, do both. It will pay off in the end. 2. Get involved—There is no easier way to do good in college than to get involve. Lie the old adage says: its not what you know, but who you know. If you get in contact with the right people on campus it will be smooth sailing. They will write letters of recommendation for you, show you the ins and outs of UCF, and even help you go to graduate school or beyond if that’s your goal. Figure out what you like to do and then find a club or organization that fosters whatever that thing is. 3. Get to know your professors—This is invaluable information. Your professors are your gateway to good grades. If you get to know them, they can not only help you understand the information that you are learning better, but can also write you killer letters of recommendation. Most importantly, if your sitting on the border of two grades at the end of the semester, if your teachers know you, they are more likely to give you that shove to the next grade. 4. Utilize SARC—SARC is a great way to help you get the good grades that you need and want throughout the semester. The tutors are usually really good at what they do and are really willing to help. SARC personally helped me get better grades in some of hardest classes so far such as Chemistry II. 5. Live on campus for your freshman year—I didn’t do this and although I don’t really regret it, I think it’s best to live on campus for the first year because you are closer to all the on campus action. You are the first to hear about the great things going on on campus and that can be a really great advantage over those that don’t live on campus. It’s also not a bad idea if you don’t have a car, that way you don’t have to worry about getting to and from campus early in the morning or late at night. 6. Never buy anything form the on campus bookstore if you can help it—They are rip-off artists. It is much cheaper if you go through CB&S bookstore (you will learn about that soon enough) or AMAZON.COM. It will save you loads of money. 7. Research all your professors on ratemyproffesor.com before hand—This will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Looking up your professors is an easy way to see which ones are nice and which ones will work you to the bone and still fail you anyway. Trust me, it’s a life saver. 8. Go to all the free events—You paid for it already when you paid for your tuition why not get as much of that money back as possible? 9. Apply Early—This will maximize the amount of scholarships they award you and give you the maximum amount of time to prepare for the first day school. There is a lot of paperwork that you must complete before the first day of school, this includes orientation, parking passes, meal plans, housing forms, scholarship papers and financial aid stuff. The sooner you apply the sooner you can get it out of the way. 10. Have fun—Make sure that UCF fits your personality and will help you get where you ant to go in life. If UCF is where you can see yourself going to college then make sure to get involved and have fun. You only have this experience once so make the best of it.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a great deal for the money, and I don’t say that just because I go here either! There are so many free activities here that if you take the time to attend a couple every month you will get your money back in no time. They have free concerts, free food, free movie showings, and so much more. They have there own lake where you can go paddle boating canoeing and kayaking as often as you want for free, you can even bring guests for free! In addition to that they even have a hospital here where you can get exams done for free. The gym is amazing and they have really awesome classes such as spinning and washboard abs that you can attend. UCF is always giving out free stuff such as iPod’s and XBOX 360’s. At the end of the spring semester they even give away free tickets to Universal Studios where they shut down the parks and only let UCF students and their guests in. I went and it was really amazing. I had a blast! Even though there are a lot of students that attend school here, it’s still pretty easy to get in on the free stuff. All you have to do is open your eyes and look around. Literally, there are signs that will point you in the direction of the free stuff. Oh yea, and the education isn’t bad either. : - )

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Central Florida is truly a great school. Because the campus is so large, there are numerous activities that go one everyday. They really do have something here for everyone! There are chocolate clubs, mixed martial art clubs, painting and drawing societies, live cooking tutorials and much more. They even have celebrity performances at UF where artists such as Lupe Fiasco come to our school and perform here for free. Joining a club or activity is the easiest way to get involved and find your own niche. Once you figure out what you enjoy doing, there are a million ways here at UCF to enjoy doing it. They even allow you to go kayaking and paddle boating for free on the lake here! The best part about it is even if you’re not a thrill seeker or if you’re kind of on the shy side, there are still many ways for you to have fun. UCF is only about a 30 minute drive from all the theme parks you’ve ever imagined going to, and is relatively close to a million different types of malls, parks, dining areas, etc. So even if you hate the school (doubtful) you will still find something to do in the big city of Orlando. That’s the best part of UCF; there is so much diversity here. I’ll tell you one thing, you will never be bored!

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Central Florida is a very large school. With over 50,000 students attending classes at the main campus or one of their satellite campuses, and almost 1500 acres of land on the main campus alone, it is safe to say that UCF is one of the larger universities in the nation. That being said, in most of your classes you will be one of the three or four hundred students sitting in your classroom. The easiest way for you to make the most of your learning experience at UCF is to always sit in the front five or six rows of the class and GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFFESSORS. Remember that you will probably only represent .003% of the student body sitting in that auditorium sized classroom. The teachers, for the most part, are very willing to help and they are very good at what they do. However, if you don’t ask for help and get to know your professors you will soon find yourself barely scraping by and doing poorly in the majority of your classes. Other great resources to help you learn more is to take advantage of the free tutoring, especially those offered by SARC (Student Academic Resource Center). If you follow this advice you will do wonderfully in all your classes and will definitely learn a lot.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 24 people found this review useful. 4 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you want a big school, don't mind large classes, and like to meet a ton of new people with different backgrounds and tastes. Also good for sports fans, UCF students are very dedicated to there sports and not to mention those are FREE as well with your ID.

    Tips for prospective students

    You really have to manage your time or it will come back to haunt you. While the professors are helpful, they are very serious about the deadlines they set. There is plenty of time to get everything done and still have a social life if you plan accordingly.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is really affordable compared to other school in Florida. Especially if you have Bright Futures. The biggest expense is housing and a meal plan( i would suggest the smallest one).

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always so much stuff going on it's crazy(in a good way)! A lot of the activities at the school are free and provide free food and prizes as well. No matter your interest you can find something that you will enjoy.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors here make themselves really available to each student even if you can't make there office hours they are willing to work with your schedule. A lot of them really know what they are talking about and even though they may seem demanding its only going to make you better.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 17 people found this review useful. 5 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Engineering students--after all, it was originally Florida Technical University and focused on engineering; in fact, UCF has some really awesome engineering programs, such as the 5-year master's degree program. My engineering-major friend is a senior this year, and he has just loved his time here and been very involved. All-in-all, the opportunities (including internships, scholarships, and just academic) for engineering students are really a strong plus if you're thinking of going into one of the engineering branches. The college also has a partnership with Disney and UCF students helped design some of the rides--a piece of the original prototype track for Space Mountain, I believe, is still on display in one of the 3 engineering buildings, given to the college in gratitude for the participation and help of UCF students and graduates for their part in its creation. Pre-health-profession students. There are so many organizations, and even a pre-health advising center! The 7-year-MD program is very tempting if you can qualify, and there are organizations for just about any medical-related profession (including veterinary, dentistry, etc.) Business students--even though several of the classes are starting to be more online-based because of financial struggle, our business program is very active and has a multitude of scholarships and opportunities as it is growing. The business building seemed like one of the busiest places on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful which meal plans you choose--some of them, while seemingly better bang for your buck are really just unnecessarily large amounts of food, especially for those living in housing locations that have kitchenettes in the common areas. For students who don't have transportation, however, and are in traditional housing, the plans can be very useful! There are many options, so look carefully and pick the one that's right for you and your needs so that you don't lose extra money. Go to LINK events! I wish I had gone to more--they are really fun and you can win points used for the auctions at the end of each semester. Take advantage of your student benefits. For example, in the union, students can get one free scantron daily from the Student Government, and certain students (Honors College members, Lead Scholars members) even have free printing labs--with basically no limits! All students qualify for a certain number of free pages from the SGA, and so don't let these things go to waste! There are also numerous student events that are both fun and informative, and may offer free meals. Check out different clubs and drop in on a few meetings. Go to tables outside the union on the days that organizations have them set up--you can find some really interesting things that are not only fun to do but can look great on your resume. There are sporting clubs as well if you tend toward athletic, and not all of them are varsity-type if you just want to play for the fun and the love of the game. There are organizations and clubs for many types of career goals, as well as many religious and ethnic clubs and groups that aren't always limited to people belonging to the religion or ethnicity--only people who are interested. Some, of course, are more religion- or action-focused, and may not have much to offer to people who are just curious, but sitting in on a couple meetings may be interesting for curious people even if they don't feel any reason to join the group in the end. Consider volunteering--there are LOTS of programs through the school and just in Orlando. Also, the Honors College has a thing called HERO program that is open to all UCF students and is an outreach to several programs (including a pet-rescue!) However, several of them are focused on helping out students in some of the underfunded inner-city schools in Orlando. I participated in two of them my freshman year and had wonderful experiences--the kids are so sweet and just need some help and encouragement. Junior Achievement and Reading Buddies were worth the hour each week, and I am planning to hopefully offer MORE time this year to whichever one fits my schedule--maybe even up my weekly participation. Use the library--I wish I had used the library resources more often! They have people at the desk there to help you get set up and if you have trouble with anything. There are so many resources there--as well as just books for fun. It is pretty close to the Libra housing community (where most freshman stay), so it tends to be even more convenient for incoming students. With all the free online resources available through the library as well (even from a distance through your student account!), it's really worth getting your library account activated right away so you can benefit from all the free resources both physically in the building and online. Know where to find the clinic--it is a great service! Many things are free or very discounted for students--sometimes you can even see someone to be evaluated with no charge unless you actually need to purchase a prescription for whatever you've got. There are also two pharmacies where you can have any medicines you already take refilled if your doctor forwards them a prescription (one in the clinic and one across campus near the Towers housing communities and the Arena). Sometimes the college can even give discounts. They also offer cheap flu-shots yearly, which is great when living around and going to class with so many people.

    Bang for the buck

    With costs rising and funding dropping, UCF is starting to have trouble with the amount of aid it used to give. Still, the college is dedicated to finding solutions to the difficult financial times without putting too much burden on the students. Bright Futures is a huge help for in-state students, but most students with whom I have spoken on the subject also received varying degrees of financial aid, from partial tuition to full tuition AND room-and-board. As a hint, though, they LOVE national merit semi-finalists, finalists, and scholars. One semi-finalist I knew received around $8000 per year on TOP of a full tuition scholarship from the college AND full bright futures from the state! She is EARNING money by attending, as the extra defaults to her account. She can use it for books, school supplies, and sometimes just living expenses, which is fantastic. They also offer many kinds of grants and loans for financial need, even if your GPA has taken a hit from your financial situation. My neighbor has received several subsidized loans from the government and the school and is managing to keep his out-of-pocket expenses down to between $800 and $1500 per year even though he didn't qualify for too much merit-based scholarship money. There is a great opportunity for students here to save money and still get a great education from knowledgeable and enthusiastic professors and assistants.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCF wasn't actually my first choice, but boy am I glad I came! There are incredible services--anything a student could want from pre-health professions advising to career services to a really fancy gym with a large cardio area, many types of indoor courts for sports like basketball, volleyball, and badminton, a rock-climbing wall where you can get your belay certification, a full-floor of weight equipment, and free seminars on health and wellness usually at least once a week, and over 10 kinds of fun fitness classes that are free to students (i.e. spinning, kickboxing, zumba, ballet, boot camp, washboard abs, etc. etc.) There is a leisure pool, a sports pool, and almost any kind of club you could imagine--from chocolate-lovers, to the Asian board-game Go, to at least 4 different kinds of martial arts, to dance, and on and on. There are also organizations for students considering just about any professional career after their undergraduate, like health or law, and groups for many religious and ethnic groups that aren't necessarily exclusive.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes have been interesting and taught by enthusiastic professors. In large classes, smaller SI sessions have been offered--usually with knowledgeable graduate students of the field who are very ready to help and answer questions.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 6 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The campus is huge!! If you like enjoyable, long walks, then UCF is perfect. There are also a lot of students. Some classes have over 200 people in them. They are great for students who don't want to be singled out in class and just want to sit back and listen. Many also have less students, it depends on the course and teacher. A lot of classes require some online work. It's not too difficult most of the time, but can be somewhat annoying. If you don't mind trading some class time for online work, then it works out. If you like some cold weather, but don't want the frigid cold, UCF is also great for you. The summer is very hot, but midway through Fall semester it cools off and by the end of Fall semester, it gets to be very cold for Florida.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can. The earllier you apply, the easier your senior year well be.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never made a better decision in my life! UCF is amazing. There's always something going on. Football games, basketball games, Late Knights, intramural sports, community bar-b-Q's... The dorms aren't bad once you get all your stuff moved in. The pool is great, and the gym has everything you could ever want and more.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCF is an amazing school for students who love to learn, have fun, socialize, meet new people, like being involved in school, and can handle multiple classes at once.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a university that you can socialize and be able to study hard, this is the university for you. Make sure to check out ALL of the living areas on campus and off campus. If you don't own/have a car, UCF is a great place to attend also because the shuttles run from 6am to usually 10/11 pm.

  • 08/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 8 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Basically, if you are determined in attaining a good education and focusing, yet having a great time, this school is for you! You can always study hard, yet walk a few minutes to the student union and get a quick bite with some friends. I also mentioned previously about the outdoor adventures... If you are the adventurous kind... you will not regret enrolling to UCF!!

    Tips for prospective students

    I am not going to lie, college can be a little bit overwhelming at first. You are being introduced into a new world where, for the most part, you have to learn to take responsibilities for yourself. You are in charge of buying your books, studying hard, and getting those A's. Thankfully, UCF has many tutoring programs FREE OF CHARGE (YAY!) and offices with advisors that help out so much if this does get TOO overwhelming! Without this extraordinary staff, it would be hard. But they always go a step and beyond and provide email feedback to everything and ... theirs is just no better option. UCF is so amazing. Their is so much diversity and their is always something to do! Whether its on campus with all the activities that SGA plans and studying or off campus with all the theme parks, you will not be bored!! The best thing any prospective student can do is to probably get involved... IN ANYTHING!! There are so many clubs, organizations, sororities, frats, etc... to pick from that this should not be much of problem. You get a great experience along with great friends that will last a life time!

    Bang for the buck

    Uh.. yea... ouch! I am not going to lie, but it does hurt a little when all your money goes straight towards all your books and tuition. It can be a little overwhelming for us... but after all, it is a growing experience and an introduction to the real world. Besides, every college has it's little high expenses here and there. THANKFULLY, there are supplemental websites that take some of these expenses off (ie: Amazon)... and if you think about it: It all pays off in the end! =] The thing is, it's not like you feel the impact that much. You guys would NOT BELIEVE how much free stuff we get just walking around campus!! During the first week of semester, you can basically acquire all of your school supplies by just walking around campus!! Also, the school organizations are ALWAYS giving out free food and the best part of all: FREE CONCERTS! Last year I got the chance to see Dashboard, Panic, and many great others for free! ALSO, there are a great deal of tutoring programs, adivsing, and peer adivising that is FREE! Of course, youre tuition money pays this, but it helps to not have to pay for much other things during the semester. Probably the best part of all (for me at least) is the recreational center. All the classes are free of charge and what I like the most is that they plan monthly outdoor activities that include scubadiving, rockclimbing, camping, and much more!! It's perfect if you are into fun adventures.

    Am enjoying being here

    Unfortunately, I do not live on campus. That does not mean however that I do not spend as much time as I can at school. You can basically live there. Their are food shops EVERYWHERE on campus along with plenty of study halls that you can get away and just focus on what is important. Also, we have this great fountain in front of the library (which by the way: IS HUGE), where you can just read or relax with a few friends. Homecoming week is the best... there is always something to do! The campus is both fun AND entertaining!

    Am learning a lot

    This is no high school!! I went from being a honor student getting straight A's without much studying to hitting the books for hours... and (BEST OF ALL) ACTUALLY LEARNING!! I actually feel FULFILLED now and CHALLENGED! The courses and professors make me want to go sit in the library and get it right. It is not necessarily like high school where a student receives personal attention from a teacher, but when the college professor acknowledges your good grades, it means SO MUCH! It just pushes you to even work harder and know that you can have a productive future.

  • 06/13/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 11 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 9 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are social, like the outdoors, like walking or biking, want to be only with college students and want the college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus but don't have it be the first campus you visit. The campus is pretty much a city in itself and can be very overwhelming, it was the first college campus I visited and fell in love as soon as we entered but quickly realized it was pretty much just because it was a college campus. Great school though, all my friends that go there are extremely happy.

    Will enjoy being here

    The reason it isn't 5/5 is because I'm not completely sure it's the school for me.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love sunshine and friendly people. If you have interests in Engineering, Psychology, Nursing and Pre-Med. If you like large campuses and hardly seeing the same face twice (other than friends.) If you enjoy a diverse university with all different people with different backgrounds. If you are comfortable with large class sizes. If you can take the initiative to get to know peers and professors. If you like a modern and gorgeous campus with more perks than a negatives.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get a rolling laundry basket for the long walks to the laundry room, seat cushion for the hard dorm seats and a mini fridge to keep some snacks handy. 2. Make friends, join clubs, join a sorority/fraternity, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK! The more people you get to know the more enriching your experiences are. 3. Even though you will only have them for a semester and there are a lot of people in your class, GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS! You'd be surprised how much they'll go out on a limb to help you if they have a personal connection with you. 4. Use all of the tools that are given to you to supplement your education. There are free tutoring services for most classes called SARC, supplemental instructors and teaching assistants for SI sessions. There is also CourseMob an app on the iPhone and andriod that sends push notifications for class information ($20/ semester) 5. Don't overwhelm yourself. Stay on top of things the best you can and prioritize your life. Place a lot of focus on studying and reviewing. Every now and then cramming is inevitable, but lighten the load when you can. Any little break you get, use it as an opportunity to review class material. 6. Buy from the bookstore as a last resort. Save money on books by getting them from friends, calling people with flyers up on the bulletin boards or get them from an online book source such as Amazon. 7. VISIT your adviser and make sure you are on track more than just once a semester. Things change and you need to be on top of your education, because if you aren't who is? P.S. always have a Plan B and Plan C!!! 8. Go to the Student Union and use your ID to get FREE scantrons, blue books and more before tests rather than buying them! 9. Don't stay in a bad relationship! There are plenty of opportunities out there for you and if you are having a hard time with a partner there are counselors (FREE) that will help you through it. 10. Go out every once in a while and live it up. Make some good memories because time flies by fast and these are the years of your life you'll never forget.

    Bang for the buck

    To put it bluntly, it is like taking classes at a resort!! The weather is beautiful, the people are beautiful and you couldn't ask for more. Top notch gym facilities, free tutoring, Supplemental Instruction teachers and low tuition. Even most apartments off campus are UCF affiliated; rent is cheap and many places don't put water as a utility bill. Not to mention all of the free stuff! Free shirts, concerts, free classes at the gym (which are amazing), free doctors visits and check ups, you can attend most club meetings for free, discounted prices for students at local restaurants, movie theaters and bars. UCF always tries to find ways to give students cheap ways to have fun like, ice skating, free admission to sports games (football, basketball, soccer etc.). There is even a day when UCF gives all students who get a pre-paid ticket from the arena (the first 20,000) one day free admission to Universal Studios and the entire park is shut down for students.

    Am enjoying being here

    No day is the same as the day before. The more time you spend at UCF the more involved and more exciting it is. It is extremely easy to meet people here because we are all in the same boat trying to expand our network of friends and connections. There are a lot of extracurricular activities to keep you busy and happy such as IM sports, the leisure pool, restaurants, the plaza across from campus and downtown Orlando for nightlife! It is clean and the people here are always friendly and willing to help. The best part about living in the dorms is that the resident assistants on each floor plan events regularly where you can meet the people on your floor while enjoying free food, movies and much more. It is also really cool here because there have also even been celebrity sitings at UCF such as Tosh.0. It is both aesthetically pleasing and culturally enriching to go to UCF.

    Am learning a lot

    Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new. The learning does not stop in the class room either. Each person you meet here (which will be a plentiful amount) will teach you something about yourself and the world that you never knew before. Teachers are more than willing to go the extra mile or two in order to accommodate and facilitate your learning experience. You learn how to be independent, how to communicate with people, how to adapt to new situations and people (classes; roommates; professors), how to manage your time and you'll learn who you are.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 702

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    Campus Safety

    UCF has it's own personal police station, and has after dark escort services. There are blue light poles all over campus, and the lighting is decent.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in the Greek Life, but it's fun to see some of the stuff they wear around to show pride. One Fraternity wears bright green bowties, which is cool.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a LOT of clubs. Take your pick. UCF does a lot of events and performances, they're usually pretty good.

    Great for these types of students

    I've seen all sorts of different kind of people, so I'd say it's great for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash: Entertaining to watch, but I wouldn't recommend participating, because the water gets really dirty, very quickly, and you could possibly get sick if you're not careful There's a prop manipulation club (Objects in Motion) near the breezeway, fun to watch, fun to participate. Juggling, contact, poi, hula, staff... (we also like to set all those objects on fire, but that's off-campus only) The reflection pond is a great place to hang out, meet people, because it's really easy to find, and a nice cool place to relax.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. Obviously. UCF has a good reputation, and you'll get a worthwhile education, as long as you put in the effort.

    What to do for fun

    Even just exploring campus is fun. It's almost guaranteed that there is SOMETHING going on at any given time, and if it's not of interest to you, then you can just go people watching instead.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know about the dining halls, I didn't have a meal plan. However, the on-campus restaurants are plentiful, and have some pretty tasty food.

    Dorm Life

    I was only in the dorms for 6 weeks, but it was not an enjoyable experience. I was on the ground floor, had disrespectful suite-mates, and noisy neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy, some are insanely hard. Isn't that typical of most colleges, though?

    Tips for prospective students

    Program SEPS (safety escort and patrol services) number into your phone if you have classes that let out after 7:00. They are wonderful people, and I'm really glad that I used their services. Carry a jacket with you. It might be hot outside, but the classrooms are generally way too cold. Watch out for longboarders. Not all of them know what they are doing. Avoid campus on game days, if at all possible. It's absolutely insane.

    In three sentences

    UCF is really big, and there's a lot of things to do. It's really easy to meet people, and it's just as easy to find places where no one will bother you. It can be difficult and frustrating at times, but there are a lot of great things that you can get out of a UCF experience.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    This school will be great for students who want the complete college experience. Large class sizes and excellent teachers are available to assist you in any way they can. A great education will be gained from attending this great institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all of the tests needed to be accepted into this wonderful university. Make sure that you have all of your paper work sent to the admissions office to be reviewed. It is always important that you apply for as many scholarships as you can before attending and applying for college. It helps because you will avoid student debt.

  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!! No matter if you are shy, friendly, quiet, outgoing, tall, short, purple or green. You will love the University of Central Florida!

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, enjoy what your doing. Take time to enjoy your college years and focus!

    Bang for the buck

    Although college is expensive, this is definitely one school that you are getting what you pay for. The teachers are knowledgeable, you gain a lot of intellect and there is always something to do.

    Am enjoying being here

    I couldn't ask for a better school environment. There are people from all walks of life, the staff is amazing and the student body is so friendly. There is no need to fit in because everyone here gets along.

    Am learning a lot

    At UCF, you end up learning more than you knew was possible. It is such a great experience and because the student body is so large there are so many opportunities. Not only do you gain knowledge about your class topics, but you also learn more about yourself and others.

  • 08/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Greek life is huge at UCF. If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority, you will like Greek life here. UCF is a huge school, so if you are looking for a place where you will meet tons of people, it's the place to be. UCF really is a good place to explore your academic desires and personal life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to take a guided tour of every school you are considering to see how you feel on the campus and ask people you know who go there for a more personal tour, if you can. If you choose UCF, make sure to get involved in everything you are remotely interested in. Join intermural sport teams, go to free events hosted by the school, and join any club you find interesting. If you can get into the Honors College, I highly recommend it. This group has smaller classes, more volunteer opportunities, luncheons with important people, and very personal counseling which saved my college life!

    Bang for the buck

    Apply early! The University of Central Florida gives out many scholarships based on academic merit for those who qualify. However, they are first come, first served, so apply as soon as you can. Dorm life can get expensive, but that will be true of any school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many opportunities to meet new people, especially for freshmen. There is always some kind of event going on including outdoor movie nights, Late Knight events including free food, games, inflatable obstacle courses, etc., and concerts hosted in the arena. Plus, its Orlando, so you're surrounded by theme parks and get great discounts through the school. UCF is just so unique in comparison to most universities and that's why I love it!

    Am learning a lot

    Most professors genuinely care about their students although attending your teacher's office hours is highly recommended to fully understand topics taught in a 300 student lecture hall. However, most classes are much smaller, giving the class an opportunity to ask questions.

  • 08/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a campus that offers many great courses, has a lot of job opportunities, and also offers many on-campus activities, this school if for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not go to UCF if you are looking for an easy college education. You must put in a lot of hard work to succeed, but it is well worth it in the end.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to school at UCF may seem a little pricey, but when compared to other colleges of its caliber, it is actually a bargain!

    Am enjoying being here

    Being a student at UCF has been one of the best experiences of my life.

    Am learning a lot

    I never knew I could learn so much in a year, but as a freshman at UCF I learned so much in and out of the classroom.

  • 12/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    There is something here for everyone. The campus is huge, and you are bound to meet new people. I came shy and alone, I have an awesome roommate who I love, and classmates who are great to talk to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have as much fun as you can. Take advantage of everything that the campus has to offer. But work hard too, remember, you're here to get an education. Balance everything.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition isn't really that bad, especially if you have Bright Futures and Financial Aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is never a dull moment at UCF. There is always something to do, and usually it is FREE. We constantly have free events, concerts, and comedy shows, just for students. The football games are a lot of fun, and you can get in free if you enter the lottery, all the other sports, like basketball and soccer are free too.

    Am learning a lot

    To any freshman I recommend that you take Strategies for Success in College. It will teach you a lot about what the school has to offer. It will tell you about helpful resources around campus, as well as fun things to do.

  • 12/02/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is awesome for students who like some healthy competition in a fast paced, opportunistic environment. It is not the place for those who wish to relax in college; this is a work hard play hard university. They have taken all the big fish and put them in a large pond. You will likely not be the smartest person in your class without some work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Jump right in. Join something- LEAD Scholars is a great place to start, but we also have hundreds of other organizations such as Burnett Honors College, the Greek system, Campus Activities Board, and an open student government.

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, I only rated this three stars, because this one is up to the student. I don't pay a cent because I took advantage of all the programs that offer financial aid, but if one was to sit on their butt and not get involved, it would probably be pretty costly.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is beautiful, and it is surprisingly easy to get involved despite the massive size. Everyone is friendly and opportunity just falls in your lap. I've had a blast.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more in my first year here than I did in all of my high school years combined. While we may not be as big of a party school or football oriented as UF, we are without a doubt more academic. Be forewarned; you WILL be challenged past any other Florida school you have applied to.

  • 10/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 702

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    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay on top of your school work but also balance your social life.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's really diverse and you will be able to meet a lot of new people from all across the country!

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of student resources, no excuses for failing!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is guaranteed to be the school for you if you are a dedicated student determined to go somewhere through life with a great education, yet the type of person that likes to have fun as well. If you're looking for a new eye-opening experience that will teach what you need to know in the books and in life then I highly recommend giving UCF a shot.

    Tips for prospective students

    If this really is the school that you want to go to enroll early because UCF has a rolling admission. You may also want to make sure that you consult your advisors on a regular basis in order to keep track of your responsibilities and to make sure that you are on the right track to graduating on time. My last tip would be to approach the college experience as something new and exciting. College is not the scary transition that many people think it is as long as you can be responsible and you come with an open mind, ready for the wonderful new experiences that will come your way. Relax and breathe and just take everything in, and you'll find that college can be an amazing opportunity for you and that this point on the road through life is a critical yet worthwhile one.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not going to beat around the bush and attempt to convince you that college isn't expensive, but the great thing about UCF is that it offers so much financial aid and so many different scholarship opportunities that the expenses are completely manageable. There are also many internships and job-study programs that are willing to help pay for your college experience. College doesn't have to break your bank if you search for help in all the right places, and one of those places is the financial aid office at UCF.

    Am enjoying being here

    Now as we all know, getting an education is the main priority we all have when we come to college but you can't just study forever, locked up in your room all day. You have to get out there and get involved!!! Fortunately UCF provides loads of clubs and extracurricular activities for everyone to get involved in. There will always be something to do that matches at least one of your interests. UCF has everything from inter-mural sports to dance clubs to keep you fit and healthy but also to show you a good time. There are different artistic clubs and plenty of academic and internship clubs. UCF also hosts many on and off campus activities like Late Knights, that give students the opportunity to just relax and have a great time eating free food, dancing, and playing games. It's so much fun and always safe, so why wouldn't you come out and enjoy yourself?!

    Am learning a lot

    Thanks to UCF's intensely rigorous curriculum my brain is officially absorbing more information than ever before. If you want a school that is serious about providing its students with the education and necessary skills to not only succeed academically but to succeed in life as well, then you have got to come here!

  • 06/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    A new start is very much possible here. Even if you don't like big crowds (because this school has 57,000 people), don't be intimidated. You don't have to hang out with every single student. It's a great opportunity for everyone because there are so many kinds of jobs and internships available for almost all majors offered. The nightlife and shopping isn't that bad either!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the FREE tutoring, it helps out a lot (go even if you think it's uncool, it's uncool to fail out of college FYI) If you're worried about making friends, don't be, everyone else is in the same position as you. It's not like high school, everyone is friendly and no one has a reputation. It was one of the best decisions of my life and I hope to help someone else make a great decision too!

    Bang for the buck

    I think my college choice here at UCF is worth every penny. It's everything I ever wanted and I couldn't be happier!

    Am enjoying being here

    I can't wait to come back for my second year! It's just an awesome school and I love everything about it. The teachers are overall very nice and helpful even in large classes, which is surprising! There's so much to do on and off campus. On campus, intramural sports are always fun and social, and did I mention the gym was just redone and is GORGEOUS!!!? There are also over 400 clubs including a chocolate club! Off campus there are theme parks galore and shopping malls all around.

    Am learning a lot

    I've never been in such intense classes. At first the classes were very difficult and I didn't know how to study for them, but as the year got on I got into the groove of studying correctly and managing my time wisely.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 702

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty good. The most awesome thing there is SEPS. They will come and get you from anywhere on campus and take you anywhere on campus at night. I definitely used them!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very diversified at UCF. There are many fraternities and sororities for all races.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to join at UCF. From SGA to the Chocolate Club! There is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition at UCF is to not walk over the Pegasus located in the middle of the student union until you graduate. If you do, it is said that you will not graduate from UCF!

    Bang for the buck

    Everything seems to be expensive at UCF unfortunately.

    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun on campus include the many events UCF throws. Like Late Knights and complimentary concerts. The football and basketball games are where it's at too!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are not that great. But they're a great place to hang out with friends if you're freshman. However, UCF has other options as well. Like Dominios, Jimmy John's, and my personal favorite Kyoto.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not that amazing but they are definitely not horrible. However, do not live in the Towers. It's not worth paying over $3,000 a semester, which is equivalent to about 4 months, to live somewhere.

    Academic Rigor

    The class can be challenging at times. Use the website rate my professor to find the good teachers at school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everything at UCF seems kind of expensive. Try to find the cheapest alternative route that you can when it comes to books and housing. And don't get a meal plan ever! Worst decision of my life. Just pay for a single visit if you decide to go to one of the two dining halls on campus.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a pretty good school to attend. The campus is amazing and the people there are cool for the most part. Also, the events thrown there like Late Knights and football games are to die for! So much fun!

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 22 of 702

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    Campus Safety

    UCF is pretty safe. There are the UCF police constantly driving around, with the station just at the back of campus. There are also emergency call buttons, which glow blue at night, spaced throughout campus. I feel safer on campus, especially at night, than I do anywhere else in the city. However, I still would not recommend walking around alone at night. Better safe than sorry. Be careful at night and in the parking garages. On weekends there is a service called S.E.P.S. The number is on the back of your student ID. If you call them, they will give you a ride in a golf cart to wherever you need to go so that you're not walking alone at night across campus.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities to choose from at UCF. During rush week you have the opportunity to see them all and see which is the best fit for you. You get out what you put in. There are even business and other types of fraternities as well as Christian fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on campus. You can definitely find one you'll love. And if not, you can even create your own club! Every Wednesday, some clubs will have tents set up outside of the Student Union, giving you the opportunity to learn more about them.

    Great for these types of students

    Definitely the best place for Hospitality majors. UCF has the Rosen School of Hospitality Management. It is a wonderful school for anyone, with so many majors and classes to choose from. But be careful if your major is a smaller, less popular one. Sometimes UCF will remove a major before you've completed it, hence the joke U Can't Finish.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the Friday of Homecoming week. All week there are different events every night where you can also get free things. On Friday everyone gathers around the sacred reflection pond and runs in and just parties. Make sure you get there early to get a free shirt and a lot of other cool free things! Sometimes on the top floor of the library, a little museum will be set up. A few months ago there were old journals on display from tourists of the 1800's in Florida, describing a shark attack.

    Bang for the buck

    On Wednesdays in front of the Union, there are tents set up where you can get free cups, t-shirts, pens, and other things. BUT DO NOT buy your books from the campus bookstore. There are other options near campus that are MUCH cheaper, such as Grey's or CB&S. I try to rent as much as possible as that is the cheapest option. You do get a lot of free things payed for by your tuition. These include but are not limited to free shuttle services, free doctors visits, free counseling services, free shirts and other knick-knacks, free scantrons, and free concerts and other special events. As well as access to the gym, gym classes, and recreation equipment at Lake Claire, free with student ID. You can also get a lot of discounts with your student ID. You can get discounted theme park tickets and other attractions as well as 15% off your purchase at Micheal's at Waterford Lakes. You also get into sporting events FREE with your student ID.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities both on and off campus. Some Friday nights there are events called Late Knights. There is a different theme each time, and corresponding activities to go along with it. A few of the themes last year included 80's with a roller rink, and a carnival theme with a few rides and games where you could win prizes. Admission to these things are free and freshman can earn Link Loot with their student ID and turn in their points at the end of the year for prizes. There are also different excursions you can pay to go on through the Recreation and Wellness Center (gym), which includes things like paddle boarding and surfing. The first week of school there is an event called Pegasus Palooza, which features a free concert. Homecoming week features a free concert, comedian, the legendary Spirit Splash, as well as free shirts and lots of fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options on campus and close to campus. They are mostly chains, so there's no uncertainty. These include places like Burger King, Kyoto, Subway, Dominos, Asian Chao, Sbarro, as well as several convenient stores with snacks and even sushi. There are also places that you can purchase meal plans for, Knightro's and Marketplace, that offer many different choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you and your room mate are compatible or can at least compromise. You may end up with someone that's hard to live with, and it could ruin your whole year. So if you can, room with someone you know, but if not and you don't get along, you can always request to change rooms. A lot of dorms will give you a special treat on your birthday too! And there are little gatherings and things that each building will have and it is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely study study study! In high school I was a good student and didn't have to study very hard to do well on tests, so I figured college wouldn't be much different. I was wrong, I failed my first college test I ever took. So always study a little every night leading up to an exam, DO NOT try and cram. I would suggest trying to only take four classes your first semester, so you can get a feel for how college is and see what you can handle. There is a lot of work outside of class. For example, some math classes require you to spend three hours a week in a math lab, doing homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't have to pay for scantrons! You can get one free everyday in the union with your student ID. DO NOT CRAM THE NIGHT BEFORE AN EXAM, YOU WILL FAIL. I made this mistake thinking it would be like high school, so don't make this mistake! And get involved, go to events, join a club! It's very hard to make friends and meet people in your classes, so the best way to meet others is to join an organization or even just go to the many free events

    In three sentences

    Overall, UCF is a wonderful school. There are so many opportunities I've been given and I am so glad I chose this school. I'm proud to call myself a knight.

