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University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL

Learn about the University of Central Florida. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is the second largest university in the United States in terms of student enrollment. UCF's main campus is located less than 15 miles from downtown Orlando, and the school has ten regional campuses scattered across central Florida. UCF is a public university and was ranked number 177 by U.S News & World Report in its list of best national colleges.


UCF offers over 200 majors through its 12 colleges. Popular undergraduate programs include elementary education, marketing and general finance. UCF offers online courses, including over two dozen degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. The library system, consisting of regional and branch libraries, includes a health sciences library and a library devoted to solar energy research.

Students at UCF are eligible to take part in semester-long internships while earning academic credit. The school offers over 40 different study abroad programs in more than 20 countries. UCF receives over $100 million each year for research funding.


To apply to UCF, you must submit an online application, an application fee, high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. If applicable, college transcripts, GED and TOEFL or IELTS scores must also be submitted. Students are also encouraged to submit an essay. Application deadlines are May 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester and March 1st for the summer semester.

The student body is made up of students from all 50 states and over 140 countries. There were 33,968 applicants in fall 2011; 45% of those applicants were admitted, and 41% of those admitted chose to enroll. In fall 2011, 75% of UCF's undergraduate students were full-time students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The total annual estimated cost for tuition at UCF for the 2012-2013 academic year was $16,692 for residents and $32,791 for non-residents. Estimates include tuition, fees, living expenses and books. UCF offers several merit-based scholarships. The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers students assistance with applying to scholarships. Students can view scholarship listings and download application forms at the office's website.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, certificate programs, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburban**
Student Body 49,972 undergraduates, 8,493 graduate in Fall 2011**
Student Housing Residence halls and apartments available*
Schools and Programs 12 colleges and 211 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 32 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011, Bachelor's: Business, Management and Marketing (2,665); Master's: Business, Management and Marketing (483); PhDs: Education (69)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 34% in four years, 63% in six years**
Admission Rate 45% in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 87% for full-time and 70% for part-time students**
Average SAT Admitted Students In Fall 2012: 1245 (critical reading and math)*
Application Due Date May 1st*
Tuition 2012-2013 Estimated to cost $16,692 for full-time resident students (includes tuition, fees, books and room and board)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship (95%), student loan (37%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Central Florida, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 160111, Orlando, FL 32816-0111
  • Phone: (407) 823-3000
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