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  • 06/25/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    like i said when i talked about dorm life, there are safety issues at times but ucf police is always present and is takes their job very seriously. every incident that has occurred has been well contained and always taken care of right away. they even provide a safety shuttle for students past 7pm so if you feel unsafe walking to your car at night you don't have to. i have personally used this service several times when i get out late from an exam or class.

    Greek Life

    i cannot speak about the social fraternities, but joining the business professional fraternity delta sigma pi was the best decision i ever made! i now have a large network of brothers to interact with socially and professionally, which is a huge benefit!

    Clubs and Activities

    so many clubs and activities it is hard to chose! each college has their own organizations. for example, the college of business administration has business professional fraternities like delta sigma pi, and other clubs like the financial management association, the sales club, the young investors club. besides each college, the student union is a hub for tons of other activities: volunteer ucf provides daily community service activities, the student government association also resides in the su.

    Great for these types of students

    florida residents looking for an affordable higher education; people from all around really, it is an incredible university experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the only unique tradition i can think of is: spirit splash- where everyone jumps in the reflection pond that is filled with ducks and can earn other free prizes. be careful though, people will fight over the ducks! from ucf website: awarded best campus tradition 2011 by the national association for campus activities (naca), spirit splash is the nationâ??s greatest pep rally. come in your swim suits and get crazy in preparation for the big game! free t-shirts, guest speakers, and lots of ducks! this is one homecoming tradition you wonâ??t want to miss! definitely be sure to get there early!

    Bang for the buck

    you honestly get so much when you pay for tuition (again, tuition is affordable and reasonable in-state), including free counseling and health services, free resume services and career prep services. while you learn and fulfill course requirements to earn your degree, ucf also makes sure to take care of life's other needs as well.

    What to do for fun

    there are tons of things to do for fun! ucf plans so many events and things to get students involved. i recommend going to football games, checking out the fun exercise classes, and attending the comedy shows or concerts. be sure to plug in and plenty of options will pop up. your schedule will never lack for fun here.

    Food and Dining

    i worked with ucf dining services for my first 8 months attending the university. the food presentation looks good, but the actual taste of the food is extremely lacking. i found it to be bland and unappealing. the other chain restaurants on campus provide much better in the way of flavor, but eating out gets costly real fast. there are tons of options which is ideal for such a large campus that caters to so many diverse students. overall though, i personally recommend cooking at home.

    Dorm Life

    i personally cannot attest to the quality of dorm life because i have lived off campus the entire time. but safety is an issue, even with a constantly present police force. they do the best they can but there are instances where shots are fired and personal items (even cars) are stolen. also, the wifi is spotty on campus so i would think it is the same in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    what you get out of class will depend on what you put into it. most professors are seriously passionate about your learning experience, so make the most of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    ucf really does stand for opportunity. there are so many programs and opportunities for internships, jobs, and getting involved. take advantage of the resources they provide, study hard, and plug in to campus life to truly get the most out of being a ucf knight.

    In three sentences

    ucf is a large campus, with tons of student resources and a great student environment. everyone can find a place where they belong. the in-state tuition makes it an affordable option.

  • 05/19/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    ucf has its own police department that patrols on campus as well the surrounding areas but overall the ucf area is safe. the reasonable precautions should be taken (locking your doors, don't leave valuables in eyesight in your vehicle, buddy system at night, etc.) and people should be smart and not welcome trouble but the area is pretty safe and the police are pretty quick about responding. for an extra layer of safety from 7am - 1am safe escort patrol services (seps) are available to escort you around campus; this is a service offered through the ucfpd. if you do fall victim to a crime ucf offers victim advocate services and there is also suicide prevention services if you find yourself or a friend in need; the suicide prevention hotline can be used anonymously. ucfpd also offers self-defense classes for women and you can register your property in the event that it's stolen.

    Greek Life

    greek life is very prevalent and vibrant on campus, in fact there's a whole row dedicated specifically to greek housing. there are different events held by the different sororities and fraternities all the time especially during rush or after a probate. there are 4 greek councils on campus. ucf has zero-tolerance for hazing and the policy is strictly enforced. most of the organizations have their own requirements, gpa being one of them, which is good because it shows that academics are at the forefront.

    Clubs and Activities

    for clubs and organizations office of student involvement is your friend and if you don't see a club you like you can create your own! there are intramural sports on campus if you don't play at a division level. the recreation and wellness center offers fitness classes everything from spinning to zumba to yoga there's also a track for running and walking and basketball and tennis courts. there is a club and activity for everything you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    ucf is great for all students because the experience is what you make of it. if you're an introvert and only want to go to class and go to your room then you can go to that and no one will know you exist other than your roommates and co-workers (if you work). if you're a bit more outgoing and attend classes regularly and take advantage of your resources then you will learn how to write a great paper (compliments of the writing center), be well prepared for your classes (library, tutoring and your classmates), stay in shape (recreation and wellness center), join clubs or start your own (office of student involvement), and so much more. there is no pressure so life really is what you make it at ucf; you get out of it what you put into it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash happens during homecoming and it's the only time students are allowed to get into the reflecting pond. it's a big thing; nearly the entire school enters the reflecting pond, it's pretty epic. this is more of superstition rather than a tradition; don't walk across the pegasus in the student union; you won't graduate. if you walk across pegasus you get looks of doom and gloom. sounds silly right but why chance it?

    Bang for the buck

    you definitely get what you pay for; the university is always evolving and expanding. i think everyone's biggest gripe is parking. there is never enough parking. they just finished building a brand new garage and there is still always a parking issue that's why it's best to give yourself time to get to class. aside from the parking and the fees associated with not parking properly (citations), the cost of attendance, i would say, is reasonable. the cost of books can be cumbersome also but i think that's at any institution and with the help of financial aid and being able to rent the costs comes down quite a bit. there are some unnecessary fees but that comes with any big institution.

    What to do for fun

    there's plenty to do both on and off campus. there's a lake with canoe rentals and a pavilion with grills available for use. the recreation and wellness center offers a variety of classes and also has a rock wall for climbing and a pool. the cfe arena is right on campus and hosts an array of concerts and events. ucf is minutes away from shopping, beaches and theme parks as well as downtown and nightlife making it a prime location. if you wanted to take a mini road-trip tampa and daytona beach are very close and miami is only a few hours away. orlando city soccer has recently made its home downtown and the citrus bowl was just renovated to host a variety of sporting events along with the dr. phillips performing arts center and amway arena home of the orlando magic. ucf also offers discounted tickets to various attractions throughout central florida

    Food and Dining

    there are a plethora of dining options on campus from italian, chinese, burgers, wings, heroes, sushi, breakfast, and even cooked food which is actually pretty good (i'm a very picky eater). ucfoffers a meal-plan and you can also load money on your ucf id and use it at different places such as in the vending machines, bookstore, and numerous other places on campus. in the surrounding areas around campus the options for food get even better with fast-food and casual dining.

    Dorm Life

    i personally love dorm life here. when i was visiting other schools, no other school was comparable to what ucf offered (in my opinion). ucf has a total of 8 on-campus residences and several off-campus affiliated and non-affiliated housing options. my personal favorite on campus residence is the towers at knights plaza; it consists of 4 separate co-ed towers with apartment-style rooms in either a 4bd/2bth or 4bd/4bth set-up with a resident assistant assigned to each floor. the ras i believe are the only ones without roommates in either a studio or one-bedroom. each tower hosts different events and there are restaurants, a new recreation and wellness center, pharmacy, and arena all right outside or within walking distance. residents also have their own parking garage for each tower.

    Academic Rigor

    let me reiterate, get to know ratemyprofessor.com, it will save you from some unsavory professors and help make tough classes less of a nightmare. don't expect academia at ucf to be a walk in the park, after it is a university and classes can be challenging especially depending on your major, but that's what you're here for; you came to learn and grow. the learning is easier with a less difficult professor and when you're not just a number in a class but a person which is why i suggest you make your presence felt in all of your classes even the online ones. getting to know your professors and building a rapport with your academic advisor will also help when you need someone to write a letter of recommendation for you and the advisor will keep you from taking unnecessary classes and help you gain a focus; they're there to help you stay on track. you don't want to meet your academic advisor for the first time when you're submitting your intent to graduate form to find out that you missed a few classes and won't be graduating on time.

    Tips for prospective students

    save yourself the headache and buy a parking decal. i cannot stress this enough time management is a must! seriously, you need to manage your time wisely. this isn't high school so no one is going to be on top of you reminding you about homework and deadlines. if you have a smartphone make use of it for something other than social media and texting; set alarms/notifications for assignment deadlines or get a planner and a physical calendar and hang it in your room to keep track of your due dates. this will be extremely helpful if you elect to take online classes. when you get a syllabus, look at the schedule and record those deadlines! also, be honest with yourself. if you know that you are not functional in the early hours of the morning and can't pull it together before noon then don't enroll in a 7:00am or 8:00am class because you either won't go or you'll sleep through which will result in you dropping the class or failing and that's money down the drain for what? arrive to class early, try to sit in front (especially if it's a large class), and get to know the professor and/or ta; it will work in your favor later if by chance you need to turn in a paper late or have to miss a class or need to take an exam early, etc. get involved on campus, it'll help you meet people and make your college experience that much better; depending on your major, being involved on campus helps when it comes to getting internships, jobs in your field, and applying to graduate school. get acquainted with www.ratemyprofessor.com and make your academic advisor your friend.

    In three sentences

    ucf is an amazing university with a heartbeat of diversity and greatness flowing through its veins. the resources at your fingertips are immeasurable but laziness will get you nowhere; nothing will be spoon-fed to you. the possibilities are endless here from the activities on campus, the life buzzing around campus, and the quality education and experience that comes with being a ucf student; you won't be disappointed coming here.

  • 05/14/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    great price for in state students, but not so much for out of state students. definitely worth the money, but make sure you are prepared if you are not a resident of florida.

    What to do for fun

    there are so many things to do. whether you spend your time at the gym, walking through the nature trails, or relaxing on the lake, there is always something to do. also, there are so many clubs here that you can always find a group of people with the same interests, no matter how strange.

    Food and Dining

    the dining halls were not good at all. i avoided them as much as possible, but people stuck on a meal plan did not have much luck. frequent complaints of both under and over cooked food, and overall just not very good. i'll give it 2 stars because the other restaurants in the area were alright, but not available with the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in the libra dorms, which while small, was a fun little community. some of the best friends i made at school were the people i met in my room. there might not have been a lot of room, but we made do and had a great time

    Academic Rigor

    ucf offers many classes with varying degrees of difficulty. there is a great balance of knowledge and interest in the majority of classes, so classes are both fun and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to get out and do something. it doesn't matter what it is or if you haven't done it before, now is the best time to experience new things, who knows, you might love it. make sure to leave enough time for school work though.

    In three sentences

    ucf is a great school with something for everyone. no matter what your interests, you can find a group of people who feel the same way. there is always something to do and the community is simply amazing

  • 05/13/2016

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

    4 of 756

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    the first time visited this college i fell in love with it. the kids i spoke to there were very polite and willing to answer the questions i asked the best they could. it is also in a wonderful city, orlando, which has many entertainment and other useful facilities.

  • 04/01/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    5 of 756

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    the university of central florida has done an amazing job getting undergraduate students ready for college, they have free orientations (prior to full orientation), and free tours of the campus. the university of central florida quickly looked at and accepted my application in a timely matter, not making me wait for a certain day. all in all even though i have not started at ucf, they have already welcomed me, and all admitted students, to the ucf family.

  • 02/25/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department! :)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT STEP ON THE SEAL IN THE STUDENT UNION! YOU WILL NOT GRADUATE ON TIME OR EVER. :)

    What to do for fun

    It's a small city (we have our own zip code), so literally anything. From racquetball, to rock climbing, to indoor swimming, to our 250,000 square foot gym, to yoga classes, etc. There are endless things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    It's decent. Not amazing, and I wish it was included in our tuition.

    Dorm Life

    Always fun things to do.

    Academic Rigor

    I spend 30 hours a week studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) DO NOT cheat. UCF has a very strict academic honesty policy. 2) Don't be afraid to go to your professor's office hours! They're usually a lot nicer when you're not sitting with 500 other people. 3) Get involved! There are almost 1,000 clubs at UCF to get involved in. I'm sure you can find at least one. You won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    At UCF, there are endless amounts of opportunities. Us UCF students don't call it Under Construction Forever for nothing. We strive for excellence, community, integrity, scholarship, and creativity; those are our core calues.

  • 02/18/2016

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

    7 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your application game because UCF typically only sends sensitive information and decision packets by snail mail.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a beuatiful campus, marvelous academic programs, and diversity galore.

  • 02/15/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping in the fountain. So not walk over the pegasus in the student union you are said to never graduate if you do!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the library or nearby places we are in Orlando after all!

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus during lectures and study!

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a crowded school. Great professors who are willing to help. There is a lot of great stuff to do on campus.

  • 01/03/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Ive been to UCF and I have to say its amazing ! Everything was amazing except the housing. ive trie almost every single place and it has just gotten worse and worse each time. I just havent been to the places where people NOT to go from their personal experience. This semester I've been living off campus and I've been so much happier. Less stressful believe it or not. im not the only student who feels this way. You wont like living on campus unless youre a jock, or cheerleader. I kid you not. TONS of parties. I never could sleep. Alot of kids break into dorms and prank people by trashing rooms and breaking stuff. Some one stole my Macbook Pro one time...... It was horrible. Traffic is even worse im almost ALWAY late for work.I'm just giving fair warning. School is great. On-Campus Rooming is a nightmare.

  • 01/02/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 756

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Like i said a trillion times before there's a lot to do. the RWC (recreation and wellness center) is amazing and there are many classes you can take to get yourself fit and active, such as hip hop cardio, zumba, spinning, etc. you can also rent kayaks and canoes and take them out to lake clare. or go for a hike on the trails at the arboretum.

    Food and Dining

    I personally, do not have a meal plan, it was too expensive. but there are many great places to eat on campus. and if you loooooove coffee as much as i do there's a coffee shop on every corner.

    Dorm Life

    I like in Nike and personally I love it. you share a bathroom with =3 other girls and a room with one other person. when filling out the application for housing a room mate requested a person I went to high school with, and it has been a great experience getting to know her better. The room, is surprisingly roomy and you can add decorations such as removable wall paper to make it feel like your own personal space. What I appreciate most about the dorm life at UCF, is that there are many different options you can choose to live in an apartment style or traditional dorm it's up to you! (and what you can afford)

    Academic Rigor

    UCF prides itself on academic excellence, so classes can be a bit overwhelming, if you can't properly balance yourself. However, freshman year for me was, as I call in the thirteenth grade, it felt like an extension of high school without much of the hand holding. if you find yourself slipping in courses, go to the SI sessions, writing center, find a tutor, there are many people on the campus willing to help, you just have to seek them out.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on coming to this school seek out clubs and activities before hand, for you to get involved in. While there are many clubs you can be a part of, it's easy to fall into a mundane routine and if you want to make the best of your college experience you should learn how to break that. However, don't take on more than you can handle, college is all about learning how to balance work and fun. Take it easy your first semester, try new things, learn more about yourself and study habits.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this school! It's a beautiful campus with so much to do, so many people to meet, and great places to get lost, be alone and find yourself in. There are so many opportunities to heighten your education, if you seek them out there is no way to fail, this school truly cares about your education and majority of the professors working there reflect that.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone. Literally anyone can go here. Having so many different people means that there are plenty of others just like you, whether they're from the same place or of the same ethnicity. As long as you're willing to work hard, you'll fit in at UCF.

    What to do for fun

    UCF hosts lots of activities and events all over campus throughout the year, from the first week of school to homecoming to sporting events, open mic nights, and more. The Campus Activity Board (CAB) hosts a lot of these events and also keeps their website updated regularly in order to help students find things to do. If you get bored with all of that, which you probably won't, there are plenty of clubs and organizations to join. These are not only a great way to get involved, but also to meet new and awesome people. A lot of organizations play games and host events throughout the year that you can attend or participate in the prep for if you really want a hands on experience. I'm on the speech team, and I love that I get to visit different schools for competitions; I've made so many friends, and I've only been on the team for a semester, so I can't wait to see what else the team will bring to me.

    Food and Dining

    While the dining halls occasionally have some questionable options, there are always plenty of safe choices, and the dessert is plentiful and delicious. It's great to only have to pay to enter and be able to eat however much of whatever I want. If I don't want to eat in '63 South or Knightros, there are plenty of other options available. There are 3 Subways, one of which is open 24/7; 2 Domino's, one of which is open until 3 am; and plenty of others, such as Chik-Fil-A, Nathan's, and 4 or 5 different places to get coffee (depending on if you count Einstein's as a coffee place as well).

    Dorm Life

    I've lived in two of the dorms on campus, and while I prefer the Neptune (the more expensive, non apartment style dorm), I don't mind Apollo where I currently live (the least expensive and oldest option wherein I share a room). No matter which dorm you live in, the rooms are a decent size, and the most amount of people you'll share an actual bedroom with is one other person. The suite bathrooms are cleaned weekly and shared only with the people living in your suite versus the floor bathrooms some universities offer. The common rooms are a great place to hang out for study sessions or to meet new people that live on your floor, and both of my RAs have been cool to talk to and super laid-back.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the class depends on the level, the teacher, and the work being given. However, studying and using the tutoring services available throughout campus can really help. It's also helpful to form study groups for more difficult classes, such as astronomy (not to be confused with astrology. They are very different).

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by how many people there are going here. You'll find your niche and your own little squad that will always have your back. There are plenty of friendly faces and people that are always willing to help you. With as many clubs as we have, it's super easy to get involved, so don't be afraid to hold back. Just be yourself; us Knights really appreciate that. Oh, and don't walk on the Pegasus - that's a one way ticket to not graduate...or at least to get yelled at by student union employees.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great school with plenty of opportunities for anyone, no matter what your interested in, and there's always something to do, both on campus and off. The large population makes it easy to meet new people so that you're not alone, and there are plenty of places to hang out or study with your new friends. On the off chance that you can't find anything else to do, the reflection pond in front of the library is the best place to really see what your fellow students are like, from seeing amateur musicians jamming out to finding another person sitting by themselves to strike up a conversation with.

  • 12/18/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety alert poles as far as the eye can see at UCF. These poles have a blue LED indicator in them with a 360° camera that can be a response beacon for police if activated. The only downside I have witnessed dealing with campus safety is the lack of video cameras in parking garages.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UCF. It's one of the many ways to network yourself on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of it, there's a club for that. UCF has a plethora of clubs that allow students to branch out and discover themselves socially.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're an art student at UCF you'll be very pleased by the professors and classes you'll most definitely run into during your four years here. the staff is friendly, helpful, and the cirriculum is designed to push each student to their full potential. There are also numerous ways to get involved with different art based clubs on campus as well whether game-design, studio art, graphic design, or what have you, you will love the atmosphere of the UCF school of visual arts and design.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is by far one of the coolest events you will ever enjoy as a college student. Not much in terms of comparison comes close to tens of thousands of students entering our reflection pool in hopes of catching one of the UCF homecoming week rubber ducks.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF comes with a price-tag, especially for out-of-state students and you will definitely run into more expenses as you spend your college career here. With that said, UCF is a great college that will reward its students academically and socially with rigorous classes and incredible social events (ie spirit splash, free concerts, free sporting events at the D1 level, and incredible facilities).

    What to do for fun

    The city of Orlando is full of fun and interesting things to do. Whether you're looking for art galleries, good food, great shopping, or sporting events, you've come to the right place. UCF is also located an easy 45 minutes away from a few great beaches.

    Food and Dining

    This could be improved upon. While UCF has great institutions and small businesses like Wackadoos in their student union, Aramark is taking over all of campus dining (and their track record is less than mediocre). Otherwise you'll be glad to know there are multiple starbucks and subways located on campus as well as a few other great options.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms on campus are marvelous (Neptune Community) featuring private bedrooms and 4 suites in total with 2 bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF is a strong school with an advanced cirriculum. There are an abundance of majors offered and plenty of ways to succeed academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Branch out, get a campus job, join greek life, maybe a couple clubs, and remember to have fun in college. While it is important to keep up with your studies, it is also beneficial to network yourself as well.

    In three sentences

    UCF is the school for anyone looking for that big campus atmosphere without having to deal with it 24/7. Being that UCF has a large population of commuting students, the university itself does not feel crowded or occupied on a constant basis. UCF also has a great social atmosphere allowing students to grow and discover themselves.

  • 11/28/2015

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 756

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    With over 600 clubs to choose from there are plenty of fun things you can do with your free time. Not to mention it's really easy to meet new people who the same interests as you.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is no better place than UCF, my tip to you is: apply and give it your all so that you can take your interest to a real work field, doing something that you truly love and enjoy.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great university. Beautiful campus, friendly people, and over 600 clubs and organizations for students! Most importantly UCF is one of the best universities in the state.

  • 11/02/2015

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 756

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Very pretty campus, seems like a great environment. I'm really hoping that I get in.

  • 10/07/2015

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

    0 out of 6 people found this review useful. 15 of 756

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Walked around with a friend and it seems like it ha good options.

    Dorm Life

    Do not go to the school ,just researching it.

    Academic Rigor

    Do not go to the school ,just researching it.

    In three sentences

    I was just seeing what people thought of the school, and was wondering if it was a good school for exercise science majors?

  • 09/15/2015

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 756

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Using research and accounts from attending students or graduates, this university seems to be one of the best in the state of Florida. From academic programs to its location, UCF has good reviews for almost all aspects pertaining to it. Can't wait to find out if I can be a part of it all!

  • 08/15/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 756

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It's Orlando! There are tons of stuff to do! From theme parks to the beach to sport venues, there are just tons of stuff to do. And, as UCF students, you can do all of that with a huge discount.

    Food and Dining

    From Starbucks to Chick-fil-a to a Smoothie King, the UCF campus has it all or a UCF version of the restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    The academic villages are honestly awesome! I recommend living in the Neptune village like me because the common room is great and we have more numerous spots to relax than the other dorms. On top of that, the gym and all the other places are a walking distance away.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biomedical major, classes are pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active! Join clubs that you think would be fun for you to ease up your time in college and get to know new people. Also, join clubs that relate to your major and other interests. Meeting people in these clubs will help you in the long run if you need any help academically in your classes. But, above all, time management is the number 1 priority. Always go to your classes and only juggle what you KNOW you can handle. Just have fun doing it.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a very high quality university that is more affordable than most. The university has an abundance of ways to help you get through your college expenses through book and work study programs. The campus is great! All the essential necessities a student needs is provided to you and there are tons of activities to do throughout the year.

  • 08/05/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 756

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on everyday on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of options available either in the student union or in the breezeway.

    Dorm Life

    I've lived on campus for summer B and it was a great experience. Everyone in the academic became really close and we all started to know each other. here is always people in the center courtyard at all hours of the night chatting.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying is very important. If you don't its kind of hard to pass most of my classes. Even if it is just for an hour or two a day it helps.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study!!!!

    In three sentences

    It has been a great experience so far.

  • 08/01/2015

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    In three sentences

    Very nice campus and awesome location overall. Lots to do in the area.

  • 07/31/2015

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

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety poles are all around, late night safety options available.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM!

    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in engineering.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once a year the students jump into the main fountain and try to get a collectible duck.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but worth it. They offer many scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, make friends, UCF offers many free events for students. The recreation and wellness center offers many different classes.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat a lot of fast food, which is whats mostly on campus. Many more and better eating options nearby outside of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Apply for housing AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Very nice, depending on the dorm, can be very 'snug'.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not started yet, but from what I heard from engineering students and advisers, the academics for engineering are very challenging. You need a lot of dedication and be ready to study a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try as many things as possible!

    In three sentences

    I am very excited to start here- beautiful campus, kind students, endless opportunities. When I went to orientation I looked at just a fraction of their many clubs and was amazed. I can't wait to earn my engineering degree from here.

  • 07/14/2015

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    Food and Dining

    Loved the food when I visited.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are top notch

    In three sentences

    Beautiful-open campus. Very friendly environment.

  • 07/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since we're so large we have our own police department right on campus so the response time for dangerous mishaps is well under 5 minutes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I would have to say that Spirit Splash during homecoming week has to be one of our greatest traditions here at UCF. If you're a true knight, you would at least do it once out of the 2-4 years you are here. Spirit splash is the only time where we as students are allowed to get into the reflection pond and splash around. Usually there's thousands of bodies jam packed in there with a dj blasting music and the UCF cheerleaders performing.

    What to do for fun

    There's events hosted on campus pretty much once a month. Especially in the Fall where during the first week we have concerts, comedy shows, and games.

    Food and Dining

    We have great food options like Huey Magoos, Nathan's hot dogs, dominos, Dunkin Donuts, Asian Cho, etc. There's a meal plan option where you get food buffet style from

    Dorm Life

    I didn't get to experience the full dorm experience (sharing a room) as I was able to score apartment style housing for my freshmen year. But I can provide my own personal ranking systems of the dorms as I've had friends in pretty much all of them. Apollo

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly depends on your major. I, myself, am a Biology major and have gone through some tough classes (microbiology, anatomy, physics, organic chemistry,etc). Luckily, there's so many resources on campus where you can get help with certain classes. It's all about making the effort in using them.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Look for your classes the day before, you will get lost if you don't know where you're going -Always take advantage of the free printing -Don't let advisors convince to take a course load you know you can't handle -Look for your books online before going to the bookstore -Join UCF Craigslist on Facebook (must have your knights email set up) -Say yes to all the free stuff (food, shirts, cups) -Figure out your learning style and apply it to your classes. It'll cut down your study time significantly -Learn time management. The sense of freedom you get from scheduling your own classes can lead to your doom once procrastination sets in.

    In three sentences

    As a rising senior, I can say with great honesty that I love UCF and Orlando. Both the city and the school have so much to offer in terms of resources and opportunities.

  • 06/19/2015

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    What to do for fun

    There are always events happening at UCF, so join a club and meet people to have a great time!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options on campus to eat at.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice, and you can use room surf to find a roommate that has similar interests with you!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about this school, go take a visit and you'll be set on it.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an extremely impressive school! It may seem big and hard to fit in, but there are so many opportunities for everyone attending. The students are so welcoming to those who visit as well.

  • 06/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not to much

    Food and Dining

    Very good

    Dorm Life

    I cannot rate because I don't live in the campus

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigor, if you follow you are good, if you don't

    Tips for prospective students

    I you look for a good college UCF is the one But you need to study don't expected everything easy Good teachers and good instructors

    In three sentences

    Best College in South Florida I realy like the academic program The life in UCF was what I expected

  • 05/21/2015

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do it! Take the plunge and be a night! The staff, campus, and general feeling the whole place exudes is amazing.

    In three sentences

    The first thing I noticed was how clean, open, welcoming, and easy to navigate the campus was. And once I was at the front desk, I realized how friendly and helpful the staff are. The classes offered are top of the line and it's like a second home to me now!

  • 04/16/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very saved, very guarded. There is campus police and there are escort patrol services.

    Greek Life

    There are sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have all sorts of extracurricular activities, as well as a Recreation & Wellness Center.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, friendly and sociable people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash, which is an an annual pre-game pep rally held during Homecoming week.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I'm an out-of-state student, the tuition does not come cheap for me, even though it's very affordable for in-state students. However, you can apply to on-campus jobs to have in-state tuition (or a tuition waver).

    What to do for fun

    There's a big number of extracurricular activities, as well as a Wellness Center for those who want to stay fit. Also, nearby you can visit Disneyworld, Seaworld, Universial Studios and more.

    Food and Dining

    They have everything on campus that you might want and/or need, as well as grocery stores and local restaurants close-by (only a walk away). Anything you might want to eat, you'll find there.

    Dorm Life

    I will not be staying on an on-campus dorm, but I know people who have been. You have support from people who work there and the general vibe is very friendly and welcoming. Anything that goes wrong can be fixed, since you have Resident Supervisors there to help.

    Academic Rigor

    I was accepted for next fall, so I didn't have any classes yet. However, from everything that I hear, it's an incredibly rigorous school in terms of openness.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can. If you're a prospective graduate student, take care of the required tests (GRE, TOEFL, etc) as soon as possible. I recommend you take them on sophomore/junior year. When you're a senior, make sure you already have a selection of people to write recommendation letters (5 is a good number). Don't just apply to one program, but to several different ones.

    In three sentences

    Amazing and impressive infrastructures, since it's the second biggest school in the country. It has all kinds of extracurricular activities for arts and sports, and a lot of job opportunities. It has a very big selection of majors for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • 04/12/2015

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    In three sentences

    Absolutely beautiful campus.

  • 03/12/2015

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    Greek Life

    A lot of greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    More affordable than majority of state universities.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining could be better, nice choices though.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is near equivalent to FSU

    Tips for prospective students

    To visit the school

    In three sentences

    Nice school and layout, very community-like feeling. Has a varied program and is a nice campus.

  • 02/01/2015

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    Campus Safety

    There were safety telephone poles every where you looked.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF has many different types of clubs and sports

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I know there is a homecoming tradition were someone throws rubber ducks in the main fountain, and everyone tries to go get them...

    What to do for fun

    Orlando has many different them parks and attractions, which are around 20 minutes away from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    I did not see the main dinning hall, but for the most part, there seemed like a wide variety of different restaurants around the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is a HUGE variety of dorms to choose from, all spread around the campus. The ones that we saw on my campus tour were very impressive: there was lots of room, they were well kept and fairly new, and the two rooms shared a bathroom as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never taken a class at UCF, but from what I hear, they have very good pre-professional programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    I was accepted to the college, so my advice for people applying us this: 1. Take as many Honors courses as you can, and take at least one AP/DE course as well 2. Volunteer service is very important! Go over and above your school's required amount, and have consistency with the organizations you volunteer for. 3. There are about 2-3 essays on the application, so make sure to take time and thoroughly complete them. (Also, I would encourage bringing a bike to school. UCF is a large campus and you do a lot of walking!)

    In three sentences

    UCF is a huge campus with a variety of different majors to choose from. Just walking on campus felt like I was in a resort.

  • 01/24/2015

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

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    Food and Dining

    Comfortable distance

    Dorm Life

    Pretty good

    In three sentences

    So far the dorms are amazing and are really spacious. Their are stores to accommodate almost your every need. And it's campus is one the most beautiful that I've seen.

  • 01/17/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are big on safety and always send students alert. Also they have self defense classes for any girls are interested in protecting themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to a lot of universities in Florida, UCF is relatively cheap. I've talked to a lot of my friends that attend other state universities and we do get more bang for our bucks. UCF dorms get maid service, we get free gym access, free sporting events, a lot of free events which from my knowledge not all universities give. We also get to make a lot of choices which makes it cheaper for us; we get to have cars as freshman, we don't have to stay in dorms for the first year, and we don't have to get a meal plan which some universities make you do.

    What to do for fun

    UCF around the beginning of the semester usually has a lot of things to do especially in the fall. There's Pegasus Palooza in the beginning of the fall semester, homecoming activities are pretty awesome, and around Christmas time they have light up UCF. The dorms usually plan fun events for the people living in their community. There's a lot of fun things to do outside of campus, there's outdoor mall called Waterford Plaza that 10 minutes away and mini golf place nearby called Congo River Golf. If you want to make the drive Disney and Universal are nearby. Also every year in the spring UCF has universal knights which is similar to grad night where all UCF students get into universal for free.

    Food and Dining

    The food places UCF has are pretty good, like Starbucks and Subway. But, the dining hall food not so much, the bad food, unhealthy food taste so much better. It kind of this best option though if you don't have a kitchen unless you want to go to the kitchen open to all students in the dorm which may be a viable option for you.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in Libra which is a freshman dorm and not the best experience ever. But, sometimes you got to rough it for a little while just kidding, but it is an adjustment from staying at home. Try to to live in the dorms for at least an academic year, to get that exposure and get involved. I would suggest moving into a living learning environment. Then after the first year move into an apartment, or rent a house. They much nicer for a lower price.

    Academic Rigor

    I think academic rigor is dependent on the student. The classes are plenty of challenging and some very easy, it depends on the combination of those classes you choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students do not, I repeat do not order your books before going to classes, and also try not to order them at the bookstore. Also do not be afraid to talk to your professors, their purpose is to educate you and they might open opportunities for you. Lastly, the most important thing, don't compare yourself to other students your goals, your path through college is not the same. You have to do what's best for you and don't overwork yourself trying to compete with others, you'll eventually find out what works best for you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a very diverse university with students from many different walks of life. The people are pretty friendly, the professors are usually well educated with a lot of character and are very entertaining, and there are so many opportunities for students in their major. The University is so huge so your bound to find your place in it even though it may take a while, it can intimidating at first :).

  • 01/16/2015

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    In three sentences

    Being the second largest school in the country comes with come perks, including plenty of opportunities and more diversity. The in-state tuition is very reasonable and the out-of state tuition can easily become more manageable with scholarships. If you're looking for a university where you can be challenged academically and have the exciting college experience, UCF is perfect for you.

