University of Central Florida Admissions Statistics

Learn about UCF and the GPA and SAT / ACT Scores You'll Need to Get In

College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF
College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

The University of Central Florida is selective with an acceptance rate of 50%; admitted students tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. Applicants must submit either SAT or ACT scores, and an application essay is highly recommended.

Why the University of Central Florida?

  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Campus Features: UCF's attractive 1,415-acre main campus sits 13 miles from downtown; the pedestrian-friendly design of concentric circles has green spaces and the student union at its center.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 30:1
  • Athletics: The UCF Knights compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference.
  • Highlights: Students can choose from nearly 100 bachelor's programs, and strong students should look into the Burnett Honors College. With close to 70,000 students, UCF is one of the biggest universities in the country.

University of Central Florida Admissions Statistics 2017-18

In the 2017-18 admissions cycle, the UCF admitted half of all applicants, and those who get in tend to have grades and SAT/ACT scores that are above average. Below you'll find the standardized test scores of admitted students presented using score percentiles.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 570 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

An average SAT score is slightly above 500, so you can see that well over 75 percent of all admitted students had scores that were above average.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 29
Math 23 30
Composite 22 27

Here, as with the SAT scores, you can see that the great majority of successful applicants had ACT scores that were above average (an average ACT composite score is roughly 21).

UCF GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Graph

University of Central Florida GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Admissions Data
University of Central Florida GPA, SAT Score, and ACT Score Admissions Data.  Data courtesy of Cappex.

The GPA, SAT, and ACT data in the graph are self-reported by the applicants to the university, and the GPAs are unweighted. To see how you measure up at UCF, you can see the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with a free account at Cappex.

Discussion of UCF's Admissions Standards

The University of Central Florida has become increasingly selective in recent years. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent the students who got in. You can see that most successful applicants had "B" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or higher. The higher those numbers, the better your chance of an acceptance letter.

Note that there is quite a bit of red (rejected students) and yellow (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue, especially in the middle of the graph. The graph below highlights this point.

University of Central Florida Rejection and Waitlist Data
University of Central Florida Rejection and Waitlist Data.  Data Courtesy of Cappex.

This graph tells us that many students with grades and test scores that were on target for UCF did not get in. It's also worth noting that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little below the norm. This is because UCF is looking at more than your GPA—the school gives greater weight to challenging AP and IB classes than other less challenging courses. Optional letters of recommendation can also be a factor.

Finally, if your grades and test scores are borderline for UCF, it is worth submitting the optional application essay. Whether you use the Common Application or the University of Central Florida application, make sure you put time and care into your essay so that it strengthens your essay. Interviews and letters of recommendation are not a part of the University of Central Florida application. 

More UCF Information

UCF wins high marks for its value. In-state tuition is low, and three-quarters of all applicants receive some form of grant aid from the university. A significant percentage of students graduate with no loan debt.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 66,059 (56,853 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 70% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,368 (in-state); $22,467 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,152 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,764
  • Other Expenses: $4,970
  • Total Cost: $22,254 (in-state); $38,353 (out-of-state)

UCF Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 75%
    • Loans: 39%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,757
    • Loans: $6,303

Academic Programs

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 7%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 40%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country

If You Like UCF, Check Out These Other Schools

Applicants to the University of Central Florida often apply to other large public universities in Florida. Popular choices include University of South Florida, University of North Florida, University of West Florida, and Florida International University.

When it comes to private colleges and universities, UCF applicants often apply to Stetson University, Rollins College, and Flagler College. These private options obviously have a much higher price tag than Florida's public institutions, but the actual price difference may be negligible for students who qualify for financial aid.

Data Source: Graphs courtesy of Cappex.com; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics