Yesterday we went on a college tour of University of Central Florida (UCF). I was amazed. I took some classes there in the late 90's and I think the campus has doubled in size. UCF is now he 2nd largest college in the United States with over 56,000 students. The campus was fairly busy and they are only in the summer term. I cannot imagine how crowded the campus would be in the fall and spring terms.
The tour was really great though. Since Florida Tech is such a small school, UCF was a huge contrast. The amenities that UCF are more glamorous and the campus seemed to have a theme park feel about it. I am thinking they must have used some of the ideas from the local parks.
The things that we found really great were the fitness center, the modern buildings, the arena and stadium with a designated area for tailgating. The downfalls of course are the vast number of students, large classes, and the lack of traditions.
Touring UCF and Florida Tech both this week really opened my son's eyes to what college has to offer and the differences that exist between schools. I am glad that we took some time to complete the tours so that as friends that are graduating and discuss the colleges they are going to, he may be able to recognize some schools he may be interested in, in addition to just knowing what kinds of questions to ask when he is serious about checking out a school later.