College Senior 2013-01-03T03:40:55Z
Close to campus is mostly well known chains which can make it easier to decide where to eat because you already know what they have. The further from campus you can find more local places, the few that I have been too are pretty good. There is also a lot of bars and trendy restaurants in downtown Orlando, which is about 20-30 minutes from campus.
College Sophomore 2013-01-03T01:55:27Z
Health & Safety:
The security is top notch with on campus police always there to protect and serve. There are yellow emergency poles everywhere you are, that way you always see at least one within close distance.
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T22:30:07Z
The academics at UCF are of course the number priority. Everyone is dedicated to the success of its students.
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T22:25:07Z
Health & Safety:
I have never felt unsafe on UCF's campus. Despite size of the campus, it is still a safe place to be. It is also very beautiful and the grounds are well kept. Of course keep your doors locked and practice common sense to avoid petty accidents. Campus security is great, especially with the blue light emergency system available on literally every corner of campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-02T19:37:17Z
At UCF there are usually open computers or laptops to check out from the library. The internet and wifi are fairly fast.
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T17:32:31Z
From what I heard parking on campus is dreadful. It can take over half an hour in some cases to find a single parking space.
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T17:29:50Z
I feel that it is a great experience living on campus. You get to meet wonderful people that you can truly call your friends. Everyone for the most part gets along with each other and has a great time. I think every freshman should live on campus if they have the opportunity to.
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T16:59:39Z
UCF campus life is excellent. The facilities are up to date, modern and inviting. The Rec Center is awesome. The overall campus is clean and staff is very friendly and willing to work with you and assist.
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T16:49:18Z
the no-smoking policy should be enforced more efficiently
College Sophomore 2013-01-02T03:22:43Z
There are quite a few options for off campus housing at UCF, but just make sure you look into it and research it really well when you're considering leasing. You always get what you pay for. If it's a cheap apartment, chances are everything there will be cheap. If that's what you like, then that's fine, but if you want to live in a quality place, you have to pay the price.
College Sophomore 2013-01-01T01:23:49Z
I don't really use the computer labs because I bring my own laptop and live off campus. With that being said that means I depend fully on the wireless networks which tend to be a little dodgy at best, it's easy to access but frequently kicks you off. It's not too big of a hassle because it's easy to get back on the network but it's a hassle nonetheless.
College Sophomore 2013-01-01T01:21:51Z
Despite the rumors that big universities don't allow you to have small classroom settings, UCF still provides class sizes ranging from small intimate to auditorium. These different sizes help different kinds of students find what suits them most and helps them to thrive. This also is helpful when deciding how close you want to be to your professor. My summer class was an auditorium of 300+ students (which was the size of my school grades K-12 put together) and my professor didn't know me by name, but in fall my classes ranged from 30-80 kids and every professor knew our faces and our names so it depends on which you are more comfortable with which is made clear in the registration process. The study load is manageable and the campus provides many study locations and tutor centers in the event that you're feeling overwhelmed.
College Sophomore 2013-01-01T01:16:16Z
UCF has a wide selection to choose from in regards to class choices. If you're like me and undecided about a major this helps because it gives you so much to try and out to help you to declare a major you actually are passionate about.
College Sophomore 2013-01-01T01:11:52Z
I don't live on campus, I can only base my answer off of what I've seen personally or what I've heard from people that live on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T23:45:13Z
Orlando is home to some of the world's best amusement parks, including the #1-Walt Disney World!! People from all over the world visit Orlando all year long. In addition, Orlando is home to the Orlando Magic basketball team. Shopping can be done at one of several malls, shopping centers, or outlet centers. Orlando has taken many steps to reduce and deter crime to keep not only the citizens safe, but visitors as well!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T23:28:42Z
I am in the Radio/Television program in the field of Communications at UCF and it is an exciting but a limited access program. Since the program is limited you must apply to get in it but once you're in, you're in for good. Applications are due:Fall Term – June 1,Spring Term – October 1,Summer Term – February 1 and can be downloaded at UCF's Nicholson School of Communication's website. To be in the R/TV program you must select a track in which you want to study, either production, journalism, or generalist. Each track has specific requirements for GPA and the journalism track has further requirements like a writing paper and submitting sample work. When applying you must note which track you would like and if you're GPA is good enough, based on other students applying at the time, you will be accepted. When selecting your track you can also rank the order of tracks you would like. So if you wanted to be in the production track first you would put: 1-Production track, 2- Generalist, 3- Journalism. Based on your ranking and GPA it will be determined where you will be placed. The main advantage to having a limited access program is that it will make you stand out amongst someone else that had a degree in a program that wasn't limited access.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T23:07:50Z
Orlando is a great place for a school because there is so much going on in the city. There are a ton of attractions like Universal Studios, Disney, Sea-World, and more. Shopping is not a problem either because there are places like Waterford Lakes and the Mall of Millenia which have a ton of options for shopping. Additionally, the Orlando Magic are in town and have a newly built arena which is beautiful!
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T22:57:43Z
Thankfully, I haven't noticed to much of a drug problem at UCF. To be honest most of the students I interact with seem against the whole drug scene. There does seem to be an average level of alcohol consumption at the school but most of that is at off campus housing. As far as peer pressure it seems non-existent. Basically if someone doesn't want to drink its left at that and I haven't seen anyone pressure anyone else.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T22:08:15Z
The closest off-campus housing (Sterling) has gotten many bad ratings even though it is one of the newer housing complexes. The better off-campus housing is farther away and a little more expensive than the average dormitories.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T22:03:01Z
It may be hot and rainy during the summertime, but the weather is very nice in the fall/winter. The weather tends to cool down into the 60s or 70s, and in December, it can go into the 40s and 50s. If you're not one for hot weather, I wouldn't suggest coming here because the spring and summer regularly go into the 80s and 90s with humidity increasing the heat index to above 100 at times. The buildings are excellently air conditioned, so that will not be a problem. However, walking to class can be a hassle in hot weather if you're not properly dressed and hydrated.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-31T21:19:11Z
I've heard from those who live on campus that there can be problems with mold or insects in some of the on-campus housing. Off-campus housing tends to be better, but that is based on which dorm you choose. Some dorms have a reputation for being dirty or difficult to live in. I recommend checking any survey information on the dorm you choose to live in at UCF.
College Senior 2012-12-31T18:43:35Z
I received a excellent amount of financial aid, but wished the scholarships would fit my profile. I am striving in the near future to versatile my background in community services and leadership positions. These are two components that are mentioned on the websites. I suggest college students to start early in forming these components to enhance their chances in receiving more helped at universities.
College Senior 2012-12-31T18:30:58Z
Health & Safety:
The campus safety officers at University of Central Florida strives to make sure every student have a sense of safety.They offer a database to registered cellphone, computers, bikes, skateboard, and etc. There has been several people who has filed a complaint for break-ins, robberies, rapes, and roommates that steal items from one another.
College Sophomore 2012-12-31T17:49:03Z
Off-campus dining at UCF includes the typical fast food chains, along with the occasional mom and pop establishment. It is a bit difficult to find a healthy option, but with persistence it is possible! I would definitely recommend grocery shopping and cooking for yourself, as you control the ingredients that go in your food.
College Sophomore 2012-12-31T17:46:06Z
People at UCF are so diverse and accepting, you will definitely find your niche if you choose to go here. The best advice I can give is to go into your freshman year with an open mind, as you will meet people you never dreamed of interacting with. I now have friends from so many different states and backgrounds and it has really helped me grow as a person.
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