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University of Central Florida

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Academics

The University of Central Florida (UCF) was established as Florida Technological University in 1963. In terms of student enrollment, it is among the largest universities in the United States. It was started with an aim to serve the scientific and technological requirements of the nearby Kennedy Space Center. UCF is now a space grant university with a focus on engineering and optics programs.

UCF has multiple state and national accreditations including those from the Florida Department of Education, American Psychological Association, and the American Chemical Society. Colleges at UCF include Arts and Humanities, Business Education, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Optics and Photonics, Medicine, Education and others. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management is particularly famous at because of its architectural design. The college replicates a resort and even has its own student-run café.

What initially started as a university with approximately 2000 students has now grown into a 1415 acre campus with more than 50,000 students enrolled in 225 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels. The main campus of the university is located in Orlando, but it has regional campuses in Daytona Beach, Palm Bay, Clermont, Cocoa, Kissimmee, Ocala, and Sanford. It also has partnerships with local community colleges which assure students of direct admission at UCF.

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Admissions

University of Central Florida has different admission guidelines for freshmen, graduate and doctoral students. All students must fill the online application form after paying a nominal non refundable application fee.

Freshmen Students

Official high school transcripts or GED scores are required. SAT or ACT with writing is mandatory. Students must have completed high school education from an accredited school.

Transfer Students

Official high school and college transcripts and SAT or ACT scores are required. Transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must also have studied a foreign language for 8-10 semester hours in college.

International Students

International applicants must submit all documents related to immigrant information, SAT or ACT scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Graduate Students

Official college transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required along with GRE/GMAT/MAT/LSAT scores depending on the program students want to enroll in. A full list of academic requirements for graduate level programs can be found here. Some programs may also have a work experience requirement.

Financial Aid

All students must fill out the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. The application priority date for submitting financial aid applications on the FAFSA website is early March.

UCF also provides students with funds for books through the Textbook Purchase Program and the Short Term Advance for Books. Other financial aid includes state and federal pell grants and federal Stafford loans.

Apart from state and federal aid, each college at UCF has its own scholarship programs. Students can read about the various scholarship programs at the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Though most scholarships are limited to residents of the United States, several scholarships are available for minorities and foreign students as well such as the Center for Student Opportunity Scholarship. Each scholarship program has some prerequisites that must be met before applying for financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4609th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Campus Housing

UCF’s Orlando campus has the maximum number of students living on campus. Campus housing options are divided into communities.

  • Apollo Community, with suite style rooms where one suite consists of 2-3 bedrooms, a living area, and a bathroom.
  • Hercules and Nike Community, with residence halls for first class students and apartments for upper class students. It is situated behind the Recreation and Wellness Center, giving students access to a swimming pool and other facilities.
  • Fraternity and Sorority Housing, with housing facilities for students who want to live the Greek life. Each fraternity and sorority has their own individual housing.
  • There are eight other housing options apart from these. Students can also choose housing options depending on their interests. Options exist for students in honor programs, hospitality management students and out of state students. Those interested in off campus housing can find options through the Off Campus Student Services website.

    Campus Dining

    Dining options at UCF include Dominos, Eastern Bros Bagels, Chick-fil-A, and Burger King. University owned and operated dining options include residential restaurants and convenience stores.

    Athletic Facilities

    Apart from the interesting food options, students can use athletic facilities at the Recreation and Wellness Center which includes multipurpose courts, gym, tennis courts, golf course, and a lap pool. Outdoor adventure options include boating, canoeing and kayaking at Lake Claire. From time to time, outdoor adventure trips are also organized for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

    The UCF Arena at Knights Plaza is among the hottest campus arenas. With shows from top artists throughout the year, UCF students always have something to look forward to. In 2011, UCF Arena will play host to Katy Perry in June and Cirque De Soleil Dralion in September.

    Greek Life

    These are not the only entertainment options. At UCF, community learning and peer communication is fostered through the multiple fraternities and sororities. 44 social Greek clubs are officially recognized by the university. In 2009, Greek communities raised $133,000 through organized community service activities.