  • 01/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All over the campus are tons of poles with blue lights, if you were to feel safe on campus then you go to the light and there is a phone in the pole and you can call the police straight from there. But those dont get much use,but the safety on campus is great especially when dorming

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has also won the best Homecoming traditions for 2 years in a row, all the students get together at reflection pond and there is a DJ and everyone gets in it and just really have a great time.

    What to do for fun

    I'd say even if youre not really a club person, i would say just try it out just to say you've been there and done that, but also UCF has more than 600 clubs so there is more than enough things to get involved with on campus. Also if you're a little adrenaline junkie our gym has a rock climbing wall there as well. Also you have the choice to join a Sorority/Fraternity and that way you can get involved and you can also build those strong connections with others.

    Food and Dining

    Many advise that you should get a food plan but i'd say not to unless your dorm or apartment doesn't have a kitchen, but if it does than it would be easier and cheaper for you because you could spend 100 dollars on groceries and it will last you a month. But a meal plan cost 1000, but if you are a little lazier and don't like cooking and you have the money for a meal plan then i would recommend a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good for the first couple of semesters, but after that it gets old. I mean unless you're fine with sharing a room and a bathroom for 4 years. But if not then you always have the choice to move in to an off campus apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Also for education we have an off campus college called Rosen. The academics are great top in the state. We have a great professional center which helps students find jobs after they graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    For your first year live on campus, so you can get familiar with the school and ways around it. After that then move in to a local apartment. But for your first semester take SLS 1501 its a strategies for success and itll teach you everything you need to know and it gives you note taking skills.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a diverse school 2nd largest school in the nation. With all that diversity comes great opportunity. That is exactly what the University of Central Florida offers every student that attends.

  • 01/13/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can never go wrong with our safety here at UCF. Along with county sheriffs, the University of Central Florida also has assigned on-campus officers (UCF Police) and security guards; All in which are available to you 24 hours of the day. One of my favorite programs at UCF is the buddy system for night time hours. This program allows you to call security to escort you to your car after you have finished a class or homework late at night. Campus safety has a lot of available resources for our students to take advantage of.

    Greek Life

    I have never joined a soriority therefore I cannot speak on their behalf. But I did have a friend who attended rush for DZ ( a sorority) and got selected. For those of you who didn't know, every fraternity and sorority requires individuals to pay for a spot every semester. This money is used for events and things needed within the fraternity or sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ever herd of a chocolate club? Well here at UCF we have a chocolate club for ALL those chocolate lovers. Weird? not at all! If you feel like you don't fit into any of our 600 clubs than simply visit the Student Union and learn how to create your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students roam around our campus. There is no such thing as stereotypes because we all fit in one way or another.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a tradition we have an event called the Spirit Splash. This tradition usually occurs within the same time frame as our homecoming game. It consist of thousands of people running into our really BIG fountain filled with water and just having fun!

    Bang for the buck

    I enjoy attending this university so much that I usually go two hours before my classes start just to hang out, socialize, or attend informational workshops available to students at no cost. The gym at UCF is phenomenal and is also FREE for students! Need help with studying? Writing? Applying for jobs? No worries, at our Student Union there are offices that offer help for all your specific needs. Advisors are all over campus as well, just remember to make an appointment ahead of time because they are all usually busy and booked. By the arena you will also find a specific building called Knights Study where you can meet up with classmates or peers to study. During the winter our campus is decorated with thousands of beautiful christmas lights. This past winter we had a small carnival and an ice skating ring for the winter, along with christmas lights and music!

    What to do for fun

    Trust me when I say you will never go bored at UCF. There are over 600 clubs you can join. You will never feel like an outsider at our university. Other than clubs, there are events that go on for students every week. Usually at the Student Union around lunch time you can find all sorts of things available to do. There are also two shopping centers within our university that include stores such as GameStop and Barnes & Noble, Barber shops, and Salons.

    Food and Dining

    At the University of Central Florida you will NEVER starve. We have it ALL! From a burger and beer joint to having two Starbucks available to you at all hours of the day. The Student Union is a building where all the food is located. The staff for the most part in all dining areas are very friendly. We have a Burger King, Mexican restaurant,Chik-Fil-A, Subway, Japanese restaurant and so much more!

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus since its a little bit on the expensive side. Though living on campus doesn't really give you that full college experience we all seek for. Living off campus has suit me well and with so many clubs and activities going on throughout the semester, trust me when I say you WILL INDEED live the FULL college experience. However, I've had friends whom dorm at UCF and they love it. The dorms aren't so small like I've seen many other universities have. Inspections are ongoing every month to make sure students keep their things nice and neat. All dorms are across the arena with the exception of fraternities and sororities.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers will let you know from the start all their expectations and amount of classwork for the entire semester on the first day of classes. However, there ARE those teachers who are also very laid back from the start and tell you that they don't concentrate on grades rather than what you as a student learns and has to offer throughout the semester. I've had teachers who load me up with work and expect me to figure it out. I mean, welcome to the university life right? But I've also been blessed to have teachers who walk their students step by step on what to do. Online classes at this university are the BEST! I love taking online classes and prefer them over on campus classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always make a buddy during the first weeks of classes. Usually when your in a specific major and college you tend to see the same people in your classes. Take me as an example, I am a Criminal Justice major. Therefore I belong to the College of Public Health and Affairs - also known as COPHA. Last semester I met seven buddies that attend one or more of the same classes I was taking. Making friends definitely makes your college experience that much easier! Also, before the semester starts, you might want to log into the MyUCF portal at least 48 hours in advance to print out your schedule. It never fails that on the first day of classes each semester, the system to log to see your schedule crashes due to the amount of servers logging on. Goodluck!

    In three sentences

    This University is certainly big and carries a lot of fun things to do! Whether your living on or off campus, you will never get bored. UCF and its professors are amazing and I will certainly recommend this University to those who are looking into applying.

  • 01/08/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is less than $3,000

    What to do for fun

    They have over 500 activities for students

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms every. Apply before hand

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a school that's big then this is the best choice.

    In three sentences

    Very big environment. Everyone is friendly and willing to help one another out. The tuition is not high.

  • 01/06/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have been on-campus on several occasions and it is a place where I feel safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on former and current student, must be a very applied person in order to succeed.

    In three sentences

    This will be my first semester attending UCF.

  • 01/05/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are too many to list. Find a current student, buy them a cup of coffee and ask, they will be more than happy to fill you in. Pro tip: Go to every major event (homecoming, football games, etc..) that the college throws they are worth it every time. Some of the best times I had so far.

    Bang for the buck

    The experience I have had here so far has been worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There is always some event happening on campus, most of them are solid good times. There are a couple clubs nearby which are always packed and a lot of fun. Downtown Orlando isn't that far and there are a couple shuttles that take you there for free. (No DD!). If you make good friends who like to go out and try new things you will never be bored here. Pro tip: I am NOT saying you should get a less than legitimate ID, that is illegal. All I am saying is that if you are under 21 it cost some big bucks to get into a club, a less that legal ID would pay off itself real fast.

    Food and Dining

    I was advised to avoid the meal plan like the plague (or if not the food would give me the plague). I buy groceries from the local Publix and eat out at the restaurants around campus. If they would put a Chipolte on campus I would give them five stars. Pro tip: Do not call 63 South by it's name, you must always refer to it by it's birth name Marketplace. Ask any student why and they will give you the story.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in a dorm on campus, instead I lived right outside of campus in student housing. It is what you would expect anywhere, some people are inconsiderate but most are polite. Make the right friends and you will have a fun time. Pro tip: Choose all of your roommates ahead of time, don't leave it up to the housing staff to pick them for you. Their 'state of the art' match making systems are junk. You might end up getting an undesirable roommate if you don't!

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldn't expect things to be easy, keep an open mind, depending on your major you could be in for a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are transferring from a community or state college don't speculate that things will be the same. Find a current student and ask them about test taking, what kind of work to expect in your major, and similar questions to reduce you transfer shock.

    In three sentences

    Probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you come here ready to take advantage of everything campus has to offer, make good friends, and try new things you won't regret it. College is what you make it. Make it UCF. Go Knights!

  • 12/30/2014

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

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    Food and Dining

    When I was visited, my mom and I went to the chick-fil-a on campus and it was packed, they even have the place roped off like in a bank with multiple rows and the line was still out the door.

    Dorm Life

    I went on the housing tour right after the main tour and the housing was definitely high end, you could tell by the pricing booklet. From what I gathered, the Towers really aren't the greatest bang for your buck and not at all a centralized location.

    Academic Rigor

    The psychology department is huge which is what I am looking at majoring or minoring in so that makes me super excited other than that, I'm not the person to ask.

    In three sentences

    I visited back in September and actually fell in love with the campus, beware though it can be overwhelming at first but I did ask one of the students there when I did get lost and she was really sweet and gave me perfect directions.

  • 12/30/2014

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

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    Dorm Life

    I heard from a friend that the dorms are super nice

    Tips for prospective students

    Become top ten in your class for automatic acceptance

    In three sentences

    Its a great school. I have a lot of friends that are going there or are going to transfer this year. Their top ten nights acceptance thing is a good deal.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have not felt threatened being at UCF at night because of the resources here. Anytime I know that I will be walking around campus at night I call SEPS (Safety Escort Patrol Service). They will escort you to any area on campus by foot and/or by their cart. Their number is located on the back of every UCF ID. Do not hesitate to call them!

    What to do for fun

    UCF has many events that occur every month. Late Knights and CAB puts on events every month for everyone (students at UCF and the community) and there are sporting events that happen a lot.

    Food and Dining

    Certain restaurants and dining places for food are great and others are not as great. I would suggest trying out different places when you do go out so that you can find one that fits your tastes best.

    Dorm Life

    When you live in a dorm you have a 50/50 chance of it being a good or bad. One piece of advice I would give someone new to living in a dorm is to be open and to be firm in what you feel comfortable with. If living with certain people ever becomes hard try discussing that with your RA (resident assistant) and your AC (area coordinator) because they want to make sure all residents are comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    No class is easy and you get out what you put in. I have maintained a 3.80+ GPA for the 3 years that I have been at UCF because I applied myself in every subject that I was enrolled in. It tends to get easier to apply yourself when you move into your declared major because the subjects you are enrolled in are ones that will be relevant to what you want to do for the rest of your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to get involved in as many campus activities as you possibly can. When I first came to UCF I did not know too many people so I decided to go to the events put on by CAB and Late Knights. CAB Concerts was a great opportunity for me because of the members and because of the benefits. I had the chance to meet OneRepublic and Steve Aoki because I helped out during their shows. Late Knights helped me meet some of my closest friends! It is not necessary to join many organizations, just find one that fits closely to who you are and what you want to get out of coming to a university and join!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a great community to be a part of. One thing you will notice is how quickly each member of the community comes together whenever there is a problem that occurs or a tragedy that happens. Choosing to go to this university would not be a bad decision at all.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has security at all times.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fairly big, but doesn't take over the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF has over 600 clubs. There are also a lot of planned activities for students during homecoming week and Pegasus palooza.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to learn, but also want to have a well-rounded college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming, the school has the spirit splash which is the only time of year you can run through the big fountain by milican hall.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like the money for tuition is worth it, but the cost of on campus housing is a bit much. I live in an apartment style dorm and pay almost $900 a month to live with three other girls who also pay $900 each. The apartment is very small and definitely isn't nice enough for the money we pay. If your comfortable taking the UCF shuttle, I recommend getting off-campus housing which is usually $200 cheaper per month.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities planed by the school like movie nights, concerts, and comedy shows. Also there are over 600 clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    If you have a kitchen in your dorm, I wouldn't waste the money on the meal plan. I have the meal plan and a kitchen and I find myself not using the meal plan and cooking in my dorm more. The meal plan is very easy to get sick of.

    Dorm Life

    All of the living communities are very nice, and you usually become friends with your neighbors.

    Academic Rigor

    Math at UCF isn't regulated by the school so that makes it tough. If you go to all of your classes and study you should be okay.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class!!

    In three sentences

    UCF is an awesome school to attend both academically and socially.

  • 12/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year during homecoming week there is an event called Spirit Splash which is the only day of the entire year that students are allowed in the reflection pond, a giant pond in the middle of campus in front of the president's office. Spirit Splash is a huge party day; DJ's, free giveaways, people running into the pond and going crazy.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive...but UCF has been ranked at the top for the best value, meaning classes, living, experience, everything. I do agree - I feel that my degree will be highly valuable and the experiences I had while at UCF are priceless, making it a great bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING! There are so many different things to do for fun that literally any person, no matter what their interests are, can find something to do. There is a leisure pool with lounge chairs & hammocks, an amazing 2 story gym with workout classes (spin, yoga, pilates, etc.), a student union that seems to always be giving out free t-shirts and food, market-days where vendors sell different items. This doesn't even cover the thousands of clubs and meetings that go on every week for every imaginable topic. Anything you are interested in there is bound to be a group of people meeting every week to discuss it.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is pretty essential for a first-year student, but not necessarily after that. Dorm life was awesome and was a great stepping stone to living without my parents for the first time. I had a perfect roommate, but of course that is not always the case. Just be open minded and try to make the best of any situation you get put in.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course this will really depend on the classes that one takes and their major, but generally speaking all of the classes I have taken have been challenging but not impossible, and I have definitely learned a lot from my courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, there are a TON of different clubs, groups, and meetings that you can be a part of. You are guaranteed to meet people at any event, and you never know if these people may become close friends. Sporting events, shows, comedy nights; there is always something to do, just be sure to get out and do it!

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great college both for academics and social purposes. I have had only great experiences, made some amazing friends, and truly learned a lot about myself in the process of getting my education. No matter how far away I was from my hometown, being at UCF always made me feel like I was home.

  • 12/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, open-minded students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The last day of Homecoming Week always end with a splash- literally. Spirit Splash is a day where the entire campus jumps into the Reflection Pond and try to catch one of a few hundred rubber ducks that are thrown into the fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF definitely offers quality education for a quality price, plus an abundance of fun things to do around college and an unforgettable experience.

    Food and Dining

    UCF offers so many dining restaurants that students are usually seen around campus eating. From Chik-Fil-A to Subway to sushi, students can rest assured they'll find something that'll cater to their taste. The dining halls are satisfactory, although some meals can get pretty repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    UCF has a variety of on-campus housing that fit any student's needs. There is apartment-style living at the Towers, Hercules/Nike, and Northview. The apartments are well-maintained and students that live there benefit from having a private bedroom, kitchen and living room, all while living close to classes. Freshmen usually live in residential hall style housing, such as Libra and Apollo. Having lived in Libra my first semester, I can say these dorms are also well-maintained and offer a chance to make plenty of friends. Roommates usually get along very well and the resident assistants are always available residents, providing a sense of safety.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes and professors you choose, rigor can vary. UCF isn't a school with a bunch of really easy classes and students earn good grades. It's very different from high school, so students should expect to come to UCF for work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay involved in high school extracurricular activities, as UCF takes pride in having well-rounded students. Although the essay is optional, submitting one can always help your chances in acceptance.

    In three sentences

    A place full of diversity where any student can find friends. There's always plenty of activities going on, making it a very fun place to be at.

  • 12/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is something for everybody. Athletes can play club or intramural sports, or go work out in the rec and wellness center. With so many clubs on campus, there is something for everyone. During homecoming weeks, UCF has the best school tradition of Spirit Splash were everyone can run into the fountain and try and get one of only a few special rubber ducks. There are also movie nights out on Memory Mall, tailgating during football season, concerts, and more. There is always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    At first, it may seem like there are so many food options, but its easy to see how the freshman 15 can quickly turn from myth to reality. There are some healthy options, but not many. The two dining halls on campus aren't all that good. It almost seems like high school cafeteria food, just more options.

    Dorm Life

    I took a tour of the dorms and there are so many different dorm styles, from four bedroom to two bedroom to apartment style. All the newer dorms were so nice looking and cozy, but some of the older ones weren't all that attractive. They were basically square rooms with bland walls. That's good because it makes it so much easier to express yourself, but at the same time, its a bit of a turn off.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors expect a lot from their students and only want them to succeed. Every thing the professors do is to make sure their students are ready and prepared to go out into the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to try new things. There are so many clubs and organizations available to try. You may even end up joining a club that you thought you had no interest in. With so many people on campus, it may seem so hard to make friends, but getting involved is the best and quickest way to meet new people. Especially join clubs if they are associated with your major. That is one way to really gage if that major is right for you.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a huge school and can be quite overwhelming most of the time. However, there are so many ways to get involved that you will feel right at home right away.

  • 11/30/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Students can enjoy a variety of entertainment and shops located near UCF. Orlando also offers amusement parks and shopping centers. The UCF campus and surrounding Orlando area offersplenty of options for students to unwind.

    Food and Dining

    UCF offers a variety of fast food restaurants such as Subway and Chick-fil-A, located throughout the campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorm styles at UCF. The resident assistants are friendly and available to answer all questions. Mixers are also available for the students to meet one another. At the beginning of each semester, students create an agreement among roommates regarding cleanliness expectations, apartment study environments,etc. Finally, the helpful staff and roommate cooperation and community among residents make it a great place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    If a student has successfully completed the prerequisites for a class, they will be prepared. Reviewing the class syllabus will provide the student with a general idea of the necessary time to devote to the class. Also, study group can help students learn and review material. Finally, as long as students prepare, ask questions, and use all available resources, they can expect to be very successfully their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that prospective students plan their classes for as many semesters as possible and meet with their advisors semesterly. It is also wise for them to meet with their instructors immediately if they do not understand something after attempting to find the solution on their own. Finally, prospective students should stay focused and enjoy the learning process.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida (UCF) is an excellent school. The faculty are very helpful and have a variety of office hours to meet students' needs, and there are a plethora of opportunities to become involved. Finally, dorm life is very enjoyable and there is a plethora of entertainment to have a wonderful, well-rounded college experience.

  • 11/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 756

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    Campus Safety

    UCF is known for having a lot of safety issues, but really when you're on campus you are pretty safe. Most of the bad stuff happens on the perimeter of campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't know, I don't participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs that I couldn't even begin to name them all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash in homecoming week is crazy fun. Also extremely scary if you are small. Tiny rubber ducks are thrown into the reflection pond and people are willing to kill to get one of these ducks.

    Bang for the buck

    Although all tuition for college is high, UCF costs a little less and it provides great education for the amount that it costs.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, go to football games, and just in general make new friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at '63 South is awful beyond your imagination. The only reason I have one is for convenience, but my stomach is paying for it on the daily.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms like Neptune, Hercules, Nike and towers are awesome. Libra and apollo are less awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had very difficult classes, mostly in math. I've also had very easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention in class and actually learn, or you will regret it come test time. Go out and have fun, don't just stay in your dorm all day. Make friends, go to football games, but study. I repeat, study.

    In three sentences

    Overall, UCF is a great school. The academics are well rated and I've enjoyed my time here. The only thing is that the food in the meal plan is awful.

  • 11/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 756

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    What to do for fun

    There's tuns of bars around here plus international drive isn't too too far.

    Food and Dining

    I only ate in Knightros a few times, and each time I really enjoyed the array of food choices. The white hot chocolate is to die for!

    Dorm Life

    I wasn't a huge fan because I didn't get along with a few roommates. But my advice would be to keep an open mind.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay on top of deadlines!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sue you stay on top of your classwork, it's easy to get overwhelmed once you fall behind.

    In three sentences

    This campus is extremely diversified! You will almost always find a club or organization that with easily fit your interests.

  • 11/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is worth joining, however it is strictly monitored by UCF so there is little nonsense allowed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the number one homecoming tradition in the nation, and it is definitely worth participating in. Tailgating is a very popular pastime before football games. These are what make you feel proud to be a knight and feel part of the UCF community.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something new to do. There is always a student organization sanctioned event usually with free food. There is a party/bar culture, but it is not forced on anyone who is not interested.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many duel enrollment courses as possible to avoid taking more prerequisite courses. This is a very good choice for most people who chose to attend. There is plenty to do to find your place here.

    In three sentences

    The students of UCF are proud to attend the school. The english department is strong, but the math department lacks. Overall, the UCF experience is a positive one.

  • 11/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF has their own police force. They are present but never bother the students that I've seen or witnessed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Looking for a balance between a good education and student life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1 day a year, all the students can play in the iconic fountain on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is definitely a good value now, but prices continue to increase beyond just inflation.

    What to do for fun

    Disc gold, sporting events, workout, homecoming activities, student organizations, hiking, movies, shopping, the list is endless.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options to choose from, you'll learn from experience what you personally like and what you don't.

    Dorm Life

    I live off site, I personally would prefer to be closer but other opinions say that the UCF area is very much a college town environment. While learning the area, lived close but consider moving away for junior/senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are strict but effective. Go to learn and you will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must go see the campus for yourself, absolutely incredible. The size can be overwhelming, I recommend taking public transportation to campus to avoid parking hassles and fees. UCF admission is becoming more difficult, make sure to get the best grades and test scores possible in order to attend freshman year, transferring through direct connect is also an great option to save money.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a great balance between student life and education. The courses and professors are among the best in the country although the school has the 2nd highest student population in the U.S. Not to mention hundreds of different student organizations to choose from.

  • 10/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally countless amounts of clubs here at UCF; I myself am a volunteer for CAB Campus Activities Board. There's something here for everyone if you go and look for it. Doctor Who, Chocolate, Ethnic groups, and many, many more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year during Homecoming, there is a tradition here called Spirit Splash. It's a day during Homecoming Week where thousands of students come into the Reflecting Pond and fight for their lives as they try to round up a unique UCF Rubber Duck!

    What to do for fun

    UCF, as I've previously mentioned, is filled with and surrounded by endless opportunities to have a good time. Going out with friends to the nearby bars or restaurants, taking a free Knight Lynx bus ride to Downtown Orlando, going to any of the hour-away theme parks, hanging out in a friend's dorm, attending the activities going on on campus, and even more; there are so many possibilities to entertain yourself!

    Food and Dining

    UCF and the surrounding area are both FULL of eateries. You can even get delivery sent right to your dorm building should you decide to live on campus. There are places for meat-lovers and vegans alike, and you can generally get a delicious meal for a good price at most places. There is also a meal plan option available for those who choose to use it. I hear both good and bad things about the meal plan, so sign up at your own risk. Should you come to UCF with a large savings account or a steady income, it won't be hard to figure out how to eat everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me. There are so many things to do on campus if you look for them, and then there is a very long line of things to do outside of campus within a 30 minute drive! The people you meet while living on campus can really make your college experience one hundred times better than living off-campus. Whether you live with a roommate or by yourself, being in a dorm is the icing on the cake of being a college student.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a Freshman so I don't exactly know how rigorous the academics here are like. I have a very vague idea. My classes range from Do I really even need to go to class anymore? to Oh my god I can't do this! Which is totally okay. It's not like high school and there are going to be difficulties for 90% of the student population. Depending on the class you're taking, it'll either be difficult or easy for you, but no matter what, you can do it if you try your best and GET HELP if you find you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a good college, I admit to being a little bias in suggesting UCF. It's a great school and has a seemingly endless list of majors. It's no secret that many students don't exactly know what they want to do with their life once they enter college; and that's okay! I myself am a bit skeptical with my Civil Engineering choice. There are people here to help you succeed and get on the right path. You just have to take advantage of the resources available to you- Which are a lot.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a wonderful school made for people from all walks of life. No matter what you intend on accomplishing in the future, UCF can help get you there. With advisers in all fields and a campus the size of a small town, anything is possible.

  • 10/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you're walking by yourself, there's a campus escort service that you can call that will pick you up in a golf cart and take you to your dorm. There are campus police UCFPD, also stationed everywhere on campus for safety.

    Greek Life

    There's a beautiful Greek Road that is lined with all the Greek Houses. I would encourage it if the funds allow.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 different clubs that it's virtually impossible for someone not to find an interest in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Spirit Week, all the students gather in the Reflection Pond where lots of rubber duckies are placed just floating around. The goal this day is to compete with other students for a duck.

    What to do for fun

    On Lake Claire, students can go paddle boarding, and canoing. There is a gym with both a lap and recreational pool right next to it along with a volleyball, track field, soccer field, and basketball courts.

    Food and Dining

    If you are planning to live on campus, a meal plan is a good idea. If you don't get the unlimited plan, then you are allotted a certain number of entries a week. If you think you are not going to use all them DO NOT get the meal plan. If you have 7 swipes a week but only use 5, those entries do not roll over to the next week. That's throwing away $20. Other than that we have Chick Fil A, Pei Wei, Dominos, Qdoba, and burger joints on campus. WE ALSO HAVE A NEARBY CHIPOTLE.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is great. There's a lot of different options ranging from a shared bedroom and no kitchen to apartment style with a kitchen. If a freshman, dorming in a non-apartment style room is a good way to go because there's more interactions and more possibilities to meet new friends. If you live in a non-kitchen room, a microwave and mini fridge is your best friend. A meal plan might be preferable in this situation.

    Academic Rigor

    There are weeks that involve a lot of tests while there are weeks that involve no tests. It all depends on the professor one has but studying is always a must.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an incoming student, bring lots of sunscreen and sun glasses to protect you from Florida's sun. Make a meeting with your adviser at the beginning of the semester because appointments fill up quickly. Most importantly, behave in and off campus because one mistake can cost many scholarships.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a great school on many different levels . It is aesthetically pleasing both in its infrastructure and its student body. It is a nice large campus with many different majors that students can explore especially if they have an undecided major.

  • 10/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food here is good (most of the time) and they have a variety of choices to pick from. The dining halls just got done a makeover and look brand new.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms have everything you need from electricity to internet to cable. However, they could be cleaner and the cleaning services leaves much to be desired.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are challenging, but nothing is too much to take on. The teachers are helpful when you need it, but sometimes will take a few days to respond to your e-mails.

  • 09/14/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    Go to Disney!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Lots of great people. Great location.

  • 09/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While I don't have very much first-hand experience with this (which is probably for the better), I know that UCF is very prepared. First off, the university has its own police force (as most large colleges do nowadays). Secondly, the campus is littered with Emergency Blue Light Phones, which appear to be bright yellow columns with a blue light on top. The campus police will respond immediately if these are activated--some people have tried to prank call with these phones, but the police arrive before the caller can even leave the scene. In the event that something does happen, UCF has an alert system which notifies you of the situation via both email and text, including the who, what, when, and where. Once the situation is resolved, an all-clear is sent through the same messaging systems. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty safe campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find anything that interests you in the 400+ clubs the campus offers, you are more than welcome to contact someone and form your very own club.

    What to do for fun

    Every Monday and Friday, the university sends out an email with a schedule for activities throughout the week/weekend so you can always find something to do. There are also a huge amount of clubs and extracurricular activities to join and be a part of.

    Food and Dining

    UCF has a plethora of restaurants on campus, and it's pretty close to a bunch of others off of University Blvd. There are also several meal plan options that allow you to put money onto an account for 'free' dining at select buffets on campus--and the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    UCF offers a wide variety of dorms in pretty much any style you prefer. You can also request a roommate if you know anyone that will be going to the college with you. I can't speak for any of the other dorms, but in the Towers, the RA (that's the person in charge of your floor) sits down with you and your roommates to discuss specifics, like what temperature to keep the room at or who takes out the trash and whatnot. It's a really great system, and the dorms are super cozy.

    Academic Rigor

    My professors are all charismatic and kind individuals--a far cry from the horror stories the media portrays. They set challenging but still doable coursework and are very easy to find out of the classroom if you need further help with anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Communication is essential. Whether that's communicating with your professors, with your roommates, with the SGA, or with financial aid offices, it doesn't matter. Everyone here is very welcoming, so don't be afraid to talk to them!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a wonderful and welcoming college. Its open campus, academic excellence, and overall ambiance really make it a good choice. Don't let the size of the campus fool you; the college really can be quite personable.

  • 08/09/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    The UCF Police Department offers this free service where you can register your personal belongings (i.e. computer, bike, iPod) on their website so that they're easier to locate if they're lost/stolen. There are emergency phones all over campus and they're supposed to get the police to your location in a couple minutes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally anything you might think a person could be invested in has manifested itself as a club on campus. Registering your own club costs quite a bit of money, so the gaming community I'm already a part of isn't officially recognized by the university. Semester dues shouldn't exceed $10 and you'll need plenty of fluff for your resume, so there's no excuse not to join at least one thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming Week. There are rubber ducks. Find one.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't sign up for a meal plan (I don't recommend that you get one either), but there are apparently free shuttles that can take you to grocery stores off campus. There's a convenience store open 24/7 in my community where you can grab a light snack or a full meal along with any household items you might need. The student union building houses a variety of fast food joints like Burger King, but there are also small coffee shops to balance things out. If you're into Starbucks, the one on campus looks absolutely enormous from the outside.

    Dorm Life

    If you're not the type to be bothered by a random roommate, I would recommend you get a shared bedroom when you apply for housing your first year. I'll have a private bedroom in Neptune and it's exactly $3,000 per semester, so be sure to apply early so you have a better chance of getting your first choice (there's a lot of competition for the nicer living arrangements and not many people are set up with their requested roommate).

    Academic Rigor

    I'll be taking 4 classes starting next week, but I'm thinking it'll be even harder than taking 8 classes as an IB student in high school. I've looked up all of my future professors on ratemyprofessor.com and they all sound like the ideal: enthusiastic, intelligent, thoughtful, and well-spoken. I'm a psych major who absolutely hates math, so I plan on looking into tutoring for all of the statistics courses required for graduation. Take advantage of the academic resource center because everything is free and your grades directly affect your financial aid for each semester. Go to class unless the professor explicitly states that they don't take attendance or that all assignments and study material are accessible on their website.

  • 08/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 756

    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!

  • 08/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 756

    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.

  • 07/18/2014

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    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an institution that offers an immense number of opportunity of its students. Its diverse culture allows its students to expand their knowledge of different cultures from all around the world by creating new friends. The university opens doors for its students to grow as future professionals.

  • 06/18/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    With emergency alert stations located all over campus (there are about five to ten stations in just one parking lot!) and a police force that works closely with the campus, UCF is ultra safe.

    Greek Life

    I've heard a lot of great things about the Fraternities/Sororities on campus. It's a great way to make life-long friendships and awesome memories.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally, if you can imagine a group, we probably already have one for it!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is really a great fit for any student! If you have a fear of crowds or something though, maybe you should consider a smaller school!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a really nice raised boardwalk behind the Student Union that leads through The Swamp, a small natural park that they have in the middle of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF and related on-campus activities are a bit expensive, the the majority of them are well worth the cost!

    What to do for fun

    There are all kinds of activities and student-run organizations! The CFE Arena (Home of the Predators) is right on-campus, and the UCF Knights are one of the best college football teams in the country right now. Plus, there are a few nice movie theaters close by, cheap shuttle rides to downtown Orlando, and the theme parks are super close too!

    Food and Dining

    So many choices for food! There are great restaurants on-campus and, with Downtown Orlando close by, there is all manner of great restaurants!

    Dorm Life

    There are so many on- and off-campus choices, and you generally get to pick your favorite! There's also a really great way to select your choice of roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to study- a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    Admission has become extremely competitive; to guarantee admission and save money, learn more about the local 2 + 2 program. This college, like others, is associated with a lot of up-front, non-refundable fees for the application, orientation, etc. Also, be sure to get all the paperwork turned in on-time!

    In three sentences

    UCF is an incredible college so far! There are tons of activities and student-run organizations. Because it has so many students, a great level of diversity has been achieved.

  • 06/17/2014

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    Campus Safety

    The UCF Police Department has approximately 30 sworn police officers. Very safe environment during the day and night. The Police and Faculty really do care for everyone's safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 600 clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a lifetime experience. There is every type of activities and courses to choose from.

    What to do for fun

    Everything. More than 600 clubs. I would not consider this a party school like Florida State University. Students are more serious about their studies.

    Food and Dining

    Delicious food on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    You must apply yourself in order to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focus and study, study, study. Enjoy your time there but don't forget the reason your attending college.

    In three sentences

    I was very impressed and excited when I attended orientation. UCF has an amazing camous. I can't wait to begin my studies in the summer.

  • 06/11/2014

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    Campus Safety

    PERFECT! It's comforting to know someone can walk with my to my car at night.

    Greek Life

    I'm not going to be apart of this, but everyone apart of Greek life are really friendly and aren't the stereotypical mean girls and boys. They take their time to help you out whenever you're placed in a sticky situation like I was at orientation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's so many options, which is super exiting. I'm looking forward to joining a National Honor Society and the writing clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm looking forward to finding out what these are!

    What to do for fun

    The real question is what is there not to do? I've never seen so many options placed in a university before. There's swimming, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and even several gyms- I'm super excited!

    Food and Dining

    The school offers a wide range of choices for everyone, and if you happen to not like the choices available, you're always welcome to bring your own lunch food.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not staying on campus since I live thirty minutes away, but from what I've seen, the dorms on campus are really good!

    Academic Rigor

    The school has classes designed for you. So, if you need a rigorous class, the school offers it. If you need a class with some simplicity, they offer that as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your classes and don't be afraid to seek help. Everyone is willing to help in any manner they can.

