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University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate36%
Acceptance Rate36%

About UCF

University of Central Florida Overview

University of Central Florida is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Orlando, Florida. UCF was founded in 1963 and the school now enrolls around 70,406 students a year, which includes 60,075 undergraduates. UCF provides housing for up to 8,182 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to UCF for Fall 2023 is May 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

Student Activities at UCF

Are you interested in music or performing? At UCF you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? UCF students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? UCF has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UCF has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UCF on the Student Life page.

2022 UCF Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 36%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 72.9%
In-State Tuition $5,095
Out-of-State $18,484
Percent of Need Met 63%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,520

Is UCF a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what UCF offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

UCF Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into UCF. Around 36% of applicants get into UCF each year. Out of 48,927 applications received in 2022, 17,797 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UCF

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 92% of students who start at UCF come back the next year. UCF's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 75%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for UCF Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from UCF by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 48% of graduates from UCF recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent UCF grads have an average starting salary of $49,559 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

UCF's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Central Florida's endowment was $201 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UCF

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UCF meets 63% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,520 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $22,499 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UCF.

Based on this information, how does UCF sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UCF a good school for you?

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Where is University of Central Florida Located?

UCF is located in the suburban setting of Orlando, Florida, in the suburbs of Orlando.

If you would like to see UCF for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 4 to Orlando, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Orlando International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UCF and Orlando are like without leaving home.

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College Info

4000 Central Florida Boulevard Orlando, FL 32816

Campus Setting: Suburban

UCF Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UCF is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UCF is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UCF ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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30 and Above


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25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UCF is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into UCF. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UCF SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

570 - 670


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

UCF Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at UCF is like? There are approximately 70,406 students enrolled at UCF, including 60,075 undergraduate students and 10,331 graduate students. 70% percent of students attend school full-time, 93% percent are from FL and 7% percent of students are from other states.


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