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Four-year public university
Distance from home: 123 miles NE
Actual school mascot: The Knights, not to be confused with the Golden Knights, Black Knights, or Pegasus.
Admission difficulty: Easier than UF but more selective than USF
Size: Oh nothing too big, only the THIRD LARGEST undergrad university in the U.S. (Over 53,000 undergrads)
Tuition: About $6,000 a semester for classes, books, and room/board
Things you’ll find: Lots of Greeks (and I don’t mean the ethnicity), smart engineering majors that hope to build theme park rides and space shuttles, nerds fake sword-fighting or playing Quidditch on Memory Mall, a huge multi-million dollar gym that was in the movie Sidney White, and crazy hippies playing guitar, walking around barefoot, or camping in tents.
Things you won’t find: Football trophies, loyal fans, or parking spaces.
Local hangouts: Mickey’s (aka Walt Disney World), Universal Studios, Sea World, and Wet N Wild are all within 30 minutes of the campus. For more localized fun you could hang out at one of the two full-service bars on campus, or off-campus at Devaney’s Too, Scoop, Knight Library, and FUBAR, which are constantly rotating as the “it” bar for the fraternities and sororities to channel Jersey Shore. If you’re a hipster -- or if you want to become a hipster -- you’ll probably feel at home at Lazy Moon Pizza and Natura Coffee & Tea, the home of hookah, beer, and open mic night. In other words, there isn’t a lot to do.
Pros: It’s huge, it looks like a Disney resort, everything is brand new, you’ll never be bored with so much to do, and the girls are super hot. Try four Miss Floridas, one Miss Venezuela, one Miss America, the winner of the Bachelor season 14, and the 2010 July Playboy Playmate on for size. Oh, and you might run in to Michael Jordan at a basketball game since two of his sons play for the Knights.
Cons: The biggest accomplishment the football team has had was winning their conference championship for Conference USA.
Reviewed by Sarah Small, an Advertising/ Public Relations major and Film Cinema Studies Minor, and former sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at the University of Central Florida.