    In three sentences

    The University is one of the best schools I've seen. The staff and students are the most helpful people I've met. Also, leaving campus can be difficult since there is so much to do there.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety seemed to have some kind of ticket quota to meet when I went there. I got a ticket pulling into a parking spot! It's nice to know they're around, but it would be even nicer if they were meant to patrol for safety reasons and not to make the university extra cash for ridiculous fees. Understand they're just doing their job, though, and don't take it out on the officers! They will help you if you are in need.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of greek organizations on campus, both social and academic. I don't have personal experience with them, but they have some beautiful houses on greek row!

    Clubs and Activities

    So, so, so many options and if you can't find it, you aren't looking hard enough.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash - the only time you can jump in the fountain (legally) on campus. Leisure pool - the only campus I've seen with a pool just for tanning and relaxing. Arboretum - a nature preserve that's nice for a visit Lake Claire

    Bang for the buck

    Education is expensive in general, especially if you're an out of state student. Try to graduate in no more than 4 years, or you'll rack up a big bill. If you can, work part time, find work study, and apply for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do! There are so many clubs and activities, tons of restaurants and bars in the area, and of course, it's close to major theme parks.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't use the dining plan, and still had a lot of options and that was several years ago. There are even more choices now, though your in room cooking options on campus are a bit limited.

    Dorm Life

    Typical college dorm, some drama, but a place to live for reasonable rent. There used to be a maid that would come clean weekly, which was great! I'm not sure if that's still an option, and she isn't your personal maid, but the basic cleaning will be covered if they can find your furniture under all the pizza boxes and laundry.

    Academic Rigor

    While you do have required courses, your schedule is controlled by you. You really have to ask if you need help from an advisor or need to find a tutor, but there are plenty of options available. There are so many classes to choose from, and many internships offer credit as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive. The online registration and notification system can be confusing. Make sure you know what classes you're supposed to be taking and what the requirements are, you're responsible for your own education. Living on campus for a year was a great experience, especially if you come from out of state. I recommend switching to one of the off campus options after a year if you have a car.

    In three sentences

    I transfered to UCF from a small private college. It has been a wonderful experience, there are so many activities to get involved in, great professors, and a lot of options for day to day living. It's a community on its own, but being in Orlando has its advantages too.

  • 06/11/2014

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    In three sentences

    My first visit to UCF didn't make it my top choice; I didn't quite get what made it so appealing. However, on my return to check it out some more I discovered so much more. It seemed at first to just be a more modern school, but I realized it too has a wonderful college feel to it. It has those brick buildings that draw me in.

  • 06/10/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    The campus seems to be extremely safe with police officers everywhere and many ways to contact someone if you need help.

    Food and Dining

    The food seems great, with good dining plans.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't get the chance to take the housing tour yet, but the way they do the housing sounds really nice. I hear that they have better housing than most colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    It seems like a very good school, but I can't really know until I go there.

    In three sentences

    I really liked the campus. It has many great amenities for students. Plus the set-up of the campus makes it fairly easy to navigate.

  • 06/05/2014

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    Campus Safety

    There are police always roaming the campus, there are emergency phones all around campus as well. All one has to do it hit the button and a ping is sent to the police and they can be found instantly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is one of UCF's many traditions. It's so popular because it occurs during the week of the first home football game and everyone is allowed into the reflection pond. It's definitely a blast!

    What to do for fun

    There are many sports organizations on campus that students enjoy. From competitive sports to intramural sports, UCF has it all! There is also a magnificent gym for those who love to work out. There is even a huge, two-story tall rock-climbing wall too!

    Food and Dining

    The food is OK, but it could be somewhat better. I haven't tried all of the food there yet so I may be wrong with the rating. There are many different restaurants there so if you aren't liking one place, you might like another.

    Dorm Life

    I have seen the dorms and they are awesome! There is plenty of room for two people to share compared to other Universities in Florida. There is a common area where all the students in the same building may share.

    Academic Rigor

    Again, I'm not sure how easy or difficult the classes are because I have not started class there yet, but I'm sure that there is a lot of studying to be done. The University aims for success and that means learning a lot of information, so keep up with your studies! They recommend three hours of studying for every CREDIT HOUR. If a class has three credit hours, the professors expect their students to study the material for nine hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    I don't have any tips right now because I have not started classes at the University yet but I would recommend obtaining many scholarships, getting involved in something that catches interest, and definitely learning ways around the campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an outstanding and magnificent college. Between the beautiful scenery, the environmentally friendly campus, and the vast population of kind students, I am extremely grateful to be attending this college in the fall of this year. The University of Central Florida also has approximately five hundred organizations to help students get involved, so I would say that this college is one of the top colleges that I have ever visited.

  • 06/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It would be more cost effective to bring your own food, or eat off-campus

    Dorm Life

    Its not applicable in my situation

    In three sentences

    great program and resources!

  • 06/01/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    It is the best! I encourage everyone to rush!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options to get involved!

    What to do for fun

    Its Orlando, what isn't there to do!

    Food and Dining

    With two locations on campus you will never go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in my dorm for all 4 years and loved it! Live in towers, its worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard but have fun

    Tips for prospective students

    Rush a fraternity or sorority. You will make 100 new best friends immediately and there is a greek organization for everybody!

    In three sentences

    UCF was a great school and truly prepared me for law school! I recommend this University to anybody. It was a great place to meet people and make life long friends.

  • 05/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The Student Union has many fast-food restaurant and this year UCF has open a third Starbucks. There are great restaurant outside of campus as well, since the campus is close to the Waterford Center. You can have Red Lobster, Bonefish, etc. There is always an option for the budget-minded and for a dinner out. We are minutes away from downtown Orlando, Disney, and International Drive.

    Dorm Life

    Can't really say, as I leave off campus, however, friends have commented that its average and there are many options to choose from, so it all depends in which dorm/apartments the student chooses.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the classes that you choose, the major, and the teacher. Some are easy, some are great teachers, and others are there for just to be there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involve in many school activities and be yourself.

    In three sentences

    The school provides great resources such as career services and major exploration. For students, looking to prepare for their jobs or looking to find a major that fits them. The is very diverse and its a wonderful atmosphere.

  • 05/22/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    recreational activities

    In three sentences

    i rate this university 1-10 a 10. the university is huge, and they have an enrollment of 60,000 students. and the academics that they provide for their student are incredible.

  • 05/20/2014

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

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 clubs at UCF

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Spirit Splash is an awesome tradition at UCF it is usual during the week before homecoming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus, motivation, and integrity are the biggest components to having a succeful completion of your degree at UCF

    In three sentences

    I give this university A 9 so far, for being such an excellent and student friendly school and I cannot wait to attend!

  • 05/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    blue light systems where you can alert the UCF Police department and they will know your location when you press the button at one of these Alert locations. Transportation services when you need to get across campus at night.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of opportunities and choices for Greek life, from social, to business or professional, to Christian fraternities and sororities and .

    Clubs and Activities

    over 500 clubs, with activities going on every day somewhere on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering and Business majors, you will get one of the best educations and possibilities for internships here! The Athletic Training program is also great, with many high schools to observe at or even our own UCF sports teams, and a lot of hands on experience with the very active Student Athletic Training Organization that meets often and has socials to get to know other students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is one of the biggest University traditions of all! All the students gather around the reflection pond, a huge fountain in front of the library, with a dj, Knightro our mascot, and every other student of UCF, we run into the pond and have a huge pool party, with free stuff flying in the air and crowd surfs going on everywhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Gas here is crazy cheap! And apparently so is tuition compared to many other schools.

    What to do for fun

    The gym, leisure pool, or the lap pool, 8 tennis courts, 4 beach volleyball courts, plenty of grassy areas for ultimate frisbee or any other sport, 8 turf fields and a softball field. There is mini golf around the corner, a bowling alley, 2 movie theaters, dance clubs, and big shows and concerts in the arena every few weeks! Also we get free admission to ANY sporting event that is a home game!

    Food and Dining

    Buffet every meal! It might get old after a while, and it would cost the same if you just pay whenever you go rather than getting a meal plan, plus you do not have to play for meals you may not use. Also there are plenty of Starbucks and a variety of other fast food joints all around campus, from Asian chow, to Java City, to Salsa 2 go, to the sushi bar! And you can't forget, the on campus Chick-fil-a!

    Dorm Life

    Academic Village is right by the leisure pool and rec and wellness center, and close enough to get to class within 10 minutes walking! The others, such as Libra and Apollo, are closer to the classes, but equally close to the recreational locations! It is a great place to meet new people and dedicate time to studying in either the courtyard, or the common room on any floor. It is a great experience for first years!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers challenge you, but give the knowledge to be able to meet the expectations. They also show interest and help instill that interest in the topics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in the freedom college has to offer. Remember the reason for being in college, but do not forget to have fun! Get involved in student organizations and go to the leisure pool!

    In three sentences

    A place where skills can be developed in an enjoyable environment, UCF and its location has it all: from theme parks, to internships in just about every area, with help outside the classroom available from many sources on campus. There are 500 plus clubs and organizations for just about every interest, and the teachers are great, showing interest in the students' learning.

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any types! UCF has something for everyone. People are always getting together, making groups, and holding events. It's not difficult to find something that you enjoy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I secretly love that we don't step on the UCF crest in the student union. If you do, it's said that you'll have bad luck, or even not graduate!

    What to do for fun

    Since UCF is in Orlando, there's always something to do! You can go to campus events, such as Late Knights, or go anywhere off campus. There are the Disney parks, Universal Studios, shopping malls, outlets, and more entertainment close by.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to get food on campus, so there's something for everyone. From sushi to burgers, UCF provides its students with a wide range of dining options if you wish to dine on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I have friends who do and they love being in the center of anything happening on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are all sorts of classes at this school. Whether it's a fun elective or not, the class will be challenging and keep you on your toes to a certain extent. Adjusting to college classes can be difficult, but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get lost in the crowd. UCF is a big school, and it's important to stay true to yourself with so many different people around.

    In three sentences

    This university is accomodating and it's relatively easy to figure out how to get around. I enjoy the various places available to settle down and do homework or study as well. There's always something to do, and there's a club for everyone, so it's hard to feel left out.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    UCF host a lot of FREE events for students. Whether its famous stars in concert or regular club activities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    UCF has many restaurants to choose from. They have burger king, saborros, Asian chao, heuey Magoos, qudoba, dominoes, chick-a-fila, Starbucks, kyotos, subway, and many more to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    You meet a lot of different people. Sometimes its not who you want to room with either but i say make the best out of each opportunity you have in the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some very challenging courses/professors in this school. Make sure you take advantage of all the FREE study groups, tutors, and many more help on campus as you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintain your GPA. UCF is a very competitve schoool to get into so make sure you stay on top of your game. Also SAT and/ACT scores must be above average for you to be considered. Study hard and be on task and you'll be fine.

    In three sentences

    It is a school full of great opportunities. There is plenty of clubs to join to help you in your future career and you can start your own if you feel like there's anything you can do to bring a change in the UCF community.

  • 04/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I don't necessarily recommend eating in the dining halls, but if you have to make sure you check your food first. It can have very good days and very bad days. On campus and nearby there are numerous restaurants to choose from, and most work with a college budget. Make sure you try Lazy Moon Pizza.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live and who you live with, your experience can vary greatly.

    Academic Rigor

    Each major has different requirements, but most have classes designed to get you ahead of those attending other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Write a good essay. And utilize the group facebook page.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I study

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready

    In three sentences

    The University is huge. The University is gorgeous. The University has a really good business program.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Great intramural athletics and overall culture. It's Orlando. You'll always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Good when there are major tours and orientations. It's basically public school slop for college students.

    Dorm Life

    Minor problems in some dorms, but they are decent enough to live comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Not the best school in the country, but it's still a good school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get scholarships anywhere you can find it. UCF may not be able to help, regardless of need or merit.

    In three sentences

    I would rate it four stars. The campus is beautiful and the population is generally friendly, and the academic side is decent depending on your major. My only problems are financial aid and a disproportional focus on athletic events rather than academic events.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    When I lived on campus, safety was a little shaky, but there are services that are geared toward ensuring a more safe environment. The police are all over campus patrolling and protecting the students. There are also emergency stations located at specific locations that students can go to in the event of an emergency.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun; so many activities that can be fun for people of all different backgrounds. The gym is a common place for people to workout together and have fun while doing it. There are so many classes to suit anyone's interest. Also there are alerts that go out on the myUCF portal that alert students of upcoming events. If you want to get involved and have a good time, your sure to find something that you're interested in.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Dining Hall wasn't that great, but there is so much variety. My freshman year they even had buffet day on Fridays where I would pay $5 and literally just stay there eating and talking all day.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't have a very good experience with campus life, but I know plenty of people who have. Some even made lasting friendships with roommates. Living on campus really helps with finding people to hang out with and to share common activities with. It can seem overwhelming to try and make friends with people you just sit next to in class. Every student should experience at least a semester on campus to get to know others and what it's like to have to compromise, especially with living arrangements. Living on campus teaches important life skills.

    Academic Rigor

    This is where I believe UCF lacks. Although there is a big emphasis on academic success and many resources to help you achieve your academic goals, the teacher to student ratio can make this a little difficult. I've had classes with 350 students on numerous occasions, and this has made me feel as though I was just another number in a sea of people. It becomes easy to get overlooked and feel lost when it comes to a subject you may not understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to prospective students that they really get involved in campus life. There are so many connections and lasting friendships that can be made just by being a little outgoing and making the most of being a part of such a large community.

    In three sentences

    UCF is rich and brimming with cultural diversity and people from all religious backgrounds and creeds. That is what I enjoy most about being a part of such a large body of people. Attending has really made me feel as if I'm a fundamental piece to something grand.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Nothing is off limits. Everything from sports, to singing and dancing, and getting together for the bi-monthly book club; we are young adults and we are free to do whatever.

    Food and Dining

    The campus food and dining halls are nothing special and the people who work there look absolutely miserable. I do not eat on campus, i prefer to cook myself or eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet a lot of interesting people who can help you throughout your time here at school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your academics, it is easy for new students to lose track of grades and just party, party, party.

    In three sentences

    This University has a beautiful campus and offer a lot of extra curricular activities for students. It can be a little overwhelming to be a part of such a large school with 60,000 students. Its college, have fun.

  • 03/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I personally am not in a sorority but i have heard nothing but good remarks about them.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a little pricey but if you take advantage of their many scholarship and grant opportunities you shouldn't be too in debt.

    What to do for fun

    There are not only tons of events on campus every weekend but also tons of things to do around the UCF campus

    Food and Dining

    Excellent food on and off campus. It would definitely be worth your time to visit a place called Mellow Mushroom.

    Dorm Life

    Open and friendly environment. I love my roomates and met so many great people from dorming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't underestimate classes you think are easy. No matter how easy classes are here they still require a great deal of studying and commitment.

    In three sentences

    UCF is filled with incredible opportunities and people. They do everything they can in their power to make you pass and make you feel comfortable. I would not have chosen another university if I could do it all over again.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is everywhere. You can call them to drive you across campus if you don't want to walk alone. They offer self defense courses. You're allowed to carry pepper spray.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of things to do. New events all the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who doesn't want to feel like they're living in a prison.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming was voted the #1 college tradition in america.

    Bang for the buck

    Most social activities are free, or cheap. UCF is generous with scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. There's a club for everything. There's an arboretum to explore. There's a lake with sand volleyball and canoes and paddleboards you can rent. there are movie nights. There are running marathons. There are concerts. There's a giant gym with 2 pools and 2 tracks. 45 min away from Disney and 30 min away from Universal.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of restaurants around campus. The meal plan cafeteria's are ok.

    Dorm Life

    super convenient. Much better quality than other colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but reasonable. Lots of resources to get help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get a meal plan. not worth it.

    In three sentences

    This school cares about your education. The people here are very friendly. It's a nice place to spend a lot of time at.

  • 03/13/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    When I visited the campus, I felt right at home. Everyone was so welcoming and really wanted me to be a student here. I'm so excited to start in August!

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Patrolled day and night. Never had a concern about walking around at any hour.

    Greek Life

    Joining a Fraternity was one of the best decisions I made my Freshman year. Met new friends from all around the country. Friendship that will last a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. We have a two story gym with indoor basketball courts, rock climbing wall and every workout machine that you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    All students, this is a wonderful enviroment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgate around the stadium, always a blast.

    What to do for fun

    Great pool, tennis courts, volleyball nets on actual sand. UCF football and many other sports. Close enough to the beach...Coco Beach, great surfing. Downtown Orlando great places. Lets not forget all if the Disney Parks which are 20 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Nitros and many other establishments to choose from for bkft, lunch, dinner of late night snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Great enviroment, safe, clean and close to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are as challenging as what you decide to take. I am pursing Legal Studies. The classes were wonderful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a Fraternity, make new friends. Have fund but don't lose track of the fact that you are there to learn.

    In three sentences

    Excellent learning enviroment. The professors care about the students and go the extra mile to make sure you succeed. Great college town with college spirit.....go UCF Knights.

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We jump into the UCF reflection pond during homecoming week.

    What to do for fun

    Since the campus is located in Orlando there are a lot of things to do. I would go to Disney, go shopping or go to the movies. There honestly is a lot of things to do at UCF.

    Food and Dining

    I had a meal plan freshmen year and honestly it was a waste of money. It was nice to not have to worry about cooking but the food wasn't all that great. I recommend having your parents load your UCF ID with money and then use it anywhere you want to on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm freshmen year and it was a great experience. They were clean and had someone come in and vacuum/clean once a week. They dorms were also convenient because you didn't have to worry about parking, you could just walk to class.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors are harder than others but UCF does challenge you overall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. They are the ones who will write you letters of recommendation or help you when you are struggling. They are also great for networking once you graduate and enter into the field you plan on working in.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an amazing school to attend. It has a diverse student body so everyone can fit in somewhere. I am proud to call myself a UCF alumni.

  • 03/07/2014

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

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    Food and Dining

    The UCF area is enormous and you'll be able to find plenty of stuff to try, even if you don't like the food offered there.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't been able to see the dorms, but there's a lot of stuff to do and places to go on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've heard from attending students, the coursework isn't too difficult. If you're looking for more personal studies, a university this large is probably not the place to go.

    In three sentences

    UCF has an enormous campus, but it tends to be held in high favor by its students. There seems to be a lot of pride in this school and I've received many recommendations from current students. The campus seems welcoming even if slightly overwhelming.

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are various places that UCF has for activities. Orlando is a great place to enjoy, with parks and recreation, there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different restaurants on and off campus to attend.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a great way to connect with students and gear up for a true college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be scared to ask for help, UCF has many programs to help guide students towards success.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a school that makes sure that you have the skills and education needed to succeed. They not only coach you, but they make sure you are ready to go out into your prospective field. UCF is a school that continues to strive to be better for students' education.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hard Working Want a Bright Future Want to Succed

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash- Every Fall semester we run into the fountain near the center of the school. This is huge because we have about 60,000 students that show up to run into a fountain! And this is the fountain that people are forbidden to even stick their hand in. Rare rubber ducks are thrown out to the crowd and you only lucky to get one. I got 2!

    What to do for fun

    Football Games Basketball Games Late Knights Ultimate Frisbee Intramural Sports Recreation and Wellness SPIRIT SPLASH!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply! Live on campus because there are always things to do on campus, never bored. Work hard, play hard!

    In three sentences

    This is the Best College Ever! We are one of the biggest colleges in America, once number in the past. We have the best and biggest Recreation and Wellness Centers in America!

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There was an incident last year but I still feel absolutely safe here even if I was to be walking around in the middle of the night by myself. That's on campus though. The area around the UCF area is a little rough and you have to keep that in mind if you're out at night. Oh and no one knows how to drive but that practically applies to the whole state of Florida.

    Greek Life

    I rushed twice. Greek life isn't as prevalent here as at FSU or UF but those who do take part in it really enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Limitless options

    Great for these types of students

    If you don't mind large classes, It is the 2nd largest school in the country by the way. Don't mind bipolar weather. Are open-minded. Great school academically especially for engineers, hospitality majors and performing arts students. It's so big you'll definitely find a niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's said that if you step on the emblem on the floor in the union, you wont graduate. The reflection pond is one of the most relaxing and pretty places on campus. Whenever i go out there it reminds me of college nap time because people will lay down on the grass and fall asleep. During homecoming the entire school is welcome to come to Spirit Splash where everyone runs into the reflection pond. Its the only time of the year you're legally allowed to get in the fountain and its a blast.

    What to do for fun

    Uhhh Disney duh. Lol not really. I've gone here for two years and never went to disney but some people get season passes and go every weekend. There's several bars near campus and clubs downtown. We get plenty of good artists that come to the UCF Arena and the Amway center. There's multiple malls. It's Orlando, there's tons of stuff to do. On campus we get an annual winter fair, sports games, there's a nature trail and an obstacle course. At Lake Claire you can rent a kayak or canoe and go out on the lake. you can also have Bar-B-Qs there. There's a leisure pool to go swim or tan or relax in the hammocks. The gym is huge and they offer free classes like yoga, cycling, aerobics ect. It's limitless.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are over priced but it all usually tastes pretty good and there are always plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are much nicer than most universities. They don't even call them dorms, they call it luxury student housing.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class and your major but classes are moderately challenging. Nothing like high school and nothing like community college. They all require at least some effort on your part.

    Tips for prospective students

    Most of the classes are large so sometimes it is difficult to make yourself get up and go to class since attendance isn't mandatory but GO. Living on campus is one of the best ways to meet people your first year. Take advantage of the free tutoring.

    In three sentences

    It has the most beautiful, modern, resort-like campus. Almost everyone is friendly and/or attractive. The most up-and-coming school in the country.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do, you can go kayaking at lake Claire, or relax at the leisure pool. If you like to stay in shape UCF has a large two story gym with an indoor track and a lap pool outside. For those sports fans, come watch the 2013 American Athletic Conference football champions/ Fiesta bowl winners, or the four time repeating conference champion women's track and field team perform on the newly remodeled track. Even if you consider yourself a homebody, every dorm puts on events so that you are able to meet the people who live in your building. Best of all the night life of Orlando is at your disposal, however, if you do not have anything to do on a weekend there is always Late Knights where students can enjoy a great and safe time on campus with fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to this University with an open mind. For there are many different cultures on the campus that you will experience. Also come to have fun this is college treat it everyday as such.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great school to attend. Not only does UCF provide great academic excellence but is also a very diverse campus. Between the sporting events, the student organizations, activities held at the Student union, and many other activities planned by the student government, there is rarely a dull moment at this university.

  • 02/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several things that you can do for fun. You can go to frat parties, restaurants, or even join an club or activity

    Food and Dining

    From I've heard the dorm life is pretty cool. At UCF there are several places on campus that you can go to in order to have a good time. These places are convenient and you don't have to even leave the campus. Another positive is that you do not even need a car if you attend UCF.

    Dorm Life

    From I've heard the dorm life is pretty cool. At UCF there are several places on campus that you can go to in order to have a good time. These places are convenient and you don't have to even leave the campus. Another positive is that you do not even need a car if you attend UCF.

    Academic Rigor

    Study and repetition is the key to being successful in college. Remember you get whatever you put into life. If you want to be successful one must work hard. Nobody makes it in life without hard work and dedication.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized as much as possible. Make sure you take the proper notes and to ask questions. You can what you put in. Make sure you study diligently so you can receive the grade you want. Be involves(if time permits) with an extra curricular activity. Remember use your school as an outlet to receive the pressures of class. There is a lot that UCF offers and make sure you get your monies worth.

    In three sentences

    UCF has an great school with a lot of different opportunities. I like the fact that if your having trouble with a class, there is always one on one tutoring available. In addition to tutoring, UCF is a place where you can grown as an individual.

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very inexpensive.

    What to do for fun

    A lot. You're in Orlando.

    Food and Dining

    Many options

    Dorm Life

    Never lived on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what your requirements are. Don't count on someone to carry you through.

    In three sentences

    Large school. Easy to get lost in the crowd.

  • 02/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus, even late at night. There are safety features all around campus and cops making sure the students are safe.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are bars off campus. If you are not into partying, there are many shopping centers around the school. There are also sporting events that go on every week.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants on campus are good, but they can get pricy. The dining food is not very good. The food becomes repetitive and you are not getting your moneys worth.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great your first year. They allow you to be in close proximity to classes a bunch of people, which makes making friend easier. Dorms are not the best when you are looking to study since the walls are thin as paper.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy. You have to work hard to get that A, but when you do, you will feel very accomplished. Study more, party less.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to to find something that you love and stick to it. A new school and atmosphere is not that easy to adjust to, but if you have an interest in something, and do it, it makes the college experience more enjoyable. Also, go out and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is definitely a great school. Everyone is very friendly, which makes living in a new place much easier. The teachers that I have had so far are very dedicated to their students.

  • 02/08/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    I love to be outside and be adventurous, the more you try new things the more of a happy life that you have.

    Food and Dining

    There is so many options for food around, no matter what corner you turn theres options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    I live in off campus housing but I love them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are perfect, they get you to better understand what you want to do in your future.

    In three sentences

    I believe that this campus is beautiful. It shows what a real campus should look like and how people should act. I truly love this campus.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Events on campus, downtown Orlando, they have a day where they shut down the theme parks and it's reserved for an entire day for students and we get in for free :), concerts, Waterford (which is down the street from the campus and they have a Lynx bus that will take you there)

    Food and Dining

    Never bought a meal plan, wasn't worth it to me.

    Dorm Life

    Lake Claire and the doorms near Libra resemble jail cells in my opinion. The towers, Hercules, Neptune and Nike are nice but not worth the money. If you're looking for something cheaper, stay in an apartment and they have apartments with UCF shuttle services.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your resources! This university offers a lot and you can have a job before you graduate.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. There are so many opportunities and so much to do here.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who know what they want. Students that seem to succeed here are the ones that have a plan for their lives and just need a chance to make those plans a reality. This chance is offered at UCF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is one of the traditions at UCF. Towards the end of the semester, many students go inside this really large fountain on campus. There's always music, dancing, and plenty of high spirits. This tradition is all about school spirit and building a sense of community on the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different social activities to do for fun such as intramural sports, movie nights, and the college sports games.

    Food and Dining

    The variety and quality of the food on campus is appealing. One does not have to travel too far around campus to find something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    There is a sense of safety on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Succeeding at UCF requires discipline, but the work load is not too overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of as much of the many opportunities as possible. Besides the obvious opportunity to receive an education, there are countless opportunities to get involved, work, do research, network, etc. Also, one of the things that UCF does really well from an academic standpoint, is to try to provide opportunities for students who are serious about succeeding in classes. There are tutoring sessions available on campus for free. Professors are always willing to provide help. There are teaching assistants available as well in the larger classes.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a large school that seems to make an effort so that students don't get lost or overwhelmed in that kind of atmosphere. The many different opportunities available at this university are evident. In short, the University of Central Florida is a high quality institution and one that the state of Florida can be proud of.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The pegasus in the student union should not be stepped on. There is an urban legend that if you step on it you will not graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Orlando is a big place with a lot of fun spots to choose from. Night clubs, theme parks, awesome food spots, bowling, etc. On campus they offer great nights for students, concerts, and sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options on campus however the dining program, when I used it in 2010, was not to great. Hopefully over the years it has improved but I am not certain. Knightros and Marketplace are the student cafeterias and when I attended they didn't wow me.

    Dorm Life

    Roomates can always be an issue but the dorms are safe, clean, and spacious for dorms. I lived in the Towers complex my first year and loved it. Close to classes, lots of activities and a great community for freshman and all students.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF is very dedicated to education and looks for the best from their students. They offer everything from free tutoring for gen ed classes, to SI sessions for specific classed. The school has a strict policy for students and believes in academic honesty at all stages of the education process.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that this is the second largest university in the nation. If big colleges are not what you are looking for, this is not the school for you. Otherwise, this college is very diverse and is dedicated to its students.

    In three sentences

    This college is a lot of fun and a wonderful learning opportunity. The school offers many class in many different fields and loves to see their students shine. There are so many resources available to students, its impossible to not succeed.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus and there is almost no crime at all. The police force is very effective and maintains a safe campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are IM (intermural teams) in almost all sports. If your sport is not available it definitely has a club representing it. There is also many clubs for a multitude of interests and musical outlets as well. There is a huge gym that is an amazing place to workout and participate in group exercises.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is outstanding compared to other universities. I have friends at other universities that complain about the quality of the food at their institution. The food at UCF is something I look forward everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms here is an awesome experience. I have made life long friends and will stay in touch with many of them. Living in a dorm is the best way to meet people hands down.

    Academic Rigor

    Engineering classes are difficult and require a high level of dedication and time. However, if you are focused you will do well. The general education courses are not hard and will be quite enjoyable when you take them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a friend group when you first move in as the y will help you unwind and have fun on the weekends. Also stay focused on your course work as that's why you are at college.

    In three sentences

    Great opportunities for volunteer work are available through many student organizations. The campus is kept clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. Additionally, the on campus housing is top notch and very comfortable to live in, a home away from home.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Like I said before there are many different thing to do on campus. There is a mall not 20 minutes away and there are the football games.

    Food and Dining

    I try not to eat too much fast food, but there is a McDonalds close by. There are a bunch of food places on and off campus so there's no need to worry about having the same burger and fries over and over again. Prices seem to be the same on and off campus as well though places on campus don't take coupons. So couponers beware, you may have to travel outside of UCF to get your two for one deal. All fast food and restaurants off campus are just 5 to 10 minutes out though so it should not be too much trouble. The campus does offer a meal plan where you pay for your meals depending on how many time you think you'll eat there or you could just pay daily. Their food is nothing to write home about, but it's not disgusting either.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, sorry. I have heard some good and some bad stories. Nothing too bad though. Just you normal my roommate is an idiot that likes to blast music at 7 in the morning. But you may or may not get that anywhere. Dorms are small like always.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say UCF has a pretty fair rating on the academic rigor scale. There are some hard, and sometimes irrational, teachers just like in every school. But for the most part the teachers here are just trying to teach some very hard classes. At least this is coming from the experience of an electrical engineering point of view. I have hear that calculus classes here are a lot harder than if you take the at a community college, but as that is what I did I can't say for sure if that i'Â?s true or not. Subjects get harder as you go though and there may be times when it seems like all you do is spend free time outside your professors office waiting for their office hours to start. You may even want to pitch a tent cause your already there most of the time anyway. But teachers are helpful and there are many student study services available for those who need the extra help. Study, pay attention, and do your homework and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the smallest limit of classes you can the first semester so you can get used to the professors and the new academic rigor. Oh, and garage A almost always has parking spots. So park there and walk it.

    In three sentences

    UCF is friendly and fun. With so many people on campus there is always something to do or some club to join. Go Knights!!

  • 01/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    You could fit into any greek org on campus. There's music greek orgs, service ones, typical ones, medical ones. However, you don't have to join one if you don't want to. Most of the campus is independent

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can find a place to fit in on campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Homecoming Week, we're allowed to jump in the Reflection Pond and fight for rubber ducks! We call it Spirit Splash, it's the greatest thing ever. Oh and we have free speech lawn and crazy religious freaks spew their religious venom and condemn people. Woohoo

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state kid...so it's a struggle. If you're in state it's a bang for the buck. If you're out of state you'll constantly wonder why in the world you didn't just stay at home.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural Sports Greek Life Gaming Club Chocolate Club A Cappela Clubs Quidditch There's no end to the possibilities.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets really old really fast. Some days it's on point....other days (most of the time) it's all types of eh, but food is food right?

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others. Hercules, Nike and Neptune are pretty classy while Apollo and Libra aren't so much. Towers is mainly for upperclassmen. At the end of the day, each dorm has their trade offs.

    Academic Rigor

    So far it isn't hard for me, it all depends on your major and the class you're taking. Do NOT I reapeat DO NOT take Astronomy or Geology. Those are by far the hardest science gen eds. Take human species, you won't regret it. Engineering, Computer Science, and Medical classes are typically the hardest so be prepared for a lot of work if you are majoring in those.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your financial aid on point nice and early. If you don't you'll be harassing the Financial Aid Office all the time! Trust me. If you decide to get a meal plan, I wouldn't recommend the Unlimited unless you plan to eat 3 meals or more a day. It really isn't that necessary and it get's really old, really fast. In terms of housing, Apollo and Libra has most of the freshman. Libra has the hoodrats or so we call them. They're not really hoodrats but most of them hang out in the courtyard smoking stuff so yeah. Either way you'll have fun on campus!

    In three sentences

    The school is pretty great. There is a little bit of everything for everyone. You're bound to find a group of lifelong friends.

  • 01/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Dining at any school will be a struggle, but UCF really needs some help when it comes to their meal plan. Being a vegetarian, eating at our dining halls is a challenge due to the lack of options avaliable. Even my non-vegetarian friends complain about not wanting to eat the food served based on quality and quantity concerns. The dining hall close to my dorm has failed health inspections 10 times which in itself is a little concerning. Lastly, if you want to get out of the meal plan UCF makes it very hard to change it and almost impossible to change it.

