Commonly referred to as UCF, the University of Central Florida is located in Orlando, Florida and is currently one of the largest schools in the United States with an enrollment of 53,537 students. Interestingly the university is less than fifty years old and has far surpassed the enrollment of similar institutions that are three or four times older than the University of Central Florida.
The rapid rise in popularity and influence that UCF has experienced dates back to its founding on June 10, 1963 when the Florida state legislature passed Bill Number 125 that established the groundwork for what would eventually become one of America's largest universities by the turn of the century . Then Governor Farris Bryant signed the bill into law and from that moment onward the wheels have been set in motion for the great prosperity that UCF has enjoyed to this day.
Initially known by the name Florida Technological University (a name given by the school's first president, Charles Millican) the institution of higher learning was erected on what was at the time remote farm land. Legend has it that the future location of the school was so remote that the man tapped to be the school's first president (Millican) could not even locate the parcel the first time he went out to examine it.
The first class was held at then Florida Technology University on October 7, 1968. At the time of the inaugural session no one could have predicted that a university of just 1,948 students would grow to about twenty five times that size in a span of less than five decades. Florida Tech was the nickname for the school during its first ten years until in December of 1978 when Governor Rueben Askew inked a legislative order that would change the name to the recognizable University of Central Florida name that alumni all over the world hold dear to their hearts .
In more recent history UCF has expanded enrollment through student increases at rates rarely seen elsewhere. During the last ten years the student population has grown by approximately 40%. This increase in population is particularly noteworthy when considering the fact that during this same time period the acceptance rate has decreased by 20% (from 60% to 40%). When you do the math it is clear that a rapidly increasing number of people are interested in attending UCF.
The increase in size and selectivity has afforded the University of Central Florida the opportunity to expand beyond its meager beginnings as a technical and commuter school. The influx in resources has fostered an environment in which UCF now stands as a Mecca of research not just for the community it resides in but also to an increasingly greater extent the United States as a whole. …
Civilized society has a strange attitude towards talking about money, making money, growing wealthy. Here, most of us have an 'acquired' personal stance on how we think and talk about becoming rich. Most of us feel that even speaking about money is vulgar and some, genetically stuffy part of us, considers it in bad taste! To study it – well, most of us consider it 'bad form'. Our distaste is partly predicated on society's reflection and dates from pre-Victorian times. While those in the States are raised on the idea of the 'self-made man' (and woman), somehow we too have become decidedly prudish about the subject of building wealth. Teacher, speaker, and entrepreneur, Bob Proctor addresses this attitude in his "Science of Getting Rich" Lesson Series. He takes the subject out of the back closet, shakes out the dust, and gives us a good look at what we have been willingly to look at 'out loud'. He follows in the footsteps of such remarkable teachers such as Earl Nightingale and Napoleon Hill, carving a new path that is both a pleasure and a must in your journey to success.
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Then you must confront this attitude and as Proctor says, "Make the decision to extend beyond your physical boundaries – to increase your service to a greater audience in need of their product or service." "Invariably riches will come your way." Think about it! In this business opportunity lies the means for you to think beyond your dreams, as well as act upon your dreams. You must no longer stop at – "That's a nice dream, but I do not have the money to do it."; You can turn the dream into a living, breathing reality if you think about what you really want to and can do with wealth. It is not …
If you are about to graduate high school and have college in your eye as your next big step, it’s never too early to start looking at schools and college programs. It may seem like a daunting task to figure out which one will suit you best, but with a few helpful tips you’ll be well on your way to getting a degree that interests you and will provide an exciting career for your future.
While many adults, attendants, and other authorities may express how important a college or university’s rank is, you must remember that this is not the “be all, end all”. Just because a school is ranked in the top 10 does not mean it is the best school for you, and it most certainly doesn’t mean it has a program that will interest you or suit your intended career path.
The key to finding the perfect match is making sure you will meet the level of your prospective schools’ academic standards. Things like your high school GPA/QPA, SAT/ACT scores, and entrance criteria are all things each school will take a look at. If you find you’re aligned with these standards, you’ll be less stressed when it comes to application and acceptance time.
A school’s selectivity can also affect your decision to apply. The selectivity reflects the percentage of students accepted by the school out of the number of students who have applied. Prestigious schools are extremely popular and while they offer a wide array of college majors, they don’t have room for everyone to get accepted. Instead, students that apply will have to meet stringent admission criteria. This is an important thing to consider since each school you apply at will have an application fee that you must pay when you apply.
Don’t forget about extra-curricular activities! Colleges look for students that show leadership and take interest in activities outside of the classroom. It helps them find a good student balance on their campus and shows them your strengths and abilities showcasing what you can offer the school or university. It’s never too late to start if you don’t have much in the way of sports, music, or volunteering. If sports and music isn’t your thing, join a club or run for student council.
In the end, selecting a perfect school is as much them choosing you as you choosing them. Remember to work hard in high school and participate in a few activities or sports that you enjoy. Apply early to schools or programs that interest you because once colleges start getting tight on space, they are much more picky with their acceptance letters.…