  • 08/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for all students: introverts and extroverts, athletes and academics, and especially for those who know exactly what they want and those who have no vague idea at all. The faculty excels at helping every type of student, regardless of age, race, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT THE CAMPUS! Once you see how much the faculty cares about the appearance of their campus, you are able to see exactly how much they care about making sure their students get the best of the best available amenities, both tangible and not.

    Bang for the buck

    Besides housing being a little on the expensive side (but that's the same for anywhere these days), you definitely get your moneys worth at UCF. Plus, the campus is always expanding and installing new innovations, giving the students everything they need to succeed in school and beyond.

    Am enjoying being here

    Again, it's Orlando; how could you not enjoy being here?! With Walt Disney World, famous International Drive, and a student-friendly community, who wouldn't enjoy themselves?

    Am learning a lot

    My major is Hospitality Management, and what better a place to earn my degree than Orlando, one of the world's most popular destination spots?! All of my classes are catered to the working student, so we are able to gain experience alongside our schooling. Everything given to us by UCF directly helps us on the job.

  • 09/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    I attend the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, which is off-campus. I like attending Rosen because you can take classes at main campus and participate in the big school atmosphere, or you can stay on Rosen campus and take part in a smaller, more intimate and focused atmosphere. I would say that it is great for students who actually take an active role in learning, but who also have a great sense of adventure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Orlando is an exciting place - make sure you get comfortable with your classes before you indulge in the glamour. I recommend getting into a good study schedule then adding in the fun. Also, be sure to get a really good bike lock.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are expensive, but I have found that if I attend all of my classes all of the time I get my money's worth. Skipping class regularly will not teach you anything, and it will waste your money. One thing I dislike is the extra expenses in some of the classes for things like the iClicker, Wall Street Journal subscription, computer programs, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have genuinely enjoyed my classes. I have not made a lot of connections with other students, but that is starting to change.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors I have had are VERY interested in helping their students succeed. They have all had extensive experience in their fields and use this experience to illustrate topics discussed in the classroom. They understand that the students have busy lives and reflect this on their syllabus. Few professors have assigned a lot of 'busy work', I have had relevant homework and assignments. I am impressed with how well they relate what they are teaching to the lives of the students.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for ANYONE

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus. There are a lot of clubs and organizations to choose from. The more involved you are, the more fun you will have guaranteed. Also, stay on top of academics. It is really easy to get carried away, so don't let your GPA suffer because of it. Once your GPA is low it is really hard to bring it back up again.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a student currently attending UCF, there has never been a boring moment on campus. There is always something to do for students whether its greek life, football games, clubs, or school events. The people here are also very nice and easy to get along with, so anyone will make friends here quick.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Central Florida provides students a huge list of majors to choose from and an array of different classes to take. This is helpful because it allows students to get a feel for what they enjoy doing the most. It also makes it easier to figure out what major is best for you.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves great events, being involved, feeling welcomed, and the colors black and gold!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus for your first semester to get acquainted with the campus and meet people more easily. It's a large school but if you can find your niche it makes it much smaller.

    Bang for the buck

    Resident tuition isn't bad at all, especially with help from scholarships. Out of state tuition is more expensive but it's doable, my roommate is from new york and she seems to be doing fine. I think all the great events and free stuff we get, and lets not forget the education, is well worth the tuition costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The UCF campus is amazing, there is so much to do! The free student events are always amazing, for homecoming this year we had Asher Roth and T-Pain perfom as well as Daniel Tosh (a UCF alumn!).

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are attentive and very helpful. Even in a class of 400 I find it easy to talk to my teachers and build a relationship.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    For every culture, ethnicity, sex, or sexual preference UCF is a fun and exciting place to be, but you have to put in the time and do the work to stay there. Some people think you can just go to party but, if you do that you will not graduate. If you can manage your social life and excel in your academics, then UCF is your type of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the professor knows your name. Class sizes are big at UCF and you want to make sure you stand out so that when it comes time for recommendations, extra credit opportunities and participation grades, the teacher knows who you are. Get a planner or some kind of device to plan a schedule and write down important dates. Time management is everything in college and there are a lot of important dates like quizzes, exams, term papers that professors put in the syllabus and never mention again until the day before it's due so it's important to have it already written down.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive no matter where you go, and UCF is no different. However we get a lot of things with our money. Free access to the gym, the tons of free things you get for being a student, free game tickets through the student lottery, free supplies at the union etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    People are always saying how high school is the best days of your life.They are WRONG! College is the best, especially at UCF. Student Government is always throwing something free for the students such as comedy shows like Tosh-O alumni. Concerts like T-Pain, Plain White T's, Lupe Fiasco, Panic at the Disco, free movies, parades, and Light Up UCF. Light Up UCF is around the winter holidays the campus is decorated with Christmas lights, an ice skating rink, holiday movies and this year a Ferris wheel, to put the students in the holiday spirit. Plus there is always something to do at UCF the forums, greek life, or just hanging out in the union. Game days are awesome because even though we don't have the best football team we definitely have the best tailgate parties. Also once a month we have a free themed party called Late Knights. We even have a free day at Universal Studios. So yes I have to say I love being a Knight.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much at UCF. I have had some of the coolest professors at UCF. From the International relations teacher who sings songs about fiscal policy and the government. To the philosophy teacher who picks your brain so much that you have headaches but are still excited to come to class twice a week. Also if you don't understand something the profs are more than happy to talk to you during office hours or after class. There are also learning opportunities outside of the classroom like debates, and there are always guest speakers coming to UCF.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Active, Involved

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF stands for opportunity. Take advantage of that and get involved! Meet new people, come out to campus activities and events, participate in things you would have never thought of doing, go to sports games, and most of all- enjoy your time here because there's no place like UCF!

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a public university, making it easy for Florida residents to use Bright-Futures to cover most of their tuition. With the help of FAFSA and scholarships from Cappex and other organizations as well- you may end up paying less than you could ever imagine!

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Central Florida is ranked third nationally in size of it's student body. When you have a University with over 50,000 students there are endless amounts of different things to do. If you are into clubs, there is one for anything you can imagine. Chocolate lovers are welcome at the Chocolate Club, every ethnicity has their own club, gamers, volunteers, and even major specific clubs are available! If you prefer fitness and are not a part of a school team, there are over intramural sports going on all throughout the academic year and eve fitness classes available at the Recreation and Wellness Center. So whether you like to swing dance or prefer a sorority or fraternity, UCF has everything for you to have a good time and enjoy your college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The most important thing about college is academics. The opportunity to be in a college setting, learning new information on a variety of different subjects, is your chance to expand your knowledge. I have been able to take classes from Theater Survey to Psychology, both which have nothing to do with my intended major but have allowed me to experiment and open my eyes to new things I may not have considered beforehand.

  • 10/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone! UCF has something to offer for any and every individual.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, work hard the rest of your high school career, do well on your standardized test, and have a plan of courses that you'd like to take.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes here are great! Most of the general education classes are big, but some classes are smaller like English courses where students have the chance for one on one help with their work. There is also many opportunities for free tutoring.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Central Florida is great for students who have a good work ethic. You have to be able to keep up and I know a lot of students who slacked off their freshman year and are now paying the price for it. This is school great for people who are open to diversity because there are so many types of people who attend and all with different backgrounds which makes it more interesting. Other than that anybody is truly welcome to be a UCF Knight.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with a positive outlook. Remember there are thousands more students where you are so you're not alone. Maintaining a balance between work and play is absolutely crucial. Put academics first before other activities because that's the reason we're here. The University of Central Florida is a great school, and you will learn a lot and have so much fun as well.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost to attend the University of Central Florida is steep but it is definitely worth it. Compared to other schools, I believe the cost is relatively fair. We get so much out of what we pay because not only is the money used appropriately to edify the student body academically, it is also provides us with perks such as free access to the amazing recreation center, the upkeep of our beautiful fountain, and creation of new garages for the increasing student body. Also for example, because the school is so large and it is preferred that students not walk alone at night, the school added protective measures such as the student escort patrol service (SEPS) to escort students to their destinations.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is so beautiful that sometimes you feel more like you are on vacation than at college. There are tons activities and events going on that you can truly never be bored whether it's a band playing by the student union or its spirit week. There are so many clubs and organizations that it really hard to not find your niche and where you belong. The atmosphere, to me, is not stressful at all and the students are nice and willing to interact. I am enjoying being here at the University of Central Florida and I am proud to be a UCF knight!

    Am learning a lot

    Sometimes you will feel as if you are going to explode with the amount of work given in the classes, but you can get through it. The teachers are willing to always help which makes life so much easier. Everything is for a reason and by the end of the semester you will be grateful that you took the course because you really do use those new skills learned in upper level classes and beyond. Outside of class you will learn to interact with all types of people. With a school as huge as UCF and with a massive student body, you are bound to meet different races and ethnicities of people which, to me, is very exciting. The door is open for you to learn and gain new experiences so take advantage of it.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of students

    Tips for prospective students

    To prospective students: remember to stay focused, be true to yourself, be responsible, and have fun. Know your purpose for entering college, and make the best of it. You will soon learn that you will be adjusting quickly to the new environment, but can be victorious if you put for the effort to succeed. Good Luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Like most colleges, you will be spending a lot of money through out the duration of your education. My advice would be stay focused, and be wise with your spending. Budgeting is the key, so make the right investments for your future. On the positive side, you will enjoy the free food, t-shirts, and other items that will be useful for you. You will get a bang for your buck through your studies, when you graduate, and when you are offered a great job. College is a long and tedious process, but has wonderful results in the end if you put forth the effort and commitment to succeed.

    Am enjoying being here

    If you enjoy the fast paced, people friendly, ever-evolving metropolitan area, then UCF is the place to be. UCF not only offers great education, but the diverse community is family oriented. You are welcomed with open arms. The diversity also helps you to be more comfortable in the job market when exposed to different backgrounds. You learn how to maintain great relationships through respect and compassion for others. UCF offers the comfort of never being too far away from home. Of course, you are going to want a break from school after long hours of studying, but the results of your hard work only motivates you to continue pursuing your degree. UCF gives you multiple support systems where being left alone is up to you. I enjoy UCF because everything negative that I expected it to be, was proven otherwise. I am a proud Knight looking forward to be another success story from the University of Central Florida.

    Am learning a lot

    Before entering UCF, I was pretty skeptical about the college because it was too close to home, and it did not have the same notoriety as UF or FSU. However, what I failed to realize was that my discomfort was only going to hold me back if I did not apply myself and use the opportunities at hand to the best of my abilities. The large lecture halls were a bit intimidating at first, but I was still able to focus, and adjust very well to the new environment. The professors are the essential tools that has helped me expand me knowledge, and develop new analytical skills inside and outside the classroom. I am constantly challenged to improve myself, and to become more successful. UCF continues to grow, but also continues to provide students with the skills necessary for future success. I am learning learning so much that I know I will be a well rounded, exceptional candidate for future employers after graduating.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 32 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for people who want to be at a large school (and by large, I'm talking largest in Florida and second largest in the country). Also, this school is also for someone who wants to be involved. Also, a fear that I had by coming to such a huge school was not being able to make friends easily. By being involved in some kind of club, you automatically hang around people with the same interests as you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I cannot stress this enough, APPLY EARLY!!! I applied ridiculously early (October, I believe) and got my acceptance letter literally a week later. While some of my other friends waited to apply and either got wait-listed or ended up getting accepted so late that it was even too late to apply for on-campus housing, forcing her to live off-campus by herself. Another thing (for those high school juniors), start taking the ACT/SAT the beginning of your junior year. I took my 3rd ACT the beginning of summer before senior year, that way, I was able to start filling out applications right when senior year started. You'll be so glad to just get those out of the way!

    Bang for the buck

    My experiences here at UCF have definitely been worth the money. The classes are great and the campus is amazing (especially with the new addition to the already gigantic gym). There are also so many amazing clubs to join, from chocolate club, to campus activities board where you can help put on shows and work with large acts. Now everyone probably knows that housing is the biggest expense, but here it is SO worth it. Academic Village (includes Nike and Hercules, where I lived) as well as The Towers (where I'm living next year) are by far the nicest dorm rooms I've ever seen; everything is new. Did I mention no communal bathrooms? Our other two communities, Libra and Lake Claire, are older but still very nice. And still no communal bathrooms!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE being at UCF. I joined a sorority (which is NOTHING like the movies or tv shows, fyi) and that helped me make a ton of friends. I always have someone to do something with. Here in Orlando, there are so many options of stuff to do in your spare time! You can go to our on campus ticket box office and get cheap theme park tickets, go downtown, go to an NBA game (or watch Michael Jordan's son play on our own basketball team....just saying), shopping at one of the huge 2 malls we have (not including the outlets) or go see a concert downtown or at our very own UCF Arena. I have to be honest though, the one thing I don't like about Orlando is the tolls.

    Am learning a lot

    I have to admit, when I was a freshman about to begin college last summer, I was very intimidated. My thoughts immediately flashed back to all those movies I had seen that had described college as either a huge 4 year party or, on the other end of the spectrum, a huge 4 year all-nighter. It is neither of those. The classes aren't too terrible, but the majority of them aren't a walk in the park either. I find that it is the perfect balance of hard and easy, if that makes any sense.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 33 of 702

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    Campus Safety

    Officers lurk around the campus often. There are also emergency buttons around the campus if you see something sketchy while walking. Overall, it is a really safe school. To go into your dorm building, you will need to swipe your UCF id card at the front door.

    Greek Life

    The houses are magnificent. Greek life is not a huge deal though, because everybody just joins along in the parties. There are not many social restricitions.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many to count! Diversity is key in UCF.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love beautiful campuses, want to have fun all school year, have many opportunities, and academically challenge yourself, UCF is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The gym is the central socialization spot. Since students go to Cocoa beach so much, it is only right to stay fit. UCF is a very outdoorsy school.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to the other universities in Florida, UCF was by far the cleanest, prettiest, and safest school I have visited. I'm so glad I came to this school because I hear so many bad things about UF and FSU, yet all these schools cost the same! UCF is growing to become the number one school in Florida. I definitely recommend going to this school!

    What to do for fun

    Since UCF is in Orlando, the most fun spot in Florida, there is no shortage for entertainment there. On campus, UCF provides students with movie theatre with the latest releases, an ice rink, and circus that comes twice a year. The gym is also a social hub including rock climbing, dance classes, and hot tubs. I've heard other students repeatedly say that staying at UCF is like year round vacation. There are so many clubs surrounding the campus. All of them are so much fun! A lot of people go to these. But if you do get bored of the campus life (which is not possible) Orlando provides great entertainment like theme parks such as Universal, Islands of Adventure, and Wet-N-Wild. The outlet malls are also huge there.

    Food and Dining

    Their are so many options for food. There's a Subway, Domino's, sushi place, and Starbucks right across from my dorm. And that's only one strip! The student union has plenty other names in food that you might love, like McDonald's. There is no shortage of quality and variety for food at UCF.

    Dorm Life

    Their dorms are so clean! It's literally like you are in a resort. The rooms are more than what you need. My favorite dorm buildings are the Towers. They are extra roomy.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are really organized. Professors give you the option of watching their lectures in videos. They provide assistance to the student's academic needs. There are many major and career fairs to help those undeclared. There is a building on campus dedicated to just finding what major suits you best.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that you apply as early as you can. Some of my friends were bummed out that they were not able to go to UCF. Also, apply for housing early. They have the best dorms, just pick which one suits you.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful, opportunity, excellence.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 702

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    Campus Safety

    From 7:00pm-1:00am, golf carts around campus will pick you up and drop you off at your car, dorm, or next location. Blue lights line the lawn in case of emergency. Police here, however, are mostly lazy and keep to their cars.

    Greek Life

    Moderately active. Many different Greek organizations to choose from, if that's your thing. 100% no hazing policy and few legitimately concerning stories (that is, stories beyond that of a pillow fight gotten rough, harmless pranks, or of sending the pledge to buy 1000 condoms) ever really heard.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 100 organizations all controlled by students. Funded through by SGA, which has a 19 million dollar budget.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type really - it is what you make of it

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash - Get ready to jump into the UCF Reflection Pond during Homecoming week, while listening to a free concert and being pelted by rubber duckies. Football - Classes will be cancelled at some point during Homecoming week for this sacred tradition. Pride runs deep here. UCF fans BLEED black and gold. Girls - you may be tossed into the air during games; take it as a compliment of sorts. Or as standard for underclass hazing. Observatory - Open house days at the Robinson Observatory on campus allow students to see the stars and explore the universe with grad students guiding them. Pretty unique experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Ranked as one of the Best Value Colleges by US News, UCF is consistently pretty affordable and financial aid is very generous. The amenities and resort-style living add to the feel of a 21st century experience.

    What to do for fun

    Check out Lake Claire! It's a huge lake with sand volleyball courts, grills, and pavilions with free kayak rentals to students - right on campus. The state of the art gym is a nice bonus too. If athleticism isn't your thing though, UCF has roughly 100 student organizations to take part in and local area bars with an active nightlife nearby.

    Food and Dining

    AVOID THE MARKETPLACE! Seriously though, it's kind of gross. Other than that, UCF offers a great array of on-campus dining options - from the 2 sports bars right on campus, to the various subways (I think we have 3 now), to a food court style area at the Union. It's hard to run out of options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms range from the older, traditional brick complexes to apartment-style living. While the Towers (apartments) on campus may seem like heaven on Earth, they are a bit of a walk from many of the classroom buildings and are way overpriced. The older, traditional style dorms are actually more in the heart of campus within walking distance of everything.

    Academic Rigor

    It's certainly not rocket science. While some classes are definitely more challenging than others, some of it (especially within the general education program) feels like High School re-runs. Online classes are easier than virtual school and huge lecture halls are a joke. Last semester, a girl showed up in my 300 person class in a bikini (and nothing else). Be prepared to face palm during the GEP, but after that - upper divisions are smaller and more focused. Surviving the first year is always the worst.

    Tips for prospective students

    The basics: take standardized testing and GPA seriously. Admissions are mostly a numbers game. Apply as early as possible too - UCF is a rolling-admissions school, so the sooner you apply - the better your chances (especially if you are on the edge of acceptance). If you're not in the Top 20% of your class, but still feel qualified for Honors, request an application from the Honors website. Honors looks for mostly well-roundedness, so shine there and be open about who you are as a student.

    In three sentences

    With over 50,000 students at the University of Central Florida, it is easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond. But, with all of the opportunities afforded by this institution and all of the resources available, a little effort on the student side of things makes UCF a really great place to kick-start a career at. Quite simple: I love it here.

  • 07/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 35 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn. Students who want to major in Education because the Education program is amazing

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early so you don't have to put on a waiting list for the Towers

    Bang for the buck

    They just raised there rates by almost $150.

  • 05/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is unsure about their major, because you could study almost anything here. They have really strong film, psychology, digital media, business, and engineering programs, so if you're sure you want to go into one of those fields, look no further.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are a well-rounded student! Sure, they like strong test scores and GPAs, but UCF is a school full of diverse students. You should try as many things as you can at least once. Even if you don't stick with it, list it on your resume. Trying a bunch of different sports and instruments, but only sticking with each for a year shows that you want to try everything, not that you're a quitter!

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest Florida Universities. In fact, I might be the cheapest but I'm not 100% sure about that fact. All I know is that with how much the university is always growing. Their are endless opportunities that are provided for the students, and the many free services offered to students (annual check-ups, newspapers, paper-reviews, tutoring, etc....) make the price too good to be true.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something going on. Even living on campus, you can't keep up with everything there is to do! Not only that, but they professors are great, there's a great sense of community and pride among the students, and with students from 140 countries and all 50 states, you meet a lot of interesting people.

    Am learning a lot

    Only one year, and I've already grow so much intellectually. The professors here really care about their students, and because of that they really make sure you learn as much as you can in the semester you're under their instruction.

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 702

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    Am enjoying being here

    I love University of Central Florida. It is a great school! I have had many great teachers and I have made a lot of really good friends. here is a tip to in coming students and even students going to other schools: get involved, make friends, have fun, and don't forget to go to class.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF has so many undergraduate research opportunities! If you are looking for pre-med/ any science related major this is a great school for you to get early experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved! There are many clubs, organizations, and fraternities/sororities to join.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I still live at home this was definitely the best choice for saving money. Tuition here is also lower than most other universities in Florida.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCF has a beautiful campus and is adding more! The people are friendly and we have a lot of fun during football games. The arena hosts many comedians and musical acts that students can get discounts for.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I have taken are mostly science related and the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. Also for a lot of subjects UCF offers supplemental instruction sessions for free and a tutoring center.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as many scholarships as possible

    Bang for the buck

    Great engineering program

    Will enjoy being here

    Love the community and student life

    Will learn a lot

    I look foward to taking advantage of their amazing engineering program

  • 06/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 702

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    Tips for prospective students

    Focus hard during your classes, and don't let your grades slip! Especially your firs two years at school, because it IS different from high school!

  • 06/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 702

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    Am enjoying being here

    Beautiful weather, beautiful campus. My daily dose of happiness ^_^

    Am learning a lot

    The help the campus offers is great. From one on one appointments with your personal academic adviser to the friendly current students there that are eager for you to join in and get involved, you won't feel lost at UCF as long as you just ask for help.

  • 06/25/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UCF has programs that any type of student can like and enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    learn and have fun

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    This would be a great college for people wanting to figure out what they want to do. Since it's so large, there are resources for almost anything. People that enjoy big groups of people would feel at home here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus. It's important that you feel comfortable walking around, and that it feels like a fit to you. Don't be afraid to contact the professors; the ones that I have talked with have all been very approachable and friendly. Also, get involved. Everyone says this, but it's true. Because UCF has such a large student population, being a member of clubs or other organizations helps you feel a part of campus life as well as helping you make new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many scholarship opportunites, both for in-state and out-of-state students. Rooms are nice for their cost, and the cafeteria food is pretty fine, especially since it's buffet style.

    Will enjoy being here

    With over 400 clubs and activities, everyone can find something to be involved in, from a capella groups to medieval fighting to rocket clubs.

    Academic Rigor

    As part of the Honors College, there are many opportunities for learning even beyond classes. This program gives a chance for small class sizes in a big university. Depending on your major, class sizes can be smaller than the 300 student lectures. Some of my music classes have only had seven students, and my engineering lab only had twenty-five.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves the heat and likes to be around people because it is a large school and the weather can get really hot and humid.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time wisely, be organized, don't be afraid to ask for help, and don't forget to have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, UCF is definitely worth it. For out-of-state students, it's also worth it but it is costly. It's really important for non-Florida residents to look into scholarships, grants, and waivers or you might end up with a lot of loans.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere at UCF is very positive and exciting. There is always something going on such as performances, sports events, Late Knights, exercising classes, etc.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot in and outside of classes. There are a lot of places, programs, such as EXCEL and LEAD Scholars, and clubs that allow you to become well-rounded and knowledgeable about the careers and opportunities around you.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 702

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love diverse environments where you can meet thousands of new people every day, be in the center of a thriving community where celebrity appearances are not uncommon and live entertainment is around every corner, make life changing friendships (even with teachers), and get a meaningful education while you're at it, then this school would be a a great place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have 3 tidbits of advice, all of which come from my own personal experiences: (1) Leave your dorm room door open while you are moving in your stuff during the first week so that others will think you are approachable and you can meet all the people in your residence hall quicker and easier. DO NOT neglect making introductions when newcomers move in or have a guest over just because you are busy doing your own thing. First impressions are a HUGE deal and if you appear closed off the first few days, no one in your housing unit will be interested in befriending you the whole school year. (2) In college, many teachers give few to zero homework assignments and grade you solely on tests/quizzes. DO NOT skip/sleep through classes for subject matter that is unfamiliar to you if you do not have a study buddy for exams. Even if teachers post notes online, you can understand it better with the key phrases and explanations they use in person and are less likely to have trouble passing the class. The teachers will also specifically tell you which items will be tested on and which will not. (3.) The reason why people reccomend that you wait until after the first day/week of classes to buy textbooks is because more often than not, the texts are highly reccomended but not actually mandatory and either copies are available to borrow from teachers/friends or are never truly required in order to complete assignments. Use your own judgement based on your experience in the course during the week, and also ask your instructors and others who have taken the class before you if the book is worth it before you buy.

    Bang for the buck

    The SGA here hosts many many free on campus events throughout the school year and sometimes with opportunities for students to win prizes. The facilities available are great for kids who don't have a car because with your student ID you get free bus transportation to the shopping centers on weekends as well as to and from off campus housing units every day. Plus the ID gives you free access to the gym, where you can take classes in yoga, boxing, dancing, etc, climb the rock wall, run the track, swim in the lap pool, and use the gym equipment from morning till night. You can get guests in for free too. There is also a health center on campus where students can get microwave meals, breakfast and snack foods as well as prescriptions and exams. In the student union there is a convenience stop too. The SU also offers plenty of places to eat great food at affordable prices, as well as a computer store, eyeglass center, and computer/print labs. At the printing labs you can print out homework assignments and copies for free with your ID. And you can even get a free scantron daily from the SGA office with your ID card. And the on campus bookstore offers price matching for the cheaper off campus bookstore prices.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never made more friends in my life than I have in my first year as a student at UCF. There are so many opportunities to mingle at social events and within clubs on campus, and from my first day here I have met several people who are extremely welcoming to newcomers. Especially upperclassmen. There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself here, whether it be watching free and/or discounted concerts and sporting events, visiting the performing arts theatre to see a play performed by talented people within UCF's own theatre program, reading or having lunch in the 5 story library right across from the gorgeous reflection pond where several come to lounge by the grass or on stone benches, or exploring the night life within the UCF area or downtown. Not to mention students get discounted theme park tickets to Universal and Disney!

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the teachers I have taken classes for have been extremely passionate about and knowledgable of their topic of study and willing to answer student questions and concerns in any way possible. There are tutoring labs and extra credit opportunities plus all the teachers and teacher's aides offer their office hours and email/phone numbers for students if needed. The professors for my major have become great friends of mine as well as having provided me with relevant and hands on learning experiences. The advising staff and resident assistants are also very helpful in showing new students the ropes and making them feel comfortable in their new college environment.

  • 12/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who study hard, know how to manage their time, very social.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to manage your time. Grades will sneak up on you and every assignment matters. Be ready to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is way too high.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is huge, so it is a little difficult to get around and be on time. Account for parking and traffic. I usually run into someone I know and there is plenty to do in between classes. There are also a lot of fun events going on at all times.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of the professors are amazing at explaining new concepts and even adding new insight to concepts that you've already learned. I leave most of my classes with a new way of thinking.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard from the beginning

    Bang for the buck

    A little expensive

    Am enjoying being here

    Good environment

    Am learning a lot

    Very interesting class

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, disciplined.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the extensive resources offered.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 702

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    Bang for the buck

    The campus is beautiful, and the classes are interesting. UCF is worth every penny you'll put into it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone I've met has been extremely nice. There's always so much going on. Whether it's on campus activities or a night out, UCF Knightlife is the way to go.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors are extremely helpful. They care about your education, and can always be found during their office hours. If you can't make office hours, it's easy to schedule an appointment or contact by email.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The dining services were awesome, the restaurants in Knight's Plaza were good too, but usually were a little pricey, and the places to eat in the Student Union were affordable, but sometimes got old if you frequented a lot.

    Dorm Life

    Sorry, I always lived off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    During my time here, I found the University's academic rigor to fluctuate throughout the semester as well as throughout the colleges. Some weeks would be exhaustive while other weeks were more relaxed.

    In three sentences

    UCF stands for opportunity. I have found the University to stay true to its motto. However, what you put in will likely reflect what you get out of it when leaving.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are well prepare for student safety with 24 hour security around the campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to mention! This University is very well organized in so many clubs and activities! For example: for Christmas they offer Ice skating and so many other Christmas activities for all ages too!100%

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students young and old!

    Bang for the buck

    The cost for this University is very well price compare to other Universities outside of Florida. Which they are not well known or has popular as our UCF. Also the cost are way higher too!

    What to do for fun

    They offer at little of every sport you can imagine, basketball, football, softball,tennis and lacrosse also swimming and even more than I can mention!

    Food and Dining

    The food is diversified and delicious at great prices!100%

    Dorm Life

    Im not to familiar his the campus!But I heard among my friends the is well organized and clean and safe. 100%

    Academic Rigor

    The academic Rigor is highly known among all the United States!#3 rd in the United States!100%

    Tips for prospective students

    This University is Well know and has A+ rating among one of the best Universities Among the United States. They offer many diversify professions to chose from in huge University!

    In three sentences

    I find this University One of the Best in all the 50 states! Very well organized in class sizes. One of Best Professors teaching the classes in all of Florida!

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    One of the best things about UCF is the huge number of active organizations for all sorts of careers and hobbies. I've been able to involve myself further in my field and make great friends/connections through UCF's clubs.

    What to do for fun

    UCF's SGA and CAB organizations set up a lot of free events, concerts, and shows so take advantage of them.

    Food and Dining

    On campus, there is plenty food; expensive but good for a quick meal. Wackadoo's on campus is great for dinner with friends. There's a huge selection of franchise restaurants in the area. A couple of quality independent places. I'm not really familiar with them. Save money, cook your own food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know much about on-campus dorms but I did live in student apartments off-campus. They're expensive but I think they're worth it. Or, at least in my experience, it beats the application process for a normal apartment. I never had any serious problems with neighbors or roommates and, as someone who is very private and particular about cleanliness and such, I enjoy having my own bedroom and bathroom. Free UCF shuttles are convenient and I also like that I'm just a short bike ride away from campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on individual study habits and self-discipline. I've had some challenging schedules but nothing is impossible. If you do find yourself having trouble keeping up, UCF has many resources to help you (The Writing Center, SARC, SI, etc). The professors and TA's themselves are very helpful as well. No one wants to see you fail but you do need to seek out the help yourself.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    The diversity of students again is very diverse. It is hard to describe the whole population as one. There are a lot of girls and a lot of good looking ones. They are always a distraction from school work.

    What to do for fun

    the Nightlife scene is open for all students, regardless of age. Clubs are 18+ (no alcohol unless 21) and there are always clubs and organizations putting on free social activities such as movies, dancing, food, and more! There is always something to do at night.

    Food and Dining

    University BLVD, across from the campus, has countless restaurants from Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Burger King (fast foods) to Chinese, Subway, sit down places (El Cerro's, Applebee's, Friday's, Pai Wei) to frozen yogurt places, smoothie places, sports bars (World of Beer, Buffalo Wild Wings), family places such as Olive Garden, and many ethic places as well.

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorm options available from joint-rooms to private rooms and apartment-style dorms. It's nice to live on campus your first year. It helps you to meet people, partake in campus activities, and get involved. Should you chose to move off after your first or second year, there are great student living apartments nearby that offer shuttle transportation to campus

    Academic Rigor

    The nursing program is unique because it is a cohort. All the students take all of the classes together, go through the challenges and struggles together, and become very close. It is nice to be a part of a program, but also to branch out and participate in campus-wide activities. It is a very time consuming program, but it is a great experience

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise future students to arrive on campus early if your driving because parking is a pain. Also try not to party a lot during the week because it catches up to you.

    In three sentences

    There are hundreds of majors and programs to choose from ranging from forensics, to engineering, to hospitality, to pre-law or pre-med. There are great study areas in the student union, library, in each dorm building, classroom building, and also in many on and off campus restaurants such as Panera, and Starbucks, which are close by.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    During orientation you receive a lot of information based on campus safety. there is a health clinic that can assist you when you're sick and an on campus pharmacy. UCF has a link with the police system that can help you when you are in need. UCF it self has golf carts that can take you through campus late at night when you don't want to walk alone. The police also has set up phone lines through out campus that you can press a button and the cops will respond instantly if you are in need of help.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for anything. Rock climbing, chocolate, salsa, Napping, and a Will bowling League! And if there isn't a club for it you can make it! all you need is yourself and 11 other people who share your interest and a sponsor. they are very helpful on campus for this.

    Great for these types of students

    Any one and everyone is welcomed at UCF! they are very diverse and have something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition is spirit splash, and tailgating where they close off the campus for one huge party.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is awesome with clubs and events. they host alot of free concerts in the arena, comedy nights with people like Tosh.0 and Anjelah Johnson have previously attended. Also there is always someone walking around handing out free stuff; Sunglasses, free ticket info; pringles. you name it!

    What to do for fun

    UCF offers a lot of fun activities through out the year. Pegasus Palooza occurs during the first week of school and has lots of free stuff, concerts, comedy nights for freshman and current students. Th most know and highly anticipated event is the Spirit Splash which is the one and only day everyone is allowed to splash into the fountain in the middle of campus and collect one of the oh so famous rubber duckies!

    Food and Dining

    UCF has several dining options all over campus. From the student union, marketplace, breezeway and Knightros you have several different selctions. You can get a quick bit like pizza, Pita, smoothies or Chick-Fil-a near the center of campus or go to buffet style market place where there is salad pizza, sandwiches and self serve ice cream (my favorite) Knightro's is a similar like location. And if you're Hispanic like me they have a Hispanic food night which taste just like home!

    Dorm Life

    I am not staying at a on campus dorm but hearing from other students dorm life is fun and comfortable. The RA's help you with any situation in your dorm and each floor usually has fun activities specific to your floor to have fun and make dorm living a little more fun.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF offers many course that are rigorous yet do-able. During Orientation current students and academic advisers help you select the right course you need for your intended major and help you figure out the right schedule and classes that will work best for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard during high school to receive the best grades and pass as many AP course available to you. UCF is a large campus but not so easy to get lost. They're lots of friendly faces around ready to assist you with anything you need. Go check out the campus before or when you apply to get a good feel for it.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a large dynamic campus.It has plenty of available resource for every student from study groups, writing assistance and tons of free stuff! I recently went to my freshmen orientation and was surprised by all the information given; it really opened my eyes to all the available resources.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe school! UCF has secruity 24/7 and will even give you a ride to anywhere on campus after dark!

    Clubs and Activities

    They have every type of club and activity at this school. Anything from UCF Volunteer activities even a Chocolate Club!

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, this school is great for any type of student. From the out going to the shy it fits all personalities. It has been life-changing being at UCF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our homecoming traditions are the best! We have spirit splash during homecoming week where everyone jumps into the fountain! It's so much fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the tuition. It's a great school, i love every aspect of it. Once a Knight, Always a Knight.

