Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T15:33:43Z
The Teachers – The proffesors at my school are excellent. They provide pleanty of classroom attention necessary to do well. They also provide excellent office hours for students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T15:30:59Z
Elementary Education – The Education program at UCF is the best program I have come into contact with. The teachers are amzing and the curriculum is great.
College Senior 2012-05-14T14:13:44Z
Big Classes Hurts Personalized Teaching – The professors know what they're talking about, but it isn't always easy to speak to them one-on-one. Many of the courses have hundreds of students enrolled. Registration can be a nightmare early on because you will be the last to register after the seniors, juniors, etc. There is a good amount of tutoring for the classes people struggle in. The library is crowded on the bottom floor, move up and it gets progressively quieter and the crowd thins.
College Senior 2012-05-14T14:10:55Z
Big Classes Hurts Personalized Teaching – Most classes, especially in the beginning have hundreds of kids enrolled in them. There can be a big wait to having one question answered by the professor personally. The workload is heavy at times, usually when professors cluster tests around the same times. The curriculum is interesting, although the prerequisites seem to get in the way of taking the more interesting courses. There is plenty of tutoring and help available to get you through your classes. And by the time you're a junior, there is a lot of assistance available to get you into an undergraduate research or internship position.
College Senior 2012-05-14T14:05:24Z
Health & Safety:
Safe on Campus, Outside - Not So Much – Usually you won't be alone on campus, which makes campus feel safe. There are emergency call stations around that you can just push a button and it calls the police. Outside of school campus, I'd be careful at night. Remember, you're in Orlando and not everybody is a nice, college student. Lock your doors all the time. I've heard of robberies happening during the day because people leave the door open.
College Senior 2012-05-14T14:00:10Z
Choose Your Garage Carefully – A parking decal does not mean you have a personal parking spot, it only allows you to park in the limited amount of spaces available without being ticketed/towed. Certain garages are always busy and it can take 45 minutes sometimes to find parking. If you are short on time and don't mind walking a bit further to get to your class, you can almost always find parking in garages more on the outskirts of campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T03:53:48Z
People from all colleges, ethnicity, and religion coexist in UCF. A game of ultimate Frisbee next to a sword fighting Medieval club is just one of many common sights on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T03:49:13Z
Freshmen Are Priority – UCF concentrates on getting new students so much, they alienate later years. Seniors have little to no choice in on campus housing.
College Junior 2012-05-14T02:03:33Z
So Much to Do – Orlando is one of the biggest cities known. There is so much to do with so little to drive. There are many plazas that have a lot of shopping centers as well as restaurants. If shopping centers aren't in the agenda for the day, there are other places that have fun and interesting activities to do such as a place called BOING. This is a place that is filled with trampolines where you can interact in different activities. Also if you do not mind driving 30 to 45 minutes you can visit some of the most biggest attractions and theme parks. Universal Studios, Disney, and Seaworld are some of the main attractions. Overall it is a great local atmosphere with a lot to do.
College Junior 2012-05-14T01:32:35Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Safety – I give the University of Central Florida an A+ because I do not believe any student has ever felt unsafe. There are specific University police officers that are dedicated to just supervising the campus. There are also blue lights located every where around campus that are intended to be there at any point in time to click so that a security officer can come pick you up or know where to locate someone if in danger. Also the University Police Department sends out emails to every student when there has been any crime committed within the area of the University. The University has a goal to protect each and every student that attends and i do not believe they will ever go below this goal.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-14T01:25:03Z
The Sun Won't Stop Shinning – The campus is great, however the weather is not for the majority of the time. The weather is extremely hot in summer and occasionally in spring. If the weather was a bit cooler, students wouldn't have to sweat walking to class.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-13T16:40:06Z
Always Something to Do – There's always something to do in Orlando. When not at school, you can visit a theme park, catch a Magic game, or take a quick ride to the beach. Living in the sunshine state has it's perks!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-13T12:49:50Z
Theyre are a lot of parking garages and meters location all over the campus. One just has to make sure to always have change.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-13T12:46:14Z
Academic Advisors Exceeded My Expectations – Great academic counselors that are knowledgable and willing to go beyond their duty to help out students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T23:09:46Z
When you say strictness, I think that the University of Central Florida is just too large to keep track of everyone. Everyone kindof does their own thing, unless it comes to underage drinking, because during tailgating that isnt a joke. You will definitely have to serve some community service time, but not jail time. Other than that, I really can't think of anything that's held me back. Things on campus are open late, everything functions pretty smoothly, and maybe the fact is there just aren't many problems. The student union is a huge powerhouse for free speech, and anything can fly there.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T23:04:51Z
Orlando is funny this way. I don't really remember them talking about it much during orientation, except them saying alcohol and drugs are prohibited in the dorms, and can result in immediate expulsion. Funny though, because there were a few cases where I know people who were busted for it and they were fine. However, orientation was a long time ago for me. The reason why I give it a C- is because cops are tricky. You can be out and cops will be standing right there, and won't do anything. Other nights, if they feel like being silly, they will pull you out of the bar for underage drinking and make you do pushups in front of everyone or something else embarassing. If they are having a bad day though, they can rip through a club and literally arrest and jail a couple dozen kids. Drug dealers are about as popular as the students who are out there willing to buy. I think this is pretty standard throughout colleges though, and if people don't think it goes on at their schools, it does unfortunately. Mostly, I would blame it on students wanting extra money, thinking that it's a reasonable, easy, and "safe" thing to do, and in reality, it's none of those things. Peer pressure isnt really evident, unless you get into greek life problems, which is a whole other story.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T22:45:34Z
Orlando Is the Place to Be – Not only does our campus provide anything you would need just by walking a few blocks, but as you travel about 30 minutes NW, you will start hitting downtown Orlando, with many bars, clubs, and nice restaurants, as well as the world renowned Universal Studios and DisneyWorld attractions. On campus alone, there are two cafeterias for students, as well as places to eat like Subway, Sabarro, Chick-fil-a, in addition to nice places to eat, even sushi, wraps, or crepes! There's a beautiful gym equipped with a rock climbing wall, and our gym is so great it's been featured in a movie too! Right next to the pool on campus, where they throw pool parties occasionally, and not to mention right next to just one of the many areas of student housing, the place looks like a hotel the rooms and buildings are so nice. Since the campus is shaped like a giant circle, its only about 10 minutes tops to get to and from even the farthest end of the university. The health center is brand new, and I go there for all my medical needs and pharmaceutical needs as well, since it's so convenient and everyone is so nice, efficient, and friendly. I also get my glasses on campus at the College Optical store, located in the center of campus at the student union. Living in Orlando also means we have two ticketmasters on campus for discounts on all theme parks, water parks, dinner shows, live performances, and even movie tickets! Our arena holds concerts and shows that people all over Orlando come to attend, and every winter our campus turns into a winter wonderland carnival for everyone to enjoy. We are the second largest university in the country, and we are growing everyday in regards to our educational standing. I am so proud to be a UCF Knight, and our tailgating for football season is where it shows the most, because our students, faculty, familys, and alumni are showing their pride. We are building tradition and also shaping to be a very impressive university that should not be overlooked. I would give UCF an A+, easily, because just the fact that everyone I know who graduates still continues to live in Orlando, or further their educational career by trying to stay at UCF, it's got to be pretty awesome!
College Senior 2012-05-12T02:42:02Z
EVERY CLASS THAT I HAVE TAKEN IS BEEN A CHALLENGING CLASS. THER IS NO GIFS FROM TEACHERS OR ANY LIKE IT. YOU MUST ATTEND AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR JOB AT ALL TIMES.
College Senior 2012-05-12T02:38:20Z
SOMETIMES THE SYSTEM IS SLOW AND THERE IS NOT SERVICE WHEN YOU MOST NEED IT!
College Senior 2012-05-12T02:33:03Z
KEEPING AN EYE ON YOU – THE FORCE AND ENFORCEMENT OF RULES AT CAMPUS UNIVERSITY IS REALLY IMPRESSIVE. IT IS A PRETTY SERIOUS SITUATION IF YOU GET COUGHT DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL.
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T01:21:28Z
Guys & Girls:
UCF has one of the largest campuses, and with it an incredibly diverse student body. People from all walks of life come to UCF, which is definitely one of the factors that make it so appealing. You're likely to meet men and women that are really passionate about what they're pursuing, as is experienced mostly within student organizations. People greet you with warm and are very willing to share their knowledge, and here your story
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T00:55:22Z
Pursuing Science – I'm a molecular and microbiology major, and am still somewhat uncertain as to whether I want to pursue medical school, or focus on research. I do enjoy the sciences, and the course load as been extremely challenging. I've been presented with many options as to want path I can take, and am very much aware of the resources that are available on campus to aid me. Job prospects look promising, ultimately it's up to me to make a decision of where I want to go!
Recent Alumnus 2012-05-12T00:48:48Z
Interning Outside of Class – I had to actually chosen to get involved in an unpaid internship at a local hospital by means of gaining experience. This was one of the best ways for me, and for many others, to get the hands-on feel of how the medical field is. You work a lot with doctors, aiding them in receiving from a varitey of medical devices/instruments, as well as being there for the patients' needs.
College Sophomore 2012-05-11T23:35:22Z
Campus Life – I love the campus! There is so much to do, i never find myself bored. With all the clubs sports etc... I'm having the time of my life.
College Sophomore 2012-05-11T23:31:41Z
The strictness is pretty intense. They do not play around when it comes to enforcing rules.
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