I think UCF is really coming into its own right now. It’s amazing how fast it’s growing! It’s really exciting to be here while the university is evolving so quickly.
This is UCF
The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 61,000 students, offering 210 degree programs from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus and its 10 regional locations.
UCF was ranked as the nation’s No. 3 “Up-and-Coming” university in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Last year, Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education.
UCF, Florida’s largest university, promotes a diverse and inclusive environment. Students come from 50 states and 148 countries. Study abroad programs allow students to study and conduct research with 98 institutions in 36 countries. Students at UCF have been recognized throughout the world and include recipients of the Rhodes, Mellon and Goldwater scholarships.
In 2014, UCF enrolled 79 freshman National Merit Scholars for an overall enrollment of 275 National Merit Scholars. Both school records. Last year, UCF enrolled more National Merit Scholars and awarded more degrees than any other Florida university.
UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, the sciences including biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media.
In 2013-14, UCF professors received $145.6 million in research funding and have accrued more than $1.1 billion in external grants during the past decade. Distinctive programs extend learning beyond the classroom and include leadership programs, cooperative education, mentorships, internships, service learning and paid research positions.
UCF is one of 25 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity.
The main campus stretches 1,415 acres and manages 800 acres of natural ecosystems resulting in habitats for more than 45 animal species.
The Health Center is a full-service health clinic with on-site professionals, X-ray capabilities, dental services, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory and physical therapy services.
The Student Union has computer labs, study lounges, ballrooms and meeting rooms, popular eating establishments and a small shopping mall. Students also enjoy a 149,000-square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center complete with a three-story climbing wall, an indoor track and fitness equipment.
On-campus housing includes 11 communities for 12,000 students ranging from first-year to graduate students.
The 10,000-seat arena and a 45,000-seat on-campus football stadium were both opened in 2007.
UCF Knights won the inaugural American Athletic Conference titles in women’s soccer and football and was the youngest university to ever play in a BCS bowl game last year. UCF Athletics football program finished last year ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press Top 25.