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University of Central Florida

With nearly 69,000 students, 13 colleges, and 220 degree programs, the University of Central Florida is one of the largest universities in the U.S. Appropriately enough, given its name, UCF spreads across the middle of Florida, with a base in Orlando and about 10 regional campuses, including ones in South Lake, Ocala, and Sanford/Lake Mary. Greek life is popular on campus, with more than 40 sororities and fraternities, and there are about 650 student clubs and organizations. The school's Knights compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Students come from every state and 148 countries; they also have the option to study abroad at 98 institutions in 36 countries. UCF is considered a leader in such fields as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering, computer science, business administration, education, biomedical sciences, hospitality management, and digital media. Its main campus in sunny Orlando feels like a city, complete with a Barnes & Noble, Jimmy John's, Chick-fil-A, and Qdoba. In the winter, the campus transforms for Light Up UCF, a festival complete with ice skating, a Ferris wheel, music, holiday movie screenings, and Christmas lights galore.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$23,200
% of students who get any grants
62%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,400
Average price for low-income students
$12,010
admissions
Acceptance rate
50%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1240/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
56,366
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
69%
% of need met
55%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$4,041
student success
Graduation rate
70%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$18,130
Average salary within 3 years
$48,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
May 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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