    What to do for fun

    It's in Orlando! Of course there's tons to do around campus! My friends and I love going to Disney or City Walk for fun, plus UCF gives great student discounts to all the parks.

    Food and Dining

    UCF probably has the greatest variety of food than any other college I've been to. The student union and Knights Plaza offer anything from Asian food to pizza and even burger king!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Towers at Knight Plaza my first year at UCF. It was absolutely great! The RAs were always helpful and it was nice being able to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a top University so yes it is going to be a little difficult. But with the right amount of studying and the amazing professors that are always there to help, it is possible to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest getting to know your professors and putting all your effort from the beginning to maintain a good GPA. Meet with your advisors also! They really care about each student.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is one of the greatest colleges in the country. Even though it is a big school, there is still a small school feel with many small classes and professors that care. The University is in the middle of Orlando which leads to a variety of careers open to students.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UCF is a city all to itself. Extremely safe community.

    Greek Life

    Numerous frats and sororities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs, clubs, clubs and more clubs. What more can I say. I don't even know what club we don't have at UCF

    Great for these types of students

    All students can find their place here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year for one day at the end of homecoming week, everybody gets to jump in the splash pond in the middle of campus. Other than that day, nobody is allowed to even put their toe in the water. Which is why everybody goes nuts when homecoming week comes along.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything is at UCF. UCF is literally a city. You never have to leave.

    What to do for fun

    UCF is in a prime spot for activity. You have the beach, Disney, Universal Studios, and several shopping centers and malls. What more can you ask for.

    Food and Dining

    Has a huge variety of food from the cafeteria alone. Not even considering the numerous food stands on campus and restaurants off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Always something to do there. Like a home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF has a healthy workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in the books and it will pay off. UCF is worth the effort.

    In three sentences

    The best college I could ask for. Community is amazing. Activities are always great.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The cops are always driving around campus and there is a fire station right on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart to greek life so I can not expand on it

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do. Everywhere you look there is another club and its so easy to start up a club if there is one that hasn't been founded yet.

    Great for these types of students

    all students. It's a big school though, so sometimes you can feel like no one knows you exist

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SPIRT SPLASH! We only get to on into the Reflection Pond once a year and it's during homecoming week so don't miss it or you wont get your duck!

    What to do for fun

    UCF has many activities that it sets up for students on campus. If you love sports we have sports ranging from ice hockey to soccer and baseball. You really cant be bored here unless you choice not to go out and do stuff.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to actually read the chapter before you go to class. Do not miss classes teachers go over things that are extremely important and will end up on the test. Besides your paying for the class you might as well just show up for it.

    In three sentences

    UCF is lively, there is always something going on. They are here to help you, without you they would not exist so do not be afraid to use the resources available. Finally, they may be an underrated school; but don't think that you are going to squeeze by just because they aren't as well known as UF.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like a large campus with a large number of students. It is also right in the middle of Orlando so there is lots to do surrounding the area.

    Dorm Life

    Fall 2013, the Neptune community will be built, brand new, very spacious and comfortable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to work hard and stay on track in school. Study for your SATs and ACTs in order to do well. The better your scores, academics, and extracurriculars are, the quicker you'll get accepted!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida has a gorgeous campus with lots to do! There are a ton of awesome clubs and programs to get involved in and ways to meet new people. Academics are great and the Burnett Honors College offers some specific Honors College courses.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    It's decent. there aren't many on campus houses and those aren't to big. but they are good organization

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything, seriously so many groups

    Great for these types of students

    It's actually great for all types of students because UCF is so big and offers so much

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating is huge for football games

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of groups around campus, plenty of intramural sports, greek life is decent here and there are a lot of places to go to for night life

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is extremely good, many options especially in the dining hall. There are also late knight food places around campus

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice, at least the newer ones at the towers or nike/hercules. RAs aren't bad as long as youre not obnoxious

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too hard as long as you study a little bit

    Tips for prospective students

    High SAT scores, and GPA. much more important than other activities

    In three sentences

    UCF is extremely large with lots of different people and groups. It also has very good nightlife very close to campus and the greek organizations are good. Most of UCF classes aren't hard

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel really safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    over 400 clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    any type of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    homecoming week there is spirit splash! best homecoming tradition in the nation! (i'm not lying!)

    Bang for the buck

    doesnt cost too much but you get what you pay for

    What to do for fun

    lots of events going on! concerts, comedy nights, volunteer opportunities, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services I never ate at but the food in the Student Union was good!

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms my first year! I met my best friends and my boyfriend!

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult, definitely not the same as high school

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't spend too much time socializing with your friends the first year. Study, study, and study!

    In three sentences

    I love my school! After my first year at UCF I can definitely say that I am glad that I chose this school. I experienced so much and I can't wait for the next 3 years here.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Awesome and still growing!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone, we have everything!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a huge fountain on campus that everyone jumps into for homecoming! Pretty cool.

    What to do for fun

    UCF offers plenty of student discounts for parks and shows in Orlando, try some out. We also have an amazing gym with a rock wall and a lake on campus for paddle boarding or canoeing. The leisure pool on campus is really nice and there is a really nice outdoor mall just down the road!

    Food and Dining

    Do not get a meal plan! But the food options on campus are endless!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, find a club (there are hundreds) and join! You will make friends in no time!

    In three sentences

    As a transfer student I got a much different experience then your average college freshman. The classes are challenging, the professors can be rough, and the campus gets confusing. Overall I would not change a thing, I have made friends and memories here that I will never forget.

  • 08/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Throughout the day security travels all over campus. There are emergency buttons all over campus that can be pressed in a moment of distress that will alert police. UCF also offers the option to have text messages sent to your phone about any safety issues on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 100's of clubs to choose from anything from rowing to the mechanics club.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students who want to have different activities to choose from as well as students who are looking to meet a lot of different people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition is the annual pool palooza that is thrown every year for homecoming week where all the students are allowed to go in the big fountain for a big pool party.

    What to do for fun

    There are events going on all the time on campus with different clubs and teams that students can attend. There is also a mall close to campus with a variety of stores. Lets not forget that the school gives their students discounts on amusment parks which are not too far from campus.

    Food and Dining

    there is many options to pick from on campus. Anything from salad and sushi to buyers and pizza.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so I am not able to provide this information but I do have friends who live on campus who state to love the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    There is challenges in every course but a variety of help to help students keep on track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore all that the campus has to offer; there is more going on then you think.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is an amazing school with a lot of diversity. There are tons of clubs and teams to join. Along with this there is a lot of programs that help students succeed such as the writing center where they check papers an help you improve them for free.

  • 08/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 702

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is always a campus officer near by. You will feel completely safe at all times.

    Greek Life

    5 Stars.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from you will never be bored.

    Great for these types of students

    All Students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pegasus Palooza is a great week long even for incoming student to become more familiar with the campus and everything it offers. UCF's Spirit Splash won best school tradition. It is a homecoming tradition where on the Friday before the Homecoming football game, students celebrate by running into the Reflecting Pond while UCF�s cheerleaders and the Marching Knights cheer them on. Tailgating before the football games is also a great experience.

    Bang for the buck

    For everything you are getting with instate tuition, I couldn't envision a better school to attend.

    What to do for fun

    Go kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing all for free at Lake Claire on Campus. Play volleyball or soccer on one of the fields or go to the indoor basketball courts. The U.C.F. gym is hugeee and has an indoor running track, indoor rock climbing wall, and multiple fitness classes. There is also always concerts at the CFE arena. The night life is really good around campus. You will also have another bar/club or venue to choose from. A 30 minute drive from campus can get you to Disney, Wet n Wild, and Universal. And by the way we get discounted tickets at UCF ticket center.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning halls on campus are pretty good compared to other schools. They have a wide variety of food for students.

    Dorm Life

    I would definitely recommend dorms to freshman, sophomores, and transfer students. It is a great way to meet new students and other people that just moved there. The environment in the dorms are good and everyone is willing to meet someone new. Dorms are also constantly holding activities for students to join and have some fun during the semester.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, the classes and work at U.C.F. isn't the most rigorous compared to schools such as U.F. but the work is challenging enough to make you think and apply yourself which is what college is for.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to enjoy their time at UCF but remember why they are there. With so much to do in the Orlando/UCF area it can be hard to remember the reason you are there, and that is for your education. I would also advise to go and see you academic adviser as early as possible and get a four year plan planned out. Another thing I would advise incoming students is to actually meet your professors and not just attend their classes. Your professors have so much more to give you than you think. They are devoting their time to teaching you and you should take complete advantage of it. Also go and connect with other students on campus and in your major. Lastly get in the school spirit and attend a football game and cheer on your fellow knights. These four years will fly by, cherish and enjoy every moment here!

    In three sentences

    Everything about The University of Central Florida is amazing, from its beautiful, constantly expanding and upgrading campus to the exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable professors and to our on the rise football team. On campus the facilities are innovative and off campus there is so much to do from the local night life to downtown Disney and the theme parks. All I can really say about UCF is GO KNIGHTS!

  • 12/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are comfortable with a big school and also with some professors doing everything online. Also good for those who can self motivate to study otherwise you can get lost in the fun activities the Campus Activities Board has.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes are big so be ready for that. Choose your activities you want to do and you do not have to do everything. Lots of free stuff and stay plugged into the Student Union

    Bang for the buck

    Great school and close to home if you live in Florida as it is in the middle. Rooms are nice and outside stores and shopping is close by.

    Am enjoying being here

    Gym is great although it gets crowded at times. It is still super nice and a good place to unwind and burn off some of the freshman 15

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of opportunites based on your magor. You just need to see which club or organization you want to hang with.

  • 12/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you live in the Orlando area and want to commute to school, UCF is for you! Of course there is on campus housing as well as MANY MANY apartment complexes around the campus within walking or biking distance if you prefer. UCF is a big school, so some of the classes are big, but there are also smaller classes, especially once you get into your major. It's a beautiful campus, come visit!

    Tips for prospective students

    College is an adjustment whether you're moving away or staying at home. UCF is a big school and has ALOT to offer! Whatever your passion, there are tons of extracurricular activities to fit your interest. Plus, there are many academic opportunities outside of classes that advisors can help you with, including workshops to perfect your resume or interviewing skills and there is even a job fair to help you find a job after graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition costs more of course, but if you live in Florida, and especially if you have Bright Futures, it's pretty great. Living expenses like room and board probably cost the most, so sit down and make a budget. UCF is the second largest school in the country so it's definitely affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    College was an adjustment for me, especially since I came from a small private high school, but once I got used to it, and took advantage of all that UCF has to offer, I fell in love with it.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much at UCF, and not just academically. I feel like I've grown more as a person, I've learned more about myself and how I view and relate to other people.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on attending UCF or another University with large class sizes, then my biggest tip would be to sit in the front of the class. I have heard of people having trouble in classes because of the amount of students, but as long as you sit in the front it is not going to be a problem. For all of my first semester classes I sat within the first three rows. It is much easier to pay attention to the lecture and forget the hundreds of people in the room behind you. The professor will also recognize your face easier and might be a little more accommodating when you ask for help. On that note, DO ask for help as soon as possible. Always introduce yourself and be friendly to your professor at the end of class, and make sure to go to office hours. Professors will not take you seriously if you come groveling at their office door near the end of the semester, especially if they have no idea who you are!

    Bang for the buck

    Every college is expensive and UCF is no exception, but you are trading your money for invaluable experiences, and it is still a lot less money than some of the more well known schools or a private school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Before I went to college, I had heard many horror stories of students who were unable to find the right fit and had to transfer to a different University, sometimes multiple times. I'd especially heard this in conjunction with students who attend large Universities, such as UCF. This was not a problem for me at all. Rather than feeling lost, I feel like I belong to a community. There is so much to be involved in at UCF, there is a club for almost anything you can think of. Even if you aren't interested in joining a club, there are enough activities around campus to get to know people anyway. I've found most students to be very friendly as well. I had hardly any friends in my significantly smaller high school, but since attending UCF for only one semester already have made more friends than I've had my entire life. The campus itself is very nice and clean looking and feels very safe. Even late at night it is very well lit and there are emergency buttons you can press every few feet. I have not heard of anyone having a bad experience walking the campus at night. UCF is a school that is good for academics as well as social activities and is clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only taken four classes so far at UCF, but all of them have been a great experience. I was dreading taking American Government as I had hated it in high school, but my professor was fantastic and for the first time I was interested in the subject! Every professor I have had thus far has been very good at giving lectures that are both informative and interesting. This is not like high school, when you read a chapter for homework the same information will not be regurgitated in the lecture. Emphasis is placed on learning, not on memorizing for a test. I have learned a lot at UCF even outside of class. Many of the upper level students have really interesting points of view and have already learned so much, it is a good idea to talk with them if possible, especially if they are in a different major than you are.

  • 01/01/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is a great fit for anyone and everyone. There is a multitude of every type of person here, and you are bound to easily find others like you to become friends with and develop great relationships.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I have for prospective students is that even though the campus makes you feel as though you're on vacation, you can't forget that you are at college and have other academic responsibilities. Its easy to get sucked into the fun activities on and off campus, you just have to find a good balance.

    Bang for the buck

    Students at other colleges pay loads of tuition money just to go to a prestigious college, which also have run-down buildings and old, out-of-date college campuses. UCF is brand new and worth whatever you have to pay to go there.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCF's campus is the most gorgeous campus that I have ever seen. I visited many other campuses, but none even came close to comparing. It is so open and friendly, and everything you need is centered around their circular layout. I've never walked more than 10 minutes to get to somewhere I need to be. Not to mention the beautiful scenic walks I enjoy when walking to class. The buildings are brand new and very inviting. The brand new gym and resort style pool are defiantly my favorite spots.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes offered here cover every subject that you could ever hope to learn about, with classes specifying in even the minor details of these subjects. Although I am still in the beginning stages of my college career, and the classes I am in are very general courses, I am learning more and more every day with the help of wonderful teachers.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for any kind of student. Even though it's such a large school, it actually feels much smaller than FSU and UF. And the campus is also much newer looking, so dorms are very nice and the campus looks gorgeous. They have clubs for any kind of person, so all kind of students will be able to fit in here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. If you're wait listed, it's best to know early because UCF has rolling admissions. So you can improve your GPA or test scores and still have time to resubmit everything. Also, not all freshman are guaranteed housing. So if you apply early, you'll probably get the room you want.

    Bang for the buck

    If you have Bright Futures or Florida Prepaid, this is a wonderful choice. The only really expensive things are books and a meal plan. But if you rent books or buy used ones off campus, it saves you hundreds or dollars. And if you don't have a kitchen in your dorm, I recommend the smallest meal plan. I know 10 meals a week sounds small, but it's plenty of food.

    Am enjoying being here

    Honestly, UCF was my last choice, but I don't regret it at all. Being so close to Orlando has been fun; and making friends has been much easier than I anticipated. There is so much to do on campus too, between Late Knights and free athletic events and any kind of club it's been very easy to get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are excellent, and I've learned so much already in my first semester here. It feels alot different than high school because much of what I'm learning I feel like the professors make it applicable to real life.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a true college atmosphere. You also have to be a person who is focused and determined because Orlando can be a very distracting place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really get to know the university of your choice before making the move. The University of Central Florida can be intimidating for those who are more timid, but don't let that scare you off. Once you settle in, you can really experience all UCF has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a great value. Especially in todays economy, this university is an excellent choice, a close second to community college prices. A college education is going to be expensive regardless, but UCF is definitely one of the better options.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Central Florida is a great place to be. Personally, I am a transfer student and absolutely love UCF over the first university I attended. It is 100% a college atmosphere, which is what I was looking for. Orlando always has something to keep you busy, yet has many studious environments to get that homework done first.

    Am learning a lot

    UCF is an outstanding learning environment. I have learned so much not only in my core classes but also in general education electives. Classes are informative and it really makes you feel like your going to class for a purpose and not wasting your time.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the large student body scare you. It's an easy environment to adjust to. However, if you are commuting to campus, make sure you give yourself enough time ahead of class because parking can be a hassle at times(depending on the time of day; it's usually harder to find a parking space later in the day around noon)

    Bang for the buck

    So far it has been worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many people here. But for the most part everyone is geninuely nice and there are events happening almost everyday. So you will never be bored.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a new concept to viewing Calculus, which has helped me do well in the class. The professors I have are very precise in their work and easy to understand.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    With 56,000 students on campus, it can be easy to feel like just another number. However, if you get out there and do something, then you become....you.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do here! The campus is large and the student organizations are many. (There's a chocolate lovers club)! If you're looking for something to do the Student Government Association will find something that fits you.

  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Well-rounded, driven, involved

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with your advisors. You can plan your academic path so much more efficiently with one on one help.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer plenty of resources to discover and apply for scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I feel like I am getting the true college experience and experiencing the perfect balance between school work and fun.

    Am learning a lot

    UCf provides numerous resources to help learn, study, and research necessary course materials and subjects. All of it is online in MyWebcourses! Its so easy!

  • 10/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is for student's who strive to learn and want to be apart of something bigger than themselves. Being a Knight is so much fun and you feel apart of something greater than yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit every single school you apply to. I fell in love with UCF the minute I drove on campus for my first tour. Everyone should fall in love with their school. Location and safety are two key items. I felt safe on UCF's campus and I wasn't too far from home. I'm also super close to Disney and other attractions Orlando has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Most of my professors are giving me my monies worth. If you are interested in staying in class for the entire time specified, some professors are not for you. If you don't mind getting out a few minutes early, it's not a big deal. A few of my classes get let out early, but I don't feel like I'm being neglected or that it is a waste of money. Having a few extra minutes between class is usually nice. I'm learning a lot for the cost of attending college at UCF.

    Am enjoying being here

    My parents took me on the college tour that I'm sure a lot of you guys are doing. I fell in love with UCF the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. It's been over a year since my first visit and I'm over halfway through my first semester and I still love it. There are always something going on. From FREE scheduled events to attend to FREE sporting events taking place, there is always somewhere for you to be experiencing the Knightlife.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm learning so much from school. Not just from my textbooks either. I'm learning about the culture of the school, about other people, and just about myself. Living away from home is awesome! Going to college will probably teach you a lot about yourself.

  • 11/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like a big campus with lots of things to do and people to meet, then UCF is the place for you. If you like having all you food and shopping choices nearby, then come to UCF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of the classes are totally different than what you are used to, but if you work hard you can make it.

    Bang for the buck

    There is medical care and therapy. The psychologist sees people for free.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many fun events for students to attend that have free food, games, and even prizes. There are also stores and food places on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    There are many different different classes to take so that you can learn what you need for your field.

  • 11/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Fun, nature-loving , athletic, scholarly

    Tips for prospective students

    Since UCF is such a huge school, it's easy to get lost in the crowd. Stay focused on doing your best and completing your goals. The GenEd classes are really big, but professors usually still have time to talk to you during their office hours if you ever need any help, so don't be intimidated when you get here! Have fun and study hard.

    Bang for the buck

    Most colleges can be expensive, but UCF is decently priced, and especially great if you have Bright Futures. It's such a nice campus, with tons of new buildings and an awesome gym (which is free for all students).

    Am enjoying being here

    UCF is the most beautiful campus, and there's so many activities to get you comfortable. I love it here!

    Am learning a lot

    College is a lot different than highschool, but if you pay attention, read, and most importantly go to class, you will learn quite a lot! Subjects densely packed with information, so it's important to keep up and stay focused.

  • 11/17/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Scholarships, average 1227 SA.T. score, average 27 A.C.T score. average High school GPA 3.8

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best and never back down.

    Bang for the buck

    Getting an education and a degree for sure.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'll enjoy the view, the atmosphere there, the learning ability in class, and etc.

    Will learn a lot

    Microbiology & moleculary biology, biology, pre-medicalm pre-pharmacy.

  • 11/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that love being in big classes, that love urban areas, and that love having tons of options when it comes to classes would do great at UCF. With so many different kinds of people attending, it's got an interesting academic atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    One downside of being in such a huge school is that most of your professors will never learn your name. Go introduce yourself, even if you are doing well in the class (actually, ESPECIALLY if you are doing well in the class). Professors that know you well can easily provide you with recommendations for scholarships and grad school!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is pretty low compared to other in-state schools, and if you're an out-of-state student your tuition may even be lower than most of your in-state schools. Just about every professor here is incredibly qualified and intelligent and it is a pleasure to be able to learn from them.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many groups and clubs here: Bellydancing, Fencing, Nerd Club, SGA, LGBT, and clubs for just about every major. Plus there are nearly always events going on around campus that you can participate in, not to mention living in ORLANDO.

    Am learning a lot

    Since it is such a huge school (second biggest in the nation!) there are so many different classes that cater to a lot of different interests. If you are unsure of what you want to major in it's good to go to a school with so many options.

  • 12/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for active students who like a high energy environment. There are always activities going on, so if you like a quiet lifestyle, this is probably not the university for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend applying early so that there will be scholarship money available; it will make affording attending much easier. I also recommend living on campus- it is definitely worth not having to worry about finding parking.

    Bang for the buck

    The prices for this university are not necessarily the least expensive, but there is so much that the tuition covered. The student government association uses the tuition to cover the cost of many student activities, which makes participating either free or much less expensive. UCF also gives out many scholarships to students who apply early, which makes attending much more affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCF is so much fun!!! There are so many activities to get involved in, there is never a dull moment here. I live on campus, which is definitely nice because it makes it easy to get everywhere! Getting involved is easy and has kept me busy so I am not bored.

    Am learning a lot

    I have only been in general education courses, but the professors are wonderful. None of the classes have been too difficult, but I have had to stay on top of studying and such. This University has good professors and is definitely worth consideration.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those from small towns who want to get out and meet new people. Students from huge cities who like the busy, populated lifestyle. Those who love sports of any kind, there are dozens of intramural teams if you don't make the school teams. Those who want options when it comes to majors. Great for anyone, really! Oh, and those who like getting discounts to amusement parks ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus itself is not that large, but bring walking shoes ;). It's a huge circle so you can always find where you neeed to go and don't be afraid to ask people for directions, I've never met anyone who was rude. Also, don't let the large class sizes discourage you, if you go to class and take good notes (and meet new good note-taking friends) you'll be just fine.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is fair, and you get a lot of resources. There is tutoring, financial services, the gym and pool are free to students, as well as printing labs. Everything you need is on campus!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is great! I live on campus, right next to the newly expanded gym and leisure pool. There are resources for everything! And everyone is willing to help you find these resources.

    Am learning a lot

    There are teachers with very different perspectives from your own, and it teaches you not just the material, but a lot about the world in general.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students, students that like being involved with clubs, students that enjoy fun, free activities, and students who enjoy life, happiness, and the company of good people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, DEFINITELY go visit the campus and take the campus and housing tours. Just ask any questions, we all are very friendly!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive no matter where you go, but bang for the buck? It's good. Money well spent.

    Am enjoying being here

    I wouldn't be happy anywhere else. GO KNIGHTS!

    Am learning a lot

    I thoroughly enjoy attending class! The teachers make it easy to focus and have the information and learning materials readily accessible.

  • 12/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love to have fun and relax it's great, theres more than enough things to o and people to meet you just have to get up and get involved and when its time to just chill you can just chill.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school isnt too difficult to get into. Fight senioritis!! Do your best, take some AP classes and you'll be set.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid covered all of my tuition, room&board, meal plan, and books!!!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. Cool people, beautiful campus, lively city, relaxing days and fun nights.

    Am learning a lot

    If you pay attention, there's alot to learn. It's a school, what do you expect!

  • 12/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love big campuses (UCF is the second largest university in the nation). If you love finding something to do, Orlando is the perfect place. There's everything from Disney World to Universal to Sea World, many shopping centers and so much more. If you are dedicated and determined to do well and be involved, you will like it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend living on campus. This is the best way to fully immerse yourself in UCF life. For freshmen students, the LINK program is an awesome way to meet new people and learn everything about the school. There are events every month where you earn LINK loot, redeemable at the end of semester auction for cool prizes like a $1300 scholarship and a year subscription of Netflix. I didn't take full advantage of this first semester but I certainly will in the spring.

    Bang for the buck

    I do not regret the loan money I needed to borrow for my first year to be covered. It has allowed me to take my academics seriously and do everything I can to make freshman year the best I can. Overall, the teachers are concerned about their students. If you take advantage of their office hours and get to know them, it is beneficial to you. Also, there are so many free resources available to students including free printing in the printing labs. Also, Career Services offers free tests to help determine which areas of study best fit your personality. Little things like these greatly help.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love everything about UCF. Living on campus gives students the opportunities to be in the know about all the events happening. From chances to volunteer, stopping by the student union, or going to memory mall, something is always going on! Everyone truly knows what it means to be a community. You will feel at home.

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn much more than academics here! UCF provides the perfect opportunity to get connected with people who have similar interests to you. Also, there are so many resources for gathering good information, such as the career services office. I guarantee you won't leave campus the same way you came in!

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who are serious about their education and want to succeed. There is a high expectation to get good grades. It is also a school for both outgoing and introverted students. There are so many people that a social butterfly can flourish and a shy person can come out of their shell.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I would give to future students is to have fun but make sure to keep up with your studies. One of the hardest transitions into college is time management and getting all of your homework done while still having fun and being a college student.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone knows that college is expensive; there's no hiding that fact. UCF's tuition is very reasonable compared to other schools. I also helps to have in-state tuition because it's a lot cheaper. Books are a little more expensive than I anticipated, but overall the cost of attending UCF is not that bad.

    Am enjoying being here

    With all of the activities and events available at UCF, it's hard not to enjoy yourself. From Pegasus Palooza to the various concerts and shows, there is never a dull moment. It's also very easy to make friends here because there are so many people.

    Am learning a lot

    Since the beginning of the semester, I have been impressed with the professors' dedication to teaching. All of my classes were interesting and forced me to want to learn about the subject. I am even going to take the second part of one of my classes because I liked it so much. I am definitely learning a lot a UCF.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    After strolling around campus so many times now, it is hard to say that I you see a type. The student body is very large, but most of the time you do not feel or notice that. UCF will either be an easy fit, which you can feel as early as orientation, or so many doors will be opened for you that you will not get a chance to feel out of place here.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF has always been expanding, making it somewhat easy for prospective students to get in, but this will not always be the case. It also depends what your expected major is. So it is as simple as becoming involved in one more organization at your current school, performing to the best of your abilities, and try making a change while you are there. Because hopefully all of those efforts will translate to your application. And those efforts, if you choose UCF, will not be in vein, they will only pay off.

    Bang for the buck

    With rising tuition costs and what not everywhere, I can assure you that the money that is being invested at UCF is actually making a difference. If an extra dollar per credit helps erect yet another building, building extension, parking, or even more importantly a new program than I do not mind. It only gives the students a more well rounded campus, giving current and incoming students options and more facilities.

    Am enjoying being here

    All campuses advertise and promote their extracurricular activities, but UCF has such a tight network of organizations and events that graduating without being involved in absolutely anything is virtually impossible. The enjoyment is up to you. Furthermore, it simply feels great to be a Knight.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on what your are going for obviously at UCF, the course loads may vary. I can just say that for the College of Engineering there will not be a semester you will not be challenged past your General Education. This College prepares you to be as well rounded as possible for your major. This might become a little overwhelming to some, but the amount of FREE resources as far as studying, tutors, and teacher assistants should easily put you at ease. Learning a lot entails effort, and if the University is making effort for us, then so should the student.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you prefer a large campus, this is the place for you. Even for its size, it still gives off a Feels like home vibe. If you are looking for great volunteer opportunties that will advasnce you in your career, this school is a perfect fit for you. From Disney World to Universal, the possibilities are endless. And the networking you can gain here is overwhelming in a good way. Take advantage of this grand opportunity

    Tips for prospective students

    First and foremost, if you have never worked and gone to school at the same time, working your first semester is NOT recommended. You need at least the first semester or two to get adjusted to college life. It's not as easy of an adjustment as most would assume. I can tell you from experience, if you take college as a joke and don't get a grip on your time management, you are setting yourself up for failure big time. If you are a big procrastinator, find a group of friends that share the same major as you, or step outside of your box (if you are shy) and make a few studious friends in every class. That way, you have a definite study partner and someone to hold you accountable for staying on top of your work. College is not meant to be experienced alone. DO NOT stay to yourself if you are having problems. If you find that you are having difficulties, whether it be in class or in your personal life, don't hesitate to speak with your professor for academic help or a counselor for mental relief. College is stressful; there's no way of getting around it but to live through it, but seek help when needed. Can't stress that enough. And if you can, don't come here and party it up. Because UCF is such a large campus and admission is becoming more competitive, anyone is subject to be kicked out for not holding up their end academically. Remember why you are there: education first, fun later. Last but not least, UCF is a huge campus. Make sure you take the time to venture it and find your way around before classes, and even between classes if you have time.

    Bang for the buck

    Even thought tuition is on the rise every year, UCF is known to be one of the cheapest schools in Florida. Many sleep on the university because it is just now becoming a household name, but it is very prestigious in its own right. You are guaranteed a quality education here

    Am enjoying being here

    Since I was a kid, it had been a dream of mine to live in Orlando. I got my wish, and I couldn't be happier. The second largest university in one of the largest cities in Florida that is known for its attractions and theme parks?! It doesn't get much better. If you are a student at the University of Central Florida, you have ample resources on and off campus at you grasp. For example, as a student, you are guaranteed a discounted ticket into the theme park of your choice. Don't be afraid to take advantage of them. As far as the campus itself, it's as if the university is a small town within Orlando that will make you forget that you are away from home the minute you set foot on it.

    Am learning a lot

    I didn't know what to expect my first year of college. I thought I was just required to go to class to hear a professor talk about the book that he/she assigned for the particular class. I was proved completely wrong. The professors are more than willing and eager to get the information to their students, one way or the other. They often try to find ways to break down the lectures so that students will have an easier time grasping the material and will not have a hard time recalling it during studying. One of my professors even gave his students a method on how to study effectively, and it has worked every time.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is a great college for students that want the true college experience. There is never a shortage of activities to participate in and there are great academic resources available to help you transition to college level courses. Even though the general education classes are very large, if you attend classes, pay attention, and take notes, you should succeed. If you are looking for a beautiful, clean, new campus that is continually growing, top-notch athletic facilities and sports program, unlimited entertainment activities in the area, beaches nearby, and warm weather, you will love UCF!

    Tips for prospective students

    The key to making new friends and enjoying campus life is to join clubs, sororities/fraternities, an honors group (Burnett or LEAD Scholars), or participate in intramural sports. There are hundreds of clubs to choose from, so pick one that interests you and you will definitely make new friends. Other tips: Do not buy new books - buy used books or rent them if you can and start out with a lower level food plan and see how much you actually use it. If I had known this prior to my first semester, I would have saved over $1,000. All first year students are assigned a first-year advisor, so they will help you with scheduling. Scheduling is done on-line, so Ratemyprofessors.com, myedu.com, and Koofers.com are very helpful when choosing classes and professors.

    Bang for the buck

    Surprisingly, as an out-of-state student you would think that the cost would be prohibitive compared to staying in state. I was accepted at both Penn State University main campus and UCF. Penn State 2010/2011 tuition is $14,412 and UCF non-Florida resident tuition is $19,832. Penn State did not offer any scholarship tuition assistance, but UCF offered me a $30,000 Knights Achievement Award scholarship! It was an easy decision for me when you add in the Florida sunshine and the fact that major theme parks and beaches are all within an hour's drive. You are not only getting a good education for your buck, but an amazing college life to go with it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being a UCF Knight! Since I am from out-of-state, it was a big change leaving a small high school to the second largest enrollment college in the U.S. Without question, it has been the best decision of my life! I didn't know anyone until arriving on campus, and after one semester, I already have hundreds of new friends. The students here are extremely nice and welcoming. There is no limit on things to do in the Orlando area, since it is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. UCF organizations frequently sponsor free campus activities for students such as concerts, comedians, movie nights, free attendance at football and basketball games, and Late Knights. Finally, there has never been a better time to be a UCF Knights sports fan! UCF is only one of four schools in the nation ranked in both basketball and football at the same time! Go Knights!

    Am learning a lot

    I have to admit I was a little worried about the difficulty of college classes versus high school. After my first semester at UCF, I can honestly say that the professors here have been very helpful and are dedicated to making sure that new freshman students transition well. There are many resources available to help students academically, including the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) and the Writing Center, where they will review and critique your papers . In addition, the Student Union is converted to a Study Union during finals week providing individual or group study areas and free food, etc.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone will fit in great at UCF, there's always something for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you attend one of the prospective student sessions and also a your of the school! They are great for getting to know the school.

  • 01/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if you want a place that offers you many choices and variety. There are teams and clubs for pretty much anything you can think of and there is generally a great social atmosphere. There are also a crazy number of students here so if you like seeing or meeting new people this is definitely the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    This place is HUGE and there is a lot to get involved with, which can be good and bad. I think it's more good though than bad because UCF offers a little something for everyone. Just always remember to put studying first. If you do, then you'll have no problem being able to participate in campus life and school activities.

    Bang for the buck

    5 stars most definitely. This campus is huge and filled with a bunch of really nice, new facilities. It feels great learning in such modern classrooms and labs. Also, your tuition covers a whole lot of academic resources that are actually very helpful! Being a student at UCF comes with many other perks aside from just academics, like sports-related events, discounts to various entertainments in Orlando, and free concerts! And last but not least, the amazing gym (which just got remodeled by the way with more green, added facilities - very nice!).

    Am enjoying being here

    Overall, UCF has a lot of academic resources as well as a social campus life. Seriously, there is always something to do on campus. Plus, I'm part of a few organizations/clubs and I have made so many new friends and met LOTS of different kinds of people. I'm pretty happy with all the choices UCF offers in generally everything.

    Am learning a lot

    As a freshman I have already taken a couple classes that seem like review from high school material, but if you take some other courses and electives aside from the common topics you'll find some pretty interesting classes! I took Human Species last semester and thought Wow. I feel like I'm actually learning something new, and it's really fascinating too!

  • 01/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineering/Math/Technology/Science students will love it here. There are tons of interning possibilities and professors love to work with students with research and gaining experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are pursuing Engineering/Math/Technology/Science then this school has killer programs for those majors. It is one of the best places to be in the country. However, if you want a Business or Psychology degree, you will not have as easy of a time finding a job. There are just too many students here in those programs. You really have to bust it to excel above the others if you go that route.

    Bang for the buck

    The growing size of the school means larger classes and less intimate teaching settings. That is the only major drawback of this school. I love small classes and more of the classes here at UCF are growing every year. There is still a quality lecturing, but it is becoming very easy to feel distant from professors.

    Am enjoying being here

    It really is a very fun place to be. There is always some event going on to check out and despite the growing number of people (approaching 60,000) I have found it very easy to befriend many people.

    Am learning a lot

    The Economics philosophy is mostly Keynesian and Austrian economics is rarely brought up, and even more rarely given any praise. However, the classes are very informative and I enjoy the professors there.