    Dorm Life

    UCF has so many options for living that depending on personal preferences you'll find the perfect fit for you. Costs vary depending on where you live but all are reasonable. And you can not beat the convenience of living on campus, the environment is incredible and you're bound to meet some of your best friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what kind of learner you are, UCF may be a struggle for you. Many courses require you to do most learning on your own but never has it been a struggle to handle. If you're ok with taking online classes you'll be fine. Teachers are either fantastic of the worst depending on if you can actually understand them or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus Have a car Get involved in Greek life

    In three sentences

    UCF is an excellent choice for prospective students looking for an easy-going environment with lots of opportunities and a great location. Personally, UCF was the right choice for myself based on finances, but for most people UCF is their back-up or second choice. Although we lack the accolade of other large Florida schools, we're stepping up and becoming a school of value.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe, ever.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has the greatest homecoming tradition in the nation, really! It was voted the best. It's called Spirit Splash.

    What to do for fun

    UCF is in Orlando so obviously there are plenty of amusement parks to choose from. But for cheaper activities there is always something going on. Whether on campus or in a neighboring city you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The UCF cafeterias are not very good. However, there are plenty of other places to eat in the student union that are very good. You also get a lot for your money. I do not recommend getting a meal plan. It's cheaper to provide your own food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty good. All dorms have good and bad parts about them but overall I had a great experience. The RA's are usually really nice and understanding if you have an issue.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are not too difficult. For harder science and math classes UCF provides free tutoring that is guaranteed to raise your grade.

    In three sentences

    5 stars. I could not be happier with my college choice. UCF provides a fun environment with many helpful opportunities to succeed academically.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus is extremely safe. We have safe rides that will pick you up at night and take you anywhere on campus that you need to get to.

    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is absolutely amazing. For anyone who is interested in joining a fraternity/sorority I think you should do it as early as possible because its an experience that you will treasure for a lifetime. Also when else can you say I have over 160 different sisters/brothers that aren't related to me and I know if I needed help they would be there?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A different tradition that no other school, besides UCF has, is called Spirit Splash. This is the one day that students can run into the reflection pond in front of Millican Hall during homecoming week. Everyone gathers and its just a whole big celebration that everyone tries to attend every year because its just that much fun for students.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to Disney World, Universal, Islands of Adventure, Wet N Wild, and other theme parks/attractions during the weekends for a cheaper price because UCF offers discounts to students. You can go walk down Park Avenue for some high class shopping experience. Go to lake claire to play some beach volleyball, go kayaking, paddle boarding, or even go to the leisure pool and just lay it. There's so many different options of things for you to do its amazing.

    Food and Dining

    The food options on campus is absolutely amazing you can have Dukin Donuts, Kyoto (sushi place), Subway, Huey Magoos (chicken tender place), and so much more. I honestly love all the options that UCF has right there on campus. It's easy to find what you want to eat on campus for a reasonable price. Even the meal plan food options are great!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is absolutely great here on campus. Depending on which dorm you live in whether its Lake Claire, Nike, Hercules, North View, or Towers you will have an unforgettable experience living in the dorms. Everything is so easy to get to if you live in the dorms on campus and if you do get random roommates you will end up making some really great memories/friends from the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging at times but who doesn't like a challenge? Some classes are entertaining to take because the professor is so passionate about the area that you're studying. Honestly if you put your mind to it you can achieve great things here at UCF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come see the campus yourself, sit in on a big lecture class to see if you feel comfortable being at school here, and think about all the things there is to do here in Orlando compared to other schools.

    In three sentences

    Personally I think that UCF is an outstanding school it's different from the other Florida state schools because of the city its located in. The school environment itself is like its own little city with the way that its constructed. Finally UCF is a school that provides so many different opportunities for its students to take advantage of that other schools just don't have to offer which makes it amazing.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe environment

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs to join!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, outgoing students!!

    Bang for the buck

    Great academics for little price!

    What to do for fun

    You're in Orlando!! There's Disney World, Universal, and Islands of Adventure!! Not to mention amazing shopping! Tons of clubs in downtown Orlando and around campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    Wide array of dining options for a decent price!

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm type, but overall they are pretty nice and affordable.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class, but most classes are rigorous. Luckily professors are extremely nice and want you to succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Burnett Honors College because class sizes are around 20 people!!

    In three sentences

    Great academics, great sports, and great students!

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UCF Police have multiple free programs that a student can call and get an assigned trained escort to their car or housing if they feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Over 20 sororities ad fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs from academic, to hobby, to sport.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type! It's so big you find your place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash, a homecoming tradition in which thousands of students charge the pond and have a party, was voted the #1 homecoming tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is the best University you could choose!

    What to do for fun

    Universal, Disney, Wet N Wild, Downtown Orlando, Orlando City Soccer, beaches within an hour, amazing shopping!

    Food and Dining

    Great options for meal plans, multiple plans and locations.

    Dorm Life

    UCF Housing and Residence Life tries to make your years on campus amazing, and you can surely tell!

    Academic Rigor

    As easy or hard as you make it. So many free tutoring opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Get involved early. Take advantage of the free food and activities.

    In three sentences

    One of the biggest Universities in America. More academic opportunities to ensure success than anywhere. Campus involvement for anyone to find their interest.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There was a crisis last year where someone had a gun in the dorms and the police were on the scene in less than a minute and literally nothing happened.

    Greek Life

    I know nothing really of greek life except that everyone involved seems to love it.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all, UCF has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never ever step on the pegasus in the union! Experience Spirit Splash, the greatest homecoming tradition in the world.

    Bang for the buck

    No matter where you go college will suck you dry. Get a job!

    What to do for fun

    Ultimate frisbee!

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out where your classes are before the first day of class..

    In three sentences

    Ucf has become my home. The people here are extraordinary. On any scale UCF rates at the top.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I walk around at 2 o'clock at night, and i couldn't feel safer. There is always a cop in the area.

    Greek Life

    I keep my head in my books, but my friends love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is at least one club activity or something fun on campus every day. There is always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    If your a student, you'll love this school. Its that sample.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus has everything you could ever want. You always have the feeling that the staff cares about you, and you cant put a price on that.

    What to do for fun

    I'm a strange one, I go to the gym for fun.The gym is amazing here, and has everything I could every want.

    Food and Dining

    If you can think of a food group they have it. Ive never had the problem of not having choices on where to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Have a friend that lives in the dorms, and he loves it there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved was as much as possible. The Campus is amazing, and always has something fun to do on it.

    In three sentences

    Without even thinking, I give UCF five stars. The campus has everything you could ever want/do on it. I also give the students/staff a five star rating as well.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is an endless list of clubs that you can join at UCF - any hobby you have Im sure theres a club for it.

    Food and Dining

    large variety of restaurants on campus and around it

    Academic Rigor

    The opportunity to excel is here - you just have to find it! lots of research options, clubs, honors classes ect. If you plan on working this may be difficult to achieve

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school campus's before you decide to apply, if you are someone who likes a smaller school the main campus may be overwhelming - the sanford/lake mary campus is much smaller (and has free parking) it allows for a closer student/teacher relationship

    In three sentences

    The student population here is HUGE! The campus is large but not big enough to fit the influx of students. Has its share of great and terrible teachers - lots of activities!

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police and fire station on campus. There are many services available to students to ensure safety.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of the greek life currently but I intend to be next year. Greek life is not dominant at UCF like it is at other schools. You do not have to be in a sorority or fraternity in order to have a fun experience at UCF.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an endless amount of clubs and activities on campus. There is never a dull moment at UCF- there are multiple events everyday.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is a great option for any and every student. There is a place for everyone at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is said that those who walk across the Pegasus symbol in the student union will not graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple bars close to campus that are relatively inexpensive and have many deals throughout the week. There are many clubs and bars downtown that are more expensive and farther from campus. It is about a 30 to 45 minute drive Downtown as well as to the parks (Universal/ Disney).

    Food and Dining

    The campus has many restaurants and options for dining. I would not recommend getting a meal plan, however, because most meals end up unused. The meal plan food is decent but not the best. Knightro's is the best dining hall. There are many restaurants surrounding campus that are generally inexpensive.

    Dorm Life

    I am satisfied with my dorm. I did experience some difficulties during the fall semester (broken A/C, inactivated key) but the community center worked with me to get these problems addressed as soon as possible. I recommend living on campus freshman year. It allows students to become better acquainted with the campus and increases opportunities for meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at UCF are challenging. Spending time studying and completing assignments is necessary in order to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing and orientation as soon as possible. Applying early will ensure students get the housing and schedules they desire.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a large campus with lots of opportunities for students. It is being recognized more and everyday. We recently won the Fiesta Bowl and became the youngest university to play and win a BCS bowl game.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is great on campus. There are emergency phones located all over campus where you can call campus police if you feel unsafe in the place you are and they can come and escort you. These phones also allow you to call the police if there is an emergency. UCF also provides a free taxi service; if you go out drinking and do not have a designated driver or need to leave a party because you feel uncomfortable, simply call the correct cab, hand them your card you got from UCF and they will take you to the address on the back of the card.

    Greek Life

    UCF offers a large variety of Greek life. Greek life is always active and hosting many activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a place for everyone on campus. The 500+ clubs makes it easy to find something you're interested in and meet new people with the same interests.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like people and being involved. People who simply want friends. AND people who like having a winning football team!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Student Union there is a Pegasus Seal in the middle of the first floor. It is roped off because the suspicion states that anyone who walks on the seal will not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF provides many resources for students, be it academic, professional, psychological, medical, and social. It is a large and beautiful campus, plus our football team just won the Fiesta Bowl! UCF is know for many majors, now it's time to choose yours!

    What to do for fun

    UCF is a great place to meet new people. There are always many activities going on around campus. UCF is the second largest public University in the country, with over 60,000 students. If it's people you want, UCF is the place to be. The Hospitality campus is also located in the heart of the theme parks of Orlando; 10 miles from Disney and SeaWorld, with Universal just down the street and the International Airport just miles away. Main campus is in the hear of Orlando with Downtown just 20 minutes away! The possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is great at UCF! With the student market place and food places ranging from Subway to Dunkin' Donuts, you will never get tired of your food options. There are three Subways on campus and Dunkin' Donuts opened at the end of last semester. There are places for you spicy craves and your vegetarian lifestyle.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Dorms are of very high quality. Many offered dorms allow a student to have their own bedroom and only have to share a bathroom with one person! UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management offers dorms that are real apartments for all student levels; four people per apartment, own bedrooms, double bathroom, living room, and fully equipped kitchen. Many dorms on main campus off these set ups as well. OR If you want to ''real college experience UCF also has the classic two person per room dorm where the room is split in half. These rooms are great for meeting a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF provides a challenging environment yet provides you with all the resources you can think of to get your work done. There are many centers at UCF that can help you with study techniques, paper writing, and tutoring. The tutors are very nice people.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is a great place to meet new people. There are always many activities going on around campus. UCF is the second largest public University in the country, with over 60,000 students. UCF provides many resources for students, be it academic, professional, psychological, medical, and social. Where ever you go on campus be prepared to be welcomed warmly.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a great place to meet people. Due to location UCF students are open to great professional opportunities. 90% of students graduates are in their desired career by graduation.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SPIRIT SPLASH is the best! Make sure to grab a duck and a shirt if you can.

    What to do for fun

    I joined clubs and organizations to meet people. There are over 60,000 people at UCF I'm sure you can find someone to hang out with. We also have tons of events on campus to attend.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is not the best but it is an option. Just know that if you have a kitchen in your apartment use it!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are ok. I do recommend staying on campus your first year to get used to being in college.

    Academic Rigor

    Though it seems like an easy school, the classes can be rigorous so be sure of the classes you're selecting. Use ratemyprofessor.com

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus your first year. Don't forget to join clubs on campus it's a great way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a welcoming community. UCF is one of a kind. UCF is a great school

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There is not just one type of student that this school is great for , everyone is welcomed.

    Bang for the buck

    Being an out of state student I completely understand the importance of getting what you pay for from a college. UCF provides me with an optimal education and I have never felt more safe in my surroundings. Although the campus is large , the University does their best to make it feel like home.

    What to do for fun

    For fun , one could go kayaking and canoeing in the lake , go to the student union where events are always taking place , or simply walk to Memory Mall in the heart of campus and watch matches of quid-ditch or whatever someone may be playing that day.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple locations to go on campus to dine. Simply having a meal plan gives you access to two of the best locations on campus. Also UCF does something amazing , a meal plan equivalency with other dining places on campus who do not normally accept them.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm here are incredible. There are no community bathrooms on campus and each different living community resembles a resort type setting. There is nothing that can be said negatively about this Universities dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here at the University of Central Florida is pretty competitive. Being the second largest University in the United States provides us with some of the top professors that are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Having come from Tennessee to attend this University , I can say that the diversity is nothing less than amazing. This campus is similar to a small city and everyone is more than welcoming.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is absolutely breathtaking ! There is never a dull moment and the location is optimal for anyone living in the Orlando area. Coming to this University is truly the chance of a lifetime.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SPIRIT SPLASH!- basically the most wonderful time of the year for a UCF student.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Beach volleyball all day with 2 different locations and 6 different courts. There's a lake to go canoeing, intramural teams for every sport, and a club for everything.

    Food and Dining

    I do not recommend a meal plan, there is just so many places to eat on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms, some a little far from classes, just do your research when applying for a place to stay!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not blow off your application and work hard on your test scores! Obvious, I know, but those two factors are so important.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an incredible University with such an amazing atmosphere! The campus is so beautiful and there is almost always something to do. It's a huge college, but with such great people, that becomes a very good thing!

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Socialites, most definitely. Also people who love warm weather.

    Bang for the buck

    As a Florida resident, it is an excellent deal for me to go to school here.

    What to do for fun

    University Blvd. is full of wonderful restaurants and social spots. Orlando has a lot of fun, cutesy tourist attractions as well.

    Dorm Life

    I live with my mother, but I do know the security is top notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring snacks, food can be expensive. Don't always trust Rate my Professor. Some of my best professors had terrible reviews, and some of my worst had the best. Also, try not to balance too much school work with too much actual job work. It's easy to get overwhelmed quickly.

    In three sentences

    It's a very large college, but doesn't once leave you feeling lost or lonely. The professors are helpful, the students are friendly, and the weather isn't a challenge unless you don't have an A/C. It can get a little confusing to find your way around the city-sized campus.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UCF has had their problems with crime going on on campus, but there is a police station located on campus and they respond to calls very quickly. There will always be some sort of crime on a campus of that size.

    Greek Life

    I am part of a professional business fraternity. UCF has a great Greek life not only for social fraternities and sororities, but also for professional fraternities like the one I am involved in for most majors.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs to join, but they also welcome people starting their own clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type of student can find a place at UCF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the best voted homecoming tradition of the country: every one on main campus gathers around our reflection pond and jumps in with games and music.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a lot less expensive than the college I went to in Tennessee, but the opportunities for students, both for fun and future career, are immensely greater at UCF.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at UCF. There are sororities and fraternities, clubs, SGA (who is usually passing out free food or bringing celebrity comedians or artists to campus), sports, itramural sports, tailgating, and much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early because it is getting more difficult to get in to UCF. UCF is raising its standards on who they let in, so a good GPA is very important. Get involved in clubs on campus- it is a great way to make friends who have the same interests!

    In three sentences

    I have been to two other colleges prior to transferring to UCF and UCF is by far my favorite college. UCF offers so many opportunities for students and has a great on-campus atmosphere. The college of business professors have been there to help me every step of the way.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I will not lie and say that UCF is crime-free zone. There have been many cases of burglary, stalking, someone getting pistol-whipped, suspicious packages, etc but that doesn't mean you should walk in fear everywhere you go. Security is pretty good and there are even people who drive around in go-carts escorting people to their destinations.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF has over a hundred different organizations to choose from where you can gain skills you never thought you had, network with professionals, and build relationships. I joined the Caribbean Student Association when I was a freshman and I can honestly say, it was one of the best decisions I made at college. So many festivities and social gatherings and love. Join a club where you feel right at home but I also recommend you join a club related to your major. That will definitely benefit you in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    Late Knights has bi-monthly events on campus with food, games, and other activities depending on the theme that they incorporate. Off campus, you can go to Waterford for movies,, shopping, pool, etc. There is also laser tag about 10 minutes from UCF. Mini-golfing is fun as well and it's right on east colonial dr.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, there are various dining places around the Student Union like chick-fil-a, wackadoos, subway. There is also the Knight's Plaza by the CFE Arena where there is plenty of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    It has its ups and downs. Having a roommate is an interesting experience and it' nice to meet someone with a different background. However, you may find yourself in certain situations where you want the room at a warm temperature but your roommate likes it cold. Or, you really need to use the bathroom but someone locked it from the inside. Different things may occur but it's not all bad.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what your major is and the courses that are involved. If you are struggling with a particular class or maybe all your classes, there is a lot of tutoring available on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study at least a week before a test/quiz because doing an all-nighter is going to do much justice. Also, like I said before, GET INVOLVED. Not only will you get the experience you need, but it can also help build your resume for future jobs and internships.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a lot of opportunities to help you succeed academically and professionally. There are also a lot of organizations you can join that can help you get more involved, improve your leadership skills, and get connected with those who have similar career interests. I don't think I would choose to go to another school.

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I love absolutely everything about this school! The campus, professors, courses, everything are absolutely amazing.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is just a call away, they drive around on golf carts at night to give those people who don't want to walk alone a ride to their car/dorm

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of people here with all sorts of beliefs, likes, and cultures

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    spirit splash! For homecoming, hundreds of students jump into the reflection pond in front of the library. It has been voted best college tradition in the US :)

    What to do for fun

    Explore campus, go downtown, carpool to one of the many theme parks around Orlando, etc. there are plenty of options.

    Food and Dining

    TONS of places to eat around campus, I would stay away from the stuff on campus for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have not lived in a dorm, but I hear many do enjoy the convenience of living on campus due to UCF's many SGA sponsored events.

    Academic Rigor

    Just as rigorous as any other university, some say it might be easier depending on your major and the quality of your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a lot of stuff to do in the area and plenty of people around who can distract you, be sure you can manage your time well and are responsible enough to know when to work and when to play.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great value for education school with a very diverse and numerous student body. Class sizes are usually big until you get into your core classes or special general education courses. I personally enjoy being here

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Some areas of campus are well lit and well populates. Some areas are quite dark and scary as night. There are these emergency stations around campus but not in all areas.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of greek life, so I would not be a good person to ask about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything, all majors and all likes. You might have to do a little digging to find the club for you but it is there.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like large class sizes (300 students/teacher). Who would not mind going to office hours to see a teacher and do not mind only using email to get in contact with a professor.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition at UCF is Spirit Splash. It takes place during homecoming and it is a day where students get to jump into the reflection pond and have a giant dance party. There are free shirts, free rubber ducks (also tradition), and other free things.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that sometimes I feel that I am getting my monies worth, for instance I can get free printing, occasional free food, free shirts, and free sporting events. Other times I feel extremely taken advantage of. I do not like to hear that my tuition money is going to sports teams and not for equipment but when they travel they get money to spend for food or just to pocket. I do not like that tuition goes up so the Dean can have a bigger paycheck. These things are not right.

    What to do for fun

    We are in Orlando, a tourist destination, there is tons of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and inexpensive.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived on campus for 3 years and I like it. It is very handy to be right there for when something happens. I like waking up 20 minutes before lecture and not have to worry about parking.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF is difficult. I'm sure like other colleges some classes are harder than others but overall if you put in the work you will get the results you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. Naps help to keep the mind refreshed. Get involved. Talk to your teachers. Make the most of everything.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Consider a meal plan or budget weekly

    Tips for prospective students

    Use Rate My professor.com study and balance life figure out if u want to live near school or

    In three sentences

    Great chances of getting in . Getting the best education under the florida sun.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash. It's the craziest thing on campus. VERY FUN!!

    What to do for fun

    Lateknights for freshmen are a good way to meet people, One Friday a month and get free food at midnight.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of variety to eat on and a few minutes from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Have friends that live on campus but they prefer to live off campus.

    In three sentences

    Second biggest University in all the nation. It's awesome.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great. We have police officers patrolling campus 24/7 and emergency buttons scattered throughout campus. We also have a great resource called SEPS, Safe Escort Patrol Service. SEPS runs from 7pm-1am and will come and pick you up from wherever you are on campus and will take you to where you need to go on campus so you don't have to walk alone in the dark! And it's free!

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not for everyone but a great option to have. UCF doesn't focus as much on Greek Life as other schools do, but it is extremely fun and a great way to meet people and do good.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF gets 5 stars for clubs and activities. Our main focus is for everyone to get involved in something other than academics and be well-rounded. We have over 500 clubs and groups for anything you could possibly imagine. There is something for everyone, and it helps you bond with other people who like the same things, great for incoming freshman who want to meet people. If there is a club you want and we don't have, you can start one yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a mural on the ground in the union of a Pegasus, and if you walk across it at any time while you are an undergrad, you will not graduate!! It is usually roped off, but there are times it is not and you must beware not to walk across the Pegasus! Also, every year during Homecoming Week, we have Spirit Splash, a tradition where everyone runs into the school reflection pond to catch spirited rubber ducks. So much fun!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities to do for fun here. First, we have a leisure pool that students can go to to tan, swim, and relax. We also have Lake Claire, where water activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing, and kayaking are free for students any time. There are also basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and soccer fields on campus. We have an intramural sports program for just about any sport that you could imagine. There are also plenty of events going on on and off campus on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    The food options at UCF are ENDLESS!! If you have a meal plan, there is Marketplace or Knightro's. But we also have three Subways, three Starbucks, Kyoto's, Dunkin Donuts, Jimmy Johns, Pita Stop, Asian Chao, Burger King, Wackadoo's, Einstein Bagels, Qdoba, and that's not even all! We have choices for anything you are craving or could possibly want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is by the far the best at UCF! Since our school is so new, our oldest dorms are no more than 50 years old. There are different ranges of dorms for whatever your price range is or for whatever type of room you would like to live in. There is Libra that is the classic two person per room with a shared bathroom with two others (suite style), or Apollo which is the same way, but with a common room. There is Nike/Hercules which is suite style, and then our newest dorms, Neptune, in which each resident gets their own room! The last and nicest is Towers which is apartment style (with the best beds)!

    Academic Rigor

    University of Central Florida academics are more rigorous than many people have interpreted them to be. Of course this is not Harvard, but be prepared to have to exert full effort in your classes. The math at UCF is difficult, because our engineering program here is strong. Though the classes are difficult, the teachers are extremely kind and helpful. Every teacher I have ever had has been of great assistance to me and never hesitates to do whatever they can to help you excel in their course.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is a big school, I would invest in a bike! Don't procrastinate (but that goes for every school). Be open to meeting new people, and keep an open mind wherever you go. The unlimited meal plan is not necessary.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is inspiring and innovative. We focus not only on academics, but on being well rounded and excelling in all aspects of life as well. UCF is a well-rounded school in itself, challenging it's students to succeed, while showing them an amazing college experience in the process.

  • 12/12/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. There are shopping malls around, and plenty of sports activities to attend. In town there is an abundance of night life as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are many fast food restaurants around the area. Plus the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but I have heard great things about them.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging but not too tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to complete all of the requirements and paperwork ASAP. Students should know what course major they would like to pursue and lastly take a tour of the beautiful campus.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a beautiful campus with lots to offer. It has an amazing staff and they are very helpful. The athletics have everything you ever wanted.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are good and bad people everywhere. Its an overall safe environment I would say.

    Greek Life

    Not as live as some colleges, but it is coming up.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for every and anything!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students who are outgoing, love big atmospheres, want to find themselves, always want something to do, don't have a car but live off campus, and want to be involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have this thing where once a day every fall it is good luck for every student to run into the small reflection pond and grab a duck. It is also said it is back luck to walk over the ucf knight symbol on the ground in the union center building. Another unusual tradition, every Wednesday is Black Wednesday in the student union.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is a huge campus, you might feel overwhelmed your first few days, but everybody is usually super friendly and inviting! Their is a club, group, organization for almost EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. Being paid members for a specific one has really cool benefits, or just attending is really entertaining is fun. The project spit one (if you like poetry) is super amazing.

    What to do for fun

    Club, party, spa, community service, poetry slams, downtown is really pretty. Site see, theme parks, ect. There is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Food is average. Not too much variety and not too much seasoning.

    Dorm Life

    Too expensive for such small space. You have to share a bathroom, and your roomate might most likely be annoying and inconsiderate, however living on campus makes your first year of college life more relaxed and convenient. I wouldn't recommend it however after the first year, UCF has shuttles that constantly go back and forth from the surrounding apartments which are cheaper and more spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your field of study education major, the 'E' in easy. Subjects pertaining to science, engineering, or finances, are usually difficult. There is kind of no way around it. Especially science. Prerequisites are extremely easy usually with extremely easy (like show up the day before tests and actual test day you'll make a A easy) professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overwhelm yourself by getting involved in too many things at once. Prioritize, don't procrastinate! Talk talk talk to all, avoid C's! Oh and TAKE RATE MY PROFESSOR REVIEWS SERIOUSLY.

    In three sentences

    There is always something to do. Amazing opportunities and chances to network with interesting/similar people everyday. Extremely big and convenient campus.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is large, but well lit.

    Greek Life

    It exists--there is a greek row with greek housing, but it is not invasive; if you're not part of it, you're not excluded.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY CLUBS for every interest. Really.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, except if you easily get lost in a crowd.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming week is a lot of fun. The Spirit Splash is where all the students gather and jump into the large fountain. There are shows, music, comedians, concerts, and movies all week.

    Bang for the buck

    For a state school, UCF is a great price.

    What to do for fun

    There is ALWAYS something going on. The school obviously caters to students, but so does the town--there are discounts at many restaruants. Downtown Orlando is about a 30 minute drive, but around campus there are restaruants, shopping centers, bars, cafes, and bowling and movies as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining options, from the dining halls for meal plans, to the strip near the stadium with Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, Subway, Sushi, and a Burger place, to the student union.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorms for all sorts of styles and prices. Dorm life is a great way to start freshman year because you are on campus and near other students, so it helps get students acclimated to the environment. Dorms are overall nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program, the rigor varies, but UCF has so many top-notch programs that you will be challenged in some way. And if you're not, you can take on research and honors opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is large, but don't let the size scare you. Pick a few organizations from the beginning of the year to join, and be consistent--go to meetings, be involved, and have fun. Honestly, everyone is here to help you, but you may have to speak up at first. Becoming involved is the best way to ease into the college atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    UCF stands for opportunity, and at such a large, diverse school, this could not be more true. Students here are driven, unique, and ready to change the world. There is something for everyone here if you seek it.

  • 12/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many extents that the campus takes to make sure everyone's safety is looked after from emergency posts along walkways, well-lit passages, and driving services to call, if feeling unsafe to walk to car or a distance alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs for any interest that a student could have from Quidditch to Parkour, and if there isn't you can always make one. Just a simple matter of talking to Student Services, for all that you need.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-Working Easy-going Looking for purpose Knows exactly what they want Lackadaisical Introvert Extrovert Awesome Academically-driven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition many people talk about is Spirit Splash, which takes place the Friday of Homecoming. All students gather around the Reflection Pond and all at once rush into it. There are DJs, dancers, and the the notorious throwing of the rubber ducks. If you're lucky enough to get a duck, expect to make your friends jealous, because you definitely have a strong UCF tradition in your hand.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a school worth going to for all your college expectations and needs, that you may not have even known you had.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there's always plenty of events planned for all kinds of interest, whether be it something you've always loved doing or something new you wanted to try. For first-year students, they have LINK LOOT events, where if you swipe your ID card, you can collect points that can later be used for either LINK LOTTERY LOOT for the end of Summer or LINK AUCTION for the end of Fall.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty options for on-campus dining, such as Marketplace or Knightro's(meal plan suggested if planning on going on a daily basis), Chic-fil-A, Burger King, Toppers Ice Creamery, Huey Magoos, and much more. Off-campus, you have many choices that are still close-by the campus, including Steak & Shake, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Lazy Moon just to name a few.

    Dorm Life

    If you're choosing to live on-campus(Libra, Apollo, Lake Claire, Nike/Hercules) you'll definitely find yourself opening up quickly with different students as there's usually an event going on for you to do. In the dorms, Libra and Apollo, you can expect one roommate and two suite-mates, and unless you scheduled your roommates, you may find yourself some new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many places that offer perfect conditions for all of the ways that people choose to study, whether in groups, alone, with music or complete silence.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a good idea to make a couple new friends, if you don't have that many joining you, to hang around campus a bit Find places that you feel comfortable being around, to make it easier to clear your mind after a long day There's more to everything then you think Don't stress over too many things, it gets easier

    In three sentences

    Definitely, a perfect choice for those looking for an open environment that has plenty to offer. At first notice, the campus is a bit overwhelming for distance, but after a few days you will find your way around. There's also many places to just hang out with friends or make new ones.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SUPER SAFE campus. There's even people that will come pick you up if you don't feel safe walking across campus at night alone.

    Greek Life

    It definitely helps with the connection to meeting people and the school. There are also greek houses on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    You're on the East side of Orlando, not only are there plenty of bars and clubs there, but 15min away is Downtown, where MORE clubs and theme parks are located!

    Great for these types of students

    All types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SPIRIT SPLASH! Voted best college tradition BTW! Once a year Knightro, our mascot, led us into the huge fountain in front of the school!

    Bang for the buck

    I was out of state so tuition was really HIGH...but I wouldn't take back my experience.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of social events on campus for the students, as well as joining clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Buffet style! Plus there's two cafeterias! Also they have a food court, as well as other restaurants all around on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty nice. It helps when you first move to the campus. You are involved with a lot of programs and freshman activities to make friends and learn your campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes weren't too hard. There are plenty of opportunities for tutoring and extra help in case you struggle.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED! Don't be afraid to ask questions. Professors aren't scary. If you take the time to ask questions and for help, they WILL help you!

    In three sentences

    One of the best experiences of my life. There are many opportunities to succeed academically, career wise, and socially. Everyone is super friendly and make it easy to feel accepted in a new atmosphere.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    FOOD! Disney! Universal! Coffee shops! Local shows! Activism! Actions for worker's comp! Something for everyone!

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of options- even vegetarian ones!

    Dorm Life

    I hear the housing floods far too often.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on which major you go into. College of Arts and Humanities is engaging, but reading/paper heavy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Student organizations have power in numbers.

    In three sentences

    Bureaucracy is incredibly irritating. It is run like a business. If you want something done do it yourself.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    We have great engineering, biology and hospitality programs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash. Look it up. You won't be disappointed.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun on and off campus. UCF does a very good job about getting their student body actively involved throughout the year. This includes a welcome week of events, homecoming events and much more. There are plenty of community events and if you really get bored, you can always go to Universal or Disney. (Students get really good discounted tickets to all of the theme parks)

    Food and Dining

    The UCF meal plan will look REALLY good when your parents come for orientation and the first week of classes but soon you will get really tired of eating the same 5 things throughout the entire year.

    Dorm Life

    Overall the dorms are really nice but quite expensive. I would recommend living on campus for your first year and then looking for off-campus housing for the following years. There are plenty of apartments within miles of campus and UCF provides shuttles to and from all apartment complexes.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program you are involved in, the classes can be very time consuming. Overall you will be challenged but you will earn your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that you do NOT take math at UCF. Even for some of the best math students, the UCF math classes are hard and a waste of your money. Take them at Valencia because the classes are easier, cheaper and count for the same credit.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a very large school so there is a program or club for anyone to get involved in. UCF has an amazing amount of school spirit and I am so proud to be a Knight! Charge On!

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming week, we have a tradition called Spirit Splash, where everyone gets to jump in the reflection pond!

    What to do for fun

    Football games! UCF finally got its own stadium a few years ago, and it's so much fun to go to the games with friends and sit in the student section.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on campus are not that great, but there are lots of other options, like Chic-fil-a, Subway, and Dominos, just to name a few.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in the Apollo dorms, which are really old, but I had a blast getting to know my suite-mates!

    Academic Rigor

    UCF definitely holds its students to a very high standard. Most classes are graded on a plus/minus scale, so students have to work even harder to receive a full A

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come to UCF and plan to live on campus, I suggest you get yourself a bike.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a really great school, especially for freshmen. The campus isn't too huge, and it doesn't have city streets going through campus like other universities. There are lots of social activities, sponsored by the school, so they're safe and fun.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    UCF can definitely use more healthier options for food and a bit wider variety. On campus there is a subway and jimmy john's composing the sub options, two pizza places(sbarro and papa johns or pizza hut I cant remember), Chick-fila and a Huey Magoos, which makes up your fried chicken options, and a Whooper Bar and Burger U which are the two burger joints.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are new and luxurious. They are on the pricey side but UCF's campus is beautiful and everything you need is on campus so, dorm life is pretty nice. The Knight Towers are right next to the football stadium so it's pretty fun watching and being part of the parade of fans and students that attend each game.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are well structured but there are professors here and there who will use a lot of scattered sources(online sites, videos, multiple textbooks) which I feel makes it a bit harder to get a feel on what the test will cover. Some professors are there mostly for their research so they sometimes will put students and the classes they teach a distant second. I recommend always reading the reviews of any professor before signing up for their class.

  • 11/12/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    The city is wonderful! There is literally soo much too do! Between amusement parks, oversized shopping centers, and so much more entertainment is never out of reach.

    Food and Dining

    I think the food is about the same as any other campus with your abundance of fastfood chains (spearheaded by starbucks) but with so many options around if the school doesnt offer your favorite, its rare that one isnt close.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seemed nicer than any other campus I have visited. They are larger than most and closet space is great.

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldnt know, I've only visited.

    In three sentences

    Campus is awsome! Location is ah-mazing! And for oppertunities:Endless!

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    nerdy, smart, fun loving

    What to do for fun

    it's Orlando, there are theme parks, and this campus has it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to study, it's not a free ride.

    In three sentences

    I am loving it here, it is a great school.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out with my group of friends. Both new friends I met here and old ones from home.

    Food and Dining

    So many restaurant both on and off campus allowing for a variety. Only bad when you go to the same place all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you go. Some places feel like hotels and are more isolated while others are in more of a group fashion allowing for a community to form.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are as hard as you make them. Hard work and effort can't be avoided. Do research to find good teachers to make classes more enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take math credits before coming here because the math labs here are a pain to deal with.

    In three sentences

    I love UCF. the school is great as well as the students. My two favorite things about this school are the constant activity on campus and the community it provides.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of free concerts and events on campus that CAB usually hosts like Movie Knights and holiday centered events. On campus there is a lake where you can go kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding.

    Food and Dining

    So here's the deal with the meal plan. The Unlimited meal plan is a waste of you and your parents money. It comes with hardly any worthwhile perks. There are only 2 dining halls to use your meal plan on and the food there is OK at best. Marketplace food is almost never good. Some of the workers are rude and don't know what their serving you. The place just irks me. Knightro's is way better but if the menu that day doesn't suit your taste you're screwed.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Nike dorms and they are pretty nice and spacious for a suite style dorm. If you want to meet people it helps to sit out in the courtyard. In the beginning of fall everyone would hangout there at night.But if you really want to meet friends and make close connections I suggest applying for a living learning community. I'm in Nursing@nike and I have met (and even gotten close with) a few people in the LLC.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my freshman classes were pretty easy except math. At UCF math is very controlled and inconvenient. Everything is done on the computer (hw, tests, quizzes, etc.). You can use your home computer to complete assignments but you are also required to go to a math lab for 3hrs/week per math class. And you have to make a C+ on your homework(which is usually 70-110 Questions) to take a quiz and if you get a C+ on your quiz you get to do Math Activities (these also count for a grade) and if you don't you get an F. Long story short: Take math classes elsewhere

    Tips for prospective students

    As I said before, UCF is big school and going from class to class gets very tiring. I would definitely looking into getting a bike. Though it isn't too much of a party school there are a lot of events and outings to go to constantly. Try not to get too distracted by them.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great campus to make friends. Even though it's the 2nd largest campus It's not daunting and everyone is so nice. I have met so many cool [and cute ;) ] people here.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    every interest is on campus and if its not you can make one

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the refection pond is a must!

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends go to events that the school provides go out in the area

    Food and Dining

    dining on campus is convenient but not enough good choices

    Dorm Life

    Too expensive for a small room.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major academics can be tough. you have to make an effort to get to know your professor and ask for help because there are so many more students in your class that the professor can't divide their time

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations that you are interested in. network and build connections early keep your grades up

    In three sentences

    School and area is great for opportunity, there is every interest here for students and so many people to connect with

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency stations throughout campus and police patrolling. The campus is also all in one place.

    Greek Life

    There is an entire street dedicated to the greek life. From pictures, everyone looks like one big family and everyone is having a great time. My friends tell me to definitely do it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do, i am never bored.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash. You are not allowed to get into the fountain in the middle of campus until this one day during homecoming week.

    Bang for the buck

    Housing is quite expensive, but your first year you need to live on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Swim, go out to mad hatter, go eat.

    Food and Dining

    Marketplace is ok, i usually cook.

    Dorm Life

    eh, i have an apartment style, so i get lonely

    Academic Rigor

    Im dying. Class is hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get excited!

    In three sentences

    It is such an amazing university. The campus is large but all in one place. There are so many opportunities and clubs.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe. There is always security all over campus and there is emergency phones around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is all kind of clubs and activities to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for everyone. People of all ages and personalities they will be able to find a great place to fit in.

    Bang for the buck

    Studying at UCF is one of the desions I have made. It has great major opportunities, a great variety of clubs and organization to join. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Advisors are always willing to do the best of their abilities to help you.

    What to do for fun

    Joing organization and clubs in the school if you have the time for it. Most definitely worth it.

    Food and Dining

    Great restaurants and fast food choices. Not too expensive and tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Make friends and memories but, becareful not to get influence. Keep yourself focus in school and make it a priority.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not hard nor scray. Just study hard get help each time you need and keep moving forward.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit your college advisors as much as your can. Be sure what classes you need every semester and let the advisors guide you. Have fun but, don't forget waste your time. College is expensive but, apply for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    UCF is one of the best universities to study in. It has a wide variety of majors you can choose from and tuiton is not as expensive as other universities. I definitely recomend UCF to everyone you won't regret studying here.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's very expensive to live in Orlando. I do find it worth it now because I'm in my desired program.

    What to do for fun

    I really don't know. I don't really do much for fun other than go to movies, shop, and play video games.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food to choose from on and around campus. I especially like the buffet-style options.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know. I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    In my program right now, it is very rigorous. However, when I was just taking normal classes at UCF, it wasn't really all that challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Double-, triple-, and quadruple-check that admissions has all of your paperwork, even if they say they have it. My admission was delayed for several months because they gave me incorrect information about what was needed (and several 900 mile round-trip journeys).

    In three sentences

    Overall, the school is okay. There are way too many programs to choose from. Luckily, they had a program that I wanted to do and I'm very happy I got into it.

  • 11/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused!

    In three sentences

    Very big, lost of activities. Might be a bit of a shock coming from a small college or town. However, I enjoy it.

  • 10/27/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Campus is absolutely massive and you will get lost. There are far too many students attending this university but its very diverse and you meet a lot of new people...who you'll never see again.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. The UCF Police Department has a lot of services for students such as the safe escort patrol service and extra help for situations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to do on campus. You can find something for everyone from serious activities to fan and silly clubs.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of activities going on all the time that are free for students. Also, there are a lot of different clubs to join in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you balance out school and fun activities.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great school. They provide me with a lot of opportunities. Also, UCF has a fantastic support system for students.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Orlando Is a party city. Tons of discounts for students at all the bars and clubs around campus. There are options that do not include drinking as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live close to campus try to take public transit. Hope you enjoy large classes!

    In three sentences

    Giant student base. Extremely diverse campus. Too much traffic.

  • 10/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    UCF is all about entraining it's students and making sure you enjoy yourself in-between studying and classes. With downtown only fifteen minutes away and disney only 30 it's easy to have a blast at UCF.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places on campus as well as off campus that you can find great food at. Lazy moon, just off of campus is a personal favorite. As is Ninja sushi.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live at the dorms of ucf.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your classes and major you may find yourself learning more than you thought.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though UCF is large please do not be discouraged in applying. The diversity at the school is unlike any you'll ever find. I have met dozens of interesting people, all who can be used as references throughout my career.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida holds just as much opportunity as it does students. With over 60,000 students UCF makes a tremendous effort to make every student feel like an individual in the crowd. The academic and personal experiences that I am having since my start at UCF has made college worth my while.

  • 10/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The cafateria here on my satellite campus is really great. I'm on the Palm Bay campus and we share the well priced, abundant food with EFSC in the campus cafateria. I eat there in between classes and study there, too.

    Dorm Life

    I actually don't stay at a dorm. I'm attending the satellite campus down south from the main campus. This means I can stay at home and keep my old friends, life, and family support while getting the education I need. The classes are a LOT smaller and the teachers are really interested in helping you succeed, here. Sure--I miss out on some stuff, like dorm life and the magnificent Orlando campus--but it is what I need to graduate.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF has a great balance of learning and stress. Meaning, the majority of people in my classes are not stressed out with the schedule. I met more stressed out people at my community college compared to UCF. The classes are challenging, yes, BUT I feel as though I am learning stuff I will really use in real life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to talk to an advisor. I almost died during the transfer process from my community college to UCF until I talked to John King, who is on the Palm Bay campus. There is sooo much information out there that it makes it difficult to know what to know. And don't nix out the option of staying in your home town--if you can't reach UCF, it is very possible that UCF can reach you.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is awesome. There are personable teachers, personal learning, and a promising education. This is a great choice for your undergraduate program.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on campus at UCF. There is always a campus police officer in sight, and emergency stations everywhere. There are escort services where you can get an official to escort you home if you ever feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is really popular at UCF. We have a wide array of different sororities and fraternities, as well as housing for different chapters.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a way for any kind of student to find a niche at UCF. From Greek life to Doctor Who Club, there something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a diverse community, and a college town that can double as a big city should definitely consider UCF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming Week is probably the most iconic thing about UCF. There are so many football traditions here, but the most famous is our Spirit Splash Event. All students gather around our Reflection Pond in the middle of campus and run in all at once to commemorate Homecoming. Imagine thousands of people stampeding into a huge fountain of water! It's insane.

    Bang for the buck

    In Orlando, you're basically able to do anything on a budget. UCF offers their students a lot of discounts and coupons to eat out or have fun at a theme park.

    What to do for fun

    Orlando is the hub of all things fun. If you're into theme parks, Orlando is the place to be. We have Disney World, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studies, Sea World, and a lot of other cool places to have fun. Dowtown Orlando has a ton of really cool clubs and bars where students age 18 and up can have fun. Orlando also has a huge variety of food and coffee places to try.

    Food and Dining

    Having a meal plan at UCF is not only convenient, but delicious! The dining halls here are like no other university I've seen. There is a lot of variety and options for students with any kind of deitary needs. We also have a lot of really cool restaurants and places to eat on campus, so you can always switch things up and not be eating the same thing everyday,

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great compared to other Florida schools and universities in general! The university is fairly young, only 50 years old, meaning most of the dorms are fairly new. I had a great experience living in Hercules, and it's definitely an experience that every college student should have. I made some of my best friends in my dorm hall.

    Academic Rigor

    You can't just scoot by here without studying or putting effort into your classes. Like most colleges and universities, you need to try. That being said, it's not the absolute hardest university to succeed in, but all of that trully depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can't see yourself attending a huge university with over 60,000 students, this isn't the place for you. I know that seems like a lot and sounds a little intimidating at first, but trust me, once you get to know your professors and make life-long friends here, it's completely different. Despite there being so many students, UCF is a great place to be. You still feel like an individual here. There are so many resources for students to get involved and feel at home here. Faculty members really want you to succeed, and do anything they can to make that a reality. Go Knights!

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Central Florida. Everywhere you look is filled with diversity and acceptance. Coming here was one of the best decisions of my life.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices on campus and the dining halls are pretty decent.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm but the ones that I've been in are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was for this school. I had a hard time adjusting but the people and instructors were very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend joining clubs or organizations to get involved. It's hard to make friends in a new school, and getting involved makes it a lot easier. Also, talk to your instructors during office hours! They're there to help you and are good at what they do.

    In three sentences

    UCF has been a great experience for me so far. My instructors have been awesome and I have learned more in the short of time I've been here than I ever did in high school. Also, the advising center is wonderful.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't noticed extreme measure for safety, but I certainly don't feel anything bad is going to happen anytime soon.

    Greek Life

    No experience to share. Greek life is around and always trying to reach out to the rest of the campus, but I've never had any personal experience with them. Another club I didn't join like the many UCF has.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list, too much to do. The robotics club is the one that caught my particular fancy. Just us nerds doing what nerds do and helping other nerds do it. An opportunity to either learn or share.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who can't seem to get enough out of life. Plenty of opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know if I'd call it unusual, but the entire campus basically shuts down if there's a game. Classes canceled, buildings closed, all that jazz.

    Bang for the buck

    It gets the job done assuming you've started off on the right path. The idea is to get an education while getting your foot through the door. That, plus the variety of opportunities the campus offers just to live a college life.

    What to do for fun

    What's not to do for fun? If you're an introvert, there are plenty of computers and private locations to hang by yourself. If you're incredibly social, just check a board and pick something.

    Food and Dining

    I've not had a problem with the variety of dining but it's not something I'd highly praise. You want good food, you'll get good food.

    Dorm Life

    As an outside looking in, I enjoy what I see. Many different opportunities for dorm life including one of the most beautiful places behind the gym. Seriously, I wanted to cry seeing that place. (Not to hype it up or anything)

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't been here long, but from what I've seen the classes are average difficulty. Go to class, study for tests, take them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the opportunities presented here. There are many chances for scholarships, internships, and prospective jobs that go unnoticed because people don't take advantage of them. And try to have fun, there's so many ways to do that and keep up your studies.

    In three sentences

    It's a place full of vast opportunities. You can't turn a corner or look at a webpage without finding something else to get involved in, which is important when it comes to filling out things for your resume. There is a complaint or two here or there, but much more wow factor.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The best advice honestly is just to look around. UCF has several clubs, activities, sports and events to keep everyone busy.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are okay...if you're starving and have no choice. Your best plan, unless you're absolutely strapped for cash or don't have a kitchen, is to avoid the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not what they seem like in movies. The best thing about them will be the people you meet, hopefully.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are only as difficult as the professors who teach them, if you are willing to learn, you will. It's that simple.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember, this is a huge campus. It's easy to get lost both physically and intellectually. Don't drown yourself in classes, don't drown yourself in alcohol or parties either. Find a balance that works for you and gets you the best grades with the highest chance of self-exploration possible.

    In three sentences

    UCF is HUGE! When you go to orientation, even after the tour, you don't realize the sheer size of the University until you start going to class and engaging in activities. It is a beautiful campus and so far, all the professors I've had love to teach and are more than willing to help. You have to remember to ask, though.

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Check princeton review. UCF is a great value for a great education.

    What to do for fun

    Obviously, the theme parks. Football and basketball games. RWC group exercise classes. Nightlife is pretty good- we have the top college bar in the country. Our homecoming tradition of Spirit Splash is top in the nation. It's Orlando; there's something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus doesn't have much that you won't find on any college campus, but just off campus is Lazy Moon pizza and 4rivers smokehouse is building a closer location than Winter Park. Ask any UCF student about these two places and you're sure to get amazing reviews. Orlando is mecca for good dining and students can find just about anything they want around town.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. Many of them are newer and nicer than older schools in Florida. No communal bathrooms. The most you would have to share with is three other people.

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be fooled by those lists some groups put out. UCF can sometimes be ranked as not rigorous, but what those lists fail to make clear is they include location in their ranking. Orlando is big city with a lot of entertainment. That's a huge strike against the school's academia, which I feel shouldn't affect our score. UCF is far enough way from downtown and Disney despite the belief that we live in the theme parks. We're a young school and still making a name for ourselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. Use the numerous resources on campus. Cheap, possibly free printing everywhere, writing center, resume critiques, free scantrons. UCF aims to make every student get the most bang for their buck, and I haven't been disappointed yet.

    In three sentences

    UCF is one of the best decisions I ever made. I love it so much I am intending on continuing my education with their graduate studies in Teacher Leadership. The education department has been invaluable to me.

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons placed throughout campus which can be pressed if a student is feeling unsafe walking around campus at night and the police can track your location and get you home safely.

    What to do for fun

    On campus for fun , one can go to the leisure pool , the intramural fields , Lake Claire , the Outdoor Adventure ropes course , the Recreation and Wellness Center , the Reflection Pond , Memory Mall and the Student Union. There are always events going on here and it is almost impossible for someone to get bored with all of the attractions.

    Food and Dining

    Many students worry about the freshman fifteen occurring throughout their first year and I could see why they should be concerned. Yes , there are many fast food places on and close to campus but there are an equal amount of healthy selections as well. The University of Central Florida made sure to accommodate for students who do not want to eat meat or prefer healthier selections of food.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the communities look similar to hotels on the outside and once inside everything is very spacious and well laid out. Each dorm has a common area on every floor and washing rooms attached to the buildings. Also , with the variety of places to go on campus , dorms are located around common attractions.

    Academic Rigor

    Mostly academia is based upon professors and their teaching styles. Whereas some professors prefer to lecture , others will place powerpoints and other visual aides online for the students access. Having said that , so far , the academic rigor is fairly moderate but it does change with each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Over 60,000 students attend this school and it can get very overwhelming at times so that is one major thing to think about before attending the University of Central Florida. The diversity of the student body is helpful because it is easy to lose oneself among the crowd but while getting lost someone else is there getting lost with you more than likely. Lastly , be prepared for the heat and walking , this campus is much larger than it appears.

    In three sentences

    This University can be juxtaposed to a generously sized city. Over 60,000 students attend this school and it can get very overwhelming at times. Also , being located in the middle of Orlando there is always something for students to get involved with and more than likely an amazing discount accompanies those activities.

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is impeccable. Security gives you notice and updates each student, through their school email account, about all incidents on each campus. If you agree to the conditions for messaging via cell phone, they will also send you an alert via text messaging.

    Greek Life

    Lot's of sorrorities to choose from!!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Each week there is a workshop, event or something going on on Ucf' s main and regional campuses. You are sent an email the weeks in advance, and a reminder a couple days to a week before.

    Great for these types of students

    Ucf is a diverse campus; with students, professors, falculty and staff from all countries, ethinic bacgrounds, religions, walks of life and etc. With that being said, I believe UCF is a superb Campus for any student that is determined, has an open mind, and ready to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has regional campuses through out the State of Florida for the convenience of student's who really wants to attend their campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's worth the time and money. The professor's are so passionate about what they teach.

    What to do for fun

    Attend campus events and games. Join some clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The main campus has a great selection of food and places to dine. For everyones convenience theses places are located on campus and near by.

    Dorm Life

    A wonderful experience

    Academic Rigor

    Everything is set in stone. Its up to you to achieve. However, the professor will push you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be hard on yourself, and have lot's of confidence.

    In three sentences

    This campus is amazing! The professors are passionate and the staff are great. For the first time in life, I'm actually excited to go to school.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. There are cars that escort you home at night, if you can not make it there on your own, or if you are too scared. You can call the safety escort and they will come assist you to make sure you get home safely.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 150 clubs and activities to do here at UCF. So do not stay bored or think something is not for you because there is something for everyone. And if you still think nothing is for you, you can create something and tell the student government about it and it can become a permanent club.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, and any kind of good company. I enjoy having fun, it is the people you are around that make it a fun environment.

    Food and Dining

    I do not have the meal plan because I do not eat that much. There is a kitchen in the community area of where I stay. And I can also buy food if I want.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make it. Talk with your roommates and suite mates so everyone has an understanding. Do not let anything last too long if you are unhappy with it. Talk it out.

    Academic Rigor

    If something is extensively rigorous, do not be afraid to ask for help. No one wants to see you not succeed. So try your hardest and getting pushing forward.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and engaged. Get involved but do not overdo yourself. Aim for the moon so if you fall, you can land on the stars.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an outstanding school. It is the 2nd largest in the world and is great. I give it all thumbs up and 5 stars, 5 being the highest of course.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You don't have to walk to far to find a security officer. The grounds are kept up and as a female student I have always felt safe. They even have alerts sent online if there are recent security issues. The responsiveness of security staff to any problems is impressive.

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for every kind of student at UCF! Whether you're into Sports, Arts, Academics, or fine Florida weather (when it's not too hot), you can find it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One day a year, UCF students are allowed to splash around in Reflecting Pond, known as Spirit Splash! The tradition was started 17 years ago when then-Student Government Association president, Miguel Torregrossa, was pushed into the fountain by one of his cabinet members. Every year since then, students participate in UCF's best tradition before upcoming tailgating events and homecoming football game!

    Bang for the buck

    Check out the Office of Experimental Learning and get set up for (sometimes paid $) internships. You can gain experience and some extra cash while still in school. The Financial Aid office shouldn't be overlooked. UCF has so many scholarship and grant opportunities that can help you pay for school.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on around campus. You can get notifications of upcoming events by email. Joining groups is another way to be in the loop of fun activities. If you get sick of hanging out at the local bars by the campus, make friends with someone who has a car because Downtown Orlando is only 20 minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants located minutes from campus. Most are fast food and pretty affordable. You can opt to set up a meal plan and have access to the many options provided on campus. The great thing is that you don't have to live on campus to sign up for a meal plan. Another cool benefit is financial aid can cover meal plans too. You can spend about $6 a meal over the course of a semester.

    Academic Rigor

    The closer you get to completing your degree the harder your classes become. Earning an A is rarely easy and it shouldn't be. Putting some effort to receive an A is way more rewarding than doing the bare minimum. You could probably take all the easy classes and pass, but are you getting the most from your time here?

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of what is included in your tuition. There are so many subscriptions and programs you have access too that outside companies pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for. Network with students and faculty. Make sure you keep in contact, even after your classes end. Those contacts may help you transition into finding a job in your field of study after graduation.

    In three sentences

    Not only does UCF offer education on their main campus, but you can also attend classes at one of their many regional campuses. Most of the professors want you to succeed and are very accessible. There is something of every student here!

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on the UCF campus. There is a service that can pick you up from a place at night and escort you to your car. All the paths are also well lit and there are emergency alert buttons conveniently placed. Also, if there ever is an emergency on campus, UCF does a very good job of keeping students in the loop about what is going on and taking the necessary precautions to ensure our safety. Sometimes, it seems like a bit overkill but it is always better to be safe and inconvenienced than sorry.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not part of Greek Life but from what I hear from my friends involved it is great. They love it. The Greeks are really present on campus not only as party places but also as volunteers and really work hard to give back to their community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities going on on-campus that you'd have to be a pretty boring person if you couldn't find one that interested you.

    Great for these types of students

    -Passionate -Driven -Willing to Change- we are constantly changing things so that we know what works best -Diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming we have Spirit Splash where everyone who attends gets to go into the Reflection Pond which is normally off-limits for entrance.

    Bang for the buck

    As I said earlier, UCF really helps prepare you for your career outside of college. They can help you find internships, look over your resume, and get you involved in professional organizations in your industry. Out-of-state students: Don't be scared by the price tag. The financial aid office offers great financial packages and opportunities for out-of-state students!

    What to do for fun

    We are only about 30-45 minutes west from world class attractions such as Disney, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. Near those attractions though is also International Drive that has lots to do there as well such as mini-golf, dinner shows, museums, and restaurants. Downtown Orlando isn't too far away as well which is a great place for nightlife. You could go catch an Orlando Magic game or see a concert at the Amway Center too. Go about 45 minutes east and you're at the beach! What better way to relax after a stressful week of classes? There is always something going on on-campus too from football games, to movie nights, to concerts, to special events. We also have a leisure pool and full recreational center where you can go workout or take workout classes with some of your peers. Needless to say, you'll never be short of something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Marketplace isn't the best place for food and Knightro's is only a step above. The food isn't bad just your typical cafeteria style with rotated menus. The service is mediocre as they hire a lot of students to work there. Around campus though there are a lot of options such as an on-campus Subway, Qdoba, Burger King Whopper Bar, Sbarro, Jimmy John's, Domino's, and Chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    My first year I lived in a dorm with nothing but out-of-state students which was great for me because I am an out-of-state student who didn't know anybody coming in. They also a lot of other special group housing such as the Healthy Knights who want to live in an environment without alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. My only complaint is that there isn't enough. Once you're a sophomore or above it is harder to get on-campus housing so it is easier to move off-campus. However, there are plenty of student-apartments in the area three of which are affiliated with the school. They are also working on building more on-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging whereas as some are really easy so they balance each other out. It is really however much you put in is what you'll get out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    -If you are looking to apply to the Hospitality program I would recommend applying to something else first then transferring. The Hospitality program is in high demand and so they are very picky. -UCF is looking to start getting some traditions set so as a student here you will be part of beginning the legacy. -UCF may be considered the school that you go to if you can't get in anywhere else but I would like to see a campus of more dedicated, focused, willing, and passionate students than UCF.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is among the youngest schools in the nation but that doesn't mean they don't know what they're doing. UCF gives students plenty of opportunity both academically and professionally. Without coming to UCF I'm not sure I would have known of all the opportunities available for me as and undergraduate that have helped me get ready for my career outside of graduation.

  • 09/01/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Huge school if you're into that, not the best I've heard, campus is great, and alot of people love it! Many friends go here, it's great!

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Common sense is the thing that will keep you safest.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a lot of clubs. A lot....of...clubs...

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, and adventurous.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DONT STEP ON THE PEGASUS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STUDENT UNION.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth the tuition costs but to save money I would suggest you CLEP as many courses from the General Education Program(GEP) as you can. It's 36 credits and they accept up to 45 CLEP Credits.

    What to do for fun

    -Intramural Sports -Going to the Recreation & Wellness Center -Clubs -Concerts at the UCF Arena -Tailgating at the Football games

    Food and Dining

    Food at UCF Dining gets repetitive and isn't very vegetarian friendly. It'd be in your best interest to get a hot plate, and stock up on healthy snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a bit small, but so are dorms at every major University. Roommates are a gamble, and sometimes it works out really well. I personally prefer off campus housing, because or less restrictions and larger living spaces.

    Academic Rigor

    As you get to your 4000 level courses the difficulty is pretty intense at times. Very manageable though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs. Be a little spontaneous, try new things, an meet new people.

    In three sentences

    I am extremely glad to have chosen this school. The campus is beautiful and it has a really good atmosphere for academics. People from all walks of life go here, so no one is really an outcast.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I woulnt join

    Great for these types of students

    Love meeting new people everyday.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash

    What to do for fun

    Attend Late Knight events or sit in on a movie.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved the day you arrive on campus. Do not be intimidated by the large amount of students and size of the campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a large campus in the heart of Orlando. If 400 student lecture halls scare you this university might not be for you. UCF students are very involved making UCF one of the top research schools in the nation.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a superstition that if you walk across the Pegasus seal in the middle of the Student Union, you won't graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    When choosing classes, make sure you pay attention to which building it is in because you don't want your next class to be across campus when you only have five minutes in between. Also DON'T BUY FROM THE UCF BOOKSTORE. If you go to the bookstore's website and type in your class codes, it will tell you exactly which books you will need, so you should write down the ISBN number and find the book online elsewhere. The gym is great but popular classes like Zumba fill up quick. Make sure to register if required.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a lot of fun activities on campus that are available for students, from Late Knights every month to Pegasus Palooza. The campus is pretty but HUGE, either bring your longboard or be prepared to walk. The food here also isn't very cheap.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash happens during homecoming week every year and is the one and only time a year that you are allowed in the reflection pond in front of the library. And on top of that, you're running into the water to grab a yellow rubber ducky that has the years theme on it and is a coveted item by all Knights who are there.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs to join, and during basketball and baseball season it is almost impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and end up at a couple of games a week, and that doesn't even include the intramurals that are there. And was it ever mentioned that UCF is in Orlando, because that should say it all. Or that student get discounted tickets to the parks in the area, because that is one awesome perk that we have!!

    Food and Dining

    Marketplace was my favorite dining hall. The cookies that they have there make the meal plans completely worth it. They're amazing. You will take a lot of them. And you'll eat them everyday. Omelettes in the morning are also pretty great. Just make sure you get there early for breakfast because there is always a line for them.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at UCF are top notch. They're definitely not the dorms that our parents remember, which is great!! The RA's are also pretty great, and are super open to helping out the people who live on their floors. The friends that you end up living with will stay with you for the next few years. And even if they don't, at least you can wave at them when you inevitably run into them on campus later.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, but if you study hard, you'll do fine. Professors can really make class fun, even if you're sitting in a lecture hall with 300 other people, you never really know what they'll come up with. Don't spend all your time partying and going out, make sure you keep up with your studies, and don't let yourself fall behind, because when you do, it can be really hard to keep up with the course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is a huge circle, and can sometimes be really confusing. Short cuts will save your life on more than one occasion, I guarantee it. Never, ever, leave your room without your umbrella for the first few months. This is Florida and you never know when the skies will open into a down pour. And embrace your community. UCF knows how to have a good time, rain or shine!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is all about being a Knight!!! UCF takes school spirit to an extreme, which makes for a fun loving and amazing environment to live and learn in. Once you're a Knight, you'll be one for life!

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many emergency buttons around campus and a cart service is offered that can take students to their dorms during the night time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is held during the last day of Homecoming Week in which all students are invited to jump into the Reflection Pond.

    What to do for fun

    Students can lay out by the reflection pond, participate in homecoming activities, play sports near Lake Claire, or go to many of the fun places in Orlando. Students can also wait in line for a free ticket to Universal during the Spring semester.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a dining plan, but UCF offers a pretty good selection of restaurants on campus. They are quite expensive though.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience has been quite good. The Hercules dorm is very clean and spacious, though very far away from the classes I frequent. My RA has always been welcoming and competent.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel the many of the classes adequately challenge me. I've learned a great deal, but what makes the difference is taking the steps to actually learn the material and not just study to pass the test. The honors college offers great opportunity for unique interdisciplinary studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the university offers you the best opportunities and classes in order to accomplish your academic and career goals.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love this university because of the clean and beautiful atmosphere and the experiences offered by my specific major. As a music student in a small program, I've found that the professors are very accessible, and I have many opportunities to perform. All of the faculty and students are welcoming, helpful, and supportive.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is definitely a main concern for the school. They have their own campus safety alerts where they text, email, or even call their students to give them information on a situation that is currently happening so the students can stay away from or at least know about. On top of that, the school has their own police force to take the safety to another level.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say that this school is great place for the type of person that likes to social, make new friends (or a lot of them) as well as a person that likes to have some fun on the side along with your studies.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on this campus that you lose track of what to do actually. There is sports, plenty of places to just spend time with friends, such as the Student Union, the John Washington Center, and down the streets from amazing restaurants and an outdoor mall/shopping center.

    Food and Dining

    The food was to die for. The 15 pound freshman diet/weight gain was no joke because if you do not watch yourself when you eat, those pounds pack on real fast. However, I cannot say that I did not enjoy food.

    Dorm Life

    I loved staying at my dorm on campus during my freshman year. I became close with many of the people living on my dorm floor and I was really happy that I did not have to worry about any problems regarding roommates or dormates.

    Academic Rigor

    It may be difficult at times, especially in the math department, but if you try hard, get with friends and tutors and such, it should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY, STUDY, AND STUDY!

    In three sentences

    So far, going to this school has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I never thought that I would feel so at home at this institution even though I am away from my actual home. I will look back on my time in the school as one that I will forget or regret ever.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a 4/5 stars because the campus is quite large and when it gets dark at night it can feel a little dangerous. So its recommended that you have someone with you while your walking or that you call the Student Escort Services. The campus is surrounded by vast trees so there have been instances where deer and bears have came on campus but none have wondered to far into the campus where they have endangered the safety of students.

    Greek Life

    CamThe mission of Fraternity and Sorority Life is to provide a quality and safe undergraduate fraternal experience that enhances student development through the active advising of student leaders.While chapters are inclusive and diverse, UCF's Greek community includes historically African-American, Latin/Multicultural, as well as historically Jewish-faith based fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs at UCF! Its called The Office of Student Involvement and with that are CAB (Campus Activity Board), UCFHC (Homecoming committee), KnightCast, Knightthon, KoRT, Late Knights etc. All these are more are geared to get the students more involved with the campus, having fun and helping others.Whether youâ??re interested in community service, leadership opportunities, or just plain fun, they've got the info to get you plugged into whatâ??s going on at UCF!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students who: 1. Have great leadership qualities 2. Want quality education 3. Like to interact with other students 4. Want to be involved in something bigger 5. Like helping people 6. Enjoy having fun 7. Enjoy diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As UCF's official Welcome Week, Pegasus Palooza returns every Fall semester with a week full of social, academic, and service activities for students to get acquainted with the UCF campus, meet people, and simply to have fun! Each day of the homecoming OSI will be hosting different events that will get you involved im the school. You might even with cash prizes! This all leads up to SPIRIT SPLASH. This is when everyone gather around the reflection pond, which one giant fountain in the center of the school and all at once everyone jumps in!

    What to do for fun

    1. Go to Late Knights - Late Knights occurs every Friday with a different theme. There you can get free food, drinks, and lots of prizes and collect LinkLoots 2. KnightCast Pool Party - Knight Cast holds a pool party weekly from 11am to 1pm at the leisure pool 3. CAB presents movies on the lawn near the leisure pool where they show recently released movies for free 4. Go to the Gym!

