University of Florida vs. University of Central Florida Overview

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You’re wrestling with a tough question: “Should I go to University of Florida or UCF ?”

What are your chances at University of Florida?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at University of Florida or any other U.S. college

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    This complete guide analyzes both the quantitative and qualitative differences between University of Florida andUniversity of Central Florida. This comparison is particularly valuable at understanding the cultural nuances between the colleges since it uses student videos to capture the “vibes” of campus - these videos are exclusively available on CampusReel :)

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go through a general overview of the high-level differences between University of Florida and University of Central Florida. The table below summarizes some of the most important statistics around competitiveness, costs, etc.

    University of Florida University of Central Florida
    In-state Tuition $6,381 $6,368
    Net Price $12,022.0 $14,221.0
    Average Financial Aid $3,811 $2,810
    Total Undergraduates 32376 54091
    Average SAT Scores 1170 - 1350 1080 - 1270
    Acceptance Rate 48 49
    Location Tigert Hall 4000 Central Florida Blvd
    City Name Gainesville Orlando

    WARNINGS: Based on net price alone, University of Florida is the cheaper option. However, this sticker price may not adequately represent the difference in living costs between Gainesville and Orlando. University of Florida is in a South Atlantic and UCF is in a South Atlantic - sometimes off campus meals and housing costs can dramatically vary between schools.

    Is University of Florida or University of Central Florida Harder to get into? Which school is easier to get into?

    If you’re looking at acceptance rate alone, then University of Florida is more difficult to get into. However, each college is looking to fill its incoming class with a variety of students with different strengths, backgrounds, etc. Therefore, the acceptance rate alone is not a good indicator that University of Florida is a better school or will be more difficult for you specifically to get into. On the flipside, University of Central Florida is easier to get into based on acceptance rate alone.

    You can use the below college admissions predictor to determine your likelihood of acceptance at either school.

    What are your chances at University of Florida?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at University of Florida or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    How do University of Florida dorms compare to housing options at UCF?

    Both colleges provide on-campus living options. University of Florida charges for on-campus living, while UCF charges N/A for on-campus living. Most importantly, though, check out the video below for a sample of dorm tours at each school.

    How does University of Florida social life compare to UCF?

    It’s tough to understand the nuances of social life with data alone. That’s why we’ve brought in real student videos to show how University of Florida social life differs from UCF.

    The table below helps demonstrate the student body differences as well.
    University of Florida, % UCF, %
    White 56.9 53.25
    Hispanic 20.92 24.04
    Black 6.36 11.22
    Foreign 1.4 1.08
    Others 14.4 10.4

    How different is the University of Florida campus compared to UCF campus?

    The University of Florida campus is located in Gainesville, FL and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000). The UCF campus is located in Orlando, FL and is characterized as Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more).

    Which school gives more financial aid?

    University of Florida provides $3,811 whereas UCF provides an average of $2,810.

    How does University of Florida academics compare to UCF?

    When analyzing academics between University of Florida and University of Central Florida we’ll look at both what current students are studying and also where they end up after graduation. After all, college should prepare you for a career! Analyzing each school’s outcomes is super valuable to understand the value of the degree.

    Majors University of Florida UCF
    Agriculture agriculture operations and related sciences 423 N/A
    Natural resources and conservation 139 N/A
    Architecture and related services 78 43
    Area ethnic cultural gender and group studies 29 2
    Communication journalism and related programs 660 562
    Computer and information sciences and support services 117 371
    Communications technologies technicians and support services N/A N/A
    Personal and culinary services N/A N/A
    Engineering 1137 999
    Education 212 1051
    Engineering technologies and engineering related fields 80 N/A

    Which is better: University of Florida or University of Central Florida?

    What are your chances at University of Florida?

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    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    We’ve compared dorm life, costs, outcomes and more to provide the most complete comparison between University of Florida and UCF. But, you’re smart enough to know that numbers paint a terrible picture for truly understanding what each college and community is like. And, the real answer to which school is better is: the school that’s right for you. No matter who you ask, if they know what they’re talking about, the answer is the same: the “better” school is whatever is the best fit for you personally. That’s why it’s extremely important to check out all the videos on CampusReel for each school.

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