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University of Central Florida Overview

University of Central Florida is a public institution located 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?

14,743 Undergraduate Awards
$29,033 Avg Cost After Aid
45% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at UCF is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UCF.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UCF makes roughly $45,400 a year. This is 11% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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University of Central Florida Rankings

Out of the 89 colleges in Florida, UCF is ranked at #9.

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
#70 Best Associate 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
#1 Best Nanotechnology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Systems Theory Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value General Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific 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
#1 Best General Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools College Factual
#42 Best Engineering Technologies Schools College Factual
#62 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#72 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#72 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Schools College Factual
#82 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual

Where Is University of Central Florida?

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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://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?

45% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
77% Submit SAT Scores
UCF has a fairly low acceptance rate of 45%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 46%, and the acceptance rate for women is 45%.

Average Test Scores

About 77% 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 590 and 670. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 590 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 570 to 670 )
200
800
UCF received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Central Florida  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Central Florida?

$29,033 Net Price
24% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCF is $29,033. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UCF, approximately 24% of students took out student loans averaging $6,325 a year. That adds up to $25,300 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCF is 4.2%. 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

43,513 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 61,401 undergraduate students at UCF, with 43,513 being full-time and 17,888 being part-time.

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There are also 10,480 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 43,513 full-time undergraduates at UCF, 45% are male and 55% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,922
Black or African American 4,222
Hispanic or Latino 12,300
White 20,228
International Students 1,599
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,242

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

53,815 Took All Classes Online
69,059 Took At Least One Class Online
99.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 16 bachelor’s degree and 22 master’s degree programs available online at UCF. In 2019-2020, 69,059 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of UCF

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Central Florida was $6,368 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $22,467. The following table shows how UCF is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Engineering-Related Fields #1 #49
Other Public Administration #1 #3
Political Science & Government #1 #48
Anthropology #1 #7
Applied Mathematics #1 #1
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #1 #18
Hospitality Management #1 #25
Engineering Technologies #1 #70
Area Studies #1 #4
Mechanical Engineering #1 #19
Materials Engineering #1 #1
Environmental Engineering #1 #4
Civil Engineering #1 #19
International Studies #1 #1
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #4 #22
General Social Sciences #4 #36
Religious Studies #4 #45
Industrial Engineering #4 #25
Philosophy & Religious Studies #4 #57
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #4 #13
Legal Professions #4 #52
Health Sciences & Services #4 #4
History #7 #62
Health & Medical Administrative Services #7 #117
Social Work #7 #31
History #7 #62
Interdisciplinary Studies #7 #22
Public Administration #10 #121
Computer Information Systems #10 #58
Mathematics & Statistics #13 #31
English Language & Literature #13 #82
Communication & Journalism #13 #107
General English Literature #13 #64
Communication & Media Studies #16 #104
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #16 #115
General Education #18 #113
Sociology #22 #94
Curriculum & Instruction #22 #213
Education #25 #159
Instructional Media Design #28 #185
Special Education #34 #213
Computer & Information Sciences #34 #118
General Psychology #34 #209
Psychology #37 #230
Nursing #40 #256
Teacher Education Subject Specific #43 #195
Educational Administration #43 #301
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #61 #337
Liberal Arts General Studies #61 #337
Criminal Justice & Corrections #70 #407

Online Affordability Rankings of UCF Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of Central Florida was $6,368 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $22,467. The following table shows how UCF is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Legal Professions #1 #37
International Studies #1 #13
Hospitality Management #1 #8
Computer & Information Sciences #1 #89
Interdisciplinary Studies #1 #29
Engineering-Related Fields #1 #11
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #1 #28
Other Public Administration #1 #7
History #1 #59
History #1 #59
Political Science & Government #1 #32
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #1 #4
Civil Engineering #1 #1
Environmental Engineering #1 #1
Industrial Engineering #1 #10
Materials Engineering #1 #4
Mechanical Engineering #1 #1
Social Work #1 #26
Health Sciences & Services #1 #13
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #1 #16
Area Studies #1 #7
General Psychology #4 #113
General English Literature #4 #49
English Language & Literature #4 #46
Engineering Technologies #4 #20
Sociology #4 #48
Anthropology #4 #13
General Education #4 #43
Computer Information Systems #4 #74
Public Administration #4 #116
Philosophy & Religious Studies #4 #28
Religious Studies #4 #25
General Social Sciences #4 #38
Homeland Security #4 #41
Psychology #7 #119
Criminal Justice & Corrections #7 #76
Health & Medical Administrative Services #7 #179
Instructional Media Design #8 #91
Nursing #9 #96
Teacher Education Subject Specific #9 #24
Business Administration & Management #10 #187
Education #15 #101
Business, Management & Marketing #42 #143

Online Growth Rankings of UCF

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Central Florida was 99.1%. This is the #425 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly 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 20%
Anthropology 20%
Civil Engineering 22%
Computer & Information Sciences 1%
Computer Information Systems 1%
Education 6%
Engineering 15%
Engineering Technologies 48%
Engineering-Related Fields 47%
General Education 26%
General Psychology 3%
Health Professions 8%
History 10%
History 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3%
Industrial Engineering 32%
Instructional Media Design 9%
Interdisciplinary Studies 29%
International Studies 46%
Mechanical Engineering 16%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 29%
Nursing 24%
Other Public Administration 13%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 10%
Political Science & Government 4%
Psychology 3%
Public Administration 25%
Public Administration & Social Service 13%
Social Sciences 12%
Social Work 7%
Sociology 12%