    Food and Dining

    These are the list of Food and Dining area at UCF Student Union and other locations around campus: 1. (2) Subway 2. Asian Chao 3. Burger King: Whopper Bar 4. Kyoto 5. Dominos 6. Balagan 7. Corner Cafe 8. Huey Magoo's Express 9. Joffrey's Coffee 10. Sbarro Italian Eatery 11. Smoothie King 12. Topper's Creamery 13. Wackadoo's Grub and Brew 14. Knightstop 15. Greens 4/5 stars because you very well might be on your way to the Freshmen 15 because of these delicious places.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm Life at UCF is great. The Newer dorms like: Nike, Hercules, and Neptune are better suited for you if you would like a more modern looking room. They come in shared and single bedrooms. Libra and Apollo are the older dorms and Lake Claire is a single room type dorm where you share the whole dorm with 3 other people. The Towers are the nicer dorms. They are apartment style and everyone receives their own room. It has two baths and a full kitchen, depending on which floor plan you select. If the on campus life isn't for you, you can choose between a wide variety of off campus apartments like Knight's Circle, The Point, The Edge, The Lofts, University House and more! They all come with a wide variety of amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    At UCF, there are more than 200 majors to choose fromâ??itâ??s all here. So, whatever their passion, weâ??ve got the program to get students going in the right direction.With more than 8,000 students, the college offers undergraduate and graduate students innovative thinking in a high-tech atmosphere. We are the only accredited undergraduate and graduate college of business in Orlando.We produce more teachers than any other institution in the state. Our college brings together students, faculty, schools and community leaders to provide state-approved and nationally-accredited certifications and degrees.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure you've completed your FASFA and, if you can, a few scholarships because the extra money will be completely helpful to you 2. If you have a skateboard, bike, roller skates or anything like that - bring them! The campus is quite large and it will usually take about 10-15 minutes to get to the Center of the campus - The Union. 3. Keep your ID close to you at all times. Don't lose it (like I did 3 times) and pay $15. Your ID will allow you to receive free printing, scantrons, and cash/gift prizes during your events. Some on-campus events even require you to have you ID 4. Leave your dorm 30 minutes before your class starts. Why? Because walking to your class alone can take up to 15, then getting settled into the class. Some teachers starts exactly on time. 5. After sunset, try to walk with someone because the campus has a lot of trees, flowers, and buildings that if can become very dark and dangerous at time. If you feel like you can't walk to your dorm. Call SEPS - the Student Escort Patrol Services. They will take you anywhere on campus at no cost. 6. Laptops and Tablets work better for taking notes because chances are you'll be in a class of 300+ students and the teacher cannot give you individual attention. So these devices help you take down notes quicker 7. Apply for the Book Opt this is when they'll give you around $600 for books during your first week of that semester. However its only if you qualify. If you don't qualify then try buying used books or ebook because they're a lot cheaper. You can buy these with the Book Opt also 8. Beware of the Freshmen 15 - seriously. 9. In small lecture classrooms, recording devices can be your best friends 10. Don't step on the Pegasus Seal in the Student Union. Legend has it, anyone who steps on it doesn't graduate. But you know, that's just a legend...

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is an all-around great, active school. It has a complete balance of social events, academics, and college life. The school itself is completely diverse.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety is always key at our campus, there are always blue call stations at very convenient locations. Not only are the call stations helpful there are always public security at our campus and if this still does not make you feel comfortable due to the sheer size of the campus, it is always a great idea to use the travel in groups method.

    What to do for fun

    TAILGATING!

    Food and Dining

    the food and dinning services have such a large amount of selection that individuals with unique eating habits or conditions shouldn't have any concern of how their dinning experience will go. the only down side to all of this would have to be the dinning programs. They are expensive but definitely worth it.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have not experienced the dorm life myself but most of my friend have loved the quality and service provided to them. The towers is the only choice for incoming freshmen and these are very nice to begin with and are located in the center of the

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are intense but the faculty are always there to help you out and if this is not enough there is always the tutors and academic center to help out fellow knights.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grab a great pair of walking shoes cause your going to be doing a lot of it, this campus is massive enough said. Immerse yourself in as much activities as possible but also don't forget to keep your academic stance at the highest, as a knight this is part of our creed and is very important to us.

    In three sentences

    This university at glance is very intimidating due to its size but once you become more comfortable with it you'll find that it has much to offer. for instance the amount of extra curricular programs and clubs that are offered are immense. The University also has a great academic stance, faculty and staff are all well equipped helpful and kind.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    EVERYBODY

    What to do for fun

    THERE ARE TOO MANY OPTIONS

    Tips for prospective students

    IT IS HARD BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE

    In three sentences

    I LOVE IT

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The best food is found in the student union.

    Dorm Life

    I have not stayed in the dorms yet.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is fairly easy as long as you take the time and study.

    In three sentences

    UCF has a lot of diversity. The staff is friendly and helpful in stressful situations. They help students go after their dreams.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I'm putting a four here, not a three, despite how often we get emergency messages (not to mention the few things that have been pretty sketchy since I started) due to the fact that as a student we are aware the second it happens that something is going on. There's a running joke around school about how often we get emails whenever there is a suspicious package or something of that nature. Half the time all the students on campus who have their phone connected to their email know about any activity before the police to. We stay informed.

    Greek Life

    I can't speak much for greek life, as I don't know anyone in it - but I know that they definitely have the nicest housing on campus, and I can't even walk through a parking garage without seeing notes from Little's to bigs and vice-versa. They seem to be having a good time. If I recall, those are the people who generally end up with the most friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said before, there's a ton to do on campus. If you actually want to get involved in some sort of club or activity, there are boards posted in every building letting people know (generally specific to the building) where they can go to be a part of a group of people who all have a common interest. I know several people on campus who seem like their whole week is filled with on campus activities, there's definitely no shortage of those.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is excellent for the kind of people who love to be involved. The people who get a kick out of going to football games dressed as giant foam fingers or dressing up as woman to make some offputting political point on campus - Even to joining the O-team (which definitely represents this kind of person as a whole) who is willing to make a fool out of themselves to represent their school and have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Breezeway - located near the student union, is where you'll meet the most interesting people. Everything from far left and right political protestors, advocates for religion, to even people pushing to legalize marijuana, you meet the most fascinating people. We do have this little tradition at school when you go to Orientation, when they tell you if you step on the Knights Seal in the middle of the Student Union that you get kicked out. (It's not true of course, But I hear them say it every year).

    Bang for the buck

    I'm giving this a three because in order to be truly getting the bang for your buck you need to take advantage of everything it has to offer, because you're automatically required with tuition to pay for things like the gym, the tutoring programs, and so on. However, if you're not doing so, it's a waste of money. But, when you need it, it's nice to know that it's all-encompassing.

    What to do for fun

    There are constantly organizations coming up to you on your way to class reminding you of events happening. They set up tents, hand out free stuff, everyone has a laugh. The football games collect a lot of tailgaters, and it's one of those things that you just have to try at least once. Sometimes we even have school wide games of People vs. Zombies and such. In the areas surrounding UCF, there's a ton of little places around, it's also not far from downtown orlando, which has a lot of clubs and bars.

    Food and Dining

    This ones give or take. The buffets around school are great if you have a meal plan because you can get endless amounts of food - but they always kind of seem microwaveable. It's not terrible, and by no means cafeteria food but I'd say its a step down from even a golden coralle. The actual food sponsored places in the student union are good though, if you're willing to spend the money it's always a better choice, and often healthier.

    Dorm Life

    Having only spent one year on campus, I can say that it wasn't my thing at all. However, all of my roommates and surrounding classmates seemed to love it. I grew up in Orlando, so the excitement of it really stemmed from living on my own rather than being in a new place, but even in my dorms, which were the cheapest, I felt like they were pretty awesome quality. Much better than some of the apartments I've seen in surrounding areas.

    Academic Rigor

    My school has received quite a bit of heat for not meeting the standards for Academia, even so far as to have other claim that we are only a party school and our teaches help us out to get by. I can say first had that although it's by no means 'un-passable' as a school, I don't feel as though the professors lack anything in terms of helping us to better our education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't tunnel vision your way through school, this is your opportunity to gain something from a situation that you'll never experience again. College life is a world in and of itself, and it should be taken advantage of in a way that can better the reality that comes after it. Expand your mindset to be able to accept new friendships, new opportunities, and new experiences.

    In three sentences

    From the shattered perspective of a student who has spent the last three years remaining off campus as much as possible, I'd say it has just as much if not more to offer than most universities. That may sound twisted, but in truth, UCF has so many opportunities to involve students in daily life, work, and academic function as a whole that it's the students own decision how they handle it. Growing up in a college town, I can say that when you become jaded to the lifestyle it loses its glamor, but what it is and the four years students generally spend there, it accomplishes the full angle that its students need.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 08/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue buttons everywhere in case you find yourself stuck in a horror movie plot in the middle of the night, and the campus PD are always cruising around keeping a watchful eye. I became good friends with one of the veteran officers here and he tells me the worst things that happen here are backpack thefts and textbook price gouging.

    Greek Life

    I don't know! I kept it real.

    Clubs and Activities

    The recreation and wellness center offers many intramural sports and gym equipment. Part of your tuition is for a membership here so I'd recommend you take part in it! It's actually a rather nice facility. Just avoid playing basketball at peak hours unless you can compete at a semi-pro level.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for a student who enjoys attending a small city-sized University. There are some ways to get out of the UCF atmosphere, but for the most part you should have some social skills as you will be constantly involved with others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm sorry but I can't reveal the location of my hidden study spot on campus or else it wouldn't be very private and quiet anymore.. nice try though, Cappex.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is rather expensive, but then again pretty much any schooling nowadays is going to cost you at least an arm, if not the leg too.

    What to do for fun

    The college bars offer a rowdy romp of a time, or if you're into more of the club scene, downtown Orlando is no more than 25 minutes away. During the day there are many activities to take part in and parks to explore. The local food scene is pretty scarce though as most of Orlando's eateries are chain food joints as opposed to a place like Austin Texas which is teeming with awesome mom and pop restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Once again I'm going to have to say avoid the UCF route when it comes to food. Prepaid meal plans trap many a freshmen, but the truth is you're much better off learning how to cook some easy, healthy meals and saving yourself some green and years on your life.

    Dorm Life

    Avoid living in a dorm at all costs. The price to living standards ratio here is horrendous. If you enjoy living in a 10x10 room with two other people, on beds too small for a house cat, then ignore my advice.

    Academic Rigor

    The engineering program has been very rewarding so far in terms of sense of accomplishment. There are random bogus classes where the professor obviously doesn't care for the material (nor do the 500 students in class), but the major classes feel very personal and the professors really pound knowledge into your brain.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're every wondering whether you should go out or stay in and study, you've already answered the question.

    In three sentences

    The location and atmosphere are ideal if (you're into summer all year-round). The size of the campus and shear number of activities to participate in is extraordinary. It is somewhat easy to feel lost among the sea of students (50,000+).

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not a worry at all about safety.

    Greek Life

    Great greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can imagine

    Great for these types of students

    All students. Every college is well recognized, especially business and engineering.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Memory mall events.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything you can imagine. If they don't have something your interested you can create a club for it.

    Food and Dining

    great food and locations.

    Dorm Life

    Fun, veryy helpful to meet new people and ease into college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Topp academic programs

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school to be a part of. Many opportunities for clubs and organizations. Great teachers all around.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with great potential. It has increased exponentially in size and ratings since i have entered. I highly recommend the school.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs for fun, there are a wide range of them.

    Food and Dining

    In the Student Union there is a good amount of variety.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your map of the school, when you first start. Register for school early so they don't fill up to quickly. Come to school early to find parking.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a good school. There are a ton of activities to join. Be prepared to walk,

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF is a pretty safe school, although anything can happen anywhere. UCF has an alert system where all students, staff and faculty receive crime or bad weather updates to their phones. At night, there is the Safe Escort Patrol Service, which are golf carts that circulate campus from sundown until about midnight so students don't need to walk alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prevalent on campus, with housing occupying Greek Park Drive. There are even latin based sororities and fraternities and business fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different types of clubs and organizations, from sororities and fraternities, to academic organizations, dancing clubs, special interest, and honor societies.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for anyone. There is even an honors college, Burnett Honors College, for those who would like the benefits of a smaller educational environment with large university resources. There is honestly something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has quite a few unique traditions. One joke is that UCF stands for 'U Can't Finish'. In the Student Union atrium, there is a Pegasus on the floor that is usually roped off, and legend has it that if you step on it, you will not graduate. Often times, graduates take their pictures standing on the Pegasus. During Homecoming, one event is the Spirit Splash, where the entire student body gathers in front of the administration building Millican Hall. Students usually are not allowed in the pond year round, but during Spirit Splash, students rush in and play in the fountain with cheerleaders and free goodies.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF is one of the more affordable state universities, with it being named Kiplinger's Magazine's best value colleges. One unique low cost way to get a degree at UCF is to attend a local regional community college, Valencia, and be automatically admitted after earning your AA or AS.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do, on campus and off. UCF is becoming more of a sports school, and once or twice a year, the campus will close for half a day for a football game. Football games have a lot of tailgating activities, and tons of school spirit. The UCF Arena is one of 3 performing venues in Orlando, so many popular acts have performed. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations that put on events throughout the year, and there are 3 specifically that are for the entire student body: Campus Activities Board, Late Knights, and Homecoming. Also, being in Orlando, there are the famous attractions that students can get for a discount. However they are all across town. But once a year, a certain amount of students can get tickets to go to Universal's Islands of Adventure for free.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of places to eat on campus. Subway (3 locations), Burger King, Sbarro, Chik-Fil-A, and Qdoba, are the most well-known ones, with local favorites such as Jimmy Johns, Asian Chao, and Huey Magoo's. There is a marketplace that is popular with freshman, however a dining plan is not really necessary nor cheaper than paying for groceries/food.

    Dorm Life

    UCF is a very modern campus, with two new housing options in development on campus. Options range from a suite style layout: two rooms, a bathroom, and common area; to full apartments. There are no communal bathrooms, so the most you would share with is three other people. There are also several off campus student apartments with shuttles to campus. They all have roommate matching services and activities and events for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends mainly on your professors and/or major. Engineering, biology, and the like are most demanding majors. But with any major, it is important to develop good study skills early on. Be sure to visit the Student Academic Resource Center to get tutoring, study sessions, and helpful study tips.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF may be a large school, but that also means there are tons of places to get involved and find a niche. It may be overwhelming the first day or week, and it can be tempting to get involved in everything, but it is important to remember your classes are your priority. There are large introductory classes, but don't hesitate to find a study group or study buddy or make one of your own. Get to know your professors, since they could be great contacts, sources for recommendation, and can help you get a better grade! Four years seems like plenty of time, but before you know it, you will be walking across that stage getting your diploma, so make your college years worthwhile!

    In three sentences

    UCF is the 2nd largest university in nation. It's an up-and-coming school, with notable faculty, unique traditions, and amazing school spirit. You will grow academically, socially, and personally.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Where is always a security guard assisting students until 1 A.M. in the morning. When you need some help, you can immediately call him/her for your safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Business students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    University of Central Florida is huge. Which means, you are likely to get lost, but the issue is, even students, professors, and staff members of UCF do not vividly and precisely remember every single building. Hence, when visitors ask someone at UCF for directions, often they don't get perfect answers from the person...

    What to do for fun

    You may want to get involved in as many students organizations as possible. University of Central Florida is such a humongous college that students from around the world come to attend. You want to get to know as many students as possible to have multicultural friends and networking.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different types of restaurants at University of Central Florida, such as Italian, Mexican, and Asian. Students shall not get bored and tired from food and dining at UCF!

    Dorm Life

    It is sometimes disturbing when it comes to dorm life. A lot of students party every single week, about which hard-working students who bust their butt o succeed can feel frustrated.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to other universities in the state of Florida, University of Central Florida has an average level in academic rigor. That means, as long as you study and do what you are supposed to do as a college student, you able to succeed and graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since University of Central Florida is located near Disney World, Universal Studio, and downtown Orlando, there are a lot of places for students to have fun and then get screwed up, not studying at all. Hence, for those who plan to attend UCF, be ready to study hard, not to party hard!

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a enthusiastic, dynamic, and diverse college where a large number of students from around the world attend to pursue different types of fields. It is also the second largest schools in the nation that is continuing to expand every year. As it is located in the central area of Florida, Orlando, there is a great involvement within the community, which provides students many different opportunities to various jobs.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do in Orlando, there's never a dull night. Since it's college town there are around 10 local bars right off campus. They always have specials on cover and drinks because they know we're on a college student budget. There are also plenty of shopping plazas and restaurant's right off campus to keep you busy and pleasantly full.

    Food and Dining

    I can't comment on the food and dining here at UCF because I don't have a meal plan but all my friends say it is great.

    Dorm Life

    At UCF the dorm life could not be any better. All the buildings are new, clean and spacious. I live in the Nike / Hercules complex and I could not love it anymore. Even the set up of the mirrored complex's separated by the courtyard is perfect because it gives the students a place to socialize with friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I have only taken two classes here on campus and both have been quite challenging. I was always an honor roll student in high school and the college curriculum has caused me to study and focus much harder than I ever have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the academic resources on campus including your teachers. Classes at UCF have SI sessions that help you break down and understand the course material with an elder student that has already gone through the class. UCF also has a writing center where you can bring papers for any class and peers will help you clarify ideas and proof read. The best resource to succeed in class is SARC or the student academic resource center. They provide tutoring for almost every subject here on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Florida is the most unique campus I have ever been to. The students are friendly, diverse and passionate about their education. The faculty is always eager to help you with any questions you have or point you in the right direction.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have emergency phones all over campus that also act as an emergency buttons if someone is following you. At night if you are scared to walk to your dorm alone you can call the security and they will drive you to your dorm. It's the safest place to be!

    Clubs and Activities

    Look up clubs and activities on the UCF website and your mind will be blow with all the options.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of students at all! There is such a huge diversity, as long as you have a thirst for knowledge, come join us!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They say that if you walk on the Pegasus you won't graduate, I really want to test it out!

    Bang for the buck

    Your tuition literally covers everything except housing and parking passes. They have free health care, free gym pass, free tutoring, free printing, advising from all over, a whole building for financial aid help, and so much more!

    What to do for fun

    There are pool parties every Friday, classes such as Zumba to take at the gym, there is rock climbing, and so many daily events, how could you ever get bored!?

    Food and Dining

    They have all different kinds of food in the student union! It ranges from Mrs. Fields, gyros, burger king, Asian food and even Qdoba! You could buy a meal plan and go to the market place for a meal a day, I have never been but I hard its delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I have only seen the NIKE building, it wasn't bad, but it didn't have a kitchen. I heard the towers were very nice though. However, I did see plenty of friendships bloom from rooming together!

    Academic Rigor

    There are strict requirements to attending this school. However, if you don't necessarily fit the requirements they have an access program where you take summer classes with SI sessions and daily meetings to help you become familiar with college and to help you succeed. If you pass the two classes in the summer with a C or above, you are accepted to UCF in the fall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply to this school, your tuition covers health care, tutoring, the gym, and so much more! Take a tour of this huge campus and you'll see why so many people love it!

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is by far the best University in my opinion. They have so many places to help you for so many things that I think I've lost count. The campus is beautiful, it's extremely safe, and it is full of knowledge, who wouldn't want to attend?

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police are constantly roaming the campus at all hours of the day in order to make sure students are kept safe. UCF is also one of the only schools left in the country that does not have gates around the boarder of the campus. This is done to promote the growth, freedom, and forward thinking of the university.

    Greek Life

    Representation from any and all.

    Clubs and Activities

    I couldn't sit here and list them all because there is every single type of club and activity you can imagine. Except for anything involving snow. Theres not snow in Florida.

    Great for these types of students

    Go getters with a desire and passion to reach their goals, expand their horzons, and try new experiences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the UCF logo in the Student Union. While I am not superstitious it is said that whoever steps on the emblem on the floor will not graduate from the University.

    What to do for fun

    The best part about UCF is that you can honestly do anything! State of the art recreational facility. Scuba diving club, rock climbing walls, arboretum, hosted nightlife events, camping, student government. The list goes on. Whatever you are interested in the University of Central Florida offers it.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous options to eat on campus and the two main mess halls on campus are buffet style with options being varied constantly. They do not have a schedule that follows a regular rotation so there is always something new to try but, they always offer classic favorites such as pizza and burgers on a daily basis just in case. The staff is friendly and the facility is always maintained.

    Dorm Life

    They are constantly updating the dorms and building new ones. The dorms are scattered across the campus making each living area unique and different. A lot of living in well in the dorm is your ability to communicate with your roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends greatly on which major you choose but from the way UCF is structured they want to challenge you to think outside of the box. They have academic rules in place in order to make sure students demonstrate ability to perform, learn, and grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is easy to get distracted by all that the University has to offer. Lay out your goals and what you need to do in order to achieve them. Make sure to make time to relieve your mind of stress and remember that success is a journey not a destination. There will be hard times and things that will challenge your resilience. Stay true to yourself and your goals and you will preserver and gain much more than you ever thought possible.

    In three sentences

    In the second largest public university in the nation there are endless opportunities to achieve your goals whatever they may be. There is something for everybody no matter what you like. State of the art facilities make sure students are always working with the latest and greatest technology.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF is constantly test emergency steps.

    Greek Life

    Too many!

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club and Greek life you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student finds a spot at this school. Its took large to feel lost.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the logo unless you are graduating.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth the price you are paying. You will be apart of a large alumni.

    What to do for fun

    Everything from sporting event, parties, to academic events.

    Food and Dining

    Food places are everywhere its a city itself.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend trying it once because you will meet some life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the program will determine the difficulty, your hard work will pull you through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and take the time to organize your schedule.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida student population is huge but it doen't feel that way. A lot of the staff here are down to earth and will help you in any way possible. Although the cost is increasing you will see where your money is being placed.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF's campus safety is top notch. There are campus security alarms every couple hundred feet. Being that UCF is so large we even have our own police department on campus.

    Greek Life

    Although I never participated in Greek Life, there is an excellent presence of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like most university there is never a shortage of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students who enjoy an active campus life and lots of social activities. If you prefer lecture classed this is an excellent choice.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once a year students are allowed to jump in and wade through the reflection pond which is usually off limits the rest of the school year.

    What to do for fun

    Even though our football team is not that successful, the games are always fun. All UCF events are filled with an extroidinary amount of excitement and enthusiasm. Being that UCF is located in Orlando, there is never a shortage of things to do for fun. There is always something or some event to entertain you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would research your professors before signing up for specific courses. There are some very talented and helpful professors and some not-so talented ones who are just earning a paycheck.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is an excellent school. The campus is very large however with around 60,000 students attending. They have an all encompassing curriculum, however, it is a liberal university where most professors' worldviews lean that way.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe.

    Greek Life

    not as good, since its a newer school.

    Clubs and Activities

    many.

    Great for these types of students

    focused students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pegasus Appaloosa

    Bang for the buck

    youre gonna need some scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    many clubs and athletic activities in campus. also pretty good night life

    Food and Dining

    meal plan is expensive, but its convenient specially for first semester.

    Dorm Life

    great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    this is nothing like highschool.

    Tips for prospective students

    hard school but it'll pay off.

    In three sentences

    really big school. definitely a good school but there is something missing about the school spirit, specially during football season. overall great school and great education.

  • 07/22/2013

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the football games. also wearing your ucf shirt on fridays

    What to do for fun

    the football games, shopping going to disney.

    Tips for prospective students

    try your best. ask questions about anything and everything

    In three sentences

    the school is great. are super helpful and very good at making you feel at ease. are very welcoming

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Orlando! You can do whatever you want! Also the school puts on a very large number of free entertainment options.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of restaurants on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on your dorm decided how happy you are with your setting. Most buildings are new.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and your classes you pick decides the rigor. Though classes are fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED.

    In three sentences

    A diverse and active campus where anyone can find their niche.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    unknown...

    What to do for fun

    Many of opportunities just has to explore and be adventures.

    In three sentences

    Great school has alot of opportunities for acedemic, activities and etc... The university of Central Florida

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a great plus, especially since campus is huge. You have the emergency phones located everywhere on campus, and there's security driving around all the time. I've never felt unsafe on campus, even walking home at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a really big part of UCF. A lot of people rush during spring semester, but no one is pressured into anything they don't want to be. Honestly, you have a lot of options when it comes to who you want to be apart of; there's so many different frats/sororities for every different majors.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for anyone who wants to join a fraternity/sorority, since they're the majority of the school. Anyone who also wants to major in any sciences or engineering programs should come to UCF because I'm bombarded by how awesome we are about it everyday. Any athletes should look into the university, especially now that we've switched into the Big East Conference.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really like UCF's Spirit Splash. Its during Homecoming week in October, and it's the only time you can hop into the reflection pond that in front of Millican Hall. SGA tosses 100 collectible rubber ducks floating into the pond and everyone hops in trying to grab one!

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, UCF is a great school for instate students because it is so inexpensive for a full-time schedule. For about 4 classes (the equivalent to 12 credit hours), it was probably around $3,200, which helps when you're an independent student like me trying to pay tuition yourself. The classes are all well-taught also, which I would definitely say is a great bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Late Knights at UCF is a fun, free, safe way to have fun on Friday nights. However, two clubs are relatively close to UCF: Knight's Library and Mad Hatter's. Since you're in Orlando, whenever you have the time to drive and take a day trip, you can always visit the theme parks, Downtown Disney or the malls, or even Cocoa Beach.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't have a meal plan on campus, but I did work for a week at Marketplace, which is one of the dining halls. They have so many different selections and they're actually really good. You also have a lot of options at the other restaurants, like Chic-Fil-A or Pizza Hut.

    Dorm Life

    I honestly don't know about the Dorm Life mainly because UCF doesn't require first year freshman to live on campus. I've been in the dorms, however, and they are very comfortable. You're also paired really well with your roommates, so make sure you're honest on the surveys.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to academics, you need to stay focused at UCF because we pride ourselves in being the best. The classes and homeworks aren't that difficult if you take the time to complete the assignments and such. You also have to be willing to do them, since you don't have parents or teachers nagging on you like in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If there's anything that you really want to listen to it really is to keep going to class. Missing class is probably the worst thing you can do. Always try and have perfect attendance.

    In three sentences

    UCF is probably going to be the only school that is a crazy, fun-loving school that focuses a lot on being the best students. When you think UCF, you think of all those great nights you had with your friends, but also you think of how accomplished you feel to go out once you finish all your studies. UCF is the perfect school for those who love academia as much as I do, but you get to relax, which is a better environment than an Ivy League school.

  • 07/20/2013

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Start doing everything early, otherwise you are going to feel rushed like me.

    In three sentences

    It is very beautiful. It seems nice. I can't wait to attend.

  • 07/20/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety is UCF's top priority. From police patrolling the campus during the day, to personal escorts walking people back to their dorms late at night. UCF truly is about safety.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that like to meet and make friends from all around the world. Those that are committed in everything they do. Those that would like to get involved and give back to the UCF community. Those that like a huge campus. UCF is a great choice for these types of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a symbol of a Pegasus in the middle of one of our buildings, and it is fenced off. Legend has it that if one steps on the pegasus, one will not graduate. Beware of the Pegasus!

    Food and Dining

    They are many places to eat at UCF and the meal plans have many options for various diets.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF will be 50 years old this year, so it is a relatively new university. This does not mean that the professors just hand grades out to people. No. You do have to work for the grades that you get; if one passes with a wonderful grade, it was their hard work that got them there, and if one fails a class, it was their own doing as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    To those that would like to attend UCF, or are thinking about attending UCF. I would recommend that you do consider it and at least visit their campus, as I'm very sure you would like it. Whatever you are interested in, I am almost 100% sure that they have a major/minor there for you. One should definitely give UCF a chance.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a big and beautiful place to attend school. The people there are very diverse, coming from many places around the world. There are also too many ways to get involved that I don't even know where to start!

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are everywhere and always alert if anything happens

    Greek Life

    They seem nice and very welcoming

    Great for these types of students

    There are over 500 organizations for any types of students and If there isn't one for you, you can make your own

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Homecoming week everyone jumps in the reflection pond, it will be my first time attending the tradition this Fall, from what I heard its very fun and they give out free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    Don't Not waste your money at the Starbucks on campus for coffee there's a McDonald's right across the street from the campus that sales the exact same drinks for cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Campus Party's, Shopping, School Games, RWC, and Amusement Parks

    Food and Dining

    I really don't eat on campus because its very expensive but when I do eat here its very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I stay in Nike and I love my roommate and my room but I would rather have my own room with a shared bathroom. But my RA is nice and it's very quite on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    So far so good, I'm a freshman starting in the summer

    Tips for prospective students

    If you dont have a car be prepared to walk to every class, the bus schedule is very confusing so you might as well invest in a bike or skateboard or tennis shoes.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE the campus, there's so much to do on campus so there shouldn't be a day where your in your room bored and its very big with a lot of people from every culture and race.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a lot of restaurants on campus. Every year, we have what is called a Spirit Splash during homecoming week. Most of the students just run down to the reflected pond and they have to collect a certain amount of ducks.

    What to do for fun

    I play basketball and go to the gym. I like to sit when it's sunset and read a good book.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a diverse school full of activities to do the University of Central Florida is the school for you. If you want to be academically challenged, we have leading researchers in their field right there to help you. The school possesses one of the hardest working career services staff you could ever imagine.

    In three sentences

    The University is part of the top 5 most promising research universities in the nation according to U.S. News. As most may already know, we are the second largest university in the nation, as a result we have more than 440 organizations and extracurricular activities for students to enjoy. It is located it a city mainly of its own and surrounded by mainly attractive locations such as Disney World.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus has it's own police station making it a very safe place to be at, even late at night!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs galore. Even multiple clubs of one subject. Meeting times are always adjustable and the students who join them are always friendly and ready to make friends. It's like a second home.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all sorts of students. UCF is a great fit for those looking to live on campus and off. It offers online classes and classes at regional Valencia College campuses.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are more expensive than a community college and they tack on more fees for taking classes online as well as supporting the football team.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun. Football games on the weekends during the football season. Past that, there is always an event going on at the Student Union. In December they put a Winter Wonderland fun park that's open to not only students and staff, but the public as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of fast food places and restaurants around the campus. You'll never eat the same thing twice in a week.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but with my parents. But the school does offer a lot of housing. It even has it's own police department that students can call if something should happen.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes aren't too hard, but you still have to study for them. With a bit of elbow grease, anything is easily accomplished.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the large class sizes scare you. More than likely the classes you need to take can be offered at a regional campus, like Valencia College West Campus, or all online. The teachers aren't tough or mean, they're only as hard and cold as you make them appear. Talking to them is very easy and once you do, you'll come to know them and realize that they aren't tough or scary, but friendly and helpful.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida offers a great deal of majors that will fit anyone's taste. The teachers they have working there also work at regional campuses and online, which makes going to school even easier for the busy person. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy going to UCF because it's such an amazing school.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police do everything in their power to keep the campus as safe as possible and theyre doing a great job.

    Greek Life

    There is a diverse and plentiful amount of greek organizations that you can get involved with.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs and activities that you can get involved with

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the best tradition ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    There are many ways to stretch your money here at UCF. They also have info sessions on how to do that too.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things that you can do for fun, all you have to do is get out of your dorm.

    Food and Dining

    The food around campus is pretty good. The meal plan food isn't as great as the other options but its still edible.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. It is a great way to meet new people and make new friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class you take will determine the rigor, but there are a lot of options available to help you succeed as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in and get active in the UCF community.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is the best all-around school that any college student can attend. There is a wide variety of just about everything for anyone to do. The campus is also very nice and easy to walk through, so getting lost will not be a problem.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is the main priority here at UCF. There are numerous of places where one can get aid (for being sick or check ups). There are security guards who drive around, security cams, security post (where a student, if found in danger, can push a button and help will be on the way) and many more safety precautions such as drills and etc.

    Greek Life

    I do not know personally about Greek life, but I can tell you that pledging here on UCF will help you get more aquainted with campus life along with just having fun while you are learning.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities for students here on UCF. Ranging from sports clubs and religiousclubs, to educational clubs to even creating your own clubs with a group of friends. Student, around every corner, can find a club or some kind of activity to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who have a love for people, who love great classroom and school environments, who do not like to be bored, and for those that really want to be comfortable as they get their education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not seen any unusual traditions on campus, but UCF is a very diverse campus with its large enrollment.

    Bang for the buck

    All things accessible are affordable, from restaurants and dining places to the marketplaces. UCF also allows students to use their ID cards (provided by the school) as debit cards which makes it much more easier to pay for stuff on campus. There are different shopping places on and off campus (surrounding the campus) that give student discounts if you show them your ID card.

    What to do for fun

    UCF provides students with a lot of activities and places where one can have fun. Gym, courts, and a lot of other places along with events and activities can provide happiness and fun for students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is accompanied with the students diversity in which you will find great dining places with great prices and hours. UCF allows student to not worry about starving on a day-to-day basis with affordable meal plans in all terms.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms her on UCF's campus are beautiful and allow students enough room to operate. There many dorms to fit many students' styles.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF's classrooms give students a chance to be comfortable along with implementing needed skills on class subjects. The class rigor is not to hard, but will require down-time to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be well equipped with an understanding of diversity. Be equipped with school supplies.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an overall great school. It allows students to be involved in activities and events that will benefit them educationally and helps incoming students get aquainted to the campus. There are no limits to what can be achieved here at UCF.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe and fine. UCF has a police department located on campus. The PDs usually patrol the area for safety

    Greek Life

    I have no idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    Various clubs are offered here depending on the student's interests. Also they can form a club if the club of their interest does not exist.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. Literally. From around the globe. UCF is considered the 2nd largest university in the United States.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash is held once a year in fall. The only time students are allowed to be inside the reflection pond.

    Bang for the buck

    Good deals with student discounts at the optical and health centers.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty. There are various events such as Late Knights for all students, Spin splash at the leisure pool where a DJ pumps up the crowd and thousands of clubs and intramural sports on campus to join.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of restaurants located on campus. Dominos, Chik-fil-A, qdoba, etc. There are also two buffets known as Knightro and The Marketplace.

    Dorm Life

    Decent. Roommate matching is 50/50. There is a chance you can be roommates with someone you do not get along and there is a chance you may be able to.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the courses student takes. If it is in the science or mathematics, then it will be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your peers and network. Seek internships while in school and feel free to shadow professionals in your field of study.

    In three sentences

    A school of diversity. Very well equipped with state of the art technology for a good education. It is constantly growing.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    everything! just hang out at dorms, movies, clubbing. there are tons of options

    Food and Dining

    could be better but can't really complain

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fantastic!

    Academic Rigor

    Its hard but worth it

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Learn how to get around campus because it can be a little overwhelming 2. make friends quickly so you feel comfortable 3. have fun and make use of the office of student involvement opportunities

    In three sentences

    It has been great so far! I love the campus and the people here are incredibly nice! The teachers are amazing and the classes are great

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe in my opinion. There are always officers posted around the campus and there is even an escort service that runs all over campus up until 1am for students who stayed in one of our 24 hour study labs a little late or for the students who were just hanging out at a friend's dorm

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs, over 500 . Ranging from dance to chocolate lovers.

    Great for these types of students

    great school for any type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual tradition I think we have is the don't walk across the seal tradition. In our student union we have a big seal on the floor that represents our creed , it has been said if you walk across the seal it is bad luck and you won't graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    I love it here at UCF. I used to be so shy an didn't really like to meet new people. But here its so easy to make friends and find things to do. I'm almost never bored

    What to do for fun

    There is literally always something to do on campus for fun. The gym is open until 12am everyday and offers free fitness classes and assessments for students. Also there are always fun educational programs or movie nights on campus. We have a pool party every friday and the best part about it all is everything is free.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good. We have restaurants Chik-Fil-A & Subway on campus. We also have places where students who can afford a meal plan eat in a cafeteria type setting. The food there is healthy & cooked fresh

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here is great. Luckily i got put with cool roommates , we are all so different but like to do a lot of the same things too. The rooms are very clean and I feel safe living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very rigorous , some more than others. But overall I have had a great learning experience in each class I've taken. The teachers clarify questions with no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending the University of Central Florida the best advice I can give is to study. Read your chapters and study! Also get involved in one of the many clubs they offer here, it makes school not seem like school.

    In three sentences

    Overall, its an awesome school! The campus is beautiful and the students and teachers are very friendly. I would recommend it to anybody.

  • 07/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've toured many different colleges, and I have to say I feel the safest at UCF. There's help everywhere you turn, and because the campus is new, there's technology like cameras and Help stations everywhere to reassure students no matter where in the campus they are.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is highly appreciated at UCF, and there are many different sororities and frats that openly accept people every year to join their communities. There's a group for everyone, and their houses on campus are gorgeous.

    What to do for fun

    UCF holds many events every week, as there are a myriad of clubs and organizations on campus. During the fall, tailgating for the games is a huge deal of fun. One of the best highlights is that UCF partners up with the theme parks in Orlando to offer discounts to students for not only the theme parks, but concerts, as well. It's the best!

    Food and Dining

    UCF offers the best restaurants any student could desire. There are many healthy options, as well as the guilty pleasures. Some of my favorites include Kyoto, Jimmy Johns, Starbucks, and Tropical Smoothie.

    Dorm Life

    I have not had any personal experience with staying in the dorms UCF offers, but I have many friends who speak highly of their experiences, and I have seen many of the dorms in person. They're gorgeous, spacious, and clean, especially because they're so new and constantly getting updated and renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    Because so many people attend UCF, the school believes in a swift and guided plan to get you in and out, effectively. There are many large lecture classes, but intimate classes as well. The rigor of your academics really depend on your major, but teachers and advisors expect 100% from students, because they give 100% to us.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come tour the campus and feel out the vibes. Speak to an advisor (in person!) to discuss your prospective majors and minors. UCF has a wide variety of degrees that satisfy anyone's needs for virtually any career field.

    In three sentences

    There is a reason UCF is the second largest university in our country, and it's because UCF has the resources to effectively serve every students' needs. Our campus is large and beautiful, with so much to offer, and plenty of fun people to meet while pursuing a higher education; so the experience is definitely a fun one! Being a Knight is a privilege that every student here appreciates, because UCF has great connections and offers quality resources to make your experience the best, while preparing you for the work force in a steadily and organized manner.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While there was the bomb scare in the Towers this year, it was stopped. Campus police responded well and that makes me feel safer than before. Safety is not always how prepared you are, rather it is sometimes how well you can react to a situation. I believe UCF has everyone's safety in mind, and the campus is in good hands.

    Greek Life

    This last year our Greek life was suspended, although I was not a part of Greek life. Although, this upcoming year should be a great one to make up for last year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone at UCF. It is officially the school with the most students enrolled and still has something always to do. From IM sports, to clubs for your major, to Greek life, you should never be bored.

    Great for these types of students

    Open to meeting new people, and those who strive to be better people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash is the homecoming tradition at UCF and is a crazy experience. Don't miss out on this one, everyone runs into the fountain pond and there is a concert and ducks get thrown around. Awesome experience to say the least.

    Bang for the buck

    By going to UCF you are not only being allowed to take classes, but there are so many other perks you get as well. For instance the UCF gym is huge, and has everything you need to stay fit. Also there are discounts on fun things like amusement park tickets or concert tickets.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun going on at UCF. Whether it is a concert, ice skating, a sports event, or Intramural sports, you won't get bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of food options around campus for you to choose from. Aside from the designated food courts, there are also some big name eateries as well as restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm, but I lived in one of the apartments right off of campus. But what I heard about the dorms were that they were a great experience. Most of my friends lived in dorms, and they were a nice clean environment that I wouldn't have minded living in at all.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are much harder than you will think. Do not underestimate your classes when preparing to attend here, as the professors are prestigious and excellent at what they do. Although classes are hard, there are many options for success if you have trouble.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to invest in a long board, seeing as the campus is huge, and if you really need to get to class in a short period of time, a board is a quick and easy way to do so. Also, books can be bought for way cheaper than in the bookstore at some of campus locations.

    In three sentences

    UCF is where I decided to attend a year ago, and it is the best decision I have ever made. The campus is huge and looks amazing, and everyone is friendly. Plus there is always something going on for the students, so you are sure to have a great time.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do. Students can go to the gym and enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, racquet ball, rabble tennis, Rock climbing and also they offer different type of fitness classes such as salsa and Zumba. At tech commons they also have wii and ps3 available for students to use. There are also a bunch of places to meet up with friends and hangout.

    Food and Dining

    The Student Union has a lot of places to eat from BK to chick fil a. I just wished they had a little bit more variety such as a Hispanic place for my Hispanic self and those who enjoy Hispanic food and from other cultures.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home so I don't really know much about dorm life but when I have visited my friends, their dorms are really comfortable, clean, good price and have their own pools and such.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on which teacher you have. So far I've been able to manage pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for classes early cuz they fill up fast and also campus just basically goes in a circle with the student union in the middle so if u can't find your class just head to the student union and you will surely find your way.

    In three sentences

    UCF is an amazing school in many aspects. It has great medical and engineering programs, amazing people, a lot of clubs that appeal to different groups of people, it's a beautiful campus, a lot of helpful resources and great events throughout the year where students can interact and really feel the knight pride. Also it has a. Amazing gym and the student government really does know how to listen and satisfy the student's needs.

  • 06/27/2013

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year during Homecoming week, UCF students participate in Spirit Splash: the only day that they are allowed to go into the fountain. It is just like one big pool party.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF has great programs, clubs, and organizations to get involved in.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of fun things to do. They have a gym, a leisure pool, and a lot of intramural sports you can get involved in. There is also many places around the university to go, like Disney and the beach.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to eat on campus, ranging from pizza to lo mein to smoothies.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Central Florida is focused on creating an amazing academic place for students to learn and have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip I would give to prospective students is go visit the campus, meet the students, and get a feel for the area. I really enjoyed my visit and then decided to go there. I have also realized it is a great place to meet new people, so be ready to talk to other incoming freshman, get to know them, and create a community there.

    In three sentences

    This is a wonderful university, full of well-rounded, hard-working, and great students and staff. I am so excited to be attending there in the fall. The University of Central Florida was one of my first choices for college, and I cannot wait to be a knight.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are policemen all over campus on their bikes. They secure our privacy and make sure everything is alright.

    Clubs and Activities

    Here at UCF there are so many different clubs. They encourage us to start our own club if there isn't already a club of our interest.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who are leaving their homes to study this school is ideal. The school has a comfortable feel to it. There are counselors and help everywhere when needed. For those who like Disney World, the school is not too far from there.

    What to do for fun

    The school holds many, many activities on a daily basis. They emphasize these events primarily to freshmen but everyone is invited. These may include parties, games, etc. The school has a gym,pool,basketball court, tennis courts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Many people choose the meal plan their first year living on campus. It is a convenient plan for college students who do not know how to cook, do not have a kitchen in their dorm, and simply do not know how to cook. Aside from the meal plan, the campus has many dining options. In the back of the school, there is a small shopping center that has a Jimmy Johns, Subway, Dominoes, and much more. Then we have the marketplace which is in the Student Union building. This has many healthy options for dining, ideal for vegetarians and vegans but open to everyone.

    Dorm Life

    On campus housing is extremely beneficial. Most of the time its cheaper than renting an apartment outside the school and it has many more benefits. You don't have to deal with the limited parking spaces since you can just walk to class. You meet new people (your roommates). For people who don't own cars its easier because you don't have to drive to your classes and there are many places to eat on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is important not to get caught in the party life. Juggling four to five classes in the fall and spring, plus 2 in the summer can be overwhelming. Try to stay on top of your school work. Teachers tend to give a large workload and normally give tests on a weekly basis during the summer.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a huge transition from high school. It may seem hard at first, especially for those of you that are leaving home. The campus is full thousands of people! The school has so many resources in case any student is struggling with class. Free tutoring as well as paid tutoring is offered all over the campus. The teachers, for the most part, are helpful and want to see you succeed in your classes. Don't be shy to ask questions in class and don't be intimidated by the thought of entering such a large school! It is great!

    In three sentences

    Fun. Helpful. Educational.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you ever do not feel safe at night on campus, you can call security and they will come to you and drive you where you need to go. They usually show up within five minutes. They also have emergency buttons around campus if something serious were to happen.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF is pretty diverse, but I honestly would not think they were going to have a Caribbean club. I signed up as soon as I saw that because being around them was like being around with family. Also, I am a basketball fanatic so I did not hesitate to sign-up for Intramural basketball team.

    What to do for fun

    Be with your new friends and enjoy being a college student. Go bowling, school events, such as Late Knights, and go watch a game at the arena. Don't be a dull student, you may feel like studying 24/7, but just have fun every now and than.

    Food and Dining

    Marketplace was not just a dining place for me, it was more like a get together where we all eat. I rarely sat alone, unless I had to study, and I would sometimes eat with my friends and make plans to do for the weekends. However, the food can be a little better some days.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my freshman year dorm room. I made friends like I was in Pre-K again. Our floor was extremely sociable and we would hang out some days and watch movies and play board games.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors want you to succeed. It is not easy like high school, so the work and tests will be hardcore. Take an hour for each class and study until you understand the material, and you should do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved! There are so many things going on campus that it will be hard not to make new friends. People here are always friendly because they want to make friends as well. Also, have fun and manage your time to study for exams.

    In three sentences

    This school has a variety of clubs for you join so you can feel comfortable. UCF has weekly events for students to enjoy and always give out free items. Most importantly, it is extremely beautiful, warm-feeling, and a safe campus to be.

  • 06/26/2013

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

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    Dorm Life

    I've looked at dorms on line, they look very manageable. I'm not used to sharing space with people, but I'm sure the people will be nice! I'm looking forward to going there.

    In three sentences

    I haven't attended the University of Florida yet, but I plan to next year. I'm so excited to apply there, and I hope I get accepted! Hopefully I'll be a knight this time next year!

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police are everywhere, and always keeping students safe - even if they don't know it.

    Greek Life

    Go Greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over hundreds of different organizations for every type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, Interested in learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Reflection Pond.

    Bang for the buck

    An old fashioned: Good Value

    What to do for fun

    If College-town living isn't enough, you have the city of Orlando, International Drive, Disney World, and even Universal Studios. There is no such thing as boredom.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans and Huey Magoo's just to name one - what more could you need?

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are kept safe and inhabited by really cool people.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a University, studying is expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the campus, and maybe even grab a map; join organizations and get to know your professors!

    In three sentences

    A large, clean campus that is open to the public, very populous and filled with tons of resources. The staff and administration at UCF strive to create a learning conducive and exploratory environment. Recommended to all those seeking the ideal college experience - both academically and socially.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    STEM majors and people interested in Greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the largest tradition here at UCF. Once a year, everyone is invited to run into the Reflection Pond in front of the library. Rubber ducks and t-shirts are thrown into the audience as a concert is going on.

    What to do for fun

    Theme parks, campus events and a lot of fun bars and clubs close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are three Subways on campus and the Marketplace always has pizza hot and ready.

    Dorm Life

    Clean and welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    Great competition and challenging professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring clothes that will keep you cool in the Orlando heat!

    In three sentences

    Although it has the most students attending in America, there are always opportunities to succeed. There are always events to attend and people to network with. Also, there are many resources to help your studies.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, computers

    What to do for fun

    Explore the campus, state parks nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Food court options aren't bad as far as that goes, and there are decent grocery stores close to the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Ok, but it's dorms - kind of dirty, partying life style around you, not necessarily conducive to getting work done.

    Academic Rigor

    I did well in high school, but UCF has been challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep on top of the administrative side of things. The way the math courses are set up to be strictly computer based and tests are not in sync with the lectures/homework - take math elsewhere if possible.

    In three sentences

    As a freshman student, I have only had access to lower division courses for the most part, but I have enjoyed the two major related courses I've been able to take so far. For the other courses, it's been very teacher dependent - some really good, some not so much.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Seemed very active to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything, literally.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash! Number 1 tradition in the nation!

    Tips for prospective students

    Fight for what you want. In other words, you have to act for what you want becase no one is going to do it for you. Most professors are helpful.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a typical American college. Great source of education. It is also very helpful and open minded toward students.

  • 06/21/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus 24/7 has security placed at all times. For those students who have late classes the college provides late night transportation to make sure students make it back to their dorms and/or cars safely. The college also offers huge emergency poles, where if a student finds themselves in any type of trouble or danger, the poles provide an emergency button that holds a light a the top warning and catching the attention of the campus police immediately.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many extra curricular activities, programs, and/or clubs you can join while being a student at this university. These clubs, activities, and programs are very welcoming, different, and fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At University of Central Florida, there is one tradition always followed by almost the entire campus body. Every year before the homecoming game the students throw this huge picnic party where the students only once throughout the entire year are actually allowed to swim and enjoy the sacred pond that is near the library. This event is the biggest event ever on the campus all year and the event that is the most fun!

    What to do for fun

    The fun at UCF never stops. Although they are very serious about working they are also serious about students being able to take breaks and have fun. living the life of a college student is not only safe at this college but super exciting. Tailgating and big football games, the indoor track, multiple sports, sororities/fraternities, and more!

    Food and Dining

    Being that the location of the school is one of the most popular places in Florida , there are plenty of food and dining options. Some of these options are even offered on campus. These options can be received a number of ways due to the college's many food plans offered to students.

    Dorm Life

    There are many opportunities when it comes to dorm life and campus living. The campus is so big you can choose to live close to your classes or across the street in the campus apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor is very high but there is always people offering their assistance to guide and help you get through it. The students said the work isn't hard you just have to have patience and dedication.

    In three sentences

    This school is an enormous and warm welcoming school. The beauty and outstanding staff and students are something you usually don't see. The chances and opportunities along with the comfort level make this school stand at a 10.

  • 06/21/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the #1 School Tradition in America and is held every year at UCF.

    What to do for fun

    UCF is in the city of Orlando! You will never run out of things to do. Also, UCF throws alcohol-free events a lot that are actually very fun and called Late Knights.

    Food and Dining

    UCF has amazing restaurants on campus. Kyoto is especially wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    UCF has some of the nicest dorms I've seen!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on one's determination and dedication, the classes can range.

    Tips for prospective students

    It seems overwhelming at first, but don't get upset. Within a short amount of time on campus, you'll know the main buildings and how to get around. You'll fall in love with the school from there. UCF is a beautiful school with a breathtaking and vast campus, in a thriving and internationally-known city. What more could you want?

    In three sentences

    The University of Central is broad and large. However, you will find that the large campus seems small compared to the largeness of the diversity and interacting cultures within the campus, and that's why I love it. UCF accepts everyone.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety has goes down I believe. I heard too many scary things happened last year and I don't feel very comfortable going there.

    Greek Life

    We have greek life and events but we also have problems with the parties getting out-of-hand.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many clubs but all seem too random and not much fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want an average education, who can study enough to get through this system.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We had a frisbee course.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an average school with an average education.

    What to do for fun

    The Knight parties that are thrown by UCF are fairly fun to join with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UCF is mediocre, especially for the prices. Plus there are few actually healthy options. It's too much greasy and cheap food.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't like it. It is very difficult to work out everything with roommates. My brother and I both had bad experiences. There are better options, like off campus housing with fewer roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    I find it very difficult to pass, especially if you want any hint of a social life. It would be better to take hard classes at a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard to pass your classes so you do not lose scholarships or have to re-take a class.

    In three sentences

    It is a basic school with average tuition costs. It's very crowded with average teachers. The facilities are fairly nice though.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    UCF is a very large campus with an even larger student body. The campus however is laid out very well and it is easy to walk from place to place. Mix of small and typical large classes, but for the most part if you make the effort the professors do for the most part care about your success in their classes.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The UCF Police Department has a station on campus. There are 150 emergency stations around campus with 30 more to be installed soon.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of options.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for anything and everything. There's even a chocolate lovers club!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for any student. It's one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash! A homecoming tradition where, for one day, students are allowed in the reflecting pond. It's a giant pool party and known as the greatest tradition in the state of Florida. Also, rumor has that if you step on the Pegasus in the Student Union you will not graduate on time.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth it! Scholarships can make it very affordable.

    What to do for fun

    It's Orlando, need I say more? There's Disney, Universal, and Seaworld. If you want to stay on campus, all sporting events are free to students. Also plenty of concerts are held in the UCF arena.

    Food and Dining

    Huge variety and it's all good!

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful housing! All freshmen dorms are suite style, so you don't to deal with gross communal bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Great school for hospitality, nursing, engineering, and computer science majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep and umbrella handy. The Florida heat is intense, so dress accordingly (with plenty of deodorant). Don't step on the Pegasus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous. The staff and faculty are there to help you. The health and recreation center is the best in the state.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Orlando! What isn't there to do for fun. There are a lot of nice clubs withing 5 miles of the campus and it isn't too far from Disney, Universal Studios, etc. Also, a lot of concerts and shows come to the campus so keep your eyes open!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls try to make the food seem like it came right from moms kitchen, but after a while I missed cooking food that I knew I liked.

    Dorm Life

    They keep the dorms new and up to date and they were much more comfortable to live in than I expected.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the teacher. It should be expected that you will love some professors but not care for others. Just be flexible and try to see things from their perspective.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus to make sure it is a match for your personality. It's pretty big and if you are uncomfortable with the size of the campus, it might not be for you.

    In three sentences

    UCF is my home. I fell in love with the campus and everything it has to offer. Also, being right in Orlando, there is always something to do!

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    AWESOME!

    In three sentences

    I just transferred here but so far it is an awesome campus and great school.

  • 06/15/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    They offer everything from an equestrian club to a MMA club the possibilities are endless you just have to get involved. Pretty much all sports and activities are offered as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student! They offer EVERYTHING with a variety of campuses, class sizes/ options, and it's reasonably priced.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not sure yet but can wait to find out

    Bang for the buck

    It's a good feasibly realistic university for the area.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy the student fitness center and on campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining options are pretty good compared to other schools I've attended. There's a good variety and for what they dont offer off campus dinning is close by.

    Dorm Life

    I'm living at home

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the best out of your college experience this university offers a wide range of activities, clubs, sororities/ fraternities, and academic help.

    In three sentences

    So far I'm really liking the university. The staff is organized and focused, the campuses are convenient and attractive. I look forward to furthering my education at this university, GO KNIGHTS!

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's a police station on campus, and emergency phone booths all around, with regular patrols.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too much to do to even put down.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the Pegasus in the student union, or the reflection pond.

    Bang for the buck

    Not as expensive as other colleges but there are a lot (over 50,000) students.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of hang out spots on campus, and computer labs to use to kill time. Plenty of choices for places to eat, and there's even two bars to relax at.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent places to eat, from Huey Magoo's, to Wackadoo's there's something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Lake Claire is where I stayed as a freshman, and it was probably the best year of my college life. Hanging out with everyone in the courtyards was a breath of fresh air. Hanging out with people like you, in the same situation and living in the same place can really bring people together.

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers seem like they don't care about you, but when you get a teacher that does it makes all the difference. Make sure you study and keep on top of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Memorize the school right away, it's very big, the sooner you are familiar with the campus the easier life will be. Don't be afraid to talk to people, friends will make your life in college must easier, especially if they are in your classes.

    In three sentences

    This university is diverse, theres so many new people to meet around every corner! The campus is nice, always something to do no matter where you are.

  • 06/13/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UCF is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    I've heard of a few sororities and such, its something I may look into.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have PLENTY of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF has just about everything so each student should be able to find something that suits them well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't been over the entire campus but I have been over a quite a bit of it. As of now, I haven't seen any unusual traditions or locations.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm honestly not sure what bang for the buck means but I will say that UCF is worth EVERY penny.

    What to do for fun

    They have a HUGE variety of things to do, from sports to lounging. I will be hoping to attend the gym a lot and hopefully get back into water polo.

    Food and Dining

    I've gotten a chance to eat in their cafeteria and they have an awesome selection of food that will give you an opportunity to make healthy food choices as well.

    Dorm Life

    They have some of the most beautiful and comfortable dorms I've ever seen. Their apartments are very nice as well.

    Academic Rigor

    They certainly fit all of my academic needs and they have plenty of people willing to help you along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that when you're choosing a college that you've gotten the chance to get a feel for the campus. Believe it or not, this makes all the difference in the world when it comes to determining what school you want to attend.

    In three sentences

    They're most certainly a great school and they fit all of my needs. I fell in love with this school in the eight grade and ts hard for me to grasp the fact that I will actually be attending this school. UCF has officially broken my scale because this school is just that awesome.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any types! Shy, outgoing, everyone fits in at UCF!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash! During homecoming, everyone is allowed to get into the school's fountain. It's like a giant pool party!

    What to do for fun

    The UCF area is full of life. There is usually something every week going on, so don't miss out!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places about campus to eat at. It's so nice to have everything right at your fingertips.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm my freshman year and I loved it! It's how I met all my friends and I would definitely recommend everything to live on campus. It's so convenient!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very rigorous, and others are not as challenging. You just have to put in the effort!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try new things! UCF is full of activities and college is a time to really find yourself. It's so much different than high school and you will love it, I promise.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida is a fantastic school with an atmosphere that feels like home. I have found a family here and know that UCF is the right place for me. I could not be more happy with my choice to attend UCF.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most fun tradition has to be Spirit Splash...thats when everyone gets together and jumps into the fountain pool! How cool is that!

    What to do for fun

    UCF is always doing something to get the students involved and have fun. The different agencies in OSI work very hard to create some amazing and memorable events for us. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT YOU CAN, you won't regret it!

    Food and Dining

    I love the different options that they have at the school!

    Dorm Life

    I never actually lived the Dorm Life but I have heard that it is fun and you get to meet a lot of different and cool people.

    Academic Rigor

    Each class that I have taken so far, are very challenging but it's nothing anyone can overcome. Just stay focused and have fun. Don't stress too much and relax, you will do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    You are going to love this school we are so much fun and very proud of our school. Get yourself very well acquainted with the school before you start your classes so that you know where you are going and do not get lost. Its happened to me before!

    In three sentences

    UCF is an amazing university. The moment I got accepted into this school I knew I have accomplished something great, that I would be a part of something bigger then I can imagine, and being able to graduate from this school is something I am most proud of. UCF is very diverse; full of students, faculty, and advisers that will help you achieve your goals and believe in you!

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the sporting events and get involved.

    Food and Dining

    There is such a variety on campus you would never need to go off campus to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms but I hear they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It is college, so yes it is tough however with adequate studying time and effective use of your resources you will excel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use a planner, have a map on hand, and don't be afraid to ask for directions.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus where everyone is overflowing with school spirit. The professors and students are all so eager to help new students.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is the best I have ever seen from any college in Florida, and I would even advocate in the whole nation. The policemen on campus are quick like lightening to respond to any situation and deal with it appropriately. Many call boxes are stationed throughout the campus for those witnessing lewd behavior at night or simply don't feel safe. Safety buttons are also stationed throughout the campus, and police officers will be at any one of them at any time in 1 minute or less.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at UCF is a core component of not only college life, but of UCF's culture. It plays a big roll in many events that occur on campus and they help organize them. It's also a different experience that everyone should try to experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    UCF has over 500 student-made clubs and counting! It literally grows more and more every week. Many of these clubs also help organize events. You can choose to be in as many clubs as you want, just make sure you don't spread yourself too thin so your academics don't slip. There's funny clubs such as the chocolate club and sandals club, to more serious clubs like the Volunteer club. All play a key component in UCF's college life.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF will be great for any student. There's endless opportunities on campus and around the campus, from job opportunities (both on and off campus) that can help you pay for anything, to having fun with your friends and meeting new people. You can't go wrong with applying and going to UCF for your intended major. They have so many they're bound to have yours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is the only day that any UCF student is allowed to run and play in the Reflection Pond, a man-made pond that is outside of the Dean's building. It's a great, rowdy day to play. Another would be to not step on the Pegasus seal inside the Student Union, which is usually marked off with guard rails. If you step on the Pegasus before graduation, legend has it that you will never graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    So many of the events that UCF provides for their students is free! They are safe, on-campus events that are fun and with your friends. They are all definitely worth getting involved in.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I exercise a lot at the Recreation and Wellness Center, relax by the pool. and talk to new people every day and meet new friends.

    Food and Dining

    UCF has many food chains on campus like Chick-fil-a and Burger King, as well as Sbarro. They provide affordable meal plans for those living on campus in dorms, and provide a service called the Knight's Pantry, which helps people who need food and aren't financially stable.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms at University of Central Florida are amazing! The communities are all safe, with many different codes and locked doors to get through. If that wasn't enough, the UCF-employed police patrol and are extremely fast at responding to any incident that could occur. Safety is a main priority at UCF.

    Academic Rigor

    There's so many organizations like SARC and SI that will help you with your classes if you just go to them; use this opportunity with any difficult class you may be taking and if you give your full potential, you cannot fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the UCF community. Don't not do anything because it will be the biggest regret of your life. Study hard, play harder.

    In three sentences

    University of Florida has a passive atmosphere where the personnel an students, all 60,000, are approachable. I feel truly safe on this campus, despite the large amount of people and events always being on campus. I know for certain I have the opportunity to be a success in my major, and after college, I will be prepare to succeed.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very focused on safety, with escort services police boxes

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Self-driven, fun loving, open-minded, carpe dorm-esque students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash was voted the best campus tradition in the country. Homecoming week and Spring Week are great. The whole campus is nice, like the reflection pond at night or the student union during finals.

    Bang for the buck

    For in state students, it's reasonably priced and is around the average and I'm content with the quality, so if say its a good value.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of places around to have fun and hang out with friends, but there's also always something going on on campus to entertain yourself with

    Food and Dining

    There're tons of food options everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    I've lived on campus all my years and it's been great!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major and the class and the professor, but a lot of the classes are really challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on what you want and you can achieve it here.

    In three sentences

    The motto is UCF stands for opportunity, and that is absolutely true. You can make whatever you want of your experience here, because the resources are made available to you, but you have to push yourself to take them. I love it here.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe here at UCF. Police react in a timely manner. There are emergency poles all around campus. Also, on the back of our Student IDs, there is a number you can call and they will come pick you up and take you back to you place if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    I am personally not in Greek Life, but both of my roommates are and absolutely love it. They have made such great friends and are very involved in the community and around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO many clubs here at UCF. Anything you can think of, we have a club for it. From Skydiving to Pre-Professional to Skateboarding to Foreign Language. And if you cant find a club you were hoping for, UCF will sponsor you to make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is honestly great for any types of students. UCF is welcoming to all sexes, races, religions, sexual orientations, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once a year all the students run into this HUGE fountain. May sound lame now, but it is such a great and crazy experience. There is free food, prizes, DJs and much more!

    Bang for the buck

    UCF provides it students with numerous scholarship opportunities, and over all is decently priced.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do both on and off campus. Once a month, Late Knights provides a fun activity for all student to do from DJs to swim parties to bouncy houses to just free food. Also, UCF is surrounded by various clubs and delicious dining options. Not to mention UCF is close to Disney World, Wet N' Wild and Universal.

    Food and Dining

    I had a meal plan my first semester in college and I definitely recommend it. Although it may not be as good as Momma's cooking, it is much much better than you can make on your own. There is a lot of variety and also vegetarian option and wholesome options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful here. RA's and the housing counsel always have great things for us to do, from free food to movie night to game night to just free things. All the housing on campus is nice, clean and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF definitely doesn't let you slack on your academics. I'm sure UCF isn't as hard as Harvard or anything, but you can't just sleep all day and expect to get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely advise prospective students to get involved in some way on campus. Whether you get involved in a club, fraternity, sorority, church group, political campaign, anything is great to meet friends and use your time constructively.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a wonderful school that really strives to provide the best setting for academics. There are numerous opportunities for students to succeed and display their skills throughout campus.

  • 06/06/2013

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    Campus Safety

    There are multiple blue phones around campus to contact campus security if you ever feel unsafe, or notice suspicious activity.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Health and Wellness Center, the gym, or the Student Union.

    Academic Rigor

    A reputable university with knowledgeable advisers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look and review a map of the campus before visiting.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a large, and friendly school. It has enormous opportunities for all types of people. The advisers are nothing but helpful!

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even after the Towers scare and all of the suspicious packages, our campus safety is superb. They are so on top of anything that could be a threat that many people think they are just a burden. I completely disagree with this because after the Towers incident, they really proved to have fixed and assisted the issues and carefully and best that they could. UCF is a HUGE campus. Without overbearing airport security at every street, the campus can truly be no safer. And with all that security, nobody would enjoy the beautiful and generous campus the university has.

    Clubs and Activities

    Couldn't get too involved because theatre majors get pretty wrapped up in the activities within just the program but many good words from people who get involved around campus. A capella groups are very popular on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF has classes and activities for any type of person. It's so big that it takes effort to be bored.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Symphony Under the Stars is a fun annual event at the fountain. Lots of events and activities on Memory Mall.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth the price of tuition (especially compared to out-of-state costs). Take advantage of everything (towards a career of course) you can while you're there and have the loans/disbursements (ie: workshops, master classes, etc)

    What to do for fun

    Go to events! More importantly, if you're bored anyway, go to events that you may not typically go to. Bring a friend so it isn't as awkward. Join clubs. Fill up your time so partying and Netflix don't take over your every moment of freedom.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls were AWESOME...until you get so sick of the same food that you end up spending money on pizza deliveries and restaurants by the end of the year. That's mostly a problem for only people who do the unlimited meal plans. Also, make a point to visit both dining halls. That mixes things up a lot. Make a point to vary what food you pick up from the beginning and try unfamiliar foods while it's there and free for you to try. I discovered so many new things I like to eat and drink because of the meal plan and I am quite a picky eater.

    Dorm Life

    Don't put L-shaped dorms as one of your first preferences. The dorm itself is alright but at the last floor meeting of the year, I STILL didn't recognize half of the people there. Be in a dorm that has a pod/common room so you can meet people around you, or else you will only meet people you talk to in classes (and if you have mostly lecture classes, there isn't much of a chance of that happening). Be clean. Your room always smells worse than you think it does because you become accustomed to it. Clean it and do your laundry more often than you think you do. Don't be afraid to call for a work order if bugs, terrible AC filters, etc are happening in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education courses I have taken have been between a range of easy-if-you-study-the-night-before classes that don't take attendance to very involved and full-of-discussion courses. Pay attention to sites like RateMyProfessor because it will help you pick the type of classroom environments that you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to sign up for any e-mailing lists that your degree or college may have available. Talk to as many people during the first couple weeks (or any week really) of every school year because people are very open to meeting new people and finding connections (that could be VERY USEFUL later on).

