About UCF Downtown
Orlando’s Hometown University
UCF Downtown will be the academic heart of a city that’s attracting national attention for its entrepreneurial, high-tech and creative economy.
Already home to UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy – the nation’s top video-gaming graduate school – the new campus will bring students downtown to study degree programs that align with emerging industries downtown.
Imagine 7,700 students living, learning and working in downtown Orlando – transforming our economic future and kick-starting the City of Orlando’s largest public-private partnership, the $1 billion Creative Village development.
The fact that UCF is considering growing in downtown is an absolute game-changer for our urban core.Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer
Raising downtown Orlando’s intellectual capital
In partnership with Valencia College, the new campus will provide innovative education for high-demand fields that integrate with industry and place thousands of students within walking distance of jobs and internships.
UCF Downtown will offer degrees in digital media and communication, health information technology and administration, and community-facing programs like social work and legal studies – connecting highly skilled talent with industry needs, neighborhood synergies and new opportunities.
Academic Programs Relocating Downtown
Digital entertainment and communication
- Communication (M.A)
- Corporate Communication (Certificate)
- Human Communication (B.A.)
- Digital Media (B.A., M.A.)
- Emerging Media: Character Animation Track (B.F.A)
- Interactive Entertainment (M.S.)
Healthcare technology and administration
- Health Care Informatics (M.S.)
- Health Informatics and Information Management (B.S.)
- Health Sciences (M.S.)
- Health Services Administration (B.S.)
Public service and other programs
- Legal Studies (B.A., B.S.)
- Social Work (B.S.W., M.S.W.)
- Military Social Work (Certificate)
“We’re pleased to be a part of this exciting new project in downtown Orlando, not just for our students and the future of the city, but for the people who live and work there.”Valencia College President, Sanford C. Shugart
Powering Central Florida’s educational and economic growth
The new downtown campus will increase access for students by creating pathways to vocational training and 2-year degrees from Valencia or advanced degrees from UCF – inspiring individuals to achieve their dreams and impact the lives of others.
Community partners have already contributed $16 million toward making UCF Downtown a reality. That’s because they see the incredible return on investment – 1,800 UCF degrees awarded annually and new educational opportunities for the surrounding community.
Additionally, the campus project is expected to generate $205 million in gross economic income annually across the state and local economies; 2,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs; and $90 million in annual wages, according to GAI Consultants, Inc.
Want to learn more? Explore UCF Downtown by the numbers.