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

Major Growth Rate Rank
Area Studies #1
Other Public Administration #1
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #4
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #4
International Studies #4
Materials Engineering #4
Interdisciplinary Studies #6
Civil Engineering #7
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #7
Industrial Engineering #7
Environmental Engineering #7
Anthropology #10
Mechanical Engineering #13
Homeland Security #15
Sociology #15
Engineering-Related Fields #16
Religious Studies #17
History #19
Social Work #19
Political Science & Government #19
Hospitality Management #19
History #19
Public Administration #22
Philosophy & Religious Studies #23
General Education #24
General Social Sciences #25
Health Sciences & Services #28
General English Literature #28
Instructional Media Design #49
Engineering #49
Engineering Technologies #49
General Psychology #50
Legal Professions #54
English Language & Literature #54
Public Administration & Social Service #65
Teacher Education Subject Specific #72
Psychology #76
Social Sciences #77
Computer Information Systems #86
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #98
Nursing #99
Health & Medical Administrative Services #112
Criminal Justice & Corrections #115
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #146
Computer & Information Sciences #174
Education #224
Health Professions #271
Business Administration & Management #280
Business, Management & Marketing #400

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 1,216 0 5 9 1,230
Nursing 0 904 17 92 17 1,030
Health Sciences & Services 0 824 3 117 0 944
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 879 25 24 0 928
General Biology 0 741 0 51 10 802
General Business/Commerce 0 527 0 259 0 786
Hospitality Management 0 665 42 68 10 785
Computer Information Systems 0 519 1 105 29 654
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 483 20 88 1 592
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 498 3 64 0 565
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 465 0 80 0 545
Mechanical Engineering 0 461 0 45 20 526
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 407 0 40 0 447
Communication & Media Studies 0 403 13 20 0 436
Finance & Financial Management 0 396 0 0 0 396
Liberal Arts General Studies 371 13 0 0 0 384
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 283 0 73 0 356
Political Science & Government 0 331 10 9 0 350
Communication Sciences 0 258 0 88 0 346
General English Literature 0 307 9 20 0 336
Social Work 0 123 18 194 0 335
Accounting 0 252 0 62 0 314
Business Administration & Management 0 160 9 81 4 254
Fine & Studio Arts 0 244 0 0 0 244
Electrical Engineering 0 135 0 48 48 231
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 184 0 33 2 219
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 214 0 0 0 214
Industrial Engineering 0 145 10 48 10 213
Marketing 0 204 0 0 0 204
Civil Engineering 0 127 0 35 21 183
History 0 164 0 14 0 178
Public Administration 0 65 26 85 0 176
Arts & Media Management 0 150 0 0 0 150
Educational Administration 0 0 5 115 21 141
Computer Engineering 0 108 0 19 12 139
Public Relations & Advertising 0 132 0 0 0 132
Sociology 0 108 0 14 7 129
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 129 0 0 0 129
Anthropology 0 106 0 13 0 119
Medicine 0 0 0 0 117 117
Student Counseling 0 0 40 76 0 116
Special Education 0 15 56 43 0 114
Drama & Theater Arts 0 80 0 19 0 99
International Studies 0 79 0 0 0 79
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 77 0 0 0 77
General Education 0 0 24 14 38 76
Business/Managerial Economics 0 68 0 5 0 73
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 72 0 72
Economics 0 69 0 0 0 69
Chemistry 0 40 0 16 12 68
Real Estate 0 64 0 0 0 64
Statistics 0 40 10 10 0 60
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 37 16 0 53
Writing Studies 0 31 0 14 5 50
Natural Resources Conservation 0 50 0 0 0 50
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 10 40 0 50
Journalism 0 49 0 0 0 49
Physics 0 32 0 5 9 46
Instructional Media Design 0 0 14 30 0 44
Environmental Engineering 0 28 0 12 3 43
General Architecture 0 42 0 0 0 42
Biotechnology 0 26 0 14 0 40
Teaching English or French 0 0 30 9 0 39
Mathematics 0 37 0 0 0 37
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 35 35
Computational Science 0 0 0 35 0 35
Music 0 29 0 6 0 35
General Social Sciences 0 33 0 0 0 33
Philosophy 0 31 0 0 0 31
Romance Languages 0 26 0 4 0 30
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 27 0 0 0 27
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 27 0 27
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 24 0 24
Other Public Administration 0 0 4 14 5 23
Allied Health Professions 0 22 0 0 0 22
Applied Mathematics 0 0 3 7 11 21
Homeland Security 0 15 0 2 0 17
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 15 0 15
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 12 0 12
Area Studies 0 12 0 0 0 12
Systems Theory 0 0 2 6 4 12
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 9 2 11
Religious Studies 0 11 0 0 0 11
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 9 0 0 0 9
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 8 0 8
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 2 2
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 2 2
TOTAL 371 14,372 441 2,573 466 18,223

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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