    In three sentences

    UCF has an extremely wide array of opportunities for almost any direction of interest whether that is within the degree program or in the Orlando area. In my experiences so far, most professors are very open to visits during office hours to discuss issues or concerns about the course subject. UCF also has many beautiful places to learn, study, and hang out with friends with on campus restaurants, numerous sitting areas, and the famous UCF fountain in front of the library.

  • 06/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots to do around Orlando! Theme Parks, downtown, clubs, bars, concerts, social events, athletic games.... pretty much everything.

    Food and Dining

    I never used a mean plan since I had a kitchen in my dorm room.

    Dorm Life

    Towers on main campus is nice. Close to main campus area for hospitality and the football field (great for game day)

    Academic Rigor

    Don't wait until last minute to complete the three internships that hospitality majors need to complete.

    Tips for prospective students

    Volunteer for some of the local events and get to know people in the hospitality industry. Go to class! Hospitality is defiantly a major that you need to go to class for and not take online classes.

    In three sentences

    Rosen is the hospitality school of UCF. It is located out on universal blvd. and is near Rosen shingle creek. The campus is beautiful, the professors are great and you get a hands on learning experience.

  • 05/31/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food options for all along with dinning plans,

    Dorm Life

    Gorgeous and diverse dorms both on and off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Great for engineering students especially, after all, they are how UCF started.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any college, apply as early as possible for everything and don't be afraid to talk to administration!

    In three sentences

    A great and diverse school from small roots as a technical school for engineering. Centered around the student body and a beautiful campus besides.

  • 05/31/2013

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    In three sentences

    I fell in love with the campus as soon as I stepped on it. I love the palm trees and the colors on the campus. Also I love the city life of it.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe around campus, however there has been some instances in the parking garages late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Committed, Outgoing, Sports loving, Enthusiastic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming week there is the traditional Spirit Splash, where all the students are welcome to rush into the large fountain in front of the library and attempt to get a rubber duck at your own risk. The rubber ducks are a big deal!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall I have been extremely satisfied during my time at UCF.

    What to do for fun

    Knights Library, Mad Hatters, and On Tap are some of the very popular close-to-campus clubs/bars.

    Food and Dining

    Lazy Moon.

    Dorm Life

    I just finished up my freshman year living on campus and had a great experience, while meeting some great friends, some whom I will even be living with next year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great Engineering school. Large campus with over 50,000 students.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a very diverse and cultural friendly school. The university offers a variety of majors, engineering being one of the most popular. Campus is beautiful, while students are beyond friendly.

  • 05/28/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety boxes located all around the campus and police and escorts are available for anyone who need their assistance.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs available that can cater to anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During homecoming week all the students are allowed to go into the huge reflecting pond that you would otherwise get arrested for setting foot in.

    What to do for fun

    During homecoming week there are many events hosted by the student government and other groups on campus. There are many clubs and amusement parks nearby to keep you from being bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be aware you are applying to a huge school.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a beautiful campus that is always updating to accommodate its students. Faculty, staff, and students are all helpful and are engaged in learning and prospering. Overall a very high quality school that excels in many different areas.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of security in place for the students. There is a police station on campus and emergency blue lights in place throughout the campus. Help is never very far away.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of options for greek life at UCF. We have a good number of sororities and fraternities, but it is not extremely important that you be in a sorority. You can have fun if you are not in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an innumerable amount of clubs at UCF. There is a club for everyone. Clubs at UCF are a great way to get to know people.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for any type of student. It is a relaxed environment. There are all different types of people who go to UCF. So everyone has a place there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the nicest places on campus is memory mall. It is a beautiful area where people tailgate before games. When there is no game it can be fun just to hang out there.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a lot of free stuff at school events.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are fun, it is also fun to go out to eat with friends and the proximity to Disney world and other theme parks is great.

    Food and Dining

    The on campus cafeteria is pretty good, there is also a lot of restaurant and other food places to eat at on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all pretty new and nice. They are not very expensive and you can meet a lot of interesting people who live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Different classes can be of different difficulty. It kind of depends on a person's major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to become involved. There are a lot of great things to do at UCF

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. The people are nice and fun but are also there to learn. I already feel that I have had a great experience in just one year there.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at UCF at all times. Whenever there's the smallest of emergencies, we get notified via email.

    Greek Life

    We have two new Greek buildings and the Greek culture at UCF is really big and inviting.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are COUNTLESS activities at UCF and many are centered around specific interests so there's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students who don't want to go to small school but still want to feel like they're part of the school they go to and are really connected to it. UCF gives you the feeling of enough space without too much distance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fountain by the library is a mini landmark among the students and every year all the students gather around the fountain and jump in to celebrate the season!

    Bang for the buck

    I don't have any other school to compare UCF to but I would give it an average rating because the classes are definitely pricey but college is always worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is a gym with rock climbing and a lake where you can canoe. Aside from that, there are many sports and clubs you can join and it's a really great experience all around.

    Food and Dining

    The food is always delicious and there are a lot of options spread out across the school so you can always get something to eat or drink no matter where you are.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in a dorm but I have visited often and have gotten good reviews about the Towers.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF's rigor is based off the classes that are taken. A class in anthropology would be much easier than an anatomy class. The rigor varies greatly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep up in your classes and do your own studying. The only person who will suffer is you.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a very large school with a diverse population and many educational options. There are many programs offered here and the professors make learning an enjoyable experience. I've grown to really appreciate all that this school does for me.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    University of Central Florida has a club to fit any student.

    In three sentences

    University is very large with a great History department.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The fire department and police department are located on campus. Not to mention the health center is on campus as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    I loved the IM sports that UCF offered.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can survive at UCF

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the seal in the Union. Every Friday wear black or gold. Jump in the reflection pond during Spirit Splash.

    Bang for the buck

    LOVED IT.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs, greek life, bars, clubs, sports, events, etc. that someone can never be bored. Once again, you have to go and make the effort to enjoy your college career.

    Food and Dining

    There is always something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus all four years while I attended UCF. My freshman year, I lived in Libra Community. My remaining years I lived in Tower 1. I loved being on campus and not having to pay utilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, the academic rigor can vary.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is such a large school that sometimes it is necessary to join clubs to meet people with similar interests.

    In three sentences

    The environment is energizing. There is always something going on campus. Success depends on you. The professors are there to help along the way but it is important to make the effort yourself.

  • 05/21/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Swing dancing, frisbee golf, and just about anything you would want to do.

    Food and Dining

    Many on campus choices. Even more choices surrounding the school.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard that the nursing program is intense. Five days a week from early morning until evening (basically the equivalent of a full-time job). Lots of studying and tears.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to attend a nursing program information session early on. This will help you know what classes to take before attending and when you need to apply so you don't miss any deadlines.

    In three sentences

    I chose UCF because of its great nursing program. It is competitive, but not impossible to get in. The NCLEX passing rate is 99% on the first try and 100% on the second.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UCF police are always on top of their game, they are always there to make sure I can get to my car in the parking garage safely at night, and are diligent in protecting us.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not a part of the Greek life, it seems very fun and if I could afford it, I would definitely consider it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs and activities at UCF. I myself am in salsa club, and SNA (Student Nurses Association).

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for outgoing, intellectual, and studious people. The classes are challenging, and the activities/organizations are very fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF has the Sprit Splash tradition. Every year, for homecoming, the whole school gathers at the Reflection Pond and there's a DJ, and at 12:00pm everyone runs into the Reflection Pond! It awesome and crazy. I went two years ago and had so much fun.

    Bang for the buck

    I could use this money to help afford my expensive Nursing School bucks for next semester. I am a senior now and only have a year left, and it is hard to find time to work because Nursing School is so rigorous.

    What to do for fun

    I dance and play volleyball for fun. UCF has great dance classes through a new club on campus, KDDC, as well as great sand volleyball courts at Lake Claire.

    Food and Dining

    I had a meal plan my freshman year, and it was great! The food was awesome and always fresh, and I loved being able to eat with my friends for every meal.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus my first year, and it was great! The dorms are awesome and the RA's are really friendly. They really take their time to get you involved on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and math here are extremely challenging. I took Anatomy & Physiology here from Dr. Samsam and Dr. Ahangari, and these classes were incredibly challenging. I learned so much and I am so grateful that UCF has such wonderful teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many clubs/organizations as you can! That is if your class load isn't too much.

    In three sentences

    UCF has great school clubs to join, and many opportunities to get involved. They have awesome outdoor adventure trips, as well as their own lake with free paddle board/kayak rentals for students! They also have great advisors, without which I'm not sure how I would've gotten into the Nursing Program.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Excellent. The school prides itself on Greek Unity

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activites, which are listed on the school website.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students. The school is extremely diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Homecoming Week, the entire school will go out to the reflection pond and jump in. This is only allowed once a year.

    What to do for fun

    Organizations and clubs Community service City attractions Late Knights

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop great study habits and prepare to become the best that you can be.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a beautiful college. The University of very challenging, but will nonetheless prepare you for your career. The University if very diverse, with many cultures and opportunities to learn.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always getting emails about alerts and suspicious activity, and the police are very quick to respond (see suicide of Tower I in March 2013). If there's one thing about UCF, it's that it is a very safe community.

    Greek Life

    Well, I thought it was decent until the Greek Life ban of 2013, which ineffectively sought out to correct the issues within the Greek Life community. Ultimately, there are still many advantages to being in Greek Life at UCF, but the administration treats it like its peasant child. As a Theta Chi, we have a fantastic on-campus house but are still limited by unique restrictions and penalties enacted by the UCF watchdogs.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs to choose from on campus, which are a great way to meet people. As stated above, there are always events and activities going on around campus. UCF provides a great opportunity for students to satisfy their interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants a truly diverse setting. Remember, its the #2 largest school in the nation, so there are a lot of students here! But any student should have no problem with the college, it has everything for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash- During Homecoming week, all 60,000 students run into our reflection pond! Don't step on Pegasus- In our Student Union, one can find the Pegasus roped off and it is told that if you step on it, you will have bad luck and even not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Some events on campus are reduced or even free. Also, SGA provides one with discounted tickets to many Orlando theme parks. The rent, books, and tuition are all reasonable, especially with a little research.

    What to do for fun

    The UCF arena hosts many events, usually provided by our Campus Advisory Board (a part of SGA). UCF has one of the largest gyms in the nation on top of having many great sports teams to watch. There always seems to be something going on all over campus, providing every student with a unique experience of their own.

    Food and Dining

    Not only are there two dining halls for meal plan, but there are many delicious restaurants on campus, some that even work with the meal plan. Also, right off campus, one can find boatloads of places to eat, all of great variety.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are in tip-top shape, ranging from pods to apartment style. Very clean and workers are always willing and able to fix any work orders or problems. Great group of RAs on campus as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics provided are of high quality, but the rigor is mediocre. Some teachers don't push their students, while only giving them the bare minimum, necessary education. Still, the college is famous for its engineering department, one aspect that does push its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students, you will greatly enjoy your time here, as you will get a true college experience but still feel at home. You are getting a great education, being provided with the necessary amenities and interests around you, and have job opportunities everywhere you look, being in Orlando.

    In three sentences

    A suburban school known for a top quality education. It's modern feel along with its diverse community provides a welcoming experience for all students. UCF's potential and uprising make it a college to be aware of for the future.

  • 05/07/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    Attending orientation I received a lot of resources to help keep me safe while at the university and regional campuses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many things to join in many different locations.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious students who want to do well and be successful.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending a university is more expensive then a community college so I would recommend getting your AA degree at a cheaper school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities and programs to get involved in. Simply start to look and you will find stuff to keep you busy

    Tips for prospective students

    Get paperwork and information turned in early. There are multiple steps for attending and staying in good standing with this university so there is really no room for procrastination.

    In three sentences

    Prestigious university that strives to promote a nurturing academic environment while providing opportunities for student growth and development. Passionate school identity and student body.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash, which has also been hailed as the best university tradition in the state by Florida Leader magazine, has been one of UCF�s greatest homecoming traditions for 15 years. On the Friday before the Homecoming football game, students celebrate by charging into the Reflecting Pond while UCF�s cheerleaders and the Marching Knights cheer them on.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive- however, file a FAFSA and apply for scholarships!

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants around campus, whether you are looking for fast-food or sit-down restaurants. From ice cream to sushi, you can find almost anything

    Dorm Life

    Did not live in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    UCF is tough- but you will learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to attend class and pay attention- getting behind at the beginning can make it near impossible to catch up.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is a great school to attend! Campus is beautiful, there are many different kinds of activities and clubs for all kinds of students, and classes occur at different times an places to accommodate almost any schedule. Also, be sure to check out the gym- it has hundreds of workout machines, 2 pools, group exercise, and a rock climbing wall!

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    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.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs to chose from.

    What to do for fun

    Go to CAB events and participate in other activities outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard play hard, just have fun and be apart of something.

    In three sentences

    It is a very good school, lots of involvement opportunities, people of different ethnic background, every one is really nice. It is a very welcoming environment and people are easy to talk to. The food is great along with the activities they have each month.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I have never eaten from UCF's cafeterias. There is a Subway in the student union, however, that offers excellent service that I frequent regularly.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any public university, there are good teachers and there are bad teachers. For those looking for an excellent academic experience, read professor reviews, talk with professors you have liked, and search out the professors who will challenge and grow you the most. For those looking for an easy ride, UCF can offer you that as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aggressive. Do not sit and wait for school to hand you opportunities on a platter, but go out, find, and seize them yourself. Carpe diem.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida is aggressive, ambitious, and determined to achieve a name for itself. It is very interested in students looking to succeed and will do what it can to make their dreams happen. The opportunities UCF offer are nearly endless and can help students achiever their goals, however, they must be prepared to aggressively seek those chances out in order to obtain all UCF has to offer.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I am Greek and I wouldn't change it for the world! Definitely do it, it makes the giant campus seem much smaller and more manageable!

    Great for these types of students

    everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash is ranked as top college tradition!

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Within driving range of multiple malls and shopping centers and Disney and Universal. Also a short drive to the beaches!

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your professors- they are always there for you!

    In three sentences

    Fantastic environment to learn in. Caring staff and administrators. Completely different college experience than any other college would have offered!

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    There are many resources and opportunities. The campus is really nice, there are a variety of food vendors and there is a great gym.

    What to do for fun

    There are restaurants and clubs near campus. There are also theme parks not too far from campus. You can also join clubs at school.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough but if you work hard it is doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Record you lectures if the class if moving too fast for you to take notes or if its a subject that's difficult for you. Don't hesitate to seek help or speak to someone.

    In three sentences

    There are many opportunities and many resources. The advisers could be better and you have to search for a great adviser here. The professors could also be better but most times if you go to their office for help they will help you.

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    central florida! so much to do

    Tips for prospective students

    you will gain one of the best educations.

    In three sentences

    Knowledgable staff, great professors, amazing school.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall our campus is pretty safe but lately we have had a few incidents that could have been avoided if students were able to protect themselves like they can off of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are plenty of bars right around UCF and more upscale places only 15 minutes away. Each place is different so every kind of person will find something they like.

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for the type of student who wants a great education but also whats to have a good time and party when they have the down time to do so.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Student Union is great. Plenty of food and places to study. Hands down the best place on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    UCF isn't the most expensive university but our tuition has gone up almost every semester for the last year and a half which hasn't made many students happy but we are always building and improving campus.

    What to do for fun

    UCF provides us with concerts, shows, sporting events, and more on campus. For more off campus fun we are only about 20 minutes away from downtown Orlando so this is great for the older crowd of students.

    Food and Dining

    We have all types of food to eat on campus. Some kids prefer the meal plan which is great but for people who prefer to eat elsewhere we have plenty of choices from subway, burger king, dominoes, sushi, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my first year and the guys i lived with the are guys i still hang out with four years later. I definitely recommend the dorms for freshman so they can meet new friends and get their social life going.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe the difficulty of classes really has to do with your major. Some majors are simple while others are nearly impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students need to come to this school with an open mind and remember that Orlando is not only about Disney World. UCF not only has plenty of opportunities for you to learn but it is also easy to meet new friends and have a good time.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great campus that is not only lively but extremely clean. We have plenty of activities for us to do from football games to concerts. I still haven't found a campus that i like more that UCF.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great safety. Real police and cameras everywhere

    Greek Life

    Very prestigious and famous sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots and lots of options.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes.

    What to do for fun

    Words can't describe. So much you can do.

    Food and Dining

    Good pricing.

    Dorm Life

    Beyond amazing with the campus life. So many activities, clubs, events. Venues. Great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous homework and assignments. Really feel like you are learning in the subjects you sign up for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have all your paperwork ready in time and accurate. Orientation is a must. You learn a lot.

    In three sentences

    It is a very prestigious school and one of the largest in the nation. But, when you are there you don't feel like just another student there. They are very personable and make you feel like you are individually important.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    University of Central Florida provides a lower tuition than any other university. This allow for more classes to be taken as well as finishing your degree quicker.

    What to do for fun

    University of Central Florida support students in the many aspects of entertainment. We have football games, Spirit nights, Diversity nights, Universal nights and many more. The university also sells discounted tickets for the majority of the theme parks.

    Food and Dining

    There are several locations to eat. You can pick up meals in the cafeteria, stop in to the coffe shop, or pick up a snack. Students can purchase a meal card when staying in campus dorm rooms.

    Dorm Life

    There are several dorm rooms on campus. A tour of the dorm rooms should be done prior to getting housing. All dorms have a unique aspect and its best to choose one that meets with your personality.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is needed to keep students accountable for their grades. As university students we must keep our academics at a high standard. Classes are taught in a way for students to learn the material not just memorize it. Students are able to learn effectively given the amount of time they invest in studying and doing the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Central Florida is a great university. It caters to all types of students. It has small classes and large classes. It also has honors courses. Before picking a major, visit an advisor and get all the information you need. Advisors will guide you with your classes. Once you have started your journey, GET INVOLVED. Join groups, network, and socialize with both students and professors.

    In three sentences

    University of Central Florida gives students an opportunity to grow both professionally and socially. You learn social skills when interacting with other students with different cultures. Professionally you learn skills needed to survive in the business world from classes being offered.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always get alerts via phone or email regarding any thing happening on campus that would comprise the security of the students whether it be crimes or weather.

    Great for these types of students

    Study areas everywhere. Great for the person who likes to study outside.

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable credit hours and books.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy the many different concerts and games UCF provides at the stadium. Also, enjoy the city life and different attractions in the Central Florida area.

    Food and Dining

    I did not live in the area.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your course work. Talk to your professors to get that working relationship established.

    In three sentences

    UCF is student friendly. With the different options of taking classes UCF makes it easy for any type of student to attend College and graduate. UCF has great professors who care about the students and their college experience.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus can seem pretty sketchy at night, but don't walk alone and you'll be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's everything from a gaming club to IM sports, no matter what you're interested in there's something here for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Every single type.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many awesome places around campus that most people don't know exist.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you're interested in, it's here.

    Food and Dining

    No matter what people say, Marketplace and Knightro's are pretty good especially considering how close they are to most of the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Every person I have met on campus is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough, but if you try you can get an A in any class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. Apply A.S.A.P.

    In three sentences

    It's the best choice I've made in my life so far. The students are great, classes are interesting, and this was the perfect choice for me.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, local clubs, fine dining, movie theaters, and facilities.

    Food and Dining

    There are many fast food options both on and off campus, as well as campus-offered food choices. The meal plan, like any school, can get annoying at times because much of the same food is offered on a daily basis.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem to be very clean and spacious compared to many other colleges around the state.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes seem to be quite rigorous, but very accomplishable for the motivated student.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful.The buildings are almost all new or refurbished in some way, and much of the technology is state-of-the-art. The students on campus seem really friendly and helpful to newer students.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student safety at UCF is an extremely high priority. One of the things that I like most about the UCF PD is that they send out text and e-mail blasts that let us know of any security threats on and around campus in real-time. UCF also has a large amount of blue-light stations around campus, as well as an escort service from the library at night, which makes you feel more comfortable being on campus after-hours alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities that are a great fit for anyone on campus. From clubs that focus on exposing you to your major, to service clubs, to language clubs, to fitness clubs, and everything in between. UCF also has a wide variety of activities that go on throughout the year, sponsored by SGA and other societies on campus. Some of the most memorable moments of the year are during Homecoming!

    Great for these types of students

    UCF is great for students who are eager to make friends, are outgoing, and want to get involved. Because of the large size of the campus and the equally large student population, it is important to expose yourself to various clubs, talk to your neighbors in classes, and take advantage of all of the opportunities which you are interested in, there are tons! Don't be shy!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most memorable traditions at UCF is jumping in the reflection pond in front of the library during homecoming! During the year, the reflection pond is off-limits to students, but once a year, during homecoming, students put on their swimsuits and splash in the pond, like a huge campus-wide pool party. Also, it is a UCF tradition NOT to step on the Pegasus in the Student Union. It is rumored that if you walk across the Pegasus before graduation, you won't graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    Your tuition at UCF covers a lot of great activities and state of the art facilities! From homecoming, to comedy shows and concerts, and even our state of the art facilities such as our laboratories, library, and even our gym which has a lap pool, and two stories of machines, equipment, and exercise rooms (exercise classes are free!).

    What to do for fun

    There is a never ending amount of activities to participate in at UCF no matter what day of the week it is. From activities on campus such as outdoor movies, block parties, rallies, and intramural sports (just to name a few), to off-campus nightlife which is right outside of campus on University Boulevard.

    Food and Dining

    UCF has a wide variety of dining options from the dining hall, to independent dining restaurants all over campus. You never have to leave campus with the wide variety of options that we have at our doorstep. Pizza, Chinese food, sushi, smoothies, fast food, subs, and so much more! We even have a full service restaurant/sports bar in the student union.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at UCF is varied, and there is something for every personality and every budget. We have apartment style dorms, as well as double rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The level of difficultly of the classes will ultimately depend on your major. The more challenging your major, the more challenging your classes, but upper level classes can be challenging in whatever major you may choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip that a current student can give to a prospective student is to be involved on campus! Friend different clubs and colleges on Facebook, and be aware of what is going on everyday, every month, and every semester. It is easy to get lost in the size of the school, but if you keep your eyes and ears open you will come across many academic and extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    Going to UCF is a blast! Getting involved and making friends on campus is easy, due to the amount of activities offered on campus, and there is something for everyone. Class sizes can be challenging, however, due to the sheer amount of students in every class, but online classes and smaller class sizes are sometimes available.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who loves stress and uncertainty.

    Food and Dining

    Didn't eat here.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live in a dorm.

    In three sentences

    You get some great professors and some good staffers, but the university as a whole has some major problems that need to be addressed. Trying to graduate from here is a huge stress due to lots of miscommunications and lazy advisers.

  • 04/03/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Of course there is Disney and Universal Orlando not far away. It is nice to be able to go to a theme park whenever you have free time (and money)!

    Food and Dining

    They have a nice selection of places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look extremely nice. They don't have any communal bathrooms which is a HUGE plus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure they have exactly what you are looking for in your major and that they have all potential majors.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Recently there was an incident at UCF which could've turned so bad (possible school shooting), but the UCF Police Department's quick actions saved a lot of lives. They are quick and efficient in doing their jobs. Besides the occasional suspicious package (which turn out to be just a backpack, there isn't much crime at UCF. At least, not any more than any other place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sooo many clubs! We have Market Wednesdays and random Expos where some of these clubs will set up a table to tell you all about themselves. I've joined about 7-8 clubs this year alone! There's so many ways to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type! We have all kinds of people here, you can make friends with anyone here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UCF is known for its Spirit Splash, where one time a year we all get to go in the fountain and splash around looking for duckies. Trust me, you want to get a ducky. It's like a huge deal if you do. People will literally try to buy your ducky off you, it's insane.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a public university, so it's not that expensive (yet - tuition prices will continue to go up every year at Florida universities if it's not stopped.) You get so many perks, with all the free events, free gym membership at the huge UCF gym, they have a great outdoors are where you can go canoeing for free, etc., they have free concerts and comedy shows, etc. (we just had Seth Meyers perform from SNL.)

    What to do for fun

    There's always something to do at UCF. There's dancing clubs, there's always usually a free movie screening Friday nights (RECENT movies too - we just screened Skyfall two weeks ago.), and also a thing called Late Knights every month where there's a DJ and food and all kinds of stuff like laser tag. UCF is always giving out free stuff. Locally, there's a huuuuge plaza on Alafaya full of all types of stores, from Victoria's Secret to Dollar General, and the movies are there too, and also TGI Friday's (who doesn't love TGIF?) If you're ever bored, hit up that plaza. UCF also has discounted tickets for the movies and other things like Universal Studios, Wet 'n' Wild, Blue Man Group, etc.

    Food and Dining

    So much variety here, literally all to do in Orlando is eat (well not all). You want Mexican? You want Chinese? What about kosher? UCF has it, don't worry! Some advice: try not to eat out that much, though. I probably blew over $500 last semester eating out almost every day. (But the food's so good, right?!)

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear, living in the dorms suck. You can't have anything (not even a panini maker! Ha!), and the walls are paper thin...like extremely. I've slept over my friends' dorms before and they are not the most sleep-friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Math classes here are a killer, I advise you to try and knock out your gen ed math at your CC. Other classes, it really all depends on your professor and what class it is. It's not too bad, but not too easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live off campus! So much cheaper than on campus housing, and much more freedom (you get your own room too!). There are off campus shuttles to UCF that are free and shuttles on the weekends to Downtown Orlando and also surrounding stores. You will not miss out on the college experience living off campus, I've done so much and I'm so involved and I live off campus.

    In three sentences

    This is a school with great spirit and lots of variety. So many things to do here, and free things too! The faculty is also super helpful (the majority of them) as long as you have your priorities straight.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UCF cares about the safety of its students.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join as many clubs and organizations as you can; the more the better! This will help you become more involved in your school and it will help your transition from high school to college be smoother.

    Tips for prospective students

    UCF is a great place to pursue your degree. Life on campus is full energy and being able to study with your friends makes it the best experience! Focus on your education and aim for the best!

    In three sentences

    The best school ever!!! Has all the resources you will ever need to help you succeed!! Go Knights!

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year we have the Spirit Splash. It was rated the best school tradition in the country! It is the last day of spirit week and on this day students run into the Reflection Pond in the middle of campus. It's a lot of fun.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I would usually hang out in the Technology Commons. It's brand new and extremely nice. They have a whole bunch of PCs and Macs that are free to use and a coffee shop. Other than that I would hang out in my friend's dorms or take a walk around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Marketplace and Knightros are the two dining halls on campus. They serve pretty standard food as far as a college dining hall would go. In the student union, there are lots of options for food including Burger King, Subway, Qdoba and lots of others. There is an Einstein Bagel Company and Chick Fil A also on campus which are both delicious! There are a lot of dining options.

    Dorm Life

    I personally loved living in the dorms. All of your friends are walking distance away and everything you could ever need is right there!

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely can't slack off. Studying is important. Go to class!

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is going to feel extremely overwhelming once you get there because of the size but don't let that get to you! You'll know the campus within the first few weeks of being there. Be sure to join in on all of the school activities and join clubs! You'll meet a lot of students who are new just like you and you'll make lots of friends along the way.

    In three sentences

    It's the picture perfect example of what college life should be like. There are an enormous amount of opportunities to get involved in clubs or activities with the school. UCF does a great job of getting student's actively involved and raising school spirit.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In a nutshell, last week a suicide bomber shot himself on campus.

    Greek Life

    I'm not part of any, but if you like to partay (party), then the Greek Life is for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you're thinking of an idea to start a new club, don't bother. There are hundreds of different types of clubs. There's even a rock climbing club.

    Great for these types of students

    I don't know what types of students the question is referring to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    WHAT THE DUCK! It's basically when everyone on campus jumps into a 50' x 50' pool.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't know what this means but if it means food, then it bangs hard.

    What to do for fun

    A walk around campus with a significant other or partying until five in the morning, is probably my fun on campus. Oh yeah, and studying too!

    Food and Dining

    The food is totally awesome. Every type of food.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is nice. However sometimes it can be a hassle. Just learn to be patient in advance.

    Academic Rigor

    Take it serious! If you don't study everyday, it will take your head off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take your education lightly. It will add up in the end. Just like studying an entire textbook the day before the final.

    In three sentences

    If you were to get the best ice cream cone in the world along with the best ice cream, then that would be UCF's education, and their research team.

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I haven't actually been to see any dorms but my brother who used to attend there but now goes to FIU, closer to home, said they're pretty spacious as compared to UM.

    Academic Rigor

    As a whole, not as academically strong as UF but a great research school and it's getting academically stronger each year. But if you're looking for tougher classes it's up to you to get into those honors courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything early. Don't wait until May, even though you have the option too before paying your admissions deposit. Apply for housing now!!! And make sure you schedule a visit to the campus.

    In three sentences

    Pretty good school. Great city. Right next to Disney when you need a sweet dose of childhood.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety could be worked on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are always activities going on on campus and there are many clubs for students to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, smart, sociable.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit splash is during Homecoming week and everyone jumps into the fountain and dances to music.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very pricey and some teachers do not deserve the amount of money they are getting. On-Campus Housing is also very pricey and I don't think it is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, attend football games, join clubs, play intramural sports.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places on and off campus where students can go and get food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms need to be remodeled. Most of them are not very clean and have mold.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very challenging while some are not hard at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get everything done early. It can be very stressful when you have a hold on your account.

    In three sentences

    Very crowded. Has a lot of activities and clubs to attend. Very fun to attend.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In case of any emergency or weather alert, the university will email all of the students and warn them. There is a police station located right on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    You will receive emails everyday about the activities and clubs that are available to participate in for that week and weekend.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like to excel, but would like to be involved in extracurricular activities or clubs that will help them in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    The best bang for the buck at UCF is the use of the gym. They have once of the best facilities in Florida to get the best work out in. It is a huge gym that even has a rock wall and it is included in your tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of on campus activities, events, clubs and sporting events to participate in or go and watch. An email is sent everyday with information on the events of the week.

    Food and Dining

    Many places to eat on campus and within in walking distance of campus. My favorite breakfast places on campus were Einstein bagel and Starbucks coffee. Plenty of vending machines if you ever need a snack or drink. I especially like that some of the vending machines accepted debit/credit cards.

    Academic Rigor

    The material at UCF really challenged me to think and apply all of the knowledge that I had obtained throughout my time in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I suggest that they approach the professors during office hours and raise their hands during class in order for the professor to get to know you and to understand the material at another level.

    In three sentences

    The University of Central Florida (UCF) is one of the largest universities in the U.S. I am not a fan of large schools like this because there are too many people in the classrooms and the professors don't really care about you during your first 2 and a half years. Junior and Senior level courses are smaller and the professors actually start caring about how well you understand the material at this level.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great- from a fire station essentially on campus to SEPS driving students home at night.

    Greek Life

    Definitely growing. Not as big as at some schools, but still an important part of the university, and offers several options.

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be involved on campus and meet all kinds of new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spirit Splash during Homecoming week when everyone rushes the reflection pond.

    What to do for fun

    Since it's just outside Orlando, we have everything from amusement parks to bars (for those of age of course.)

    Food and Dining

    I've never had a meal plan since I have a kitchen, but we have very diverse restaurant choices both on campus and nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I've been in the dorms for two years. They are really nice and I've had my own room and a kitchen both years and have my own bathroom this year. I'll be staying on campus another year.

    Academic Rigor

    UCF offers a great education without putting as much pressure on the student as some schools might.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to put yourself out there and get involved- there's something for everyone!

    In three sentences

    UCF is great for people who want lots of opportunities to get involved. Everyone is really friendly and welcoming. The campus is also gorgeous!

  • 03/24/2013

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

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    Greek Life

    So amazing! Chi Omega <3

    What to do for fun

    Disney and Universal Studios are fairly close and join a fraternity or sorority! they always have the best of fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't mind being in a large school this is for you.

    In three sentences

    This school has a large diversity, and the campus is so beautiful! Its also fairly close to the beach and to Universal.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Stuff for every time of person. I have friends who are all about the club scene and they love it. Me, on the other hand, I just like to kick back, watch sports and play video games and I love it here.

    Food and Dining

    If you don't get a meal plan, it's great. So many options around campus, don't restrict yourself to the meal plan food

    Dorm Life

    I guess this depends on your roommates. I live in a 4/2, where I have my own room, but share an apartment with 3 other people

    Academic Rigor

    It's definitely a lot different than high school. I never had to study up until now and it's been a big wake up call

    Tips for prospective students

    Before coming here, know what you wanna do. It definitely makes picking everything a lot easier.

    In three sentences

    UCF is a great school to attend. Whether you're into the club scene, sports, or just hanging out, there's something for everyone. Come here and you won't regret it

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Amazing police department; they all work extremely hard.

    Greek Life

    Most Greeks have a house on campus along Greek Row.

    Clubs and Activities