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University of Central Florida Overview

University of Central Florida is a public institution situated in Orlando, Florida. Orlando is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is University of Central Florida Known For?

14,430 Undergraduate Awards
$29,454 Avg Cost After Aid
50% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UCF is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at UCF is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UCF bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,400 a year. That's about 11% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Central Florida Rankings

UCF is ranked #21 out of 126 schools in Florida.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UCF has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UCF.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Value Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Value Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#114 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Best Value General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#138 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UCF has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Colleges for Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual

Where Is University of Central Florida?

Location of University of Central Florida

Contact details for UCF are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
Phone: 407-823-2000
Website: www.ucf.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UCF
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UCF

How Do I Get Into UCF?

You can apply to UCF online at: https://www.ucf.edu/admissions/undergraduate/

Admission Requirements for UCF

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCF?

50% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of University of Central Florida is 50%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to UCF submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 580 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800
UCF received ACT scores from 40% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 22 and 27. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 23 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Central Florida?

$29,454 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCF is $29,454. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UCF, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $6,359 a year. That adds up to $25,436 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCF is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Central Florida Undergraduate Student Diversity

42,468 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 59,371 undergraduate students at UCF, with 42,468 being full-time and 16,903 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UCF

There are also 10,031 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 42,468 full-time undergraduates at UCF, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCF

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Central Florida students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCF Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,758
Black or African American 4,341
Hispanic or Latino 11,677
White 19,989
International Students 1,624
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,079

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at University of Central Florida. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 131 countries are represented at UCF. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of Central Florida

10,269 Took All Classes Online
39,270 Took At Least One Class Online
6.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 19 bachelor’s degree and 26 master’s degree programs available online at UCF. In 2017-2018, 39,270 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UCF has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UCF

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Central Florida was 6.9%. This is the #1,538 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UCF regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UCF majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 37%
Applied Mathematics 29%
Area Studies 79%
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 79%
Business Administration & Management 2%
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
Computer Information Systems 14%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 12%
Curriculum & Instruction 14%
Education 9%
Educational Administration 6%
Engineering 4%
English Language & Literature 9%
General English Literature 9%
General Psychology 2%
General Social Sciences 47%
Health Professions 0%
Health Sciences & Services 6%
History 12%
History 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 12%
Instructional Media Design 12%
Interdisciplinary Studies 8%
Legal Professions 5%
Mathematics & Statistics 3%
Mechanical Engineering 17%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 7%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 25%
Other Public Administration 10%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16%
Political Science & Government 3%
Psychology 3%
Public Administration 5%
Public Administration & Social Service 6%
Religious Studies 7%
Social Work 7%
Special Education 25%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UCF ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UCF.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Materials Engineering #5
Other Public Administration #7
Area Studies #7
Applied Mathematics #9
International Studies #9
Interdisciplinary Studies #10
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #14
Anthropology #14
Industrial Engineering #20
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #22
Mechanical Engineering #23
General Social Sciences #32
Political Science & Government #32
General English Literature #33
Hospitality Management #34
Sociology #35
Engineering-Related Fields #35
Mathematics & Statistics #37
Religious Studies #38
History #39
History #39
Health Sciences & Services #39
Philosophy & Religious Studies #48
Social Work #50
Public Administration #65
Communication & Media Studies #67
English Language & Literature #73
Legal Professions #74
Engineering #78
General Education #82
Instructional Media Design #90
Curriculum & Instruction #91
Engineering Technologies #99
Communication & Journalism #99
General Psychology #101
Computer Information Systems #108
Special Education #130
Teacher Education Subject Specific #133
Social Sciences #133
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #139
Psychology #141
Public Administration & Social Service #141
Educational Administration #182
Health & Medical Administrative Services #209
Computer & Information Sciences #250
Criminal Justice & Corrections #261
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #298
Liberal Arts General Studies #322
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #322
Nursing #338
Education #430

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Central Florida Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 0 1,182 0 2 9 1,193
Health Sciences & Services 0 860 0 90 0 950
Hospitality Management 0 828 0 89 2 919
General Business/Commerce 0 602 0 227 0 829
Nursing 0 669 0 97 14 780
General Biology 0 691 0 37 5 733
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 640 0 15 0 655
Computer Information Systems 0 518 0 111 21 650
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 552 0 88 0 640
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 540 0 82 0 622
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 508 0 42 0 550
Finance & Financial Management 0 476 0 0 0 476
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 425 0 45 0 470
Mechanical Engineering 0 380 0 44 18 442
Liberal Arts General Studies 343 93 0 0 0 436
Communication & Media Studies 0 352 0 21 0 373
Accounting 0 278 0 77 0 355
General English Literature 0 319 0 20 0 339
Political Science & Government 0 323 0 14 0 337
Communication Sciences 0 241 0 87 0 328
Social Work 0 135 0 178 0 313
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 197 0 81 0 278
Business Administration & Management 0 186 0 87 4 277
Marketing 0 251 0 0 0 251
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 246 0 0 0 246
Fine & Studio Arts 0 222 0 0 0 222
Electrical Engineering 0 148 0 51 20 219
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 152 0 23 0 175
History 0 150 0 11 0 161
Industrial Engineering 0 95 0 43 7 145
Computer Engineering 0 113 0 20 9 142
Civil Engineering 0 106 0 22 14 142
Educational Administration 0 0 3 124 13 140
Public Administration 0 82 0 50 0 132
Public Relations & Advertising 0 124 0 0 0 124
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 120 0 0 0 120
Medicine 0 0 0 0 116 116
Sociology 0 101 0 9 3 113
Drama & Theater Arts 0 94 0 5 0 99
Anthropology 0 81 0 14 0 95
Arts & Media Management 0 94 0 0 0 94
Business/Managerial Economics 0 81 0 5 0 86
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 85 0 0 0 85
Special Education 0 12 0 69 0 81
Real Estate 0 68 0 10 0 78
Chemistry 0 41 0 16 15 72
Student Counseling 0 0 0 68 0 68
Journalism 0 65 0 0 0 65
Music 0 46 0 12 0 58
General Education 0 0 4 18 34 56
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 16 37 0 53
Environmental Engineering 0 38 0 8 5 51
Writing Studies 0 32 0 10 9 51
Statistics 0 36 0 15 0 51
Mathematics 0 48 0 0 0 48
Physics 0 25 0 11 12 48
International Studies 0 43 0 0 0 43
Biotechnology 0 29 0 13 0 42
General Architecture 0 40 0 0 0 40
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 40 0 40
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 38 0 38
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 37 37
Systems Theory 0 0 0 21 15 36
General Social Sciences 0 36 0 0 0 36
Economics 0 34 0 0 0 34
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 30 0 0 0 30
Natural Resources Conservation 0 28 0 0 0 28
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 25 0 25
Romance Languages 0 17 0 6 0 23
Allied Health Professions 0 23 0 0 0 23
Philosophy 0 23 0 0 0 23
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 17 4 21
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 9 11 20
Computational Science 0 0 0 18 0 18
Religious Studies 0 15 0 0 0 15
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 14 0 14
Area Studies 0 14 0 0 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 14 0 14
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 12 0 12
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 12 0 12
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 4 8 12
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 8 0 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 3 4 7
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 7 0 7
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 6 6
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 4 0 0 0 4
TOTAL 343 14,087 23 2,446 415 17,314

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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