University of Central Florida: Narrative Description

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4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816
Tel: (407)823-2000; Admissions: (407)823-3000; Fax: (407)823-3419; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 1,415-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $53.8 million. Research spending 2002-03: $91.4 million. Total enrollment: 41,102. Faculty: 1,628 (1,152 full-time, 476 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. 20,533 applied, 60% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 86% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 34 National Merit Scholars, 55 valedictorians. Full-time: 25,757 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 8,413 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 131 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 8% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 83% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous until 8/1. Preference given to state residents who are designated as Talented 20.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2833 full-time, $94.42 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,861 full-time, $462.02 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $180 full-time, $6 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7026. College room only: $4200. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 329 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Hispanic American Student Association, Volunteer UCF, Pre-Professional Medical Society and Student Nurses Association, African-American Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Spirit Splash, Homecoming Carnival and Job Fair. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 7,940 college housing spaces available; 6,793 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University Library with 1.2 million books, 2.4 million microform titles, 9,866 serials, 35,233 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $11.1 million. 2,420 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Orlando has become a focal point for business and major industry, easily accessible by major forms of public transportation, and serves as a regional retail market for eight counties and over a million people. The area's reputation as a tourism mecca has brought a resultant surge in the hospitality industry as well. It also is an important agricultural center, noted for citrus and truck gardening. The temperate climate year-round provides ideal conditions for numerous recreational opportunities: fishing, boating, dog and horse racing, Jai-Alai, golf, tennis, and other outdoor activities. Points of interest include Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, MGM Studios, Universal Studios, Sea World, plus such seasonal attractions as the Church Street Station, Citrus Open Golf Tournament, Walt Disney World Golf Classic, Orlando Horse Show, Central Florida Fair, Orlando Magic Pro-Basketball, and Citrus Bowl. Cultural activities are widespread in the Orlando-Winter Park area, and include annual Sidewalk Art Festivals, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Civic Theatre, and the John Young Museum and Planetarium, located adjacent to the Loch Haven Art Center.