  • 01/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for EVERYONE! We have a club for every religion, personality, or race! It is a great way to meet people like you. We have the largest population in the U.S. therefore there are many people just like yourself! University of Central Florida is best for people who like a large student body and a suburb area. You will know if UCF is right for you when you visit. So come on by and give it a chance.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Time Management: GET A PLANNER. Everyday write down when you need to attend classes, leave time aside for studying, plan when you will go to events on campus, or when you have time to hang out with friends. 2. Get Involved: Join clubs!! UCF has plenty of opportunities. We have LEAD (a leadership organization that gives you a scholarship, a ton of opportunities, and FUN), a Chocolate Club, Knights helping Knights (students helping students who are less fortunate), Greek Life, a DJS club, Volunteer UCF, etc. 3. Meet People: Get to know your professors, fellow students, and program coordinators. The better you know your professors the easier it is to get a hold of your teacher and get help. Also if you have a problem they will be more sympathetic because they know you. The more friends you have the more diverse things you can do and the more fun you will have. If you have a lot of friends you will always have a study buddy in class, someone who will want to go out with you and do various activities! The more program coordinators you know the more organizations you are apart of and have someone to write you recommendation letters. 4. Know your resources: Get to know resources we have them out the ying yang! We have SARC (tutoring), SI Sessions, SGA (free scantrons), STUDY UNION (during exam our Student Union becomes a 24/7 study area), etc. 5. Enjoy: Enjoy your time at UCF it is a once in a lifetime experience you can never fully get back.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a bit pricey but every university is expensive. If you have scholarships it is easier to afford everything and UCF has a ton of scholarships available at our SGA website or our alumini offer scholarships too. Also you can eat about 4 nights a week free on campus. That is if you enjoy pizza, sandwichs, and cookies. Also almost all events are free on campus so you always see what your money is going to! In addition, we have a free clinic on campus for check ups and discounted medicine at our on campus pharmacy.

    Am enjoying being here

    UCF is the best school for student involvement and is in a great central location. There are concerts about once a month that are free for students, football games, Late Knights (an alcohol free fun event, free items, free food, and things to do with friends), comedy knights (where a famous comedian like tosh.0 comes to preform for free), movie knights (recent, good movies played on a large screen usually outside), and fundraisers galore. Outside of the school we have everything such as clubs like Deko and Roxy, adventure parks like Disney and Universal, Malls, and so much more! It is an enjoyable experience and you can NEVER go bored!!!

    Am learning a lot

    At UCF you will learn a vast amount of information, but ONLY if you work hard yourself. Classes are very large about 100 students per class. Teachers are there if you need them but with so many students do not completely count on them. Since there are so many students in one class take advantage of this opportunity and create study groups. Also since classes are large we have an opportunity called SI. It is a class to attend WITH your original lecture. It will clear up any questions and the teachers are all students so information is presented in a simpler form. They also give great memorizing mechanisms. Lastly, make sure you take time for yourself and read the book and notes from your teacher. Overall UCF gives you every chance to succeed.

  • 02/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and determined. The teachers are helpful, but only if they see you going the distance. The last thing you want to regret is going on academic probation and probably leave the best school ever. Responsibility is key and everything else will fall into place.

    Bang for the buck

    Top of the line gym, buildings, computers, dorm rooms, parking lot space, academic resources, food spots on campus alone and so much more that is worth your money. UCF actually is not that expense. I live off-campus and minus the small amount of bills that I have, I only pay 2,415.00 a semester to attend school there. Even if you end up paying more, it's so worth your money because everything is new. Even the grass stays freshly cut. Every dime you spend definitely goes to making your college experience the best ever!

    Am enjoying being here

    They have all kinds of clubs and organizations that plan activities and events for the students all the time. For students who like to stay inside and study, this may not be all that fun. But to students who want a full-fledge college experience, this is an amazing factor of UCF. They have VUCF which is a volunteering organization, Late Knights is a campus radio station that keeps you up to date on things going on around campus, and millions of other events that are spectacular. There are so many students, it's impossible to make friends and the campus grounds are amazing by themselves. There is nothing here that you won't fall in love with.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers as well as advisors are always available to assist you in anything you need. The school have computer labs, tutor centers and a writing center to help with papers and everyday writing. All of the teachers that I've had and have give you all opportunities to learn including both discipline and knowledge. The best place to learn ever!

  • 03/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone really, there are local clubs for the people who like to go clubbing, theres greek life, theres a gamestop on campus for gamers, basically there is stuff for every type of person.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you don't have to take college algebra, don't take it. it sucks and it isn't worth it.

    Bang for the buck

    very affordable, and well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    the campus is awesome, lots of stuff to do (i.e. intermurals, clubs, etc.)

    Am learning a lot

    teachers are pretty awesome, and i have never been so interested in learning.

  • 03/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that are eager to get involved and meet new people. UCF is quite large but there are many different organizations and groups that you can participate in. Students who want to learn, want to succeed and can handle the large class sizes will do well at UCF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply for as many scholarships as possible before coming to UCF. Although tuition is quite low compared to other universities, the housing prices are outrageous in these parts. Expect to be paying anywhere from $485 - $700 per month on rent. Living on campus is a great way to meet people, even if you must do randoms.

  • 03/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students looking for a solid education in addition to some fun on the side. UCF is great for students who work hard and play hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is very important if you want to succeed. Its also a very good idea to get involved in programs on campus that will allow you to meet people, but UCF provides MANY opportunities to meet people, so you really don't have to be very outgoing to meet people: I'm a prime example of that fact. It's also important to do the work that the professors assign: they can't teach you if you won't do the assignments. Other that, if you work hard you'll do well. There's always someone willing to help those who are willing to work.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is rather expensive: the tuition is not outrageous, but many of my textbooks are custom made for UCF and a new edition comes out every year, which means they can't be bought used and it is very hard to sell them when you're done. Again, I live off campus so I wouldn't know about the on campus housing and such: I have seen some of the meal plans offered by UCF dining services and they have pretty good deals on decent food, not to mention the many different restaurants on and around campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is always buzzing with some kind of event whether it be a sporting event, concert, or massive game of tag: there is always something going on. I live off campus, about an hour away, so I have not participated in most of these campus events but I'm always hearing about something coming up. Also, most of the professors are actually decent people: they are very nice and don't mind getting into conversations, especially when you talk about the things they've done in the past. For the most part the students are fairly nice, although there are 50,000+ students and I don't claim to have even met half of them. UCF is a rather enjoyable place, but it is first and foremost a place of learning.

    Am learning a lot

    You will definitely learn a lot while at UCF: that is kind of the point of going to college. Most of my professors are leaders in their field and know exactly what it takes to get a job after graduation. Most professors are very passionate about the subjects they teach and have no problem answering any questions that you may have. I am a student in the honors college, and I can say that the professors in the Burnett Honors College are especially knowledgeable and willing to help you with any problems. They love what they do and they love to teach you about what they love.

  • 03/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students looking for a modern college with amazing resources!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take online classes your first semester! And take school as seriously as you can. This is the time where everyone wants to go out and party, and that's one hundred percent OK, but don't let it interfere with attending class and getting your work done! And avoid Alafaya Trail around 5:45 pm on weekdays, the traffic is terrible! And don't try to park on Campus between 10:30 and 1:30, there are never any parking spots! Take advantage of all of the free resources available, the gym, the health center, tutors, etc!

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a public university, so your degree may not be as prestigious as one from Harvard, but it's certainly cheaper to attend school here. With my Bright Futures and Pell Grant, I don't have to pay a dime for tuition and I'm earning an amazing education. Even if someone doesn't have the financial aid that I do, full-time enrollment isn't impossible, probably less than $5,000 a year for tuition. I'd certainly say it's worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    This wasn't my first choice for college, but I'm happy I ended up here. I have some great friends and super nice roommates. It's not that far from Universal and Disney World, and there's always something to do if you know where to look!

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors I've had are great. They genuinely want students to succeed and work very hard to ensure each students' success. UCF offers such a wide variety of classes, I've even been able to take a class on gangs! I'm thrilled with all of the things I've learned and I haven't even finished my first year!

  • 04/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for any student. There is plenty of Greek life for those who are into that, but there are also hundreds of other social activities to do. If you struggle in school, there are tutors to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get out of your dorm room and get involved! There is so much to do on campus, and so many people who share your interests to meet! UCF has hundreds of clubs and groups dedicated to just about anything you can think of! But don't forget about your classes, either! College takes more planning; you really have to manage your own time. No one is there to make sure you do your assignments or take your exams. But there are several ways to get help on campus. First year advising has an awesome tutoring staff, and there are always ways to form study groups with other students in your classes. You're never alone in your efforts to do well!

    Bang for the buck

    I think UCF is well worth the money, and you get so much. Tuition includes free access to the amazing Recreation and Wellness Center, which has phenomenal exercise facilities, and both a lap pool AND a really awesome leisure pool! Tuition includes all sorts of other on-campus amenities, including the huge library and your UCF ID gets you discounts around campus!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this college! The location is awesome; Universal and Disney World are less than an hour's drive away! And the atmosphere on campus is amazing, there is so much school spirit. Not to mention there is ALWAYS something going on! You will never be bored here!

    Am learning a lot

    I am an Event Management major at UCF's renowned hospitality program. I've only taken 3 major-specific classes so far, but I've already learned so much about the hospitality industry and what goes into planning and executing an event. I love this program!

  • 04/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for those who enjoy being a part of a large, influential college community that always has something going on. Speaking from experience, UCF has a wonderful hospitality program that is located in the heart of the industry. Also, this school has a brand new nursing program with state-of-the-art facilities. I would say, though, that there is something for almost everyone here, simply because it is the second largest school in the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    As I mentioned previously, take advantage of all of the resources that are offered through UCF. I would also encourage involvement student organizations, both major specific and those that are just for fun, because this is great way to meet people, and build your resume. Finally, be cautious when purchasing a meal plan, because students will often purchase many more meals than they will actually use.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, UCF is extremely comparable to other public universities is Florida. As long as you take advantage of all of the resources that are offered by the university. Things like the free printing lab, scantrons, tutoring, clinic, fitness orientation, special events, and discounts for local attractions can all increase the bang for the buck, but only if you make use of them.

    Am enjoying being here

    Besides the excellent academic programs, UCF also has the Campus Activity Board, and Office of Student Involvement to make sure that students are aware of all of the student organizations and any exciting events happening on campus. Furthermore, the Student Academic Resource Center, and Career Services exist to assist you in your learning endeavors. On top of all this, the campus has an amazing library, gym, and two pools available for student use.

    Am learning a lot

    As a freshman, you will find that UCF offers a wide variety of General Education courses that cater to many interests, while still fulfilling the Gen Ed requirements. Also, as a member of the Burnett Honors College, I have enjoyed the small class sizes that allow for meaningful discussion.

  • 05/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Consider the following: financial aid (great if in-state), major (lots of choices), career choice (free career advice), location (beautiful), class sizes (general education: HUGE; major: average), professor availability (not so much), curriculum (not the most challenging but studying is advised), social life (amazing).

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for some studying, seek free career advice at UCF Career Services, get to know your professors in your major as much as you can, and understand that there's always somewhere to go on campus where your questions can be answered. It's just a matter of finding out where and from whom; pay attention at your orientation!

    Bang for the buck

    This was definitely a very affordable school, especially with Bright Futures and if you're in-state. I'd say it was worth the free ride for some interesting classes and great friends.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am transferring for a more challenging curriculum, but I can't say it hasn't been a great experience. I will miss the many many friends I have made here as well as the beautiful campus.

    Am learning a lot

    This depends on your choice of classes, the professor, and you. General education classes are just that: general. The professors I've had so far have been really easy and fun to learn from. However, once you get into your major the classes can get more interesting; naturally you will learn more when interested. Overall, I believe I have definitely learned while here. The only lacking factor is a more challenging curriculum in my opinion.

  • 05/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is really diverse and has a lot of oppurtunity for students to become well rounded individuals. It is a large university and easy to get lost in the enormous crowds, so just stay focused know what you want and be successful. It is an obtainable goal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Biggest mistake i made was getting easily distracted and not starting off strong. Come in focus and a freshman you will hear it a million times and the fact of the matter is that it is true. Start off with A's and B's and if you are having a problem go find help immediately we have tutoring spaces and teacher's office hours.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition and fees are increasing for the most part its worth it. You can always find something free somewhere. On Wednesdays SGA is always giving out free shirts or something. There are a number of organizations with the sole purpose of serving student, and these organizations are funded by the service and activity fee. There is also a free printing lab with 20 free pages per student per day. As a student you have access to a number of things.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am truly enjoying my time here at UCF. Outside of Academics there are so many activities to participate in. Concerts, Interactive Forums, Performances and so much more. There is no reason that anyone should be bored.

    Am learning a lot

    At the University of Central Florida student are provided with a large variety of classes that allow student to discover what they really want to be in live.

  • 05/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is definitely for students who don't mind attending a large school with some classes that may contain up to 400 students. It's great for students who want to stay involved in school activities and enjoy extracurricular activities and volunteering around the community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because of all the attractions, and sometimes distractions, around UCF, it's important to remember why you're in school to stay focused and maintain a balance between work and play.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF can be a bit expensive compared to other schools in Florida, but there are plenty of opportunities for financial aid. There are also many resources for assistance and all the teachers are more than willing to help you out if you're having trouble in class.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy attending UCF. There is always some kind of activity happening on campus so it's easy to stay involved and make friends. Just about everything you need is within walking distance or a bike ride away from campus if you don't own a vehicle. Of course it's school, but all college students need a break every now and then and UCF has a great surrounding area for relaxing and having fun.

    Am learning a lot

    UCF is full of caring professors that want you to succeed, but you have to apply yourself and show them that you want to learn. If you're used to not studying and doing well in school, you'll have to make some adjustments and learn good study habits, but you will see that you actually learn.

  • 05/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Explore the campus Exploring the campus and getting to know your universities campus is a good way to feel more comfortable and at home in Orlando. Take advantage of your location Orlando is a great and lively place to live. Downtown Orlando has concerts all the time, there are film screenings at the Enzian theatre., and the campus isn't too far from the major theme parks and Disney. Orlando is also a great spot for job opportunities. Join Clubs Joining one of the many clubs the school has to offer is the best way to make friends and connections and meet interesting people. Whether its sports or a just a general interest you have, there is a club for you. Keep in the know with the arena The UCF Arena holds so many concerts, shows, and events and all of them are either free to students or reduced in price. Its a good idea to check frequently with the arena to get an idea of whats going on on campus. Don't Forget to Study With everything this campus has to offer it can be easy to forget about your school work and studying. UCF provides many study tools in the library, online and elsewhere but it is your responsibility to stay on top of your grades.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF offers a lot of services for their students. Free shows at the arena, on and off-campus transportation. assistance with job search. They have a pretty decent buy back program for their textbooks, however sometimes you may need to get a little creative when it comes to selling back your books. UCF has one of the best tuition costs out there and for what you pay the housing accommodations are excellent. Almost all on campus communities allow students to have their own room, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've met so many great people, talked with so many passionate professors, and attended a lot of fun and exciting events. There is always something happening on campus or some sort of discount that only UCF students can enjoy. There are so many clubs to join that anyone can find a group that shares their interests.

    Am learning a lot

    If you're not learning through a traditional classroom setting you'll be learning through internships or just general interaction with the many characters that make up this university.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Just sign up to volunteer, you'll meet so many people and have a great time doing so.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers so many opportunities for their students. You get an amazing free gym, great professors, prime location, and not to mention all of free things around campus at all times!

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is in a great location! It's 30 minutes from the beach, Disney and Universal, and has so many fun things to do on or around campus. There is always something going on around the campus, whether there's a concert or movies by the pools. Plus, they have so many ways for you to get involved, whether it be in a fraternity/sorority or just volunteering.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great and incredibly helpful. Plus, resources like SARC or SI sessions help immensely if you are struggling.

  • 05/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies, kids who don't want to feel lonely

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for the best chance of getting a merit scholarship!

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. And take advantage of the study resources.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to the school I was going to go to, UCF is pretty cheap.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always so much going on. You will never be bored and you will always have a friend around.

    Am learning a lot

    The sciences are a bit difficult because a lot of the teachers have accents but you still learn a lot.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus your first year; you meet a ton of new people and make lots of new friends.

    Bang for the buck

    The UCF Recreation and Wellness Center is one of my favorite places to be. There is a large pool, huge gym with a ton of new equipment, and very friendly employees. There is so much offered for students who attend.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and the resources are fantastic

    Am learning a lot

    I am an engineer major so the classes are very difficult and demanding, but I feel like I learn a lot of important information.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll in classes that you will enjoy and need. If you are a Music major and taking a Engineering class, you're just paying more money for something you don't need. Be social and make sure to definitely study a lot. Those big classes can get a little boring if you are thinking about going out and partying later that night, so stay focused and you'll do fine.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hospitality majors and students who love to be involved in campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students look at your specific major. Go and talk to an adviser of that college to really understand what UCF has to offer you in your field of choice. Also walk into our student union and you'll really get a great feel for how our school is run.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally believe that UCF is one of the only Florida schools that allows the students to receive the most access to technological advances, entertainment opportunities, and other wonderful resources without the students feeling like they are broke.

    Am enjoying being here

    The football games and other events that occur at the University of Central Florida are magnificent. I am President of my sorority, a former LEAD scholars member, and attend every football game possible. They are always putting on events for students as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Central Florida is a school filled with multiple outlets for students to learn. Although it is a very large school the teachers care about a students education, and the quality of education is excellent.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to learn and have a great time doing it!

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a rather large campus with a rather large student body. If you're used to a smaller campus or student body or even if you prefer those requisites be warned. This will be an enormous culture shock.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Walk the school first before classes start... the circle can be a lights-out for any knight.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am currently at University of Central Florida and have found a community of students that demonstrate unity toward the goal of maturity.

    Am learning a lot

    Many campus choices to choose from for classes: Main, Rosen, and Cocoa!

  • 07/16/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Good for students who are social and need organization. But at the same time, things are pretty loose

    Bang for the buck

    Please Please Please! Earn scholarships! Save your money! Be smart! Prices are rising and jobs are getting hard to find. See what the world needs; its not necessarily what you want it to need. If you chose a major that doesn't have many jobs available, you will find that going to college was a waste of time, effort and money.

    Will enjoy being here

    The housing program is very helpful. They quickly changed my roomate when I wanted them too. I have a friend that goes here too. She loves all the activities on campus

    Will learn a lot

    There are so many programs to choose from.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    College is always expensive, but as far as expenses out side of tuition goes the school is one of the top. They have plenty of discounts on tickets for near by attractions. A student can also eat really well on campus, meals are not that expensive and the food is pretty good. I would not recommend getting a meal plan unless u eat a lot, because they are very expensive. I did not get a meal plan and was quite happy with the way my year went.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at this school! The friends that I have made there are wonderful and we all really look out for one another. There are plenty of on campus activities for students to get involved in as well as academic clubs and groups that you can join if you need extra help or just want a study partner. The school sponsors plenty of student activities to really help freshmen get acclimated and make them feel more comfortable. The campus really starts to feel like home after a short time.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes that I have taken so far have been very informative. There are some stories floating around about some classes that students take to get easy A's but this is not the case. You do have to work hard but the learning pay off is really great.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like large class rooms but don't want to get lost in the crowd but want great education, then UCF is the best place to go. The professors take an interest in every student and is always helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, live on campus, it will be a lot easier than living far away. Living off-campus is good as well as long its close and there is shuttle to school. Join clubs that will be great for your academic resume and you will enjoy. Don't procrastinate, you won't like it when you can't go out and have fun with your friends and you'll be less stressed.

    Bang for the buck

    No matter where you go, there is something for everyone close by and is pretty affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to at school, even in-between classes. There are always places to eat, and hangout with your friends. There are clubs, restaurants, clubs, programs that fits every student.

    Am learning a lot

    If you like a challenge in your classes for any degree but still want it to be fun, entertaining, and won't fall asleep in? Then UCF is for you. There are so many classes and professors but I promise you, you'll never get bored and come out of the class actually learned something and it will stay with you. The professors do their best to try to stay on current events and try to get on the students level of understanding it and retaining info.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone who doesn't mind the heat/humidity. This is THE place to get the ultimate college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't mess up your freshman year! It's really difficult to bring up a GPA after it's been destroyed. Network - make a lot of friends, they can help you in your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Beautiful and very diverse campus, better dorms than most campuses, up-to-date facilities and equipment for better learning. There are certain fees that I wish were optional (like the gym) but are part of the tuition. So take advantage of everything, because you're paying for it anyway!

    Am enjoying being here

    Lots of things to do around campus - on and off. Great clubs and events for everyone. With the new UCF arena, there's a lot of concerts and comedy shows that UCF students get to go to for free, such as Daniel Tosh and T-Pain. There are clubs for practically every interest and lots of volunteering opportunities. Pretty much everyone here is friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    Definitely some challenging courses after freshman year, especially with the massive amounts of reading and discussions. Be prepared to learn! Slacking off is not an option. *This school is known for its engineering program, more students get hired by Harris from this school than any other school. If you're in to Art, this may not be up to par.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    is it true that ucf is reasonably priced??

    Will enjoy being here

    i know i will enjoy being there because of the location and the large campus

    Will learn a lot

    i hope that ucf will help me in my future endeavors it is one out of only 5 schools in fla that offer a 4 year forensic science program

  • 08/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is huge with so much stuff to do, so there is never a dull moment.

    Will learn a lot

    So many courses to choose from.

  • 08/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for a student that enjoys meeting new people, and doesn't mind huge lecture classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only get a meal plan if you live on campus, it is too expensive to buy both groceries and have a meal plan. Live on campus the first year, to get used to the school and be close to everything. Get involved with clubs and activites but stay focused.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the most modern/new campus's in the United States, that is how it earned it's nickname UCF-under construction forever. Totally worth all it offers.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really do love UCF, the campus is beautiful, there is always stuff to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors are great, though there are some who drone on and on, word for word reading from their powerpoint.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student! If you want to have fun and go to a school that WANTS you to succeed and have fun at the same time, don't bother looking at any other college, come here! This school is on the rise, always expanding, and will be a top rated college one day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come in and expect to have it easy, be responsible, don't party too hard, always keep the school aspect of college in mind. Do what you have to do for your classes, and live it up when you have the time! It's college, where the real best time of your life happens. This school rocks!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth whatever amount of money that you have to pay (and scholarships make it all the better). The facilities and perks that you get are just too much! The RWC, free basketball games, ticket giveaways for football games, contests, etc. There are tons of concerts and appearances by big name celebrities like J. Cole, Daniel Tosh, Katy Perry, Ludacris, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is amazing, looks great and is always alive. There's always giveaways, free shirts, shades, scantrons, bluebooks, etc. The football games are even better, the crowd is always on their feet, the football team always puts up a great fight, basketball games are just as good. There are tons of fraternities, sororities, and clubs that you can join, the Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) is my home! They have an extended gym, rock climbing wall, swimming pools, multiple indoor courts (my real home), and an indoor track. You HAVE to visit UCF if this is a school that you are considering to go to!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are amazing, so far every professor that I have had the opportunity to learn from have been caring and very intellectual and knowledgeable about their respective fields. They want you to learn and succeed, and go out of their way to ensure that you understand the material. Office hours are great and you can always schedule appointments, go over tests and ask questions. There are many student resources that you can take advantage of, such as SI (supplemental instruction) and SARC (Student Academic Resource Center) which all help you to understand lecture material, and some professors even offer extra credit for attending SARC and SI sessions!

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    who like a large campus who like lots of opportunities

    Tips for prospective students

    dont slack off

    Bang for the buck

    the price is pretty high but it is worth all of it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus, it is very large and has lots to do on a daily basis.

    Am learning a lot

    I love the teachers and way the school is run.

  • 09/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that love athletics (the gym is amazing), people who want a large campus or one that feels like a college, and for those with a bad sense of direction. The campus is a circle, it's hard to get too lost. We also have a ton of psych, education, and engineering majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you meet the requirements for the honors program (decently high GPA and sat scores) then i would suggest students apply for it. It might be another essay and a teacher recommendation but TRUST ME, if you get in, you're going to be thrilled when you're sitting in a class with 20 kids as opposed to 400. I have both types of classes so i know the difference. Also, you graduate with honors, get to have classes in the honors college which is newer and nice and there are even more events associated with honors that include free food.

    Bang for the buck

    With in-state prices, bright futures, and florida pre-paid, the tuition is definitely affordable in my case and worth the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I thought i would be homesick but I am really enjoying the campus. The people here are generally friendly and everyone seems helpful. There are always events with free food and prizes, and the campus is definitely walkable as far as going to classes even though it is very large. Most of the classes are near each other.

    Am learning a lot

    I've only been here for two weeks so I am still learning the basics of the campus, but as far as classwork, it mostly consists of notes and online postings in response to reading assignments. I am definitely learning a lot in classes like Sociology, which i have never studied before.

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Who have a lot of drive to figure their own way.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is really easy to get lost in a big school. Make sure that you speak up and get your name out there when necessary.

    Did enjoy being here

    Its a big school which would not be bad if they had the resources for how fast they are growing. There are not enough counselors, they are lacking spaces in classrooms, and have accepted too many students per major to make it possible to graduate on time.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students will fit in here. Like I said there are hundreds of clubs and other extra curriculars and classes that you'll fit right in no matter who you are :)

    Tips for prospective students

    One of the most important things I can say is to get involved. Whether you pick a sport, fraternity, club, organization, or just volunteer. DO SOMETING!!! It wil open so many doors and gice you the best experience you can her here or where ever you may decied to go.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a bit pricey but hey it's your education and it's a state university. There are tons of scholarships and grants and you wont feel like it's a waste of money once you experience this yourself.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere of this place is amazing! Everything here is so laidback you first impression is that everyone slacks off but then you get into the classrooms and it's like a 180. There are over 100 clubs to join and places to eat and hang out on campus it's like a mini city here :)

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a ton here! I am currently in the teaching academy and it's like they hired the most professional teachers of teaching. Professors are knowledgeable and can teach in a way you can effectivly learn.

  • 09/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any and all students are welcome here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study study study. Just because you can choose what classes to take and when you take them doesn't mean you can slack off. Also, never ignore any syllabuses or schedules that your professors will give you!

    Bang for the buck

    The classes and campus are totally worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    It's an excellent campus with a lot of shops and restaurants.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics here are just awesome! The Honors College in particular makes learning feel more personalized.

  • 09/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    social students

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is an amazing school, and i would highly recomend it for anyone interested in going to a good college.

  • 10/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for motivated students! Lots of opportunities because of the school's size.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on track!

  • 10/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anybody!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive anywhere you go, as long as you get the grades and have a good time in the process its worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are always events going on on-campus, especially during the Fall semester. Our activities board and SGA are fantastic at providing events for students to attend and they are almost always free.

    Am learning a lot

    The variety of classes that I have been able to take within my major have allowed me to learn about so many new topics. It definitely keeps my semester interesting!

  • 10/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who enjoy a busy atmosphere. Up until 11 at night there are people everywhere. It's great for people who like to keep busy because there is always stuff to do on campus. Also, being in Orlando is a huge plus because you can always find something to do if you're bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think you can skip class all the time. One thing a lot of high schoolers talk about is how they can't wait for college because attendance isn't mandatory. Although some classes don't require attendance, skipping class will really cause you to fall behind.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a Florida resident, I get great tuition rates which makes being here well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's always something going on. The different organizations on campus always have events happening and the professors are very friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here really know what they are talking about and as long as you do the work they assign and go to class you'll learn a lot.

  • 11/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hospitality, Business, and Engineering majors. Northerners looking to get away from the cold (the coldest it's ever been in my 6 years living here was 28 degrees), people looking for a fun social college, people looking for a college next to a city but not in it (UCF borders a town called Oviedo and Orlando. Oviedo is a suburban town that caters to families. Whereas Orlando is a city that offers lots of fun places to go to during the weekend. So you get the best of both worlds).

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a car. If you don't have a car you'll basically be stranded on campus. They do have buses but relying only on those is ill advised. Florida isn't a place where you can walk wherever you want to. Even if you wanted to the weather isn't is going to be agreeable and there aren't really any safe pedestrian areas.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF was very affordable for me because not only was I a Florida resident but I also received Bright Future's Scholarship (a scholarship for Florida residents). In state tuition is very cheap. For out of state students it's a little above the national average but if this college interests you a lot then don't let that stop you.

    Am enjoying being here

    I mostly enjoy here. UCF offers a lot of activities and clubs for you to get involved in. I enjoy participating in the clubs and meeting new people.

    Am learning a lot

    Like any college some professors are good and some aren't. But as a college, UCF has really good professors. They also have many majors and minors to choose from. Though some may not be available. For example, I want to be a lawyer but they don't have a Pre-Law major, they only have a legal studies major. Those two may seem the same but they're not. Also I was planning on minoring in German but they cut the German program the year that I entered. So each case is specific to each student on whether they have programs for you.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for any student because it is so vast and has so many diverse groups. There is literally something for everyone to enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the services provided for you. The Academic Advisers are knowledgeable and can help you direct your schedule to reflect the type of degree and career you are pursuing. Once you know what classes to take, ask around to see what professor teaches it best, and ratemyprofessors.com can help you decide that too. Once Your classes are all picked out, join a group! Finding something to do after class is a healthy way to meet new people and keep yourself busy, just don't party too much or you will fail the classes you worked hard to pick out. After you have your whole schedule set, use Cappex to get scholarships to help you pay your way through school.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is not cheap, but as far as bang for your buck goes, every penny is worth it. The quality of education you receive and the services that are available to you are all encompassing and help students from start to finish. If you get a cold, the Health Center can help you. If you need a tutor, SARC is there for you. If you need to talk to someone, the Counseling Center will hear you out. Anything you need, UCF has on campus. UCF is like its own town, constantly buzzing and always ready for you.

    Am enjoying being here

    On top of the academic help available everywhere you turn, the University of Central Florida has a diverse student body, making the extra curricular activities even more exciting and flavorful. Every night of the week something is going on, and during the day their are markets and events are constantly being held in front of the student union. The Greek population on campus is strong and is a lot of fun if you have the time to take advantage of it. There are groups for every walk and style of life, from religious groups to lobbyist and dance crews. The Student Government Association puts on a production called Late Knights, where all students can come out and have a good time once a month, there are fun things to do, free food, and prizes. One thing is certain, you will never be bored on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here at the University of Central Florida are extremely helpful in helping you to achieve your goals. The school offers tutors and academic advising to help you on your way to success and have even added a building dedicated to helping its students find employment after graduation. UCF also offers SARC a Student Academic Resource Center to help you out when you need tutoring outside the classroom. Their writing lab available is open to all students so you can have someone else proofread your papers and make sure the formatting is correct. The amenities this massive school offer are incredible and cover every aspect of education possible. I have learned so much from this school already, and look forward to finishing out my years here.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    You will definitely love this school! A tip would be to study hard but also take time to go out on the night life,go to the gym, or get involved in school clubs.. Being cooped up studying all the time isn't healthy, your brain needs some type of a vacation away from the stress on the weekends!

    Bang for the buck

    I actually get money back from bright futures at UCF where as at USF i still had to pay some tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE the campus, I actually transferred here from USF and I've found that UCF is more my scene on campus and off. Its beautiful!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a pre-nursing major and although the classes can be pretty difficult, all the professors Ive had try and make it as fun as possible. They make jokes and try to get you to interact which makes learning the material easier to cope with.

  • 11/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student that wants to work hard and to take the advantage of all the opportunities that this university has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    It depends on which campus you want to attend the difference is the class size, so it's up to you and make sure you manage your time well in order to do good in your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    When it comes to financial aid you really have to work your way out and find scholarships because financial aid doesn't pay a lot, so it kinda sucks but if you do extremely good in your classes and have a high GPA you can apply for scholarships that the university offers and even through CAPPEX.

    Am enjoying being here

    I llike it there in the Western Region Campus because the class size is small and the professor has time to answer questions after class and even remembers your name.

    Am learning a lot

    I go to the Western Region Campus in Lake County and it is pretty amazing of the things you learn in there. I'm taking a Sociology of Murder Class and my professor is a CSI so it's pretty amazing of all the things I learn in that class, and also I get to see real crime scene pictures.

  • 11/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Research your classes before you enroll. They fill up quick and some are only during certain times of the year.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a resident of Florida, the tuition for UCF wasn't ridiculous compared to private schools in the state, especially out of state! With Bright Futures I earned during high school, everything from classes and books to my parking pass was covered.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so much at UCF, mostly in my Intro to Engineering class. The lecture is large, but the labs are smaller and teacher assistants tend to your individual needs.

  • 11/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!!! They help a lot. Also come in with an open mind, there are so many things and people that you have yet to experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive anywhere you go, but there are so many scholarships to apply for. There are so many events on campus for students to participate in that there will rarely be a time where you can sit in your room and say that there is nothing left to do. There is a beautiful new gym, student union, leisure pool, library, reflection pond, and so much more. Things like parking permits and meal plans can get expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Central Florida does have over 58,000 students, which can be overwhelming since most students come from small schools and think this is frightening. But it really is not! There is such a sense of community on campus that it really feels like a small school!

    Academic Rigor

    You get as much as you give when it comes to when you do or do not learn. All my professors have been great. But it is college, therefore more effort MUST go into your studies in order to be successful.

  • 11/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I love how you will have a large campus with lots of activites and sudents!

  • 12/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are career-seeking students. Even if you are unsure about your future, there are plenty of people available to help guide you into a career path that fits you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the school. There are study programs, internships, activities and all sorts of entertainment.

    Bang for the buck

    As a Florida resident, and even if I weren't, I believe it is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot to do on campus and so many ways to get involved. You are informed daily through e-mail of events going on and how you can get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    Everyone at this college is more than dedicated to your success at the University of Central Florida and in your future as well. All of their faculty are dedicated to the learning field and are available for you whenever you need them.

  • 12/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF IS PERFECT FOR THE SMALL TOWN STUDENT WHO IS LOOKING FOR A FRESH START IN A BIGGER AND BRIGHTER TOWN FILLED WITH ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES.

    Tips for prospective students

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT UCF HAS TO OFFER!! STUDY HARD AND USE ALL OFTHE ACADEMIC RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS. GET INVOLVED IN THE HINDREDS OF CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GREEK LIFE THAT UCF HAS TO OFFER. THER IS SOMETHING TO OFFER FOR EVERY TYPE OF STUDENT AT UCF.

    Bang for the buck

    MANY CLASSES OFFER FREE TUDORING, THE LIBRARY AND STUDENT UNION ARE OPEN 24/7, UCF WRITING CENTER IS AVAILABLE. AND EACH PROFFESSOR OFFERS MULTIPLE OFFICE HOUR TIMES.

    Am enjoying being here

    SCHOOL HAS EVERY RESOURCE I COULD POSSIBLY THINK OF WHICH MAKES LEARNING SO MUCH MORE EASY AND CONVENIENT. THE CAMPUS IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND IS A GREAT PEACEFUL ESCAPE FROM THE BUSTLING TOWN OF ORLANDO FLORIDA

    Am learning a lot

    CLASS SIZES RANGE FROM SMALL CLASSES WITH LESS THAN 20 PEOPLE, TO LARGE LECTURE HALL CLASSES WITH HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS. SO DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LEARN BEST, UCF OFFERS CLASS SIZES FOR ALL TYPES OF STUDENTS WITH BRILLIANT PROFESSORS WHO ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP AND GENUINELY CARE ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL WELLBEING.

