UCF is a thriving pre-eminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando, one of the most popular regions in the world. Our university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment, a high quality of life, and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed.
The UCF campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. The university also has 10 regional campus locations throughout Central Florida and a fully accredited College of Medicine in the Medical City at Lake Nona.
With more than 63,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and the second-largest public university in the nation. It has more than 11,000 employees and an operating budget of $1.5 billion. UCF researchers received $133.4 million in fiscal year 2015 for funded research. In Fall 2015, the freshman class had an average SAT two-score of 1261, The Burnett Honors College enrolled nearly 1,700 students, and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities.
The university offers 93 bachelor’s, 84 master’s and 31 doctoral degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 15,000 degrees a year. UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning.
|Location||13 miles east of downtown Orlando|
|Construction Began||January 1967|
|First Classes Began||October 1968|
|Original Enrollment||1,948 students|
|SERB Classification||Four-Year 1 Institution|
|Status||One of Florida’s 12 public universities|
|SACS||Level 6 Institution|
|Fall 2015 Enrollment||63,002|
UCF Ranks Among the Nation’s Most Innovative Schools
UCF ranks alongside Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Duke among the most innovative universities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 guide. UCF tied for 13th place with Georgia Tech and the University of Southern California for the “Most Innovative School.” UCF is also ranked among the top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report.
- Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
- Undergraduate Instructional Program: Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
- Graduate Instructional Program: Research Doctoral: Comprehensive programs, with medical/veterinary school
- Enrollment Profile: High undergraduate
- Undergraduate Profile: Four-year, medium full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
- Size and Setting: Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential
- Community Engagement: Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships
Note: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications underwent extensive revisions in 2005. The new classifications were released in March 2006 and are based on data from 2003 and 2004. The elective classification was awarded to UCF in December 2008.
On Campus and Affiliated Housing
|Housing — Orlando Campus||6,438|
Growth with Quality and Diversity
- Fall 2015 freshman class set UCF records with an average SAT score of 1261 and an average high school GPA of 4.0.
- UCF set records for diversity in Fall 2015: 43 percent of students are minorities and 22.5 percent are Hispanic.
- UCF is the nation’s second-largest university with 63,002 students, including 54,513 undergraduates, 8,031 graduate students and 458 M.D. students.
- UCF ranks second among Florida’s state universities with 277 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
- UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 70.5 percent, second best among Florida’s state universities.
Top 15 Bachelor Degrees Confered July 2016
- Psychology B.S.
- Nursing Generic B.S.N.
- Health Science – Pre-Clinical B.S.
- Hospitality Management B.S.
- Finance B.S.B.A.
- Elementary Education B.S.
- Interdisciplinary Studies B.S.
- Marketing B.S.B.A.
- Health Services Administration B.S.
- Criminal Justice B.S.
- Accounting B.S.B.A.
- Sport & Exercise Science B.S.
- Mechanical Engineering B.S.M.E.
- Biomedical Sciences B.S.
- Management B.S.B.A.
- Business Management and Administration (52.xxxx)
- Health Professions and Related (51.xxxx)
- Psychology (42.xxxx)
- Engineering (14.xxxx)
- Education (13.xxxx)
- Life Sciences (26.xxxx)
- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (30.xxxx)
- Social Sciences (45.xxxx)
- Visual and Performing Arts (50.xxxx)
- Communications (09.xxxx)
- Homeland Security, Law Enforcement (43.xxxx)
- Computer and Information Science (11.xxxx)
- Law and Legal Studies (22.xxxx)
- Letters (23.xxxx)
- Public Administration and Service (44.xxxx)
Cost of Attendance †
|Tuition and fees||$6,407|
|Books and supplies||$1,146|
|Nonresident tuition and fees||$22,504|
† Based on 30 undergraduate credit hours, standard room and meal plan for 2015–16 academic year.
An Affordable, Best-Value Education
- 48 percent of UCF students graduate without any educational debt. Nationally, only 33 percent of students graduate debt-free.
- Kiplinger and The Princeton Review consistently rank a UCF education among the nation’s best values.
