#3 Best Public Universities in Florida

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

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University of Central Florida overview
Location Orlando, Florida
Online ucf.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
University of Central Florida overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Central Florida (UCF), located in Orlando, is one of the largest universities by enrollment in the United States, with a diverse and extensive range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs, including prominent hospitality, business, education, and engineering programs. Founded in 1963 with the intent to provide talent for the U.S. space program, UCF stands out for its research facilities and initiatives in fields such as optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, digital media, and space sciences. As a relatively selective institution, UCF admits students through a competitive application process. The metropolitan campus, characterized by contemporary architecture and a variety of student housing options, is situated in a subtropical urban environment, providing access to numerous professional and cultural opportunities within the growing Orlando region.

In the most recent statistical year 54,977 prospective students applied, and 22,560 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 7,515 enrolled in the school.  45,857 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 22,489 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $4,478 plus fees of $1,890. UCF is ranked 379 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UCF is rated within the top 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Central Florida overview
SAT 1200/1360
ACT 25/29
Estimated GPA 3.64

Applications Accepted

University of Central Florida overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Florida Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Central Florida
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,890
Room and Board $11,498
Budget for Other Expenses$4,970
Total One Year Cost$24,036

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Central Florida
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,890
Room and Board $11,498
Budget for Other Expenses$4,970
Total One Year Cost$39,368

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Central Florida students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 25%
Health Professions 10%
Psychology 9%
Education 8%
Engineering 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=132903 IPEDS survey data for University of Central Florida.

Current students may use the University of Central Florida GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.