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University of Central Florida

4.3 out of 5 (18 ratings / 14 reviews) Orlando, Florida, United States
The University of Central Florida is a public research university located in metropolitan Orlando. According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges  guide, UCF ranks among the nation’s 20 most innovative universities. UCF is also ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Journalism & Media (1)

About

History

Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, UCF has been making an impact on the state, the nation — and outer space — ever since.

Education

UCF offers 99 bachelor’s, 89 master’s, 34 doctoral and three specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida by conferring almost 17,000 degrees a year. In Fall 2019, the freshman class had an average SAT two-score of 1332, The Burnett Honors College enrolled 1,872 students and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities.

Research

UCF researchers drive intellectual capital and innovation to solve today’s most pressing problems. As an emerging preeminent university, we promote economic development in the region by aiding in the transfer of technology and other discoveries between university and industry to create next-generation ideas and products. From nanoscience to optics, from simulation to forensic science, UCF researchers work together to have real-world impact, improving the lives of our students and community.

UCF researchers attract nearly $200 million annually in grants, gifts and sponsored awards. In addition to supporting innovative research, these financial resources help strengthen and diversify our local and state economy.

Career

Career Services has numerous resources and services to offer as you search for the right major or prepare for your job search. It’s never too early or too late to work on your professional development plan. The more time you invest in this process, the more likely you are to achieve your goals.

UCF Career Services contributes to the university’s goal of offering high quality undergraduate and graduate education and student development by providing centralized, comprehensive and coordinated career development, experiential learning and employer relations programs.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
301
2018
301
2017
301
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
477 9
2019
486 23
2018
509
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
601
2019
601
2018
-
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
701 50
2019
751 -50
2018
701
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

Known as the “Heart of Campus,” the Student Union sits at the center of the UCF’s Orlando Campus. We provide space for members of the UCF community to study, socialize, eat, host events, attend meetings, celebrate traditions, and engage in campus life.

Housing services

All UCF Housing communities come with the security and convenience of 24-hour staff support, furnished rooms, all utilities included (no utility caps!), high-speed Wi-Fi, individual leases, and unbeatable locations.

First-year students are given preference for housing on the Orlando main campus. Students of all classifications, from first-year to graduate students, may apply for student housing located at the Rosen College Apartments, UnionWest, and NorthView.

There are many types of available floorplans. These range from traditional shared suites to 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, luxury apartments and include a wide variety of price points. A shared suite typically accommodates two students to a bedroom.

Library services

The John C. Hitt Library is under the leadership of Director of Libraries Barry B. Baker and offers a variety of space options for students: individual and faculty/graduate student study rooms; a presentation practice room; two library classrooms; quiet study floors; Infusion Café; Knowledge Commons and many more.

ICT services

Information Technology & Digital Initiatives provides information technology and digital scholarship services and support to the Libraries and its users.

Student Life

Campus life

As UCF’s home since 1968, our 1,415-acre main campus in east Orlando is impressive in size and even bigger in potential. Modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology keep you connected to classwork and social communities, while 800 acres of woodlands, lakes and an arboretum help you reconnect with nature. Whether you’re inside a classroom or outside exploring, our campus is an exciting place to learn — and an easy place to love.

Sports facilities

Home to Spectrum Stadium and the Addition Financial Arena, UCF hosts a variety of concerts and shows, plus NCAA sports and cultural events.

  • Baseball
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Golf
  • Women’s Rowing
  • Men’s Soccer
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Track & Field
  • Women’s Volleyball

Student clubs

UCF offers an array of student services, more than 650 student clubs and organizations, plus dedicated academic resources to help students succeed in school and as alumni.

  • 3D Printing and Design
  • 4EVER Knights
  • Ad Club at UCF
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi
  • Amateur Radio Club
  • Bhakti Yoga Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Bowling Club
  • CEO Knights

and many more

Accreditation

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels.

Student Reviews

University of Central Florida is just...ok
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

UCF has been an interesting experience thus far. Although I have enjoyed the large campus and many student activities and involvement opportunities, the courses are sufficiently lacking in structure. Academics are sub-par, as professors are generally not very eager to communicate with students regarding questions and concerns.

Wonderful learning environment
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I developed great relationships with my professors, gained many professional skills through extracurricular activities, and expand my creativity. However, the cost of living in Orlando made it difficult to balance academics with work, and I always felt as if I could have gone further if I just managed to have more time for my studies.

UCF is very average
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My current University gets the job done. Classes are fun, and I have a great group of friends. However, It is nothing special. I am excited to study abroad so I can spend time somewhere new.

Orlando, Florida, United States

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