Enrollment by Gender
Freshman Class Profile
|Average SAT Score||
|Average ACT Score||27.6|
|Average High School GPA||4.0|
Freshman Class Profile, The Burnett Honors College
|Average SAT Score||
|Average ACT Score||31.6|
|Average High School Weighted GPA||4.4|
*Critical Reading and Mathematics
**Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing
A Diverse Student Population
|Asian and Pacific Islander||6%|
Florida Residency Status
|Over Age 25||23%|
Financial Aid Opportunities
Million awarded to Bright Futures students (third-largest amount in Florida)
Undergraduate students received financial aid
Million in financial aid awarded
National Merit Scholars enrolled
Fall Enrollment by College
|Arts & Humanities||4,971||518||–||5,489|
|Education & Human Performance||3,914||1,839||–||5,753|
|Engineering & Computer Science||8,072||1,337||–||9,409|
|Health & Public Affairs||8,460||1,568||–||10,028|
|Optics & Photonics||92||116||–||208|
|Rosen Hospitality Management||2,866||118||–||2,984|
A Leader in Economic Impact
- UCF employs about 11,500 faculty and staff members. The university impacts more than 112,000 additional jobs and adds $7.73 billion of value to the economy, according to a 2009–10 study by the Florida Board of Governors.
- More than 100,000 of our 253,000-plus alumni live in Orlando and the Central Florida region — each of them serving as brand ambassadors, boosting UCF’s national and global reputation.
Includes all permanent and temporary employees*
|Category||No. of Employees||Full-time Equivalent (FTE)|
|Teaching Faculty & Adjuncts||2,256||1,884.90|
|Executive, Administrative & Managerial||637||632.73|
|Post-Doctoral & Research Associates||134||131.80|
|Faculty with Doctoral Degrees||1,169|
|Faculty with Doctoral Degrees||78%|
|Faculty Non-Tenured Track||40%|
|Faculty Non-Tenured on Track||16%|
Source: EEO Fall Staff File
* Totals may differ slightly due to rounding.
** Includes all faculty in academic departments.
Research & Endowment
UCF researchers have earned more than $1billion in external grants and contracts during the past decade.
|June 30, 2015||$148.8 million|
Student Credit Hours (SCH)
All Student Credit Hours (SCH) by Level & Term
|AY 2015–16||Fall 2015||Spring 2016|
* Preliminary data. Note: Student Credit Hours have been rounded.
Preparing Students for the Workforce
- More than 20,000 students gain practical experience through co-ops, internships and service-learning projects annually.
- UCF awarded nearly 2,208 baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields in 2014–15, the second-largest number in the State University System.
- Career Services helped 32,940 students search and compete for jobs in 2014–15.
Campuses & Locations
Regional Campus Locations
|Location||Net Assignable||Footage||Acreage||No. of|
|Main Campus (owned buildings)||5,039,704||8,217,095||1,415||165|
|Central Florida Research Park (owned buildings)||281,015||426,138||0.1||8|
|UCF Professional Development Center||8,009||11,857||20||2|
|UCF Higher Education Center at Daytona Beach||41,379||90,103||1||2|
|Clark Maxwell, Jr., Lifelong Learning Center at Cocoa||39,343||71,940||n/a||1|
|Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)||65,244||94,600||20||11|
|Rosen College of Hospitality Management||204,865||305,770||20||3|
|Health Sciences Campus||182,581||374,100||75.2||3|
2014–15 End of Year Expenditures
|Education & General — Main *||$514,618,402|
|Education & General — Med. School *||$37,044,954|
|Auxiliary Enterprises **||$183,149,456|
|Contracts & Grants||$150,060,362|
|Faculty Practice (Med. School)||$4,470,322|
Source: 2015–16 UCF Operating Budget Exhibit B
*Includes expenditure from carryforward funds
** Includes non-operating expenditures per Schedule I
2015–16 Initial Operating Budgets
|Education & General — Main *||$541,414,051|
|Education & General — Med. School *||$41,235,236|
|Contracts & Grants||$155,283,000|
|Faculty Practice (Med. School)||$5,636,009|
Source: 2015–16 UCF Operating Budget Exhibit B
* Excludes technical transfers between main campus and College of Medicine, planned use of carryforward funds, and mid-year allocations from the state.