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Rank: 143

University of Central Florida

With more than 69,000 students, 13 colleges, and over 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 a wide range of fields such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering, computer science, 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The majority of classes are in a hybrid format this fall, with in-person classes being prioritized for courses in performing arts and engineering design, as well as those with labs and clinical experiences. On-campus housing will stay open, even if the university transitions into fully remote classes at any point.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$23,200
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$13,600
Average price for low-income students
$9,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
43%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1250/27
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
58,390
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
70%
% of need met
61%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$3,930
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$18,750
Average salary within 5 years
$47,300
% earning more than $28,000
78%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The majority of classes are in a hybrid format this fall, with in-person classes being prioritized for courses in performing arts and engineering design, as well as those with labs and clinical experiences. On-campus housing will stay open, even if the university transitions into fully remote classes at any point.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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