  • 12/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you're coming here to party, understand that your wake-up call will come after the first semester. Some of my friends have been put on academic probation because their studies were not high enough on their priority list.

    Bang for the buck

    I think, for what you get with all the events and activities and free stuff, UCF is well-priced. The meal plans are planned out with how many meals you can eat in a week or a semester, instead of what I have heard other colleges have with a point system. In considering dorms, you get what you pay for, but they all have weekly cleaning which is nice to have.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy the events that the school hosts, most of which are free. One of the most unforgettable experiences so far will have to be the Spirit Splash that occurs during homecoming week, which I heard was the number one college tradition last year. Also, during exam week, there is free food at midnight in the Student Union. UCF really takes care of you.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers I had this past semester were all friendly and had open doors for any concerns you might have had. I managed straight A's in all of my four courses with the help of the Supplementary Instruction meetings. It doesn't come easy though, you definitely need to learn time management.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great if your willing to make the effort to learn and be social. the big classes mean that you are a lot more responsible for paying attention. the professor isn't going to baby you like high school. and if you are a social person and want to go to a school with lots of events going on then UCF will be great for you! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into this school with an open mind. You will meet so many people in the first few weeks that its almost overwhelming. but dont expect to talk to even half those people a few weeks later. the best way to meet good friends is to get involved with one of the many many many clubs on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive but compared to most state colleges its on the cheaper side.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is ALWAYS somethings going on around campus. often times I will be walking up to the student union and hear music blasting from inside.

    Am learning a lot

    A lot of the classes are huge but the professors are always willing to help if you go to their office hours.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best to meet your teachers before the start of classes. Introduce yourself, get their syllabus, and study up so you can get ahead. Trust me, it will help.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A strong engineering and computer science program, a must for any engineering students and people who like large schools, being the 2nd largest in america

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as possible, because that makes most of the difference. Apply for summer, it'll help you adjust to the school, and you won't move as clueless when fall comes around - which helps you make even more friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I'm a Florida resident, I have bright futures as Florida prepaid, so the bang for my buck is very good. Dorms can be a little expensive as well as meal plans. Overall the cost is just like any other Florida college.

    Am enjoying being here

    I visited many colleges such as FSU, UF, FIU and MDC, but the atmosphere at UCF is very unique. It is easy to feel at home, make friends and enjoy your time there - which is very important if you're going to college for 4+ years like me.

    Am learning a lot

    Only being a freshman at UCF with 26 credits, it's difficult to properly rate my education, but so far, I really enjoyed all my classes, professors and learned a lot from the classes I took so far.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    attend the games, your tuition goes up substantial amount because of athletics and I feel I did not take full advantage of all the things UCF had to offer.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF is the best school

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study. First 2 years you have about 500 kids in your class so profressors don't really know you and they don't give you all their help.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF can be a bit expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy the school. It is such a great atmosphere. Best school for me.

    Am learning a lot

    The forensic science programs at UCF are amazing. The profressors really want us to learn everything and they make sure to give us 200% of their time and effort.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your work and you will do fine.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel sometimes that UCF only cares about sports and not education.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of cops that stay on campus and services such as getting walk to your car after dark that make you feel safe while you're here. There are also emergency help buttons placed around the campus in case of emergency.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs on campus so chances are you'll find one that interests you. But if not, you can always, along with 12 others, create your own.

    Great for these types of students

    The social type because the school offers tons of opportunity to get to know fellow students and socialize. Also, the type that love to study and read, or need to study and read, because there are a lot of place designed to be quite places to get work done and plenty of opportunities to get extra help if needed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Umm, I don't know if this is unusual, but there are often people setting up camps around the campus for certain causes and things like that.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers are fantastic and with things like free tutoring and help with classes, you'll definitely get what you need to out of the classes if you put in the work. Plus, there are things like certain free or low-cost health services, the gym, the huge library, the helpful staff, and all the other benefits offered to students.

    What to do for fun

    UCF offers tons of free activities and events. It isn't hard to find something to do for absolutely free. Also, their gym is wonderful.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of restaurants on campus and even more off campus near the school. You'll never get bored of the food options here.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard, but it's college; what do you expect? You'll have to study, but you'll definitely learn a lot. There are plenty of opportunities for outside help and tutoring at no cost. If you try and ask for help when you need it, you'll learn what you need too.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's okay not to know what you want to major in right away. The undeclared major advisers are very helpful and there are plenty of different programs to choose from. Don't be afraid to talk to advisers and explore a little! It's definitely worth the time.

    In three sentences

    There are plenty of programs and classes to choose from so you always find something interesting to take. Every teacher and staff member I have meet here has been very helpful and informative. The whole campus is warm and inviting; the students are all like one big family.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF takes safety very seriously. If anything remotely scary happens students everywhere are notified via e-mail or text what to watch out for.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in a sorority, but from what I hear..there's A LOT of greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whether it's salsa dancing, debate, or rock climbing, UCF has a rainbow of clubs and activites to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    All types. The diversity is pretty great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash, voted BEST college tradition in the entire nation.

    Bang for the buck

    They definitely take care of you. From transportation options, the gym, to events, it's all worth it.

    What to do for fun

    UCF is in Orlando!! So two words: Season Pass.

    Food and Dining

    There are several chain restaurants located on campus, not very helpful for students trying to stray away from gaining the freshman fifteen.

    Dorm Life

    It's not called the biggest party school in Florida for no reason.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF isn't Harvard, but it isn't a community college either. Expect the expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make yourself stand out by making sure all your professors know exactly who you are and why you are there.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a large and demanding school. It makes me feel like a number, but I realize this is good training for the real world. If you want an extreme college experience go UCF.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its great for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    For what you pay, you get a good location, a great education, and a place with diversity and personality. Overall a great place.

    What to do for fun

    The magic of Orlando is that there is so much to do. On campus there are activities held, and the nightlife is definitely there. There are also amusement parks within driving distance.

    Food and Dining

    Many places on and off campus to get something to eat. There are your typical fast food spots, and a few local spots with personality. There's something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are hit or miss, but decent overall. Not always you will get what you want, but it is adequate for a college student.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not a top college in terms of prestige, but make no mistake, it is getting there. There are many classes that are challenging and nothing comes easy. You are expected to work hard but the pressure is not as hard as top colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and meet people. It can be intimidating at first but as you meet people and get out there, UCF becomes a fun place to be.

    In three sentences

    A friendly place to be. The campus is modern and beautiful. There is a lot to do and also wide variety of tutoring options.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash - the day during Homecoming Week where everyone runs through the huge fountain.

    Food and Dining

    UCF has a lot of on-campus options for food.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on what classes you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit for academic advisor often to make sure you will graduate on time and take the right classes.

    In three sentences

    UCF has tons of majors to choose from and most of the professors are extremely enthusiastic about their jobs.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    DECA, SMPS UCF

    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Gamestop on campus. That's right gamer's...paradise.

    Bang for the buck

    I love my school, and I love being a student!

    What to do for fun

    Extracurricular activities!

    Food and Dining

    So much to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Heard great things from friends.

    Academic Rigor

    excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Advising. Advising. Advising.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great school! UCF provides students with all the resources one could possibly need to achieve success. UCF has passionate teachers that are knowledgeable and helpful too.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports events, movie showings, speakers, theater and lots more.

    Food and Dining

    The UCF ID is your meal plan card. It's convenient and easy to use. All places on campus have really good food. Healthy options are available too.

    Dorm Life

    The Towers are new, they have their own kitchen and you only share a bathroom with one person. The rooms are also a decent size. The RA's are awesome, they plan events and get-togethers for residents.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like all schooling you have teachers that will challenge you and course content that will challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for students would be to get involved, live on campus your first year, and have fun.

    In three sentences

    The school is new there are lots of organization to join to become a part of the UCF atmosphere. Football and Basketball games are great. Depending on your major class sizes are not that big and most professors help on your journey through your degree.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    you are always seeing the police. Great to have

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Union is where you can go to meet people and learn more about clubs/organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Library is great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Student Union is a great place to meet people

    Bang for the buck

    Prices everywhere are reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do? Everything is walking distance and you are always meeting new people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early intend on having a great college career here

    In three sentences

    Second Largest campus in the nation. So many opportunities to better your life/career here. Everyone is on the same page about furthering their career.

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are super safe on campus including its own on campus police station and waring buttons with a 60 second response time scattered all around campus.

    Greek Life

    There are enough Sororities and Fraternities you can't even count them all.

    Clubs and Activities

    Once again so many clubs there is something for everyone, and a new club can be set up whenever you want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pegasus Palooza is the greatest homecoming week ever. Spirit Splash has been called the biggest homecoming event in all of Florida.

    Bang for the buck

    With the tuition you get free gym access, clubs, any of the acres of land to do whatever you want.

    What to do for fun

    There are over a hundred clubs to join and every one has something new to do. Join as many as you can, it helps you meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is all you can eat every day, how can you beat that?

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm mate, might just be your new best friend for life.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you do your work, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is not like high school. High school is a time where teachers can be a bit more lenient and smaller classes, but college is time to buckle down and do some work. Better grades come from hard for here.

    In three sentences

    Overall I love being a part of something so great. There is so much to do on campus. You will never have a dull moment around here.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF has one of the strictest yet understanding police department. With their own department and holding cells right on campus. This police force truly knows the difference between fun and out of control and steps in when needed.

    Great for these types of students

    There is truly something for everyone at UCF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In front of the library is UCF's large reflection pond. It is here were you will find students studying, doing yoga, having lunch, sun bathing, etc. During Homecoming week there is a day called Spirit Splash. This day is the only day where you are allowed to play, dance, and party inside the reflection pond. UCF hires a DJ and free gifts are given everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    Being bored at UCF is practically impossible. There is a club or team for practically every sport or activity. The UCF Arena atleast once a week has a concert and/or game to attend. At the state of art UCF gym, you can workout, swim, and rent gear ranging from bikes to camping supplies.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many restaurants and places to eat that it will take a lot of time to visit them all. If you join the meal plan then you can go the Market Place, a buffet style place with food for everyone, and the meal plan allows you to come and go as you please for food.

    Dorm Life

    I use to live at home and would make the commute to and from UCF. Though this may be a cheaper way of attending college, you also miss out on a lot of the clubs and events that are constantly going on. Living on campus gives you more time to balance academics, extracurricular activities, and your personal life.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and faculty of UCF all want you to be successful. There are a lot of difficult classes that you will come upon but there are many resources such as free tutoring and supplemental instruction. Also as you work closer and closer to your degree, classes most likely become more difficult yet at the same time they become more and more interesting, truly making you excited to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you have been admitted to UCF one of the most important ways to get the most out of your university experience is to be open minded. When possible, you should join clubs or athletics and/or be apart of ground breaking research. Also, before, during, and after classes, make friends or connections with your fellow classmates, especially in rigorous classes so that you can help each other out and facilitate your learning even more.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a rapidly growing university that is excelling in many different ways from academics to research to athletics. While most schools only have one or two fields in which they are renowned for, UCF is renowned for Engineering, Psychology, Nursing, and Medical Sciences. Being a student at UCF is exciting due to the fact that there is always new things being built and created making every semester a n awesome experience.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very big and fun at this University. Greek life is a great way to meet new people and make lifetime long friends. There are always planned activities. Greek life also provides an eating plan.

    What to do for fun

    There are different things to do for fun in the area of Orlando. Near UCF we have theme parks and I-Drive which is very popular for tourist and always busy. We have a plaza full of bars for college students as well. UCF has a great Wellness Recreation Center that is very large and offers many treadmills with televisions.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in a dorm so I do not know what it is like personally but from what I have heard it is awesome!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always seek help if you need it. There are always answers to your questions if you just look for it!

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great University. I have had a great experience attending here so far,The university is clean and organized. The school provides advising to all students depending on their major along with the advisors truly helping you on the correct path for your future.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    of course a university has its own traditions. most prominent of ucf: the spirit splash. one day out of the entire college year students are allowed to come to the huge fountain in front of the library and play in the water with music playing and free t-shirts. if you come here you should at least try it once.

    Bang for the buck

    i think i mentioned this before but. we have our own ticket master and attraction ticket booth. if you're coming or out of state or want a go on a group and you manage to get some spare money grab a ticket and go.

    What to do for fun

    there are main clubs to join and main events like light up ucf where we have our own skating ring. so many that they have their own ticket master offices in the student union or the ucf arena. (arena event tickets are cheaper at the arena office). they also sell tickets for florida attractions as well. and if you're willing to wait there are college night tickets where they give away attraction tickets free at certain times of the day for that night

    Food and Dining

    at the ucf student union there's quite a few restaurants to pick from. like sbarro pizza, the new whopper bar, qdoba, subway and a few others but after a while you may get tired of it. but fear not there are many more places to eat. in the market place it is basically a buffet serving breakfast lunch and dinner. each day a different item in the menu. and then there's the ucf arena. the area around it i mean. there are some bars and few others restaurants i've yet to check out yet. her a suggestion though. if you come by that area i recommend trying kyoto. it's a cheaper version of kobe and you will get a lot of food for you're money.

    Dorm Life

    i don't have much to say cause i don't live in a dorm. but from observations from my friends dorm it can be a bit small but it depends on which dorm you stay in. but the people are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    it all depends on the professor and their teaching style. some teachers are strict and other are laid back. and other are laid back but have strict rules. either way you must be on you're toes and ask for help the moment you are lost.

    Tips for prospective students

    ucf is practically a laid back university meaning it can be easy to slack of at time but keep at the studying or you'll regret it.

    In three sentences

    it's a pretty good university and cheep if you live in florida. there are looks of opportunities to get help and many activities to participate in to get to know other students. there are also a variety of professors here that really care for you.

  • 01/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    has most of the clubs i'd want to be involved in!

    In three sentences

    university of central florida seems like my perfect school, i can't wait to visit! through research, it seems to fit everything a college should be. spirited, not excessively pricey, and with a huge campus, all i have to do now is be accepted.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    good!

    Bang for the buck

    look into all the student discounts you can get either directly from vendors or through the schools ticket center. tuition is on the rise, but it is everywhere!

    What to do for fun

    go to activities at the recreation and wellness center. attend the late knights activities. get involved in student organizations.

    Food and Dining

    delicious!

    Dorm Life

    haven't ever lived there, but it looks good.

    Academic Rigor

    professors make you work, as you should as a college student, learning about the career field you are going to work in. well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus or attend an orientation before you decide where to go.

    In three sentences

    ucf has great academic programs and professors. the campus is great, but the surrounding area is small...it's a little far from the actual city of orlando. extracurricular activities is great!

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    blue light safety stations are located everywhere. the campus police provide free rides when needed if out late or you feel unsafe. they are just a call away. it's easy to leave the gym late at night with their assistance. the campus is very large and it can be scary sometimes.

    Greek Life

    there are many sororities and fraternities with new ones being added each year.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are more clubs than you can count. intramural sports, greek life, and student government are a few.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who like to be involved. there is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the spirit splash happens the week of homecoming each year. everyone gathers at the reflection pond for a celebration before jumping in together.

    Bang for the buck

    there are a lot of jobs around for extra cash. the area caters to students. tanning booths are cheap.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of restaurants, amusement parks, shopping malls and movie theaters to visit. there are also on campus activities every day.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of meal options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are very nice and roomy.

    Academic Rigor

    some students have a hard time but i haven't had any problems with the academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    wear comfortable shoes as you will walk a lot. live on campus to avoid the parking situation. go to the gym in the morning beacuse it is less crowded.

    In three sentences

    the campus is very nice and clean. the campus is very crowded. the parking is horrible.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    i am the secretary of psychology club at ucf, and i thoroughly enjoy it! we do all sorts of philanthropy and events that enable us as students to focus on what lies ahead, such as grad school.

    What to do for fun

    university of central florida is located in orlando, fl. it's easier to say what there is not to do for fun. there is a plethora of theme parks, a great downtown nightlife, the tailgate before the football games is considered to be one of the biggest in the country. quite a few concerts rock the new ucf venue too!

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall in orlando, fl is really nice. it's centrally located on the campus, and has indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy the florida sunshine!

    Dorm Life

    my dorm life is great because i live with my parental units. living with them allows me to study without being distracted by friends and roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    academically ucf is fantastic! there are many offices that you can utilize to aid and support you throughout your student career at ucf. the research opportunities at ucf enable you to further your learning beyond the classroom and look great on your cv.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to apply for graduation from your community college before applying to ucf, even if it is in the direct connect program. get involved in clubs and different organizations within the university, it will make you feel like your part of the university, not just a patron student. extracurricular activities also look good on your cv!

    In three sentences

    university of central florida is an excellent school to transfer to from a community college. university of central florida has many satellite campus making it convenient for those students that do not want to commute to orlando, fl everyday. the university of central florida has a great campus life and many opportunities for students to get involved.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    greek life is huge at ucf and a lot of people are invovled.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of activities and clubs if you want to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    ambitious, friendly, outgoing, and upbeat

    What to do for fun

    hang out in memory mall for tailgating, get lunch on campus, attend the huge ucf gym, or go to the ucf pool, lake claire, or library lawn to play in the sun.

    Tips for prospective students

    make friends in your major early on, and try to get information on professors/classes before you're stuck in them! the classes are big, and if you don't put yourself out there it will be extremely difficult to succeed completely on your own.

    In three sentences

    ucf is perfect for the outgoing, open-minded, and eager. there are many opportunities for everyone, but everyone has to be willing to look for them and get involved. the student population is huge!

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash, we have a fountain and we all run towards the fountain and get wet, it only happens once a year and its a lot of fun.

    What to do for fun

    disney is here in orlando and ucf sells discounted tickets to students. there are always campus events to attend and giving away free stuff all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    be motivated and willing to learn because its exactly what you will get from the professors. they love what they do and its something to appreciate because not a lot of professors are as motivated as the ones here.

    In three sentences

    the most amazing school in florida. awesome fellow students and professors. they have great programs for every major.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus seems pretty safe, there are police that walk around campus and several emergency phones placed throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs or activities to join on campus. most of them sit outside of the student union, which is a great place to find out about them.

    Food and Dining

    there are many places on campus to eat, that are tasty and for a good price.

    Dorm Life

    i have not lived in the dorms but i have seen some of them and they are pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    most of the classes are definitely worth the money. teachers are diverse and explain things in a way that makes what you are learning interesting, and you can tell that the teachers themselves are interested in what they are teaching.

    In three sentences

    the campus is extremely nice. there is a very diverse population. there are lot of activities available for students to try or join.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    although some classes are easier than others, you still need to work hard.

    In three sentences

    i absolutely love ucf! my classes are so informative and the professors are great. it's such a big change from the selfish teachers of high school.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there's more to do then you can imagine... im sports, tons of clubs, and other recreational activities like canoeing on lake clair.

    Food and Dining

    there are plenty of spots all over campus for eating out.

    Academic Rigor

    ucf is challenging and offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge base.

    Tips for prospective students

    put ucf on the top of your application list.

    In three sentences

    ucc is awsome. its a growing campus with lots to offer.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    pretty safe campus overall. they have the emergency pole where if you press the button, a cop will appear to you within 26 seconds, it's impressive.

    Greek Life

    as a member of delta epsilon psi of the lambda chapter at ucf, i can promise you that going greek is the best thing you can do at a university. some people can differ, but in my personal experience, if i didn't join my fraternity, i honestly have no idea where i'd be right now. best experience of my college life and it's still going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    jon clubs and be active. never let academics take over your life completely. learn to enjoy some fun in college before you enter the real world. clubs and activities are a great way to meet other people that share the same interest as you.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the homecoming week. spirit spirit spirit. in 2011, for the homecoming concert, the sga booked lupe fiasco and panic at the disco. unbelievable concert.there is also something called spirit splash at ucf where everyone jumps into the reflection pond for one day. sports are a huge deal here especially football and basketball, be sure to go out to the games, lots of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    ucf is about $186 a credit. that is one of the cheapest tuition rates around right now in the nation. community colleges charge about $100, and colleges like um, usc, scu are about 3/4 times as much. you are definitely getting your moneys worth for tuition. but they overcharge for parking and books, so it's got some cons. but its 4/5 stars regardless

    What to do for fun

    ucf gym is ridiculous huge, so that's a plus for the body builders coming in. right outside the university are clubs such as deko, fubar, chaakra, etc, which are cheap and maximize your fun for you buck. if you're feeling spontaneous, you can drive 20 minutes to downtown orlando and have an unforgettable nightlife

    Food and Dining

    the food and dining around ucf is just impeccable. if you wanted to eat somewhere different everyday, you can eat anywhere around ucf for an entire year with the diversity they have. great food anywhere you go.

    Dorm Life

    i never lived in the dorms at the university, but they're definitely better than usf or uf dorms from what my friends tell me. the buildings are more safe and closer to buildings on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    ucf general education classes are harder than they should be. but once you get passed the gen-ed classes, you'll find yourself in classes that focus on your major, and those are the ones that are done correctly. the difficulty level and rigor is as it should be, but the professors there are just outstanding, and want you to succeed to be proficient in your field.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're looking for a school that will make the best use of your money, ucf is definitely a top contender - one of the lowest costing schools for in-state tuition around the nation, it is climbing the leader board in being one of the best school in the nation as well. if you're an engineer, ucf's program is one of the best in the state of florida as well. and if you wish to join a fraternity or sorority, ucf's greek life is hands down the best in the state for greek life.

    In three sentences

    ucf is a very adventurous university to attend due it's academic excellence and pulchritudinous social life. the professors at this school are the top of their kind when you enter into your majors program. it's a great school to attend at an amazing cost as compared to others

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    safety seems pretty good. there seem to be a lot of cops on campus and you can call for safe golf cart rides around campus at night.

    Greek Life

    i am not personally involved in greek life, but my roommate is, and i am considering rushing for a sorority. greek life consists of 10% of the student population and seems like a great way to build connections.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs at ucf! no matter how specialized your interests are, ucf has a club for you!

    Great for these types of students

    great for outgoing people! there are a lot of opportunities for new friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash is the best tradition ever! once a year during homecoming week, everyone jumps in the reflection pond. i highly recommend it if you decide to go to ucf.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely good value for money. i would much rather go here than any expensive private school!

    What to do for fun

    there's a lot to do for fun. ucf offers over 400 clubs. plus there's a lot of club related activities.

    Food and Dining

    student union offers a lot of great restaurants. i did not have a meal plan. i personally did not find it necessary.

    Dorm Life

    i lived on campus my first year. i know live off-campus. it is a little cheaper to move off-campus, but i liked the dorm experience. however, it is really hard to get housing past your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are awesome. especially once you get into major-specific classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    do a lot of research when it comes to living on campus. make sure to talk to your adviser. try to get involved as much as possible. always keep up with homework.

    In three sentences

    i love ucf! it is definitely the best college in florida. it offers a lot of great majors.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe on campus. there's a ton of students, so you're never alone...anywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many groups to get involved in. literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    students who actually want to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    best school i've ever attended. it's expensive, but well worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    tons of college involvement groups, orlando has almost anything you'd ever want to do, go to events at the ucf arena (they have concerts, and events all the time). there's literally always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    there are a billion options for food on campus. you can literally eat something different every day of the week. the food is great. a lot of people don't eat in the ucf cafeteria, but it really does have decent food.

    Dorm Life

    i personally live off campus, but i have, however, stayed in the dorms for a youth conference a few years ago. the dorms are well maintained, clean, and much better than you'd expect at many universities. if i didn't have a husband and daughter, i'd be in the dorms, for sure.

    Academic Rigor

    ucf holds high academic standards. if you don't get a 2.0 your first semester, you get put on academic probation, which could result in you flunking out. i was intimidated by this, but if you put forth the effort you'll be fine. the instructors really want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you don't plan on working hard, do not attend this school. don't come here just because you want to play football, or meet new people. come to learn.

    In three sentences

    ucf has been my favorite school so far. i have had no problems with anything. my professors are exciting and engaging, and i feel that i am doing well!

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    throughout the campus there are yellow poles for emergencies and can be called at any time. there are also numbers on the back of the student's id card for the ucf police and there's also a number for a service that will pick you up from wherever you are and drop you off wherever you need to go at night if you don't feel comfortable walking around such a big campus late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    ucf has a ton of clubs to join. and if there isn't a club that you want to join that's already created you can make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    ucf is great for all students! with ucf's mile long list of clubs to join there's bound to be something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the most known and anticipated event is spirit splash which occurs on the friday of homecoming week. it's the only time students are allowed in the reflection pond, which is usually off limits. there are also ucf's tail gating events! every home game at memory mall in front of the arena tons of people crowd around to drink and have a good time in the spirit of the ucf knights.

    What to do for fun

    once a month cab puts together an on-campus event called late knights. it's an event for students to have fun safely on campus. each month there's a different theme, so there's always different things to do!

    Food and Dining

    ucf has a lot of places to choose food from. there's a whole food court, as well as two on campus dining halls located on opposite sides of campus for easy access no matter where you live.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is nice. each floor as an ra who coordinates activities for the residents every so often, which can be quite fun. one great thing about the dorms on campus is no communal bathrooms! each dorm shares a bathroom with the dorm next to it, so that there's one bathroom to be shared between 4 residents at most.

    Academic Rigor

    while classes can be tough, most professors are willing to help you out as long as you ask them! they won't know you need help unless you take the initiative! don't be afraid of them, they are there to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard! ucf has strict rules that can put you on academic probation if you fail to receive a 2.0 gpa. also make sure to join lots of clubs!

    In three sentences

    ucf is a great school, everyone is so friendly. the campus is beautiful and there are often a lot of on campus activities set up by the student government! there's also a variety of different clubs to join, creating tons of opportunities to get involved!

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ucf clubs and organizations are always hosting some type of activities; it seems like there is always something to do on campus. late knights is an entertaining, themed event that takes place usually once a month and features free food and other free stuff. on campus there is a nice pool and rec & wellness center. the orlando area offers many other things to do in close proximity to ucf.

    Food and Dining

    ucf offers a variety of food options. the two dining halls on campus are very good and there are many other places to eat on campus as well, including, but not limited to: subway (3 different on-campus locations), burger king, dominos pizza, kyoto sushi, jimmy johns, sbarro pizza, wackadoos, asian chao, qdoba, and smoothie king.

    Dorm Life

    i have lived in the dorms here on campus for the past couple of years. dorms are very nice. i would definitely recommend lake claire dorms for freshman and nike/hercules or towers for upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the major you select, academic rigor will vary. some majors include more rigorous courses than others, and that is how it will be at any university. in retrospective, however, most the teachers i've had have been very helpful and classes have not been too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    check out the university catalog to see if the major(s) you are interested in is/are offered. take a tour of the campus and see if it's what you're looking for. every individual has different needs.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    did not participate. don't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    diverse student population lends to many organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    many majors available and graduate programs. great for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    during homecoming week, students get the opportunity to participate in spirit splash, where students jump into the reflection pond at milican hall.

    Bang for the buck

    like most universities, tuition can be costly.

    What to do for fun

    orlando offers many places to visit. international drive and downtown orlando offer an exciting night life and many opportunities to meet people.

    Food and Dining

    wide variety of places to eat on campus at relatively affordable prices.

    Dorm Life

    many new buildings and places to live on and around the campus. rapidly growing student population makes finding on campus housing difficult.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on the major chosen, classes can be challenging. use the time at this university to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    discuss class options and work closely with academic advisors.

    In three sentences

    very largely growing school, class sizes are large. professors are helpful during office hours most of the time. great university to attend in greater orlando area.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    i don't know - i'm not really into greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs and activities throughout campus.

    Great for these types of students

    all types of students are welcomed at ucf.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i don't know-i live off campus.

    Bang for the buck

    the courses are well worth the money spent. the faculty is very knowledgeable and you really learn.

    What to do for fun

    i live off campus but i enjoy hanging out with friends around campus.

    Food and Dining

    there are many great places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus but i've heard great things about campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    the rigor is challenging but if you have a passion for something, the rigor just enhances your passion. i'm in the elementary education program and i absolutely love how challenging the courses are.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to find an adviser and someone you can email with questions. they will be very helpful.

    In three sentences

    there is a lot of school spirit. the faculty is very knowledgeable. i am learning a lot of great information.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    plenty of clubs and organizations that will keep you busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    explore all housing in the area. you can often find somewhere much cheaper than on-campus housing with free transport.

    In three sentences

    i'm really happy at this school almost two full years in. there are plenty of organizations on campus to keep you involved when not doing classwork, and the classes are challenging but fair. the school also supplies transport for those living off campus like me.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    campus activities board (cab) is amazing! we put on free entertainment for the school, everything from movies, to concerts, speed dating, and parties. if you'd rather be behind some events than attend, that's great as well. you get a good experience of planning and working events by volunteering for cab and also meet plently of cool people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash. this is ucf's most beloved tradition which occurs around homecoming week. voted best school tradition, spirit splash is the one day the student body is allowed into the huge reflection pond in front of the library. there's loud music, free stuff, an event everyone looks forward to. it's one big party.

    What to do for fun

    ucf offers a great variety of free fun by the student government association or the campus activities board or just school clubs in general. everything from concerts to movies and more. if you're not attending these events getting involved to run them is a great idea. we have intramural sports at the recreation and wellness center which has two pools. ucf isn't far from malls or shopping areas. there are plenty of bars in the area, very close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    mealplans are very expensive. i recommend just cooking if you have a kitchen or microwavable/frozen foods. all communities have kitchens but not all have them in actual dorm rooms. to me, meal plans just aren't worth how much you pay. there are plenty of restaurants, qdoba, chick-fil-a, asian restaurants, subway, sbarrow, burger king, wackadoo's, and more.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life at ucf...interesting. the towers are either praised or hated on. they're mostly for upperclassmen. they are the most expensive housing at ucf, in my opinion not worth your money. most freshman stay on campus in apollo, lake claire, libra, or academic village (nike/hercules). i believe nike/hercules are the best, very nice area and they're not as expensive as the towers. that area is right next to the rec center and pools. apollo's is great for freshman because of it's location; it's close to everything. however, it's the oldest community.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor is very fair. balance yourself out, take 4 or 5 classes depending on what you believe you can handle. take a few gen eds and at least one elective.

    Tips for prospective students

    i'll tell you what anyone else will, work hard. it will pay off in college, especially if you're doing dual enrollment, ap classes, etc. coming to ucf after high school and say starting as a sophomore because you took those dual enrollment courses and passed those ap exams will be such a great thing financially and just time-wise (you'll get out of school quicker) so take every advantage made possible to you, you will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    in my opinion, the university of central florida is underrated. ucf and the orlando area offer so many great opportunites for students, whether it be educational or for entertainment purposes. i definitely feel i can get the best college experience at this university.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are emergency buttons strategically placed all over the campus if one needs them. also, there are police officers that can escort you to your destination if you feel uncomfortable going out by yourself at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are just so many clubs, national honor society, fraternities and sororities to choose from! one or two of them are bound to be right for you! work study opportunities are endless at ucf!

    Great for these types of students

    students who can juggle classes, work and having fun efficiently are great for this university. if you're really out going, it's guaranteed that you'll meet plenty of people here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at the beginning of the year, there is an event called spirit splash where the college students will take a dip in the reflection pond. this pond is typically off limits to students except on spirit splash day.

    Bang for the buck

    in-state students have a great opportunity to go to college for a cheaper price than many other states. you'll really get your money's worth.

    What to do for fun

    ucf is set in the middle of orlando which gives you access to theme parks such as disney, universal, and sea world. also there are many shopping centers catered those who live here locally and to tourists.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of options for food at the university. from national food chains to small local ones, you'll never go hungry! there are also cafeterias where students with meal plans (or without meal plans) can enjoy great food!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is really great. there special living learning communities like nursing at nike and the out of state student mentoring program. there are many events with free food involved and a lot of them are workshops tailored to how a student can adjust financially in college or how to write a great resume.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes can be definitely challenging. fortunately there are tutoring services for many of these classes and they are available for all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    try to get involved as a freshman. there are so many clubs that can help you network with many important people. also, gpa is important in obtaining internships and jobs. so keep it up!

    In three sentences

    a great university that offers many opportunities to get involved. because it is the second largest university in the nation, there will be plenty of chances to meet great people! the classes are engaging and the learning opportunities are endless.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus sends out texts for any and everything that has to do with you safety. if your walking back from a late class there is a number that you can call and some guys will walk you to your room to make sure you got there safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    students have count less clubs and activities that are open to everyone. there is even an knights of camolot club

    Great for these types of students

    great for active students that really like to be in the open and ok for those like myself that just have a few close friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the student union is the heart of the campus. everything happens there, just last week there was a flash mob!

    Bang for the buck

    for in state students its a good price, and you will get a lot in tern.

    What to do for fun

    on campus i love to work out at the gym, it's a great place to meet people and to chill with friends.

    Food and Dining

    on campus they have a lot of fast food, burger king extra

    Dorm Life

    i never lived on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    ucf is a tough school aslong as you don't do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    have a great relationship with your teachers because it does help in the long run.

    In three sentences

    this school has about 50,000 student's and is one of the largest campuses in the country. the football team is going to move to the big east conference, so we'll have a good team next year. when at ucf make sure that you join a club and be pro active.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    overall pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    some pretty active organizations. plenty to do if you want to get involved.

    Bang for the buck

    the school is really crowded, so it's hard to get any services you need without prying people. it's a you get what you put into sort of thing.

    What to do for fun

    drink. workout. repeat.

    Food and Dining

    plenty of options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    lots of pot.

    Academic Rigor

    people generally avoid work.

    Tips for prospective students

    compare the program you want to get into to the ones at other public schools in the state.

    In three sentences

    parking sucks. campus is pretty. criminal justice professors are excellent.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    ucf is pretty active.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    memory mall is a great place to play outdoor sports.

    Bang for the buck

    for applicants in the state of florida, i would recommend this university as an institution where you will indeed get your bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do on campus for fun. the campus provides a gym, intramural fields, and courts for any sport that a student may look for. also, the campus provides a service at the end of each week where students can have fun on campus without having to succumb to the stereotype of drinking as a college student.

    Food and Dining

    i've had the marketplace and dining on campus a few times and it is mediocre. however, students looking to get the most bang for their buck and a lot of food will be pleased.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life was probably one of the best things about campus for me. they encourage people to meet other people and dorms are around the hot spots of campus such as the gym and the arena.

    Academic Rigor

    i believe the academic rigor is above average in most courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't fall behind on your studies as ucf is fast paced and there are so many things to do that students can lose track of many things in their lives.

    In three sentences

    the university of central florida is one of the largest institutions in the united states with more than 50,000 people each year attending. students should look forward to the amount of people that they will meet in their life at ucf. prospective students will also almost never run out of things to do here.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ucf police can do it all. e-mails about things going on in the area or text messages.