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    Athletics

    Athletic teams at University of Central Florida are called the UCF Knights. Sports facilities are located at the Knights Plaza and the Recreation and Wellness Center. It also has several practice facilities such as the Soccer and Track Stadium. UCF Knights participate in the USA Conference every year.

    The men’s football team won the 2010 Conference USA Championship. The cheerleading team has also won two national championships.

    Alumni

  • Nicole Stott, NASA astronaut
  • Brian France, CEO NASCAR
  • Eduardo Sanchez, writer and director
  • Tari Philips, WNBA
  • Bibliography

    • University of Central Florida. University of Central Florida. Web. 23 May 2011.
    • UCF Knights. UCF Golden Knights. Web. 23 May 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 10th in Florida and 410th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Florida and 256th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 13 0.02
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 7 0.01
    Robbery 9 0.02
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 41 0.07
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 20 0.03
    Arrest 73 0.12

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 1,746 0.72
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 29 0.01
    Forcible Rape 119 0.05
    Robbery 697 0.29
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 4,165 1.72
    Larceny 11,669 4.83
    Vehicle theft 1,311 0.54

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (very high research activity)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
    GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
    Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
    EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1207

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees


    Ranks 809th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,478 $4,478 $19,810
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,839 $1,839 $2,606
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $211 $211 $747
    FT Graduate Tuition $6,916 $6,916 $25,759
    FT Graduate Required Fees $1,915 $1,915 $2,857
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $368 $368 $1,192
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,839 $20,839 $36,938
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,839 $20,839 $36,938
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,539 $11,539 $27,638

    Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

      In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Medical Degree — Tuition $23,603 $51,085
    Medical Degree — Required Fees $4,027 $5,401

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $5,584 $6,247 $5,584 $6,247 $21,064 $22,345
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $924 $1,146
    On-Campus – Room & Board $8,574 $9,300
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,076(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,574 $9,300
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,076(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,076(N/C)

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$30
    Graduate Application Fee$30
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 31,820 (13,315 male / 18,505 female)
    Admitted 15,572 (6,711 male / 8,861 female)
    Admission rate 49%
    First-time Enrollment 6,068 (2,729 male / 3,339 female)
    FT Enrollment 5,817 (2,630 male / 3,187 female)
    PT Enrollment 251 (99 male / 152 female)
    Total Enrollment59,589

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Recommendations
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    TOEFLN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Baseball Conference Conference USA

    ACT Test Admission

    254th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 36%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

    SAT Test Admission

    256th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 64%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 630
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 640
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1090 / 1270

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity11,605
    Meals per Week21
    Room Fee$5,400
    Board Fee$3,994

    Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

     
    Total 318 1,474 2,553 694 45 9,426 335 15,066
    Accounting 6 21 67 32 2 266 9 408
    Advertising 1 5 26 6 105 2 147
    Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 4 3 19 7 57 1 92
    Anthropology 5 21 5 93 2 127
    Applied Mathematics, General 4 2 1 7 1 15
    Architecture 1 1 13 15 30
    Art Teacher Education 3 12 15
    Art/Art Studies, General 2 16 1 1 50 5 75
    Athletic Training/Trainer 2 3 1 19 25
    Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 39 53 11 2 208 11 329
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 22 60 29 1 178 5 302
    Biomedical Sciences, General 2 7 3 5 23 40
    Biotechnology 3 1 4 1 1 19 29
    Business Administration and Management, General 6 49 64 10 2 228 9 374
    Business/Commerce, General 22 41 74 31 2 336 27 537
    Business/Managerial Economics 2 6 4 29 1 44
    Chemistry, General 1 5 17 23
    Chemistry, Other 3 1 4 3 11
    Cinematography and Film/Video Production 8 19 3 1 65 3 100
    City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 1 6 2 11
    Civil Engineering, General 17 7 22 16 2 95 4 166
    Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 9 3 6 22
    Clinical Psychology 2 1 1 14 1 19
    Computer Engineering, General 6 7 18 8 53 93
    Computer and Information Sciences, Other 2 4 6 2 23 2 40
    Computer and Information Sciences, General 22 2 13 11 102 1 152
    Conservation Biology 1 1
    Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 8 1 45 6 63
    Creative Writing 1 2 11 1 15
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5 97 122 7 1 355 11 604
    Digital Arts 5 15 21 10 140 6 201
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 6 10 2 2 56 77
    Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 9 14 3 57 2 87
    Economics, General 1 5 9 6 1 24 2 48
    Education, General 1 4 1 17 23
    Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 3 4 35 3 46
    Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1 2 12 1 16
    Educational/Instructional Technology 4 3 3 1 27 5 44
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering 17 15 42 16 93 5 189
    Elementary Education and Teaching 3 26 53 11 1 384 9 490
    Engineering/Industrial Management 1 1
    English Language and Literature, General 18 42 6 209 4 280
    English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 6 3 27 38
    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 10 4 28 43
    Film/Cinema/Video Studies 2 2
    Finance, General 11 50 90 34 4 305 9 512
    Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 3 9 3 47 2 67
    Foreign Language Teacher Education 4 4
    Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 2 5 1 9
    Forensic Science and Technology 5 18 24
    French Language and Literature 1 7 8
    General Studies 1 11 8 4 31 3 58
    Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 2 15 10 9 30 1 68
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 8 63 71 45 4 226 9 432
    Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 74 60 23 2 172 7 344
    History, General 9 27 4 134 4 179
    Hospitality Administration/Management, General 23 22 61 15 333 10 468
    Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 9 21 31
    Industrial Engineering 17 8 30 5 70 8 141
    Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 2 3 5 11
    Information Technology 1 12 17 8 66 2 107
    International/Global Studies 1 2 8 22 2 36
    Journalism 8 1 27 4 41
    Laser and Optical Engineering 10 1 6 1 18
    Latin American Studies 1 1 2
    Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 59 77 12 2 166 3 327
    Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 79 70 16 254 3 439
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 32 67 20 277 6 414
    Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 1 6 2 10 2 21
    Mass Communication/Media Studies 4 3 2 21 1 32
    Materials Engineering 5 7 12
    Mathematics Teacher Education 2 5 32 40
    Mathematics, General 1 3 3 23 30
    Mechanical Engineering 15 9 50 13 1 174 2 270
    Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 7 21 52 44 131 2 260
    Meeting and Event Planning 3 22 36 5 222 4 299
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 2 74 98 14 3 407 16 626
    Music Performance, General 1 1 3 1 25 31
    Music Teacher Education 3 1 1 7 12
    Music, General 1 1 7 1 10
    Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 8 5 1 43 3 61
    Philosophy 2 5 22 1 30
    Photography 1 2 1 15 19
    Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 39 37 3 135 4 221
    Physics, General 8 5 23 36
    Political Science and Government, General 6 27 62 11 218 6 338
    Psychology, General 10 123 297 51 1 726 18 1,251
    Public Administration 2 34 19 3 55 2 117
    Radio and Television 4 31 4 1 61 1 104
    Reading Teacher Education 3 5 20 2 30
    Real Estate 1 14 15
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 73 101 50 3 505 17 767
    Religion/Religious Studies 1 6 2 9
    Restaurant/Food Services Management 4 9 1 38 1 53
    School Psychology 13 1 14
    Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 3 13 16
    Social Science Teacher Education 1 9 51 2 63
    Social Sciences, General 1 3 14 1 20
    Social Work 59 53 3 124 10 253
    Sociology 18 19 2 77 2 119
    Spanish Language and Literature 4 28 7 1 40
    Special Education and Teaching, General 5 13 4 76 100
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 23 40 4 182 5 260
    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 10 2 16 33
    Statistics, General 8 2 3 3 17 3 36
    Structural Engineering 2 1 1 9 13
    Systems Science and Theory 4 1 5 4 26 1 41
    Taxation 1 2 3 2 14 22
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 8 8
    Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 2 7 2 27 7 46
    Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 6 1 11 1 21
    Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 14 4 15 33

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 729th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $79,947 ($87,221 male / $64,054 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 1,145 (691 male / 454 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 1,854
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
    Total Benefits $37,281,579

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