magicfan4life05 wrote:N4U|Redux, you see really informed on this topic and id love to hear your opinion, what do you think of uf vs ucf? This is/was a huge issue for me while ago and is still is (somewhat) but which would you recommend for undergrad for possibly engineering.
I have a bitter hatred for UF, which is the main reason I didn't go there.
At the same time I wanted to stay near home so I was deciding between USF/UCF/UF essentially (FSU was too far). Given that I ruled out UF for stupid bias reasons, after I visited both UCF and USF I decided to go to USF because UCF is poorly funded and USF is one of the most up-and-coming schools in the country both in sports and research funding.
If you do not have a hatred for UF, there isn't much reason to not go there, it's hands down the best school in the state in virtually everything. It's the only school we have in the top 50 overall, and it's the only school that is a tier 1. USF, FSU, and UCF are all tier 3 research universities overall (not quite sure on FSU, but I think it is tier 3).
I'd figure out how close you want to be to home (if either is closer) whether farther or closer, if that isn't too important to you, they're both very large schools, they both have good engineering programs, and they both have a lot of girls and parties (if you're into either of those). UF will get you a lot of reputation if you ever leave the state though.
This is one of the reasons I opted to get a graduate degree, I'm worried about my Florida degree looking like crap outside of the state.
Also, go visit both schools, you don't necessarily need to tour them, but get a feel for the campuses and the student body and such.
BTW - I looked it up for you and UF is the only Florida college ranked in the top 50 for the nation (#26) in engineering schools. It is ahead of schools such as Yale, Duke, and UNC among others. You will not get a better engineering degree in the state. Period. If you have a specific subject you'd like me to look up let me know (i.e. chemical engineering).
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