    Greek Life

    large greek life one to match everyone

    Clubs and Activities

    so many to choose from find one

    Great for these types of students

    online, in class, self-paced

    Bang for the buck

    its worth it

    What to do for fun

    ucf spirit activities, rec center, trails,

    Food and Dining

    the market place is awesome food choices changes daily

    Dorm Life

    not the best. i lived off campus

    Academic Rigor

    a great deal of work but well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    network network network with your professors. participate in clubs and activities.

    In three sentences

    hard work with most of the classes. professors care what you do. networking in ucf is key.

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i try to walk with friends if i am walking alone in the dark. there are safety buttons around campus if i want help.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am in salsa club, i volunteer at a homeless shelter thrift store and canning goods. i volunteer when i can. i attend mass on campus every sunday. and just signed up for special buddies. the school has so many activities and clubs i will soon join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the library has 5 floors. the higher up you go the quieter it suppose to be. try to sit next to plugs to charge your computer or laptop. you could rent a computer for four hours. you could print up to 75 free prints every week.

    What to do for fun

    i got to school events and workshops to learn about myself and some of the future things i should be doing. i study with friends. attend salsa club, on campus because they are teaching me to dance.

    Food and Dining

    make sure you have some money to eat..because when you are starving its something that might affect your studying or reading. you deserve to be fed and taken care of. food does add up though with money so save for food.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is very cool. very thankful that i have been able to experience it. i am close to many of the campus's hotspots like the library and student union where i could print pages for free with my student id or study. my roommate has really become like a sister to me.

    Academic Rigor

    i am undeclared. it has been difficult searching for the right career since i am still discovering my skills and trying to learn on how to become more decisive in every situation. i feel that i love a little bit of everything. my head is up. i don't want to just settle but find something that can truly bring me stability and true happiness.

    Tips for prospective students

    i believe students should learn to learn..not for the grade the grade will come with the learning. enjoy your learning do not rush it. know that you can do anything, and you are not less. study hard. make a friend in every class. go to review sessions of possible so that you could study for a test or keep up. and ask your teachers any of your questions.

    In three sentences

    ucf has been great and a positive environment for me. ucf has really provided me with insight to want to explore and grow. ucf is the place i want to graduate from.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i always feel really safe on campus. at night, you can call a number and have an escort walk you from your class to your car.

    Greek Life

    i don't know much about greek life except that many of them are very big on giving back to the community!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs on campus. they range from medieval weapons to circus training to asl club. you can always find something you like or just start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    ucf is great for all kinds of students. being one of the largest universities in the nation there is something for everyone, whether you're an academic or a party animal.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the greatest tradition on campus is spirit splash. we have a magnificent fountain on campus that nobody is allowed to enter except once a year. during spirit splash we basically have a giant pep rally around the fountain and then it ends in a giant pool party in the fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    ucf gives you the financial support of a large institution, while providing you with the experience of a small one. in addition, florida has one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation!

    What to do for fun

    ucf always has something going on. ucf freshman can take advantage of link points. they attend events and earn points for them. at the end of the semester they can use their points as money at an auction. football games are pretty big at ucf. tailgating is definitely something every student should experience. besides sports, there are plenty of parties and night clubs around campus. you could also join one of ucf's many student organizations, from martial arts to circus training!

    Food and Dining

    there are tons of options on campus, mainly located in the student union. there are 2 buffet-style locations on opposite sides of campus that are where you use your meal plans. they're ok. the food is good, but eating essentially the same thing for a year gets boring. i opt for lunch in the union where you can get stir-fry, salad, burgers, pizza and so much more.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms here are small and dreary. some dorms won't even let you decorate your walls, so you feel like you're in an institution. definitely opt for the off campus student housing that in most cases costs less anyways.

    Academic Rigor

    general education courses are typically auditorium style with tons of students in a class. that said, the courses are relatively straight forward (not easy). once you get into your classes for your major they start getting more challenging. all in all, your professors want you to succeed, so no course is impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus! this is my number one tip. better yet, visit during winter so you can see how warm you'll be. write to an adviser in your intended major and let them know you are planning on visiting and ask for a personal tour of your college. most advisers are happy to put you in touch with an enthusiastic student leader.

    In three sentences

    ucf is a diverse university with something to offer for everyone. from fitness buffs to band geeks, you'll fit right in with your crowd.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are emergency buttons all over ucf, as well as on-campus police.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone, really. i can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from ucf in some way.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    when there's a home football game, the entire memory mall lawn area is covered with tents for tailgating. wednesday is market day in front of the union, where a bunch of organizations go to advertise.

    Bang for the buck

    ucf has so many things that are included in tuition, like free scantrons and printing, the huge rec and wellness center, counseling, and tons of other things. also, it's a public university, so it's not expensive compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    there's always something going on at ucf. whether there's a concert at the arena, or a sports game, or you just want to watch a movie, ucf has a lot going on. (and it doesn't hurt that universal and disney aren't too far away either!)

    Food and Dining

    on campus there are some good food options, and slightly off campus there are tons of restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    there are so many different options (on- and off-campus) for places to live at ucf.

    Academic Rigor

    i'd say that classes are average here, just like any other public university in florida.

    Tips for prospective students

    i'd really encourage anyone who is interested in ucf to take a tour, or at least look at pictures online. the campus is gorgeous.

    In three sentences

    the university of central florida is huge. but, it has so much to offer. there really is something for everyone at ucf.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe campus. never had any problems.

    Great for these types of students

    great for active or non-active students. take it at your own pace.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash and sports events just to name a few.

    Bang for the buck

    lots of perks for the money.

    What to do for fun

    you could go to the community pool or go do activities on the on-campus lake. i personally choose to lay outside and bake in the sun all day.

    Food and Dining

    good selection on campus.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are safe and fun. very laid back and everyone that works here is super nice. plus all dorms have maids to come and clean bathrooms! what more could you want?

    Academic Rigor

    classes are easy to maintain as long as you stay organized.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should definitely apply! take advantage of campus resources.

    In three sentences

    university of central florida is a beautiful place to go to school. they are very helpful, meeting any needs you have, and are very well staffed. the classes are engaging and easy to follow.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I honestly can't say but get involved and you will not regret it.

    Food and Dining

    I will usually eat at the student union and there is a lot of variety but it is expensive :(

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm so I dunno.

    Tips for prospective students

    This campus is very diverse and is huge!! Be sure to schedule your classes in buildings that aren't too far away.

    In three sentences

    I feel that this is a great school. I have been a student here for 2 months and I love it here.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    we have a huge gym with everything you need to get in shape

    In three sentences

    It is a really fun college to be at.The campus is really modern and technologically oriented. We have a great amount of activities to do around campus.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    shack-a-thon-build green shacks. camp out week-camp out on campus for a week

    What to do for fun

    Tons of activities and events if you search for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active in anything you can.

    In three sentences

    Large, welcoming campus. Plenty of activities for students to participate in. Plenty of technology available across campus.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has a unique tradition that occurs during homecoming. On one day of the year, students are allowed to get into the beautiful reflecting pond and splash around. There is usually a guest music artists and lots of free goodies.

    What to do for fun

    UCF has hundreds of clubs to join. There is one for everyone. The school also puts on a lot of events for students to participate in. Being in Orlando, Disney World and other theme parks aren't far away at all.

    Food and Dining

    Whatever kind of food you are in the mood for, UCF has it. From Asian Choa to Burger King, you can never get bored.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has been a one of a kind experience. I've meet so many new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF offers challenging courses to help students excel in their field of study, but nothing too over the top.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick a school that fits you and your personality. You're going to be getting your education there and it is very important that the school offers what you're looking for as well as a comfortable environment.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely adore UCF. It's my home away from home and I could never be this comfortable anywhere else. This campus is so alive and makes me feel excited to learn.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Study, and more studying.

    Food and Dining

    Lived off of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Lived off of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but in the end it will be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, don't mess around and study, study, study.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a fantastic school for in and out of state students. The professors really care and take the time to teach you the subject material. UCF's College of Business is challenging, but you know you're getting the education you need to succeed.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much around campus to do for fun and on campus as well. There are all types of sporting events, every week they have postings around campus for activities to do. The Recreation and Wellness Center has tons of activities to get you involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a student, make sure you explore UCF on a whole. Get involved with the campus, there is so much to do and so much provided that it makes students feel proud to be at UCF.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an amazing school. Since I have been here I realized that I am in the right major for me and I am surrounded by great people who believe the same. I love all the resources UCF provides for elementary majors and students on a whole.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Beautiful campus!!!

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, clubbing, video games, sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    The variety of the foods is so wide, its almost unlikely to experience the same thing twice. Also, may different fast food places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    If one enjoys meeting new people and experiencing the life of the reall world, then the dorm life is the way to go.

    Academic Rigor

    Fairly even on the amount of homework and project, but that depends on the class one may take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but manage your time so you don't over exert yourself with the amount of projects, homework, and events you may have to or want to do.

    In three sentences

    This Campus is an amazing place to be. The course are moderately easy to understand and there aren't that many problems that one may encounter. Great people make the experience of college so much more exciting.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    BUSINESS! More opportunities fro internships!

    Bang for the buck

    I am extremely excited and I can not wait to indulge myself in campus life! There are so many clubs and opportunities to engage with other students and faculty.

    What to do for fun

    city life, campus life!

    Food and Dining

    There are a vast selcetions to food and dining! I had suishi my first time on there campus!

    Academic Rigor

    UCF does grant great opportunities for students to engage so I belive UCF wants a great representation of a student that takes advantage of all the resources on campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on a tour on campus and ask all the questions you can possibley think of because they always have an answer!

    In three sentences

    I great university to grow and have many options. There is an immense amount of room to grow and meet contacts for potential jobs. It is a great campus with a diversed amount of students.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lake Claire is great for kayaking and boating. I love this spot. So peaceful. Grab a book and head out to the lake for some peaceful time.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on and off campus both. Orlando offers the amusement parks and so much more. Campus life enables you to discover Orlando and the university in a whole new perspective. From dining, movies, gators, beaches, to clubbing. So much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will learn beyond your imgaination. You will experience beyond your boundaries, and it will all be worthwhile. Go for this college if you want to accomplish your hopes and dreams. Breaking the realm of dreams, and entering into a world of success.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is an exceptional school with one of a kind facilities and high class teaching offered to their students. They not only excel at what they do, but also strive for future excellence. I have to say, by far, outstanding by quantity and quality.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A couple incidents here and there, but I always received text messages and emails for each incident to make sure we are informed about what's going on and know how to avoid such incidents.

    Greek Life

    There, but not my cup of tea. My best friend was a TriDelt, and she speaks highly about the lifestyle, though!

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything imaginable.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! UCF is definitely the 'Melting Pot' of universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not quite sure; I attended mostly online and regional campus classes. I also lived about 40 minutes away from the campus!

    Bang for the buck

    Well worth it! Not as expensive as other schools, but you're getting an exceptional education with a great social experience attached to it.

    What to do for fun

    Local bars and parties can be entertaining, but the real fun can be found going out on the lake, driving out to the beaches, checking out local band performances, and visiting the Orlando theme parks!

    Food and Dining

    I love the on-campus selection! Lots of great stuff without having to go too far.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live on campus, but from what I hear it was worth it!

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult classes, but definitely manageable if you put the time into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    First, use a planner (or your iPhone calendar) to keep track of all your tests and assignments. This works well when you're trying to balance your personal, work, and school schedules. Or if you're susceptible to forgetting things!

    In three sentences

    UCF was a fantastic opportunity for me. I didn't live on campus and most of my classes were taken at the regional campuses or online, but I felt completely felt connected with the school on an academic and social level. I can't wait to attend the university again next fall for the 1-Year MBA program!

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are emergency poles all over campus, and there are people you can call to take you across campus in a golf cart!

    Greek Life

    The Greek houses are gorgeous and most of the school's students are a part of these sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything. There is a juggling club and even a chocolate club! Most clubs are geared toward majors and anything that is interesting to the world.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for all students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming week, all the students run through the reflection pond as an event. It's amazing!

    What to do for fun

    Laying by the reflection pond, or even hanging out by the leisure pool is pretty awesome. This school is gorgeous. Going to any and all events is pretty fun, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study as hard as possible, college is extremely hard.

    In three sentences

    This school is absolutely the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I have not yet been disappointed by being here. I think it is the perfect college.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Various activities

    Food and Dining

    Excellent

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are outstanding at UCF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Strive for your goals. Never stop your education, it can only make you a better person.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an excellent University. They offer many types of programs for deciding which direction you would like to take in your career. The professors, administrative staff and other employees are very helpful in answering questions when needed.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always felt safe, you can walk alone anytime of night.

    Greek Life

    Busy!

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot offered but not all are organized. Students seem to be uninterested.

    Great for these types of students

    All!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I have seen.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition keeps rising every year and still no free student parking.

    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of good concerts and comedians come though and it is always free or for 5 bucks!

    Food and Dining

    Lot to choose from, pricey however.

    Dorm Life

    Small but clean,

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for your classes as early as possibly. Pick the best teachers from ratemyprofessors.com, big difference when having a caring, intelligent professor. Also, jump into all the free amenities! They give a lot!

    In three sentences

    UCF is a good school, I have encountered wonderful teachers willing to educate to their full potentials. However, more teachers are needed it seems. I found a hard time signing up for required classes that we not offered often and filled up quickly.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a little bit everything on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm. Dorms are freshman first base but I hear they are nice. It is a great way to enjoy the college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't over do yourself with classes. Take your time you can set a graduation date for yourself but expect for the unexpected. Don't juggle a full-time term and a full-time/part-time job you will burn out quicker than a full-time student who isn't working.

    In three sentences

    The campus is like it's own city. There is something for everyone. Decent size classes.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are football games during football season, always some group playing ultimate frisbee on memory mall, plenty of clubs downtown and countless student groups.

    Food and Dining

    There is a plethora of restaurants on campus and in the surrounding area as well as university affiliated dining; however, the meal plan is a bit expensive and there is never an opportunity to actually use all the meals you buy.

    Dorm Life

    UCF has several new dorm buildings on campus and with everything well within walking distance, you never need to leave.

    Academic Rigor

    The standards for most courses seem average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and always get all forms done early and have you class schedule lined up before the registration date rolls around for future semesters.

    In three sentences

    UCF has quite a large student body. There is always something going on because of that large population. UCF is very good at giving you a bare bones education unless you actively seek involvement.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, bettter than my mom's cooking at least.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, clean, and homely. Can't wait to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    My friends who go to UCF say it's pretty rigorous but you just need to know how to prioritize your time well.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful school. Tons of people. Felt like home.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is mostly safe. In the past there have been issues with people breaking into vending machines, but I haven't had any scary incidents. If there is any suspicious activity going on, campus police send out text messages and emails to let students know.

    Greek Life

    There is a strong Greek community here and the best part is that they are not obnoxious or in your face all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like many schools, there is a club for everything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is for students who love sunshine. It is hot year-round. This school is also for students who are outgoing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the Pegasus in the Student Union. Rumor has it that people who step on it will not graduate. Also, at the end of Homecoming Week, students gather around the Reflection Pool between Millican Hall and the Library for entertainment. This is the only time of the year that students are allowed to go into the pool.

    Bang for the buck

    Student discount tickets to the movie theater and theme parks like Disney and Universal.

    What to do for fun

    Lake Claire allows students to rent paddle boats/kayaks/canoes for free; it's located on campus at the end of Greek Park Drive. I go there on weekends sometimes. Every year in April UCF students are given 1 free ticket to Universal's Islands of Adventure. Athletic events are free, except for football games.

    Food and Dining

    There are several options on and off campus, but the food selection and quality is not that great. You're probably better off cooking your own meals.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are scattered throughout campus. Most have shuttle services to transport students from the dorm to campus. Since UCF is a relatively new campus, the dorms are also relatively new compared to most colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too tough. Most professors are fair and are willing to compromise with students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Deeply consider whether or not you want to attend a large college, since UCF is one of the top five largest colleges by population. Consider bringing a car, longboard/skateboard, or a bike for transportation.

    In three sentences

    The campus is new and growing. There is a large population, since UCF is one of the top five largest campuses by population. There is a friendly atmosphere.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are involved...It get email and text alerts of issues

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive

    What to do for fun

    Everything...it's Orlando!!!

    Food and Dining

    If you like fast-food it is good. Get a meal plan

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I cannot give firsthand experience but I hear it is pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard but I want to get my moneys worth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow plenty of study time. Study groups are great to be involved in.

    In three sentences

    The academics are quite extensive. It is a great school but suffering some growing pains as the second largest school in the country. With that said it is a fun environment along with mostly good teachers.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sunday through Thursday evenings, students can call SEPS from 7pm-1am to get an escort to and from anywhere on campus. If you are walking and feel unsafe, we have bright yellow poles with blue lights on the top within sight from nearly every point on campus, and if you push the button on them, it connects you directly with our own UCF Police Department.

    Greek Life

    I'm not really a fan, but we do have a large assortment of fraternities and sororities both on campus and off, both academic and social.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs, both registered and not, so there is literally something for everyone here.

    Great for these types of students

    We have Student Disabilities Services here which provides protection for students with disabilities by allowing them certain accommodations for them in the classroom to even the playing field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of my favorite places on campus is the All-Knight Study. It's open 24/7, provides free printing, scantrons, and blue books, has group study places, quiet study places, computers, and lots of couches to lounge around on and get work done. Some interesting traditions include jumping into the Reflection Pond (the giant fountain in front of Millican Hall) on the Friday of Homecoming week, and the curse of not graduating if you walk across the Pegasus in the Student Union.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of all the public universities in Florida, UCF gives the most for what students have to pay to attend. Most of our tuition goes towards SGA's multi-million dollar budget which goes straight back to the students in the form of all sorts of FREE amenities! (i.e. the Recreation and Wellness Center, the Leisure Pool, Lake Claire park, Late Knights, the Health and Counseling Centers, access to the library databases, and many many more!)

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations, and TRY NEW THINGS! This is a time to figure yourself out, so get out of your box and test the waters. Also, every month, they have a huge alcohol-alternative party called Late Knights, and it's always a lot of fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are two main food courts where you can go if you have a meal plan, but unless you enjoy eating relatively the same thing everyday, I do not recommend getting one. But for once in a while, it's fine.

    Dorm Life

    Super fun! But go to events put on by the community, and make friends. There are nearly 60,000 students at UCF, but I still run into people I met in my classes last semester every now and then. Try to find people who live in your community who are also in some of your classes, it makes an easy way to meet new people and do well in school at the same time!

    Academic Rigor

    Really read the class descriptions. If you are not math savvy, and you don't NEED a complicated math class for your major, there are easier courses offered. Work smarter, not harder. It's okay to take the easy way out if it is going to help you more in the long run (i.e. freeing up time to focus on the classes that actually go towards your major). Also, look up the professor on http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/, because that also is a significant factor in the difficulty level of a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus for the first year. It really helps you adjust to college life, especially if you stay in freshman only dorms. You are surrounded by other students who are going through similar changes, and it is very helpful to know that you are not alone on this journey. Also, it helps you become well acquainted with the lay out of the university, since it is so big, which makes it easier to find things on campus. And you are already on campus, so you don't ave to worry about making extra trips here to take care of other business besides your classes. Another thing, try not to enroll in classes earlier the 10 (you'll end up with a 7am final exam), or on Fridays (Yay for 3-day weekends :])!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an incredible school with a beautiful campus. I fell in love with the atmosphere as soon as I set foot on the property. It is extremely welcoming, and I knew this was where I wanted to attend college from my very first visit.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's plenty of things to do being that it's in Orlando. Go to museums, concerts, clubs, exhibits, movies, etc.

    Food and Dining

    They have meal plans on campus and two different buffet places with different types of eating styles.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived on campus but my friends did and I was super jealous.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but if you try, you will pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would give two tips to prospective students: Live on campus your first year and keep your GPA during your General Education courses.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. I've been here for 2 years and I would never go to another school, unless forced! GO KNIGHTS!

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police patrolling the place 24/7. Additionally, students can opt to sign up and receive Campus Alerts to notify them of any danger, and offer tips on how to remain cautious at all times. Not only do they let you know of any dangers on campus, but of dangers off campus as well.

    Greek Life

    Personally not a member of the Greek community, but there are a lot of options if that is something that interests you. The houses, both fraternity and sorority, appear to very nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many, MANY clubs and activities to get involved in. Depending on what you like to do or your overall interests, there is something for everyone at UCF.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is a great university for anyone who is open-minded and willing to accept diversity. Students who tend to be more social typically fit in here, as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This really depends on any organizations that you may be involved in. But the typical traditions usually revolve around football and other large events.

    Bang for the buck

    Again, all based on preference, but I am very much satisfied with the University and the surrounding areas. There is so much do in terms of fun, and more importantly, there is a lot of opportunity as far as careers go. Already, as a college senior, I have accepted an internship in the downtown area that could very possibly lead to a permanent career!

    What to do for fun

    One of the nice things about attending UCF is that you are so close to Disney World and Universal. While it does cost money to go, UCF offers discounted tickets to students at a relatively cheap price. Additionally, there are bars and clubs for those who are of age, and if you're not, there are bowling alleys, shopping centers, and other fun hangout places.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options both on and off campus to eat. Options range from fine dining to moderately priced, to very cheap. There are quite a few delivery places, so that you may conveniently and quickly order food so that you may not have any interferences with studying, classes, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't live on campus, but from what I can tell, and based on what I've heard from fellow peers, the dorm life varies depending on where you're living and who you're living with. Overall, the dorms appear to be nice, but like any other college, there are going to be some older dorms. A good portion depends on preference, however.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other college, the academic rigor varies. I haven't had a teacher yet that wasn't willing to help me, but they don't give you handouts, that's for sure. If you are motivated, you will do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved at school. Join as many organizations and be a part of as many activities as you can. Not only will you meet great people, but you it will also help you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a very diverse school. There are many opportunities both on and off campus to become involved with the school. Overall, UCF has a lot to offer and I am very glad that I decided to attend such a great school!

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had a problem here.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved for personal reasons, but there's an abundance of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm involved in clubs I never would of even thought of joining (Mixed Martial Arts club?). There is something for everybody!

    Great for these types of students

    People who always look for opportunities do expand themselves, not just by going to class, then going back home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Market Wednesdays in the Student Union. You'll understand when you get there.

    Bang for the buck

    From the affordability, to the opportunities available, it definitely is a bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    There has never been a dull moment here. Plain and simple.

    Food and Dining

    Very few options on weekends and late at night (24 hour Subway, Dominoes, etc). Avoid a meal plan at all costs! Definitely not worth the money.

    Dorm Life

    My only complaint about dorm life is the price. Living off campus is much cheaper than on! But I made most of my friends living at UCF.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your field of study, there are quite a few options for curriculum. There is an abundance of challenging courses, but they all depend on the professor. Lower rated professors are easily avoidable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get into any relevant field of study programs as possible! It will help in the long run.

    In three sentences

    Great all around university. Its a relatively younger school, so it will only get better. I am impressed with their engineering program (which I am in).

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a Police Department and Fire Department located directly on campus. We also have a program that is linked to your knights email account called Safety Alerts that sends every studend an alert immidiately of any safety related issues. I consider the Campus to be very safe.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not in greek life but I do have a lot of friends who are and have nothing but wonderfull things to say about it. The current SGA presedint is in greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities to get involved in! There are sports clubs, special interest clubs, and professional and educational clubs! Something for everyone! Not only that but there are events that bring all the clubs together for students to go from booth to booth to talk to all the cub presidents and talk to them about getting involved.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking to major in Hospitality, Tourism, or Event management i HIGHLY recommend you go to UCF. The university is located in the heart of America's major tourist hot spot! Rosen College is the Hospitality College affiliated with UCF and has AMAZING opportunities and connections with Disney, Universal, the Ritz Carlton and so many more major tourism and hospitlity companies!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a Pegasus tile design in the center of our student union that is almost always roped off because we don't want people stepping on it. It is said that if you walk across it before you graduate it is a bad omen.

    Bang for the buck

    One really cool thing UCF has to offer is our ticket office. Any student with a student ID can go to the ticket office on campus and buy discounted Disney, Wet and Wild, Universal and many other tickets at a super low price!

    What to do for fun

    There are countless fun things and activities to do on campus at UCF! There is a rock climbing wall located in the UCF Gym, Intramural Sports, Tennis courts, Beach volleyball courts, Basketball courts, Late Knights events (it is put on by SGA once a month where there is games, free food, free entertainment, and a great time!) and so much more! Not to mention UCF is located just minutes away from Disney World, Universal, Sea World and downtown Orlando.

    Food and Dining

    UCF offers a meal plan for all of the students. I got the meal plan and found it extremely convenient. There is two cafeteria's located on either side of campus that offer a variety of food from pizza, chicken tenders, burgers, freshly made sandwiches and paninis, salad bar, pasta bar, and dessert bar! My personal favorite was the omelet bar during breakfast that is available all day long not just for breakfast! On top of the cafeteria's that go along with the meal plans there are multiple fast food and sit down dining restaurants as well. Located on campus is Subway, Domino's, Chick Fil A, Qdoba, Burger King, Subaru, Kyoto Sushi and Hibachi Grill, and Tailgaters Bar and Grill just to name few.

    Dorm Life

    Deciding to live in the dorms on UCF's campus was the best decision I made going into my freshman year! I met so many people! UCF has many different dormitory options even apartment style dorms on campus for those who want a different living space other than your average college dorm. And the best thing is that all dormitories at UCF have a bathroom in each unit: no community bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic Rigor isn't too bad. We are not like the University of Florida who is known for being a very difficult school to study at. However, I will not say it is easy. You definitely have to study and apply yourself to be successful but all the teachers and advisers are very helpful. Plus there are many free tutor groups and resources like our Writing Lab and Math Lab.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students is to not be discouraged or nervous if you go into a university not know what you want to major in. College is a time to explore what you are good at and your interests and find what fits you best. The University of Central Florida is excellent at letting its' students explore their personality and interests. My other tip is to get involved! UCF has hundreds of clubs and interest groups that help you connect and network with many other students and even future employers and companies in the professional world!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida has become my home away from home. It offers more than 200 degrees, which gave me comfort in knowing I was attending a university that had open and endless options to follow what fit my personal interests and my future goals. The advisers and teachers have so much to offer and treat me as their priority; to help me in the best way that they can.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Just take a step outside your dorm or apartment and there will be multiple things to do daily.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is very diverse and very good.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms most of them were just built.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at this school are very good. The teachers really do a good job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved into as many groups clubs and futurities as possible.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school with so many opportunities.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF is pretty safe but students should always use common sense because there is such a diverse crowd.

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA provides free activities for students like Universal Knights and free tickets to school games like basketball and baseball.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone without a reliable computer or who wants to print free.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Free printing at the Sanford Lake Mary campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I used Chegg.com to rent my books. Its cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    There are many restaurants, bars and activities. UCF is located in the great and fun filled city of Orlando.

    Food and Dining

    There's a Chick Fil A on main campus. The Sanford Lake Mary campus provides free snacks.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major you choose; earning a degree can be challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a positive attitude and manage your time wisely with school work.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great college experience. The faculty and staff are kind and helpful. The students are friendly and diverse.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF is a dry campus, meaning that no alchohol is allowed. This significantly reduces the risk of people drinking to excess and suffering harmful consequences. There are security officers and police around campus and they will enforce the campus rules as well as the law if anyone is caught speeding, drinking on campus underage, etc. The penalties for such things may be as serious as suspension from the University in some cases.

    Great for these types of students

    Great college for all types of students, both those more academic minded and those more geared toward the social side of college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the traditions on campus include a superstition of walking over the Pegasus logo on the floor of the Student Union. It is said that you won't graduate if you step on it before you walk across it on your Graduation Day. There is also the tradition of Knight Splash, ranked the #3 tradition on college campuses in the U.S. In this tradition, thousands of students crowd around the vast Reflection Pond in their swimsuits for a pep rally/party and when told they can, all rush toward the Pond and jump in and dance in the water for hours.

    Bang for the buck

    If you choose to come to UCF, you won't regret it. The campus is enormous and you will have a tough time finding a day where there isn't something to do (besides studying, of course.)

    What to do for fun

    As mentioned previously, there are several options nearby for entertainment -- two theme parks only about thirty minutes down the road, a movie theater, and a strip mall. In addition to those off-campus options, there are a lot of events provided on-campus, including themed dances through Late Knights, screenings of recently produced films inside the UCF Arena, discounted concerts and comedy shows for students that ALWAYS seem to be coming to UCF Arena including comedian Aziz Ansari of Parks and Recreation and 30 Minutes or Less fame.

    Food and Dining

    If you get a meal plan, you can choose from the two dining halls -- Marketplace and Knightro's -- that both serve good food. They are positioned at opposite ends of the campus, so depending on where you live, one will be more accessible than the other. In addition to the dining halls, there are several other restaurants that you may be more familiar with, such as Subway (three of them), Burger King, Sbarro, Chick-fil-a, Domino's, and Jimmy John's. Any of the on-campus restaurants (including dining halls, if you don't have a meal plan) can be paid for with Knight Cash, which your parents or yourself can add to your UCF ID Card online or at specified machines on-campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are several options for incoming freshmen to choose from as far as living space. There are the Nike/Hercules and Apollo dorms near the gym, pool, and one of the on-campus dining halls, Marketplace as well as The Towers, located near the UCF Arena, Brighthouse Stadium, and the other dining hall, Knightro's. Most of the dorms include two bedrooms with two people in each room, a common area between the two, and a bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of difficulty really depends on the classes you take, but you should expect to work hard to have success. Most classes will require a paper to be written (usually about 5-10) pages and exams will cover all material learned to the point of the test. Although you may have heard that in college you can skip every class except for the days of the test, THAT IS A MYTH! It is extremely important to attend every lecture that you possibly can in order to be better prepared for tests and assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    School work can build up sometimes and cause a lot of stress so make sure you have an outlet. The on-campus gym, the adjacent pool, or even a walk around campus are good options. Also, studying is important, but you should also make sure to reserve some time for social interaction. There are several places nearby UCF where you can go to keep yourself and your friends entertained, including a movie theater, a strip mall, and two famous theme parks (Universal Studios Orlando and Disney World) about thirty minutes away.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a beautiful campus and most of the buildings are new. The gym is enormous and has a Subway restaurant inside, as well as an indoor track, basketball courts, an abundance of workout equipment, and several televisions to keep you entertained while you're sculpting yourself into shape. The dorm rooms for freshmen on campus are generally of good size and available for around $2000-$3000.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the Orlando theme parks, hang out by the pool, work out.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an ever-growing powerhouse of knowledge. Innovation takes place on a daily basis. The University needs to keep up with the students changing needs.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are cops and you get traffic tickets, that safe enough for me

    Greek Life

    wouldnt know

    Great for these types of students

    chill, have fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nearly 1000 people run into a knee deep water fountain every year,

    What to do for fun

    just go into town, or there is fun stuff to do all around ucf

    Dorm Life

    wouldn't know

    Academic Rigor

    There are some bad professors and good professors, you gotta just deal with it

    Tips for prospective students

    just take the tour before you come to campus, you will lit it.

    In three sentences

    it is a very beautiful, peaceful campus. There are numerous clubs where a student can get involved or do community service. Almost all the people are friendly.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life at UCF is small in comparison to other southern schools. However, it does boast many great traditions such as tent rush and greek week.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash is a time honored UCF tradition during homecoming week in which students storm the reflection pond for a pep rally. In addition, it is tradition for students to walk around, not over the UCF seal in the student union. It is said that a student will not graduate if they do otherwise.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is a great way to stay active around UCF. In addition, sports events and working out at the gym are a good way to pass the time.

    Food and Dining

    Marketplace and Knightro's are the 2 on-campus dinning halls for students. Both operate in a buffet style and serve a variety of different foods on a daily basis. Similar in style to a Golden Corral, it is important to note that eating at either will cost a student around 10 dollars.

    Dorm Life

    The on-campus dormitories are for the most part older but clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Class difficulty at UCF ranges from relatively easy to down right intensive depending on the a students major and professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    learn your way around campus early on, its easy to get lost. get to campus early because finding parking is difficult. invest in a laptop as on-campus computers are quickly taken.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a large university in both population and size. The campus is clean and modern. In addition, the universities devotion to innovation has lead to renovations of the student union and library.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved in a campus group, join greek life, go out to the bars, or even enjoy your time at the movies or even bowling 2 miles from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans at UCF are excellent. There are two on campus places that you may eat if you have the mealplan. There are also numerous restaurants located on campus and around it.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but it is definitely a great way to network and meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely becoming a harder school. This can be seen by the rise in GPA with incoming students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get distracted by all of the vices that are readily available in the city of Orlando.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an amazing school. It is currently on the rise and the changes I have seen over the past three years, will make me happy to say one day, I graduated there!

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing or reserved because there are places to be around people and if you're are more reserved, you can go to regional campus' with smaller class sizes etc.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth it because you meet great people, and there are a lot of knowledgeable professors who are always happy to answer your questions.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of places to go around UCF and events held at the school like when they make an ice rink to skate on. Clubs, parties, and the usual college life fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Save up if you plan on living on campus and don't mess up your first year or you'll be spending the next three making up for it.

    In three sentences

    Great professors who are willing to help. Hard to get into a lot of things that allow you to network because you have to know people and only those who know each other are in the know.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always people there to help you out when you are in need of it. They are there for your protection too!

    What to do for fun

    There's the school-wide events like Homecoming and the Spirit Splash. You can go to Disney World or Universal/Islands of Adventure since it's in the same area. There a couple of other things to do outside the school. In the school, you can go to the gym, go swimming in the pool, hang out with friends in the common areas, and etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate on your studies because it will back fire in the end!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school and has a lot to offer. the University of Central Florida is really big so it's like a town inside of the school itself. It is a great school for anyone's choice!

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the best on campus tradition. It is a lot of fun to show your school spirit and splash in the reflection pond.

    What to do for fun

    UCF is relatively close to Disney, an hour away from the beach and Wekiwa Springs state park. If you like the party scene, there are plenty of bars and clubs to go to in the area. Downtown Orlando is close, unless there is bad traffic, which there usually is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know, or have an idea, of what you want/need to do before you talk to an adviser. Although some can be helpful, most of the time they are seemingly too busy, with too many students to help.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a great mix of people. There are many things to do on and off campus, and a lot of ways to get involved. It is a great campus with beautiful Florida weather.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had a problem.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great way to get involved with other people who share your interests and will keep you motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Relaxing between classes at the Reflection Pond is actually very relaxing. It gives you a moment to breathe.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many varieties of clubs and organizations to join. Just go by the Student Union and you will see them. The gym is awesome and offers tons of classes for free.

    Dorm Life

    It is good to at least say you experienced it. One semester was enough for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get lazy your first year. Get out there and join clubs and organizations that will help you build a good resume. Also, take the time each week to study so that the stress of finals doesn't come at you all at once. There is plenty of time to have fun if you manage your time. College is school, but it is also one of the best times of your life. Enjoy!

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus. It has lots of student activities and clubs to join in on. The classes are challenging, but the teachers are phenomenal!

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police and faculty patrol on campus at every hour.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at UCF is very involved in the community as well as in supporting clubs at UCF.

    Clubs and Activities

    American Society of Civil Engineers- I am currently in this club and it has expanded my knowledge in the field of civil engineering.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every student whether you come from a small town or a big city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash-epic pool party in our big pond!!!

    Bang for the buck

    After seeing UF, FSU, and USF i knew UCF would be my ideal choice.

    What to do for fun

    UCF offers a variety of fun Intramural Sports as well as clubs and programs to get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of variety.

    Dorm Life

    UCF faculty pairs you up really good. I currently live with my room mate in an apt. after being room mates with him in a dorm. All the people i met on my floor i still talk to. The friendships continue to grow.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are some what tough, but just like life if you put in the effort good things are bound to happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early with clubs to better understand your career path.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida offers students many opportunities to further develop their knowledge and education outside the classroom through a variety of clubs and work experiences. The atmosphere is very pleasant and the friendships you build last forever. UCF gives every student the tools to succeed, it is just a matter of the student taking advantage of these tools.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency pods located throughout campus and there is a police station on campus for timely responses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Schmorgisboard of clubs and activities. Anything your interested in, you are likely to find here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition at UCF would be the yearly Splash down where all students are welcome to rush into the Reflection Pond.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price you pay, you get a great quality of life at UCF.

    What to do for fun

    There's a wide range of fun at UCF: From local bars to bowling to great venues and concerts monthly.

    Food and Dining

    You can find a little of every kinds of food on campus, keeping up with the diversity of students that attend.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are relatively new and modern, and they host events to keep students engaged and give a sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic experience at UCF gives alot of opportunities for all students. It is an equal opportunity for all, cutting-edge technology, and kept up -to-date with new research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Keep up with your work and put passion into your learning.

    In three sentences

    University of Central florida is the greatest experience for any student who wishes to intend a 4-year university. This school has the right mixture of diversity, education, and opportunities. This school will prepare the student for an actual real-world experience.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and there is a lot to do around town. The classes and professors are challenging, but the experience is great. I have been happy here the past two years.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never once felt threatened or in danger when on campus. That is a big reason I enjoy being on campus so much. Its a very positive and healthy atmosphere.

    Greek Life

    UCF has a decently large Greek life, although I'm not very familiar with any of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    From Ultimate Frisbee to the Quidditch Club, UCF has it all. As cliche as it sounds, they really are a great place to meet people. Everyone is surprisingly friendly.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Central Florida is great for anyone majoring in anything art related, in the medical field, or any engineers. I am a Graphic Design major and have loved every minute of being at UCF. The work here is competitive but my skills have greatly increase since attending here. Many of my friends are Physical Therapy or Sports Nutrition majors and they all love the program and have found there community of students to be very supportive. I have one friend who is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and another in Electrical Engineering. They both ind the programs to be difficult but incredibly educational.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year UCF hosts an event called Spirit Splash. Hundreds of students meet at the Reflection Fountain and have an enormous water gun fight. Spirit Splash has water guns, music, and dancing. Most important of all, brings together the student body

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive, but hat college isn't?

    What to do for fun

    There are many local bars within walking distance for those of age. UCF recreation and wellness center has many fitness events that are incredibly fun. The office of Student Involvement hosts many concerts and shows with huge names in the comedy and music community. Also located on campus is Lake Claire, UCF student's favorite place to relax in the sun, kayak, canoe, volleyball, and cookout.

    Food and Dining

    UCF's campus has an excellent selection of restaurants to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but from what I have seen and heard they are lively, but expensive

    Academic Rigor

    Students at UCF are very scholastically competitive while at the same time sociable and friendly

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all activities that the Office of Student Involvement hosts.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida has one of the nicest campus's I have seen in Florida. The campus is clean, friendly, and very easy to navigate through. The campus life is incredibly vibrant as well

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you get involved in clubs there are many activities you can attend for fun on the weekends. Also, you do get discounts on all theme parks in Orlando, so I would take advantage of that.

    Food and Dining

    I have not been able to taste most food at UCF because I do live at Rosen and am hardly ever at the main campus, but what I have seen is that they have a wide selection.

    Dorm Life

    I live at the dorms/apartments at the Rosen College of Hospitality. I love it here because you get your own room and there is a kitchen. Rosen's dorms are more like apartments and it is great since I have 22 years old.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a Hospitality Management student and I enjoy every part of it. Since I enjoy my major I am doing very well. If you are doing bad in classes, then you probably are unhappy. You know you are in the correct major if you are happy with your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip is to live on campus your first year. By doing this, you will meet so many other people. Also, get involved in any clubs that mean something to you, especially if it deals with your major. You will get more out of the university by getting involved.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is an amazing school to attend. They have a beautiful campus as well as great academics. Even though it is not as big as other schools, it has just as much to offer.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can honestly say that while on campus you can walk around any time. i have yet to see any stranger step into campus and I usually stay in school pretty late

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very active. They have rush week for both sororities and fraternities. Not all of them have a house but there are many that target certain like for example they have a fraternity for engineers so usually they are looking for engineers.

    Clubs and Activities

    All of sorts of clubs are available. There are clubs for all majors and for all types of personalities. There is bound to be one for anyone that comes to the univeristy

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any students there are different types of teachers, people, opportunities, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has a reflection pond which is just a big pool with a fountain in the middle. Usually no one is allowed to enter, but during homecoming they make an exception. Students gather around the pond and music is palying. Later on you have someone announces that people can go in and is a big celebration.

    Bang for the buck

    It is supposed to be among the cheapest colleges in florida

    What to do for fun

    During the fall UCF has football games and is free for students. Students also can participate in tailgating before the game. During tailgating they have games and students bring food and tents to relax before the game. UCF also has other events like lateknights and others

    Food and Dining

    Most restaurants are mainly fast food but have a few healthy choices. Most are in student union which is located in the middle of the campus. However there are some in other areas. Most close around 7 pm but there are a few which are mainly in other parts of the campus, that close later.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know much of in school dorms but, off campus dorms are not bad idea. There are many apartment complexes that offer shuttle services to and from school. Some are close enough you can just walk to school if that is what the student desires.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are not hard as far as the material but, the student must dedicate a great amount of time studying the material. For some classes it is essential you read the text while others you can get by reading the power points or taking notes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a big campus, so wear comfortable shoes, make sure you know the buildings and where they are located, also find out what is inside of them because each one has many helpful resources.

    In three sentences

    I give the University of Central Florida a good rating. This college gives its students many opportunities to be successful. It is also a place to make good friends

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe walking around campus; especially at night, which is great because I take a lot of night classes!

    Greek Life

    I actually rarely hear about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 350 clubs at UCF! There is something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Late Knights (A monthly event that provides free food, prizes, and entertainment to UCF students and their friends and family) and the Spirit Splash (where students are allowed to jump in the reflection pond on campus and party) are crazy fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Last I checked, I pay more for this institution than I would if I attended I higher-rated school like the University of Florida!

    What to do for fun

    There are always free concerts and sporting events to go to! Getting involved in a club is also a great way to meet people and have fun!

    Food and Dining

    There are a few choices, however, I wish there were more healthy/vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    The buildings are old, but the people are always fun and friendly!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a top-rated school for a reason! I feel challenged within my courses, yet I am fully capable of completing my work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for everything early! Get involved with student life organizations, and volunteer! It's a big school, so fitting in is way easier when you can meet people who are interested in similar interests!

    In three sentences

    At UCF, student life is vibrant and diverse. Students can attend concerts and athletic events, take advantage of lectures and exhibits, and participate in any of our 350 clubs and organizations. I thoroughly enjoy attending because I feel accepted and educated.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Amnesty International United Nations Association UCF Dive Club

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is bad luck to walk across the UCF Pegasus symbol at the Student Union and if you do, you won't graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There's Knightlife, a student organization which sets up a variety of events throughout the month like movies, concerts, art galleries, etc. Also, the UCF area is filed with restaurants, clubs, bars, outdoor activities, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep good attendance because the courses are challenging and stay focused on the future.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful, dynamic campus filled with incredible career opportunities. It takes a strong proactive role in the education of its students and constantly informs students with career fairs, lectures, etc. The teachers are great and the girls beautiful.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sign up for campus alert on your cell phone and anytime there is an emergency on campus you will know where and when immediately. The administration really cares for the students well being.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the largest annual college tradition in the entire country. The one time a year that all students are allowed to enter the large fountain in the middle of the campus. There are special guest speakers and loud music to pump every student up for homecoming.

    What to do for fun

    UCF is always giving out promotions and deals for students. Not only are we in the home of Disney World and Universal resorts, but there is plenty of fun to have on campus as well. The recreation and wellness center has a rock wall inside the building, as well as an Olympic size pool for those swimmers. Adventure courses are offered through the recreation and wellness center for bonding and creating trust with your peers, and we have our famous late nights with lots of fun games to earn knight points.

    Food and Dining

    With such a large campus, UCF can not deny their students a place to eat. Anywhere from pizza to Asian cuisine, you name it we have it on campus. There is always an opportunity to save money with coupons and special promotions as well.

    Dorm Life

    UCF offers a wide variety of dorm style living. There are dorms where you get your own room and you have plenty of living space. Living in a dorm can bring you the true college experience at UCF.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes at UCF are can be very laid back and easy to handle. Others may be the most challenging but rewarding classes that you ever take.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you enjoy being in Florida and want a true college experience, UCF is the college for you. Not only do they offer a wide variety of social clubs, they also offer inter mural sports, sororities and fraternities, sports, concerts, special guests, etc. There is always something to do at UCF even in the summer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida has an incredible campus and amazing opportunities for every student. The school treats every student with respect as a new adult. It is difficult not to be in love with the campus or the friendly staff.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has it's own police department with cops who patrol UCF. There are blue lights located around campus and people who will drop you off at your dorm late at night.

    Greek Life

    There are quite a few panhellenic and IFC sororities and fraternities. There are also sororities and fraternities based on skin color/ethnicity, majors, religions, etc...

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in Sigma Phi Lambda, Sisters for the Lord and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. I am also a part of Kappa Delta Pi, college of Education honors sorority and Best Buddies, a place for students with disabilities.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF has a lot to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has something called spirit splash where everyone runs into the fountain. We also have a free speech lawn for anything under the sun.

    Bang for the buck

    With Florida Bright Futures, I'm paying hardly anything for my tuition. Compared to other colleges in other states, it's a steal.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy spending time with my sorority sisters. We go to socials, do community outreach etc... I also enjoy shopping or going to Downtown Disney and goofing off over there.

    Food and Dining

    There are three different Subways, two dining halls, and a lot of other restaurants. The food in the dining halls is good because it offers different options for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Towers my first two years at UCF. The security is great and the rooms are really big. It is right next to the shopping strip and the arena.

    Academic Rigor

    Different professors are different. Some are easy, some are hard. The professors in the college of Education provide a hands on experience, making class fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should get involved. The sooner you get involved, the sooner you find your home away from home and love college.

    In three sentences

    UCF is huge, but it has something for everyone. There is an organization for every student to join.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from there is something for everyone. You have sports arts religion and other student activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Only once a year at a certain time is every student allowed to run into the fountain. They also have ice skating every winter and we all know there is no ice in florida!

    What to do for fun

    They have many events such as foot ball games, concerts, dramas and clubs. They have different events on seasons and also will oblige to what year you are they have more opportunities to meet people in fun and exciting ways. They have many many clubs that you can participate in also including arts athletics and student government. They have a gym to work out and much much more!

    Food and Dining

    They have many options for food and it is like they have their own little village in the campus with many options for food and all different kinds.

    Dorm Life

    I will not live in the dorm. I am transferring as a junior and already live in my own apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    They have very high standards that everyone can meet if you just apply yourself. They do have the tools you will need and give you as much information as you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take a tour of the campus and do a live orientation. It might be boring during some parts but seeing everything and walking around will help you be less stressful for when you start your first day.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a very HUGE campus with as many huge opportunities. I am excited to meet new people that have the same passion as me and join them in clubs. UCF will help me finish my goal and they have all the resources for me too.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have been in this campus for 3 years and never had an safety issue, and many times I have been there late or really early and I feel safe. If anything we get alerts through text and emails, especially if any weather condition.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student traditional and non-traditional

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at the stadium: concerts and games. There is a Recreation and Wellness center with a recreational pool and a Olympic pool. And then there are sororities that organize events

    Food and Dining

    UCF has marketplace were you pay for a meal plan per semester, I am very frugal so this option is kind of pricey for me. At the Student Union on the other side of campus there are several dining places (popular fast food restaurants, a small shop and a coffee place). At the bookstore there is a Starbucks and near the stadium there is a pizzeria, another Starbucks, and a Jimmy Dean, and UCF campus is surrounded by fast food and dine in places within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    I live outside the campus, so I couldn't tell you much about the dorm life but I do know there are lots of options.

    Academic Rigor

    As for the department of engineering, it is challenging, there is a lot of work. No slackers in this school, but it is possible to succeed without being a genius.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, get involved, get involved! At the beginning of your college life. This is were you will have time to work on your extra-curriculum activities and volunteering to get those scholarships and an impressive resume.

    In three sentences

    UCF promotes and encourage a lot of research opportunities. The faculty is highly qualified. There is a positive and vibrant energy around the campus.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs, concert venues, and amusement parks in Orlando. Walking downtown is always a pleasant thing to do as well. Just beware of traffic.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Student Union and surrounding restaurants are great, but do not be persuaded into buying a meal plan. They are expensive and is really not worth the money, in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    While some experience great new friendships and bonding living in dorms, I found that for my brief time living on campus was not leave me smiling. The dorms are overpriced but if you want the full college experience and want to familiarize yourself with the campus, it is an ideal place to start out at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to study. It will save you the embarrassment of a bad first year.

    In three sentences

    UCF has an incredibly large and beautiful campus. It has difficult coursework, but is well worth the effort once completed. The resources found in the library and study areas are extremely helpful.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There always seems to be people outside doing stuff. There are alert poles in most places. But it is important to be aware of your surroundings, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    I don't really know much about them but it seems really big. They always have things going on but you don't need to be part of them to have something to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is anime club, political clubs, outdoorsy clubs and ethnic clubs. Everyone refers to the chocolate club when expressing just how many clubs there are on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    There a so many types of clubs for all different types of people. There are even people who sleep in tents for a week on campus. Personally I found a community that have become my best friends in one of the Christian groups.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, all the students run into the huge fountain and party. Another tradition is Symphony Under the Stars where the orchestra gives a themed performance outside while everyone has a picnic.

    Bang for the buck

    There is always an opportunity for free food. Also, the printing labs let students print 20 pages a day for free.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the activities on campus. They can be cheesy but so much fun with friends. I love the movie nights and how cheap concert tickets are for students. We go on ice cream runs and play sports.

    Food and Dining

    I really like the places to eat on campus. They are diverse and good quality. Some people I know have gotten tired of the food in the dining hall. But when you lose your meal plan, you tend to miss it.

    Dorm Life

    I've had those bad experiences but recently I had some amazing experiences with my roommates. We really got closer. I loved that I was so close to classes, activities and other students.

    Academic Rigor

    Work can pile up but you've got to be on top of it. It's great when you're actually interested in what you're learning about. If you don't let it take you over, it won't.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to communicate well with your roommates. Be open to making friends anywhere. Remember to manage your time.

    In three sentences

    I found a community of people who are my true friends. There are many point of views to learn about. It is a beautiful campus.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On campus there are constantly plenty of events that you can participate in. At the campus the offer chances to go on trips to places like Universal Studios. Th campus has clubs where you can come together with others that share you interest.

    Food and Dining

    The campus as multiple restaurants that you can access. The campus offers meal plans so you can have more of a home cooked meal rather than take out. The campus offers specials o food.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorm is very respectful of others. The staff is helpful in every way possible. The dorms also have special nights to where we can all come together.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes on campus can be hard or simple but they all offer help to succeed. The teachers here are more than willing to help accommodate students in their work. Students will be able to work together in some class assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would attend campus events to get involved. I would take advantage of tutoring opportunities there. I would take a chance and get to know everyone, students and staff.

    In three sentences

    University of central Florida is a very big and beautiful school. University of central Florida is very diverse and you get know so many different cultures. University of central Florida offers many programs and events that help you find your place on campus.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have their own police department.

    What to do for fun

    UCF has many events and activities all the time, unfortunatly I don't live close enough to attend.

    Food and Dining

    This rating is for the food services on campus available for all students. I can not rate the meal plan for the students that live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so I can not rate this one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you meet with your advisor annually to make sure you are on track.

    In three sentences

    Exeptional school with a wide range of degrees. The campus is large but easy to navigate. The professor's are great and are willing to work with the students to be successful.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe. The campus has many blue and yellow Emergency polls around the campus. If you are walking around campus and you have an urgent emergency just go to one of these polls and press the button. Once the button is pressed an officer will be over there in no time. Also, the UCF Police Department offers a program called SEPS (Safe Escort Patrol Services). This is offered to anyone on campus late at night and do not feel comfortable walking alone. Students can call SEPS, their number is on the back of student's ID cards, and they can ask for a walking escort or a cart escort. Once SEPS is called the escorts will be there in no time. So remember, if you are walking back to the dorms or your car late at night, call SEPS and they will escort you where ever you need to go.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming, there is always an event at the reflection pond. It is called spirit splash. What happens is, students gather around the reflection pond in front of the library and have a big pep rally for the homecoming game. The even coordinators hand out free stuff too! Like little duckies and t-shirts. It is a lot of fun and if you end up going to UCF try going to the spirit splash.

    What to do for fun

    On the first Friday of every month, UCF holds an event called Late Knights. Late Knights is an alcohol free event. They have a theme every time and it is fun. This past year, they had an 80s night, a carnival, and a western theme. They also handed out free universal tickets and closed the park for the students that went to universal studios that night. There are other fun things to do at UCF for free.

    Food and Dining

    There are two places where you can get the meal plan, the market place and knightroes. They have a multitude of different types of meal plans varying from unlimited to once a day. The food there varies between tastefulness. Some days it will be amazing, but others there would literally be nothing good to eat.

    Dorm Life

    In coming Freshman, stay in the school dorms for at least the first year of your college life. It will help you meet friends and it is a good experience in general. You will have fun, even if it is a hassle sometimes with another room mate, but you two will get really comfortable with each other and become friends. House keeping comes once a week so you don't even have to worry about cleaning!

    Academic Rigor

    Every professor is different, always remember that. A class can be either difficult or easy, it all depends on how much the student is willing to put into the class. The professors are always willing to help. So go to their office hours or make an appointment with them and ask them questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming Freshmen or transfer students remember that if you are having trouble in any class than there is always ways to get tutoring from the school for free. Make sure that you meet new people and good friends, because these people will help you when you need the help.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a young and beautiful campus. Any incoming Freshmen will feel at home when they attend this college. The students here are very friendly and all the professors are willing to help when the students ask.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    UCF offers every type of club you could ever imagine. If they don/t already have it, you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is perfect for anyone who has always loved the thought of living in a big city. The campus is located in Orlando but on the outskirts of downtown. It is more of a suburban part, so you can still have peace and quiet and a relaxing feel rather than the lights and noise of the never sleeping city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has Spirit Splash in the Reflection Pond (the big fountain in front of the library) every week during homecoming. No one is ever allowed to step foot in the sparkling pond other than the man who cleans it to make it sparkle that way. On this day, everyone gathers around the fountain, the band plays, the cheerleaders cheer, and everyone dances. When it is time, everyone runs into the pond and celebrates their friendship and school pride.

    Bang for the buck

    Orlando is an expensive city for apartments, so staying in a dorm room your first year really is a good deal. You will save thousands of dollars. They also offer apartment style dorms on campus which have a full kitchen for those who like to cook.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things you can do for fun in Orlando and around campus. UCF offers many programs such as Movie Knights, Late Knights, and Universal Knights. All of these activities are free and help unite all of the students here at UCF. Sports are also free for students.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat on campus, and there are so many different choices. The student union is packed with fast food choices and even a student run restaurant. There are buffet style dining areas around campus that offer meal plans for students who need to save a little money.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm my first year at UCF was absolutely awesome. They had so many activities to participate in, and it was so easy to meet new people. All of the people that you meet will be in similar situations and just now meeting new people as well, so you will have a lot of friends going through similar things.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at UCF can be difficult, but that is all the more reason to try even harder. Any class that is known to be difficult will be difficult anywhere you take it, so buckle down and show everyone what you are capable of.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is always important to apply early because there is ever increasing competition for acceptance. UCF is a beautiful campus and so much fun to be a part of.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is the perfect choice for a dedicated and intelligent student who loves living in a suburban area of a big city. The campus is gorgeous, and each building is easily accessible thanks to the campus organization in concentric circles. The school spirit here is outrageous and makes it so easy to meet new people.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We always have security that will give you a ride to your car at night and we have a police station located on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF has a ton of clubs and activities and if there is not something then I know they are open to helping you start one.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF has something for everybody. I guarantee it!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite UCF tradition is the fountain/ reflection pond. It is located in front of the library and students are always sitting around it, but the cool part is that no one can go in it or they will be fined. The only time is during homecoming when we have spirit splash and everyone runs into the fountain and we have a huge celebration of our school.

    Bang for the buck

    I loved UCF and want to go back. Moving there was the best decision I ever made and I loved every second of my experience there.

    What to do for fun

    UCF constantly has student events, games, and concerts on campus. The downtown area is also really nice and only about 15 to 20 minutes away. Once you get plugged in to some groups you won't have any free time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. We have two very nice cafeterias and also restaurants on campus that you can use your meal plan at. We have everything from sports grills, sushi, subway, and even a chick fil a.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great on campus, but if you have a car there is also plenty of off campus housing. UCF is constantly growing and building up more housing for students. We also have a great bus system that helps students get around.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF isn't an ivy league school, but it challenged me academically in new ways. The best thing about UCF's academics was the service learning opportunities. This not only gave me experience in my field, but really helped me apply what I was learning in my class to an actual job.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would encourage students to search for student organizations that interest them and join. Being involved with sports, school events, and student organizations is the best way to meet people and enjoy your college years.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an extremely diverse school with a wide range of educational and extracurricular tracks. I can confidently say that anyone can go there and find their niche. UCF is quickly growing, but always focusing on whats best for their student body.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The University of Central Florida is located in the heart of Florida. It is surrounded by many wonderful attractions such as Sea World Disney World, Universal Studios, and much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an incoming student, tips that have been given to me is to utilize the many tools that the university has to offer, such as the writing center, gym, and math tutoring center.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a beautiful school with many activities that students may partake in. When walking around campus, you will meet at least one new individual that shares the same similarities as you do. My beautiful university is filled with culture, diversity, creativity, and fun.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food on campus, particularly Marketplace and Knightro's could be much greater. College student don't want to eat the kind of food they offer.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty cool! I met some interesting people living in the dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Average. If you manage your time properly an A is generally achievable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time. That is the key to college.

    In three sentences

    Overall, the school is great. The teachers from what I have seen so far seem highly educated and generally interested in the topic they are dicussing.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In Daytona there is Nascar, downtown shops and clubs. There is also Daytona Beach which is right down the road from the college.

    Food and Dining

    International Speedway is loaded with many types of restaurants such as Olive Garden, Hooters, McDonald's, Wendy's etc. The list goes on. Daytona's campus is also paired with Daytona State College which has there own cafeteria with an assortment of foods.

    Dorm Life

    Daytona is a regional campus which means it does not have dorms, just apartments that are in the Daytona Area. The apartments themselves are affordable and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    My opinion when it comes to Academic Rigor might be a little skewed because I am currently enrolled in the Daytona Beach Nursing program. This program is tough and requires a lot of study time. But overall the teachers are great and because of the small class sizes they are able to help you more if you are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    I can not speak for the Orlando campus because I do not attend that campus, but I can speak for the Daytona Campus. One word of advice, study- especially if you are entering the nursing program.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a great school, especially if you are in the Daytona Regional Campus. In this campus you have small class sizes, and more one on one interaction with the teachers. In other words you do not get lost in the shuffle.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can't say much, here, other than I've never felt unsafe while on campus. There have been a few crime reports, but mostly off campus, in the apartments, when someone got robbed. UCF does a good job of alerting students when a crime occurs and giving safety tips. Also, starting Fall 2012, UCF will be a smoke-free campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've already covered this enough, but you will never run out of things to do at UCF. There's always something going on, and clubs are very active. Whether you're a jock or a nerd, you'll find a ton of stuff to keep you busy.

    Great for these types of students

    English majors- UCF recently made efforts to keep English classes small, so other than a handful of courses, you won't find English classes much larger than 25 students, and I've had many that were even smaller. Nerds- Don't be fooled. There are tons of nerds at UCF. They even have a thriving Nerd Club, and a GameStop on campus! Oh, and Japanese classes. You can't go wrong. Of course, athletic types will fall in love with the Rec center, and all of the sports opportunities. I also know quite a few engineering students who love UCF, and all of the funding they get. Anyone who wants to conduct research should be very happy at UCF, since the university is very research-oriented.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're applying in state with Bright Futures and perhaps another scholarship or grant, UCF is an incredible deal! The professors, students, and classes are generally great, the campus is huge and beautiful, the honors program is top notch, and there is an unbelievable amount of facilities, opportunities, and resources for students. If you transfer to UCF from Valencia, the deal's even sweeter.

    What to do for fun

    Take exercise classes at the rec center. They have everything from weights to yoga. Join a club. Whether you like belly dancing or computer gaming, there's something out there for you. Keep an eye on the Good Morning UCF emails sent out every day via Knights mail. They're full of workshops and other events that you can attend daily. Volunteer. Not only can you pick up skills and meet new people for friends and networking--it'll look good on your resume. Try to pick opportunities relevant to what you want to do.

    Food and Dining

    From vegetarian to Burger King, there's something here for everyone. The cafeteria in the student union isn't anything fancy, and it can be hard to find a table during lunch hours, but it's kept clean. There are restaurants all over campus, and several more within walking distance. UCF even has a candy shop!

    Academic Rigor

    I was an English- Creative Writing major in the honors program, and most semesters were tough. During my first semester as a junior, I had an average of 300 pages to read a week! Of course, 1000 and 2000 level courses aren't as rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to contact UCF, I suggest using email instead of the phone whenever possible. Replies are always prompt and informative, and you don't have to go through the hassle of being redirected and put on hold. If you have to park on campus, take early classes. If you arrive by 8:30 AM, you'll pretty much have your pick of spots. Join the Burnett Honors College as an honors student, honors in the major student, or both. You'll have early access to classes, and the opportunity to take small honors classes. Watch what classes you take in the same semester. Try to balance more rigorous courses with easier ones, but watch out. Some classes that seem easy can actually be tough! Take online classes. They're amazingly flexible, and usually easier than lecture classes.

    In three sentences

    UCF has an enormous campus that feels alive, but never crowded, despite being one the largest universities in the nation. The students in and out of class are very friendly, open-minded, and intelligent, and there are so many clubs, sports, and other activities, that everyone can find something they're into. Upper level classes are generally engaging, with knowledgeable professors who are passionate about what they do, even if some majors may find it hard to get small classes.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I used to walk around late, and felt completely safe. There are these emergency phones all over, and everything's brightly lit.

    Greek Life

    Not too into it, but from what I've seen, it's definitely live.

    Clubs and Activities

    Phenomenal. There are so many organizations to join and UCF ensures that each club has spaces to congregate. There are always events going on hosted by different clubs, too.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in Greek life and who aren't too sure of what they want to major in. Also, engineering and biology students, as well as business majors. There are so many people at UCF that, even though there are a lot of the same jock/gym-going/tanning types, there is a niche for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are beautiful natural areas throughout campus that offer volunteer opportunities. I've helped plant some of the flowers around campus, and it's a great feeling knowing I contributed to my school.

    Bang for the buck

    I love UCF, and I'm not a very school-spirited person. They offer great scholarships, and have reasonable out-of-state tuition. Being the second-largest university in the U.S.A., one would think that the academics aren't too good, but the upper-division courses are focused and strong.

    What to do for fun

    Coming from Miami, Orlando's pretty boring, but if you come from a small town, Orlando's metro area has a pretty good nightlife. Clubs close at 2 a.m., and hookah closes around 3 a.m. If you don't enjoy clubbing, there are enough clubs and volunteer opportunities at UCF to keep you more than busy.

    Food and Dining

    If you're going to get a mealplan, get the unlimited plan. Otherwise, it isn't worth it. Without a plan, each meal costs $8.50, and the food gets boring after straight days of it. I would suggest finding creative ways to eat from your dorm if you can't afford the unlimited plan. I did that, and I was able to budget about $3 per meal, and had different meals every day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is pretty fun. You get close to your RA's and floormates, and the RA's organize social events for the whole building to get to know one another.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not too difficult. Most intro classes have 3 or 4 tests, with maybe some homework thrown in. Make sure you know how to study effectively, and if you don't, UCF offers many workshops focused on different academic skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready, because it is a HUGE school. Your intro classes will be at least 200 students, but make sure to still stand out to your professors by going up to them and asking questions, even if you know the answers, just to create professional relationships.

    In three sentences

    The professors at UCF, as far as my experience, are extremely knowledgeable and, more importantly, passionate about their subject. Unfortunately, the population is pretty homogeneous. However, there are myriad clubs to join, many of which are geared towards a specific major and will help you network.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are always watching you. Seriously.

    Greek Life

    A LOT of greek life. If you're into that. I don't know what they do but they all have shirts.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a lot of awesome groups from anything to Chocolate club to SGA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash where everyone splashes into the reflection pond.

    Bang for the buck

    Not much.

    What to do for fun

    Not much to do in Florida besides theme parks and beaches. Sometimes there's awesome local shows and very rarely bands from out of town will visit places like The Social or Backbooth but otherwise there is nothing but heat,bugs, and ...I guess that's it.

    Food and Dining

    No vegetarian/vegan options and very over-priced for the amount of food you get.

    Dorm Life

    It's pretty good. I lived in a dorm and have no complaints except that it sucks living with someone you don't know! The dorms are fairly clean and nice though and the housing staff is friendly. There's lots to do around campus so you don't have to spend too much time in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    If it's science or math, you will fail. UCF is known for it's science and math and so these courses are incredibly difficult. If it's anything else, they make it sooo easy most of the time that you don't even need to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is a good school for certain people but not for every one. The classes are VERY large lecture halls and so I never feel contected or included and it feels like a waste of money. However, the school is really nice and they have an awesome library!

    In three sentences

    Very diverse school. It's a good fit for science or math related careers. Good atmosphere around the huge campus!

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming Week

    What to do for fun

    Attend a sports game and get involved in clubs that match your interests.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of restaurants on and off-campus. Experience different cuisines and cultures. Most restaurants are affordable.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on-campus

    Academic Rigor

    -Don't procastinate! -Meet deadlines -Seek help if needed. (Ex: Tutor) -Do your homework and participate in class -Go above and beyond -Get to class on time

    Tips for prospective students

    -Explore your major. Make sure it is the one! -Apply early. -Get involved in extracurricular activities while you are still in high school. -Do a campus tour.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent University offering many programs to choose from, has a great diversity of students, many activities and clubs to be involved, and professors are willing to help you in every way.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At least once a month UCF sends alerts for campus burglaries and other crimes.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for rich, non-minority students who love to party.

    What to do for fun

    UCF host several events and parties for the students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is expensive and not very health. Basically fast food and coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    A few alerts come out because of several burglaries and dorm drinking.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research scholarships and financial aid thoroughly. It is easy for fees to sky rocket at this university.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the university of central florida as a 6 on a scale of 1-10 and 10 being the best. Overall the school is a little above average based on the campus, academics, safety, and financial strain.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs, fraternities, the gym is great . Furthermore you are in Orlando and therefore you have the choices of any typical city plus the famous theme parks.

    Food and Dining

    If you are on the meal plan, there are two cafeterias. There aren't that many choices and services us sometimes slow. However there are many food chains and budget-restaurans in campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of choices for forms, ranging from double or triple rooms with a shared bathroom and no kitchen to apartments with a private room and bathroom.

    Academic Rigor

    That depend on your schedule and the type of classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend the school. Because it is in Florida, the weather is great which allows you to spend time outside. there is something for everyone: whether you like the arts, sports, clubs, etc.

    In three sentences

    It is a good school. The school is big and has many opportunities for different majors as well as clubs. there are many choices for foods inside the campus and a great gym.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UCF has a recreation and fitness center where it offers classes in all sorts of fitness techniques. It also has a heated pool, tennis courts, racquetball and basketball courts, and a variety of gym equipment all of which is accessible to the student since it is covered in your tuition. Aside from this there are challenge courses, rock climbing, and a number of other things that you can do whether on or off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Two dining halls, several restaurants on campus, and even more within walking distance of the campus. Everything from fast food to Taiwanese food. Very diverse and able to fit any preference or mood you might be in.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm but I have several friends that do and I have never heard them regret their choice. If you can find someone you know and room together that seems to work out better but otherwise you will have to take your chances on room mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Class experience will vary based on professors but there are usually at least 1-2 exceptional professors and a few average to worst than average. UCF tries to make every class challenging enough so that the students learn the material completely so even some classes that you might think would be easy have a greater work load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved on campus. The easiest way to meet people at a huge university is the clubs and organizations on campus. UCF has over a thousand clubs and organizations and many of them are helpful towards different majors. The more involved you are in the school the more satisfied you will be with your choice because you will be invested in it more completely.

    In three sentences

    A strongly principled school that is focused on improving the community around it and maintaining those connections it has within the community. Most students are able to find jobs directly out of college because of the large number of programs that UCF has to offer students in the way of Co-ops and internships. This fact coupled with its high academic focus make UCF a great choice for any degree.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of events and clubs that the school hosts. If that's not your cup of tea, then Orlando has attractions for all ages.

    Food and Dining

    Poor food choices at Rosen

    Dorm Life

    Not exactly the college experience at Rosen. A lot more toned down.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the hardest school

    Tips for prospective students

    Almost anything you would want to go for can be found at this school

    In three sentences

    Has everything a college student would want. Feels a bit overwhelming at times. Huge facilities and tons of events.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Great college.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF strives to be one of the safest college campuses. I've walked around campus at night before and I never felt threatened! It's incredibly well lit and well patrolled. There are blue emergency lights everywhere you look.

    What to do for fun

    Orlando is one of those areas where there's always something to do. There's tons of great places right around UCF, but venture a little further and you have the worlds best theme parks at your feet! Best thing about that? UCF sells discount tickets to students! Also be sure to check out Waterford Lakes Town Center and The Florida Mall. Great places to shop!

    Food and Dining

    UCF is surrounded by food, literally. There are awesome places to eat at Student Union. A campus favorite is Asian Chao. There's always a huge line there in the food court at lunch time! Don't miss out on the other great options as well. And my favorite? There's a Barnes and Noble Cafe in the bookstore that brews Starbucks drinks! It's my favorite stop on the way to classes.

    Dorm Life

    I chose to live on off campus housing, moving into an apartment with three other roommates. Every one I know who lives in a dorm enjoyed their experiences, and the off campus student housing is great as well! You can choose your own roommates, or they can match you with them. If you ever have problems with your roommates, the staff can help you with what to do.

    Academic Rigor

    I've taken many challenging courses in my time at UCF. The sciences in particular are very challenging. But, in my experience, if you're ready to work hard and learn, the professors are more than willing to help you in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too intimidated by the huge campus. Around 60,000 students attend UCF, but I always looked at that as an opportunity to make new friends! Don't ignore the resources available to you, there is help for any problem you might have around every corner!

    In three sentences

    My favorite thing about UCF is the campus, it's beautiful! I've enjoyed every teacher I've ever had, and advisors are always available to help and answer questions. I'm in my second year here, and I've enjoyed every minute of it!

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All night and day there are police patrolling the campus and everywhere on campus there are emergency towers that, when the button is pushed, send you help and stay on the line with you during any situation.

    Greek Life

    No clue, not Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs on campus, all you have to do is be registered and there is likely you'll find any club ranging for NHS to My Little Pony.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are trying to find a balance between schooling and life and need a flexible schedule.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an annual underwear run where members of the Greek life run the camous at night in their underwear.

    Bang for the buck

    Not the most expensive school, but has a wide variety of courses to reach your degree.

    What to do for fun

    I suggest catching the Knight Bus and heading to Waterford, but really its Orlando so there is TONS to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are really good places to eat on campus but be for-warned that the campus starts closing down at seven and you might not be able to get where you want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are cleaned weekly and usually quiet. Along with this, most dorms have small get-to-gathers to allow you to socialize with your dorm-mates. also the communal areas are good places to study and relax.

    Academic Rigor

    Of the classes i have had there has been a lot of reading necessary. also, some classes may not be attendance mandatory but that just means that you should still go because teachers have a tendency to give specific knowledge that will not be posted elsewhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to find a place to study outside, the grounds are really well taken care of and you should take advantage of it.

    In three sentences

    It is a fairly widespread campus and has many of the necessary amenities like a shopping center and restaurants. The teachers are clear on their expectations and the syllabus are easy to follow. There are also a number of events on a regular basis to allow for socialization between students thanks to the UCF SGA.

  • 05/31/2012

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    Food and Dining

    Excellent food options across campus.

    Dorm Life

    My roommates have been the best! The dorms are clean and rather spacious. There are plenty of different dorm options and styles to choose from at very affordable prices.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes, especially in the summer, move quickly. Always keep up and study intensely. If you ever need help, the professors are always there when you need them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep up with your MyUCF portal. Stay professional in and out of the classroom. Be noticed by your professors in a polite and professional manner at the beginning of the semesters.

  • 05/31/2012

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    What to do for fun

    There are free rent a movie stations, plenty of restaurants, a game stop, a gym with a rock wall and pool, plenty of clubs and organizations you can join, and lots more. The opportunities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    There are discounts all over the school and at restaurants around the city off campus just for being a student. If you show your ID then you can get a percent off your check or even get part of your meal free.

    In three sentences

    Great opportunities. Great student community. Great environment to be apart of.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    A lot of bars, sports clubs, clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research professors carefully and you will be happy.

    In three sentences

    I loved the school and think it has great potential for the future. The teachers are helpful and care about their students. I am still in contact with many of them today.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well, you're in Orlando for one so there are all the theme parks of course:) If you want to stay right near campus though there is still tons of fun to be had. UCF has a great gym with a rock climbing wall, pool, volleyball (sand and indoor courts), basketball, and of course all of the standard weight lifting and cardio machines. Orlando does have a busy city/night life but also has lots of opportunity to get outdoors and into nature. Nearby, you'll find places to hike, kayak, and more. So whether you have money to party it up or not, there is always something to do in this town.

    Food and Dining

    Yay for Chic-fil-a:) I don't get to eat on campus often but there are lots of resturants to choose from in the student union and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm so I don't know about this aspect but I do have friends who have lived there and they seem to have liked it so far. It makes it fun when you know people who live on campus so when class gets cancels you have someone to chill with. You can play some bball, volleyball, or drive up the street and grab some frozen yogurt-with extra gummy bears:)

    Academic Rigor

    UCF is definitely a fun school but you also don't want to mess around with your grades. The classes are not difficult per say, but they do require you to work. Don't think that you will get away with not doing the reading or homework. Make sure you put your best effort in to team presentations especially. I HAVE seen people fail a class at the very end of the semester because their team just did not have it together. The workload won't kill you. Just stay on top of things and you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't goof off! It's not worth your time or money. Meet with your advisor every semester to make sure you're only taking classes you need. Also, check multiple times with your advisor to see what classes, if any, can transfer (substitute) for UCF courses. Another tip, talk with your professors. Be personable with them. You don't have to be the teachers pet but definitely make sure they know you. This will help when situations come up and you have to talk with the professor. They will already know you and be more willing to help you out.

    In three sentences

    I have thouroughly enjoyed my time at UCF so far. Previously, I attended community colleges and UCF is so much more organized and professional than my past school experiences. The professors really challenge the students and have high expectations for them, which I am thankful for!

  • 06/04/2012

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club, football games, tailgating, basketball games, baseball games. There's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    So much food everywhere. There's a few buffet places that are delicious, and I am not a big buffet fan and those places are really good. There's a lot of healthier places to eat like smoothie places, salad, and sushi. If you need a small snack there's vending machines. And many many coffee shops. You will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say anything about dorm life because I live with my parents.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't really say anything about this one because I haven't started class at UCF yet, I start June 25th.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before your classes start visit the campus a few times and get familiar to where your classes are and what parking garage to park in because it's a huge campus and you don't want to get lost that first week of class. Also, depending where you live you wanna leave half an hour to and hour before your classes start, especially if you have those 12pm-4pm classes, because it's very hard to find parking

    In three sentences

    It's a very nice campus, BIG, but nice. It seems like there's always something going on. The people at the admissions and registrar's office are very nice.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Located around campus are security call boxes. If you push one, someone will be there to assist you in under 90 seconds. There is an on-site police force. We also receive notifications when something happens off campus, so our students are constantly informed of potential threats.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about five hundred clubs to chose from! If you can think up a club, it probably exists at UCF.

    Great for these types of students

    All types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of students get around on skateboards.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the AMAZING gym, resort-style swimming pool, or check out Lake Claire for some kayaking. There is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    There is a large selection of food choices on campus. A Starbucks can be found virtually anywhere, but you can get your coffee fix from other locations as well. I'm a vegan, and I can find lots of choices. There are international restaurants located in the Student Union Center.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so I don't know too much about the dorms. There are luxury dorms on campus, as well as moderately priced dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF is proud of its Academics. It is a major focus of the institution. Integrity and community are also highly important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn and utilize time management skills, and open a line of communication with your professors.

    In three sentences

    Located in East Orlando, the University of Central Florida provides virtually everything a potential student would want. UCF has several degree programs available, and lots of resources to assist the student in reaching their goals. If you want to go off campus to relax and have a good time, there are tons of awesome clubs in the surrounding areas, as well as all major theme parks!

  • 06/06/2012

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early that way you get an answer early and the term you want.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus. The people and students there a re really freindly. From the looks of the campus and people I think the school is really great.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe. Police is right on campus, and there are many ways to get help right away!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs at this university, so they have a large variety to help anyone find their niche. (Ex. Chocolate Lovers Club, LGBT, Karate Club) Plus, if UCF does not have a club that you like, you are welcome to start your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have many traditions, but the most famous and exiting one is Spirit Splash. Once a year during homecoming, everyone gets to run into the Reflection Pond; biggest fountain on campus. The main goal of this tradition is to welcome freshmen into the school. Number one objective...get a rubber ducky!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little pricey, but it is worth it in the end. With the amount of things you will experience here, and the places it will take you.

    What to do for fun

    I signed up to be in Hispanic American Association and Fencing. I like to go to the gym, take yoga classes and anything else that seems like fun!

    Food and Dining

    Many options, plus you have the chance to cook for yourself if you really wanted.

    Dorm Life

    Opens your eyes to new experiences and people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not hard, you just have to put in the time and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get intimidated by the size and the amount of information this school offers you. Take a deep breath and grasp the fact that this is a very good university with lots of resources, clubs, and opportunities.

    In three sentences

    It has a very large and beautiful campus. They have many opportunities, clubs, and aids for all their students. Everyone there, from the faculty to the current students are extremely friendly and goal oriented.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    have their own police force

    Greek Life

    very promenade on campus. only a hand full have houses on campus but there aren't just social Greek life there are also academic Greek life for every major.

    Clubs and Activities

    i wrestle and i love all the clubs and intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Jocks athletes academic outgoing students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash. during homecoming week all the students rush the big reflection pond and this year they even threw in the dean.

    Bang for the buck

    i think you get what you pay for. reasonable tuition for a great school.

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of school sanctioned events. but mostly there are a ton of night clubs and bars to go to. right across the street from campus are 3 bars and a hooka lounge.

    Food and Dining

    there are lots of places to eat but the places on the dining plan aren't that good. they are like upscale cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    i hated the dorms but it is good if you gat the apartment style and you have your own room.

    Academic Rigor

    it is a hard college but if you stay on top of your work its pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and don't be afraid to live off campus

    In three sentences

    i love UCF it have plenty of resources and there is always something to do. the only down side is it's super crowded and its in the middle of a heavily populated area.

  • 06/11/2012

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency stands all over campus, and campus police.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, activities and organizations to get involved with!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for people who would like to get involved with clubs and organizations while attending college. Also, for people who want to meet new people and make new friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk over the Pegasus in the Student Union! Bad luck- you won't graduate! Also, spirit splash is a tradition every year where everyone runs into the fountain and tries to catch rubber duckies!

    What to do for fun

    UCF is close to two big, fun amusement parks, Universal Studios and Disney of course! There is KnightLife which is an alcohol alternative fun night party. Homecoming week and Pegasus Palooza.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options to eat in the Student Union, Market Place, or just around Orlando.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. Being a newer, modern school the dorms are new and clean. Also, they all have air conditioning, which is very important for Florida!!

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, but put the effort in and you'll do just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    People looking to go to UCF should know that there is plenty to do, they'll never be bored. It is a bigger campus, so a bike or a long board is very useful. There are so many opportunities at this school.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is my dream school! It has an enormous, ever-growing campus with so many things to get involved with. Also, being that it is so big, you meet a lot of new and different people.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sign up for all the clubs and activities, there is so much to do. You never have an opportunity to be bored if you manage your time wisely.

    Food and Dining

    Eat healthy.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of fun and a lot of people. Be sure to manage your time wisely and go to class.

    Academic Rigor

    It is pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay involved in school and activities as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a beautiful school. It is full of spirit and tradition. It is also a very respected school and is flourishing in ways that they are trying to help their students.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a blue light system around the entire campus, so that if there is ever an emergency you can call the police and their response time is 60-90 seconds. There is also a system that will pick you up late at night and take you to your dorm if you don't feel like walking by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 clubs to choose from at UCF, and everyone is bound to find a club that interests them.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student would enjoy their time at UCF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Student Union there is a giant pegasus on the floor, which is usually roped off so that students don't step on it. It is said that whoever steps on the pegasus before graduation won't graduate, which is why it is roped off!

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is one of the more affordable colleges, and you still get the same education--if not better--than the other universities in the country.

    What to do for fun

    Every single day there is something to do on campus whether it be school-hosted or student-hosted. There are IM sports, clubs, and other things. Not to mention, Orlando is the tourist capital of the U.S., and the theme parks are just a 30 minute drive from the university!

    Food and Dining

    There are choices of dining that I never imagined would even be on a college campus. There is something for everyone and you'll never have to eat the same thing twice in one week--there are so many options!!

    Dorm Life

    The best way to meet people and make lifelong friendships is by living on campus and getting involved in your dorm life. There's no better feeling than knowing that your friends are just a knock away and that you'll always have someone to hang out with, study with, or talk to.

    Academic Rigor

    STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!! Although some classes might be harder or easier than others, the best thing you can do for yourself is study! It's ok if you miss one party or two; you won't regret it after you get that A or B on the final exam.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend orientation as early as possible so you can sign up for your classes and get the schedule you want. Familiarize yourself with the campus so that you're not completely lost on your first day of classes.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a beautiful campus that makes me feel comfortable no matter where I am. The professors are one-of-a-kind and are always willing to help their students excel. I rate UCF a 5 out of 5, or a 10 out of 10--it has offered me opportunities no other place has.

  • 06/13/2012

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are very present and have a very efficient system of registering student items to ensure their safe return if they are lost or stolen. There is a late night escort service that will bring students to and from their locations if they are feeling unsafe walking alone. The campus police are also glad to escort students if they need a safe form of transpiration at night.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at UCF is thriving! WIth four different councils and dozens of different greek organizations that provide an opportunity for pretty much everyone to join. They have tons of events and consistently have higher than average GPAs.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 student organizations on campus, so there's pretty much something for everyone. There's a very wide range from business and law organizations, to wake boarding club, heavy metal club, and even equestrian club.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is the second largest school in the nation with almost 60,000 students. There is so much diversity that there is essentially a place for everyone. If you want a great college education filled with fun and great people, then UCF is the place for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is said that if you step on the UCF logo in the student union, that you will not graduate, so students avoid walking in that area of the student union, even if the area is not barricaded off. One of the more fun traditions is Spirit Splash! It takes place during Homecoming week and it is when all of the students run and splash in the reflection pond, which is really a fountain, and try to get one of the coveted rubber ducks.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF offers tons of freebies and student discounts to make sure that students can enjoy their college experience. They host many free events throughout the year and offer discounted tickets to the neighboring theme parks and attractions.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun and FREE events on campus including sports games, tailgates, comedy shows, concerts, movie screenings, field days food tastings, and giveaways. There are also plenty of things to do in the Orlando are like Disney, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and countless clubs, sports bars, and restaurants to provide endless hours of entertainment!

    Food and Dining

    There are TONS of restaurants on campus including Subway, Qdoba, Smoothie King, Chick-fil-A, Sbarro, Einstein Bros, Mrs. Fields, and Burger King just to name a few. There are also two dining halls that serve a wide range of freshly made and made to order salads, sandwiches, stir fry, pizza and much more. The best part is that the two dining halls never serve the same thing on the same day! So there are plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    There are tons of events on campus and the RAs plan even more things to do. The dorms are all very nice and most of them are quite new. Most of the people are very friendly and it is really easy to meet people in your hall and even in other parts of your building.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be hard at times, and all of the professors have high standards for student work, but its you put in the effort and create good study habits you can be successful in school.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.Get involved! It's the best way to meet new people have fun things to do. 2. Spend wisely! Learn money managing habits and take advantage of free student events, and student discounts. 3. Live healthy! Getting enough sleep, staying in shape, and having good eating habits are some of the best ways to keep you feeling good and keep you performing at your best.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida has a beautiful campus. The student population is diverse and unique. The campus is spirited and full of energy!

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security officers all over, sign up for text or email alerts and you'll always be aware of when there is danger,

    Greek Life

    Lots of fraternities and sororities with big parties, right on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, there is even a Chocolate Lover's club and a Russian Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports, fitness lifestyle, fraternities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once a year the students are allowed to jump and splash around in the big fountain, its part of spirit week and there is lots of music and fu.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of discounts to theme parks and other activities, free ticket to Universal Studios theme park each year.

    What to do for fun

    Free tickets to sports events, discounts on movie tickets and theme parks.

    Food and Dining

    Restaurants and coffee shops all around, including a Chik-fil-a and Burger King on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are very nice dorms that are as good as an apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging yet rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes on time, don't sign up for more classes than you can handle. Take advantage of free on-campus events and activities.

    In three sentences

    This university has so much opportunity for all students. They believe in diversity allow students to think freely. This school really pushes their students to succeed.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most important landmarks on campus is the Reflection Pond, located between the admissions office and the library. On sunny days, students and faculty alike love to lounge by the fountain and enjoy the beautiful weather, but don't jump in! There's a fine for entering the Reflection Pond, except during the time-old tradition of Spirit Splash, during each year's homecoming celebration.

    Bang for the buck

    It's amazing what UCF offers for the price of a state university. You definitely won't be giving anything up by attending Central Florida.

    What to do for fun

    Not only are there plenty of great places to meet up with friends or hang out on campus, but UCF is also just 15-20 minutes away from Downtown Orlando [which offers a wealth of nightlife and cultural attractions] and 30 minutes away from Orlando's best theme parks, tourist attractions, and world renowned outlet malls.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is both readily available and delicious. From Dominos to Chick-fil-a, you'll find familiar favorites as well as university dining halls that offer unexpected courses such as roasted lamb and manicotti with red sauce (all-you-can-eat no less).

    Dorm Life

    UCF dorms are clean, safe, and comfortable. Although pretty tight on space, it's very easy to customize your room and create a cozy space that fosters a positive and productive mindset.

    Academic Rigor

    As an art student, I will tell you that I've encountered some of the hardest classes I've ever taken at UCF. But they only challenged me to point of growth, pride, and ultimate success and they've definitely prepared me for the professional world I'll enter after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the programs you're interested in and make sure you'll find what you're looking for at UCF. Also, visit the campus and get a sense of the atmosphere to make sure you'll be comfortable living and learning there.

    In three sentences

    State school with low prices and great resources. All the amenities and social activities you could ever wish for, with the academics to back it up. UCF definitely offers the best of both worlds

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UCF's in great proximity to a place called Hard Knocks a combat-realistic laser tag facility. The price tag can be a bit scary at first, but the value is incredible, and they often provide deals for college students. Great place to blow off steam or have some fun.

    Food and Dining

    Sadly, the UCF-provided options are not the best on campus. Thankfully, you're not required to purchase a meal plan, and if living Off-campus, in the Towers at Knight's Plaza, or at Lake Claire, you'll be able to cook your own food. There's a wide variety of locations on campus to eat, ranging from Kebabs to Asian fare.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but definitely fun. Teachers there (at least in my experience) are knowledgeable, and down-to-earth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard to earn good grades, but don't let the stress overcome you. If you do the best you can do, you're almost guaranteed an A.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a medium to large university, and is perfect if you want the feeling of living in a small city. There's a diverse range of places to eat, play, and study on campus, and surely will leave no student disappointed.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. I walk from the student union to my dorm at 3am often. There are a few homeless guys that roam the campus but so far they haven't been harmful.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities here. Anyone interested should be able to find a suitable one at an affordable price.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 400 Student organizations at UCF so finding one you like should not be a problem. If you don't like any, create one. I did!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash is on the Friday of the homecoming week at UCF. It's the only day students are allowed into the reflection pond. Also, do not walk over the Pegasus if you want to graduate. It's a huge UCF myth. I walked over it and I'm not graduating; I'm transferring. It can bring good or bad luck! You never know!

    What to do for fun

    There's not much to do for fun if you really don't like partying. If you do, you'd enjoy UCF. They have a party bus that goes to all the popular clubs downtown. There are also a lot of Greek parties on campus. Apart from partying, anything fun is going to cost you some money. Orlando is a tourist city so things are quite pricey here. If you are willing to shell some money to go to Intenational drive or Disney, you'd have fun. People also go to Miami for fun but I think it's over-rated, The one interesting place to go is St. Augustine. It's about two hours from Orlando and it's a beautiful city. It is supposedly a historic city. So make sure you visit St. Augustine during your stay at UCF.

    Food and Dining

    Knightros has been getting considerably worse. I had a meal plan for three semesters. Sometimes, the manager forgets to order the supplies so the food that week is really crappy. Marketplace is really bad. I stopped eating there after I got a piece of meat that smelled really bad. Some people love eating there though but if you must have a meal plan, Knightros is your best bet. In my opinion, cooking or even freezer meals are better alternatives.

    Dorm Life

    Live off campus if you can. On campus housing is very expensive. I live at the Towers. I must say it is cool to have your own room but there's no ventilation. The windows don't open. Nike and Hercules are a little cheaper but still off campus housing is way better. If you can, get an apartment or house with your friends. You'd save a ton of money. It's even cheaper than off campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    If you're a science major, get ready to learn everything yourself. Most of the classes are very large. There were about 300 kids in my organic chemistry 2 class. The professors never have enough time to explain so you'd really have to teach yourself everything. It's the same for many other majors. Although political science classes are small.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live off campus, plan on getting to school 30 minutes before your class if you want to find a good parking spot. With 60,000 students, there's never enough parking!

    In three sentences

    The university of Central Florida is a very diverse and affordable school. There's definitely a place for everyone. Although it might be harder for international students to find their niche.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is an area where the campus can improve on. The doors to the dorm halls need special keys so strangers never come in. But At night they have escorts to walk you home safely but there isn't enough of them to take students. So most students end up walking home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs to meet your wants. From belly dancing to the chocolate club there is a club for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Friday of homecoming week we have spirit splash. It was name best campus tradition in 2011. They have a Live DJ, special guest, and free stuff while students are allowed to go into the fountain located in front of the library. It is a crazy wet day.

    What to do for fun

    From Wednesday night through Saturday night there is always a club event going on. There is a party every weekend so there is always something to do. If your not into partying you can take a trip to one of the theme parks which is only 30 minutes from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is good on occasion but the price for the meal plan is overrated. There is a variety of restaurants to choose from in the student union. Almost all restaurants around the UCF area deliver.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are better than other Florida schools. The prices are fair and only 10 minute walk to class. The resident assistants are there to help you and have activities planned so you will not be bored on the weekend.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are serious about class and grades. Some are negotiable while most are firm on grades and assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your research what kind of education you want. If your looking for a more personal relationship with teachers this school is not for you. There are too many students here for personal relationships.

    In three sentences

    The school is rigorous and the students and faculty are all here for the same reason. The school understands the students needs and wants. The area is great for a college lifestyle.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF police is very rigorous.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone who wants to learn a lot.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    asian chao is the best place to eat.

    Dorm Life

    its probably fun, but they rip you off, you can get an apartment nearby for way cheaper.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont move on campus, they rip you off.

    In three sentences

    great resources in library. teachers are knowledgeable. traffic control is ridiculous.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports games, night clubs, farmer's markets, shopping, HUGE gym, rock climbing, literally anything you could possibly think of.

    Food and Dining

    The Marketplace and Knightros are the best buffets in Orlando!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is top notch at UCF. The dorms are extremely clean, very safe, and the resident assistants provide plenty of fun opportunities to meet your fellow students.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the classes depends on the difficulty of your major. Hours of studying will always pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should get involved in everything they can! UCF makes it extremely easy to find your niche.

    In three sentences

    There's a reason why this is one of the largest universities in the nation. It's a beautiful smoke-free campus with infinite opportunities available for their students!

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    I'm not doing thi.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have over 400 clubs.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, there is always something going on if you check the social calendar.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good but can be expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I am living at home but I heard they are decent.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not attended any classes yet but I heard classes can be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your major before orientation, this will make registration a lot easier. And don`t be afraid to ask for help if your lost people are very nice.

    In three sentences

    The university of Central Florida is a very nice well rounded school. They have over 400 clubs and organizations and the students are very nice. The adviser's also really help you out a lot especially when choosing your major.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Walk the campus. Meet new people. Get involve. Volunteer in community groups. THESE are key for meeting lots of amazing people and having the time of your life!

    Food and Dining

    Variety is great. Vegans and Vegetarians choices are not as broad as the regular meal plans but the surrounding areas and other restaurants in campus have great choices.

    Dorm Life

    I never quite became involve in dorm life. However, lots of my friends have and they were soo happy.

    Academic Rigor

    I love UCF. I have attended various universities before for my minor. I can honestly say you will endure lots of sleepless nights studying, but the professors are there to help you understand things better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to speak to an advisor first. They push you in the right direction. Also, they can help mark off those checkoff lists you might need prior to admission.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a great university. You can basically find any major and join any sport you might be great at. Life inside as well as outside of it is stupendous.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I was so impressed by the campus safety that I can't really even put it into words. Every twenty feet and major crossing on campus has an emergency call button, which as I learned from my brother truly provides an emergency response. The sheriff's brother is the head of the campus police department, which is the third largest in the county. Keep in mind, this is the county that stretches all the way past downtown Orlando. They have cameras everywhere with scheduled employees to monitor the CCTV's. On top of that, given these options, the people on campus are reliably observant and interactive when it comes to safety. If there is a problem of any sort, not only can you be assisted, but someone near you will provide the necessary assistance due to the ease of contacting help.

    Greek Life

    There actually aren't too many frats or sororities for such a large campus, just a minority of large frats and sororities. From what I observed, there were eight frats and six sororities, but all had large membership.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many activities to keep up with. The activities exponentially grow with the student base, which is the second largest in the country. Given that, the range is nearly infinite from chess to sports, and from environmental growth to debate.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Central Florida is the largest campus in the United States, and the second most populated via students. I really can't say that this school wouldn't be great for anyone. There are too many options and too much structured living to be bothered as an introvert or bored as an extrovert.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As I haven't gone to school at this campus yet since I'm transferring there currently, I'd have to say that the only thing that struck me as unusual was the shopping district in the middle of the campus and Chicago-like four dorm buildings on the South end of the campus with shops underneath them that form an efficient little city.

    Bang for the buck

    Cappex's pledge to selflessly contribute to the community in which they operate in is a quality that I can relate to. With a scholarship from Cappex I'd not only be greatly appreciative, but I'd feel the necessity to inform those around me of it. From representing the brand to telling friends and close acquaintances both rich and poor, exposure of such a great contributor would be the end goal. As for a deep relation to the principle of the organization, I also intend to give back to the community in a manner that the society I function in profits as a juvenile probationary counselor. With a combination of educational drive and a refusal to lose, I fully intend on graduate with a high GPA while working as an intern at a local probation office that way I can start my career off the right way. That is, with joint effort of acquired knowledge and self-defined altruism. Furthermore, I'm not one to forget those who wouldn't forget me, and upon establishing my place in the work force, I would surely donate annually to Cappex so that others could receive the same benefits I did when I so desperately needed it.

    What to do for fun

    If you can afford it the school is close to downtown Orlando, theme parks, and a great deal of sporting and or hobby venues. On a college budget however, there is a plethora of options ranging from social events in your apartment complex or school sponsored ones in your dorm to intramural sports of all kinds. If none of those excite you, you can use the gym, which by the way is the largest and most well equipped gym I've ever seen in my life, or simply visit the campus clubhouse.

    Food and Dining

    The school has ample meal plans, on-campus restaurants and little shops. This is paired with an entire city of shops and restaurants surrounding the campus for at least three miles in each direction.

    Dorm Life

    I have absolutely no desire or plans to live in this schools dorms, or any school for that matter. Four bedroom, four bathroom apartments are simply cheaper, and offer more space and privacy.

    Academic Rigor

    I recently graduated with my Associate in Arts from one of the best colleges in the nation with a 3.58 GPA. Surely this doesn't represent a five star zest for academic success, but under the circumstances in which I operated for two years I would say my educational ethic is unquestioned. I worked two jobs, one full time and one part time, while taking five classes most semesters as well as attending summer classes full time both years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check if this school, or which school in this matter, has the highest rated program within your budget that you plan on focusing on. Also, always encompass an extra two thousand dollar necessity into your budget, as things in life are always bound to pop up.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida not only offers the best education opportunity for my major (criminal justice) of any public school in Florida, but it is the alma mater of the two most recent college graduates in my family. With the availability of an inner-city like environment while still offering a genuine college experience, the school offers a balance for my living needs. It also doesn't hurt that to date I have never heard of a school with a more helpful staff.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several clubs to join. There is the recreation and wellness center with a pool beside it. Also theres many activities around the campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are places to eat in every corner. Restaurants that are specifically by UCF or fast food place such as Subway or Chik Fil a,

    Dorm Life

    The fastest way of meeting people, especially for first year students! You have a roommate and then your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very rigorous depending the professor of course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Entering UCF, I'd recommend studying your map and finding out your resources for student help.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great school. The advisors are always willing to help you as soon as possible. The campus is also huge, second largest in the nation.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    I loved it. I was in a great fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unlimited clubs and activites. IM sports are awesome!

    Great for these types of students

    You will love it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splace is awesome. Everyone goes to the Reflection Pond in the middle of the day and celebrates. It's a huge party!

    Bang for the buck

    If you do well in school and get the bright futures scholarship, it is a great bang for your buck. Without it, it is still a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    The question is what can't you do? They have a gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields, clubs, greek life, studying, great night life, and great location for a night out on the town.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining are excellent. Sometimes you wish they could have changed the menu a bit, but it sure is nice.

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoyed my dorm life. I lived on campus for a year and met my best friends there. All dorms are really close to the marketplace where you eat.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigorous programs are offered and you will need to study. Just get a good study group and you'll be set!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you learn about what UCF has to offer. There are so many things that are offered that people don't even know half the time. Use the facilities, counseling, career center, tutoring, SARC, and the library!

    In three sentences

    Absolutely amazing! I fell in love with the campus, education, faculty, athletics, facilities, and greatness of the entire community. There is no better school out there in my opinion.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It is as easy as getting involved with any organization or club.

    Food and Dining

    Always easy to find a quick bite to eat, and there are even healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Small rooms, and possibility of loud roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers to derive academic excellence from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs and be apart of something greater.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus combining nature and urban setting. Large community to get involved in. Great work out center to stay fit in.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    UCF has a gigantic undergrad population, which lends itself to more classes at more times and in more locations. For a non-traditional student like myself, the various options are a definite plus.

    What to do for fun

    I can already tell there is no shortage of social opportunity both on campus and off. Can't wait to get more involved!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started classes yet, so academic rigor isn't very fair for me to judge. If the school standards are on par with their admissions team, I'm sure it is fair but not a cakewalk.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to read ALL of the correspondence you receive during your admissions process. It is very important to cover all of your bases to prevent any holds on your student account.

    In three sentences

    UCF is very detail oriented and new-student friendly. The orientation process thus far has been easy to follow and very thorough. I'm looking forward to utilizing each applicable department as I continue my studies!

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus escorts until 1am every evening and the campus is well-lit.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is rapidly growing with a 1.8 million dollar expansion before 2014. Although only 6% of the school is Greek, among that 6%, Greek students hold 85% of SGA leadership positions.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 400 clubs, who couldn't find something to be interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! Because of its size, UCF is very versatile.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash happens every homecoming week on the day of the game where students can run in to the reflection pond at the center of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the least expensive schools in the state for the best quality. Hands down.

    What to do for fun

    The student-run organizations CAB and SGA hold many monthly events for the students. The first week of school and homecoming week are filled with concerts and shows. Also, CAB holds monthly movie showings on a big screen and SGA offers Universal Knights, where the students can exclusively have a night of fun at Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure.

    Food and Dining

    UCF dining offers a meal plan that is not only practical, but affordable as well. You can eat quality food with the convenience of two on-campus locations.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Academic Village-Nike dorms as a freshman and everyday I walked home from class felt like paradise. The buildings are fairly new, there were programs put on by Housing and the Resident Assistants were phenomenal. I would not have lived anywhere else.

    Academic Rigor

    In my first two semesters at the university, I have learned more than I have ever learned in my academic life. The teaching style, technology and attention put forth from the institution is outstanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because of the size of the school and numerous classrooms, make sure to live on campus as a first year student and attend the CAB and SGA functions. Also, a meal plan from UCF dining is a great investment and I would not have opted out if I had the choice. Finally, make sure to plan accordingly when registering for classes because of the large size of the campus.

    In three sentences

    UCF is one of the largest schools in the country, but you do not just feel like a number at this institution. The modern architecture and state of the art technology makes me feel at ease everyday I attend class. On top of excellent academics, there is also never a dull moment with the activites and events run by the student run organizations.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep your grades up and really do well on the SATs. The university also looks at all of your community services and extra curricular activites.

    In three sentences

    The University is so diverse and the classes are humongous. There is aways something to do there and the professors really know what they are talking about. The only downside is the parking is hard to find.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Attend events

    Tips for prospective students

    always study

    In three sentences

    A large school, but organized overall. A very solid engineering program. Good eating facilities.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe ON campus however there are some sketchy neighboring areas.

    Greek Life

    Sororities: Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Pi Beta Phi, Delta Delta Delta. Fraternities: Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Chi, Theta Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Pi, Sigma Nu, Zeta Beta Tau, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Gamma Delta, Delta Sig, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of options, almost too many to choose from. Some popular ones: PPMS (pre-professional medical society), pre-med AMSA, UNA at UCF, and others.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, driven and go-getters who do not need to be pushed or any special attention considering most classes or very large. Engineering majors- great program and opportunities for jobs. Pre-med students- great program and new medical school opened.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Memory Mall (many activities and events located here), Spirit Splash during Homecoming

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely well priced tuition for the education and amenities available. Some majors/professions more than others.

    What to do for fun

    Take classes at the gym, rockclimb in the gym, sign up for excursions through the gym, join a club or sorority/fraternity, go to homecoming events like the concert, join Volunteer UCF, join an honor society, do community service, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options in the Student Union as well as by the arena like Kyoto Japanese Hibachi or the make your own salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    Not as many options and pricey, reserved mostly for freshman but convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class and professor. Pre-med classes especially challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out what you want to do before you pick a major and do not change your major too many times because it is hard enough to graduate on time let alone having to take extra pre-req's for your new major. Figure out all the resources available and start using them ASAP do not wait until your a junior you can use things like the experiential learning center. Figure out who your advisor is and schedule meetings to make sure you are staying on track as well as finding students who have your same major and getting tips from them who may be farther along then you. Lastly, its never too early to work on internships and getting experience in your field.

    In three sentences

    One of the largest universities with large general education classes, for example 500 in basic biology or statistics so this requires a student who is self-motivated because these professors are not going to babysit you. It is often difficult to get into the classes you actually need to graduate or complete your major and recently a 15% tuition hike was passed. However, tuition is low compared to other universities especially if you are in state and this is a great school for engineering majors with many job opportunities in the area such as with Lockheed Martin.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The gym, lots of clubs and activities... Pretty much anything imaginable.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCF is great! I wouldn't recommend eating on campus a whole lot just because it'd save a lot of money. If I had the resources, I'd eat there all the time.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not live in a dorm, but my friends who do seem to really enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult, but really only if you don't attempt to really learn. Some classes will take effort on the student's part to go and speak with the professor or a TA, but it is always possible to learn and do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you pay attention to your my.ucf.edu account. It has lots of info on your financial business and other really important matters that really need to be payed attention to.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a beautiful and big school with well-rounded programs for all individuals. The lower level classes tend to be large lecture type classes, but once you get into your higher level courses, they are small groups taught by great professors. I really enjoy being at UCF.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus does have a few places that are a little poorly lit at night, however, they have many services that will actually escort a person around campus at night. There are campus exclusive cops all around campus as well emergency post located everywhere. The area around the campus isn't the greatest, but it isn't too bad.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs offered by UCF. Some of the big ones include Late Knights which throws monthly alternative parties with different themes and CAB (Campus Activity Board) which hosts free movies, brings concerts and com