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With more than 220 degree programs in 13 colleges, UCF provides an education for your future, today.

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Positively Impacting the World

When the world looks to answer the questions facing today’s most challenging programs, our world-renowned faculty are sought for their expertise. Here are some of our recent contributions to the news that shapes our world, and worlds we’ve yet to discover.

Rocket launching from launchpad surrounded by fire and smoke

“Launch pads are as complex as rockets are”

— Phil Metzger, Associate Scientist, Planetary Physicist

 


The Verge

Nano paint at a molecular level - Invented by UCF researcher Debashis Chanda, Researcher and Professor of Physics

“Nature has a very different way of creating color than we do”

— Debashis Chanda, Researcher and Professor of Physics

 


Wired

How the sense of smell can help heal post-traumatic stress, the work of Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP, Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida

“[…] have people get in contact with what we call the triggers”

We unleash the potential
of people and ideas
to positively change the world.

Together, we’re building the University for the Future.

Expert Faculty & Researchers

Our faculty and researchers are focused on solving the biggest problems facing humanity. Discover their stories and explore the groundbreaking research that’s creating meaningful change for today, and for the future.

From space technologies, simulation and immersive experiences to healthcare, energy and national security — learn more from thought leaders in each field of study.

finding water on the moon

Finding Water on the Moon.

Featuring.

Jillian Gloria ’22 explains how her research helps find water on the moon to better understand where astronauts can live and work safely.

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treating osteoporosis

Tiny Bubbles, Big Solutions.

Featuring.

Tara Pattilachan ’22’s innovative, non-invasive research may one day help treat the debilitating disease, osteoporosis.

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quantum physics

Quantum Physics for Technologies of Tomorrow.

Featuring.

Enrique Del Barco, explains quantum physics that propel us toward future technologies – in a simple way!

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Colleges & Campus
UCF Graduate Programs Reach New Heights in U.S. News Rankings Through Research Excellence, Impactful Community Engagement
UCF’s emergency management program ranks No. 1 in the nation, and programs in education and public affairs climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best…
Arts & Culture
UCF Celebrates the Arts 2024: What You Don’t See Behind the Scenes
Without hundreds of students working in the background, UCF Celebrates the Arts wouldn’t be able to bring its dozens of events and exhibits — which…
Alumni
Doors of Opportunity Open Wide for UCF Students in Lockheed Martin College Work Experience Program
For more than 40 years, thousands of UCF students have built their careers as CWEPs thanks to the university’s unique partnership with Lockheed Martin.
Pegasus Magazine Featured Story
The Rise of SpaceU
Founded to help fuel talent for the nearby space industry, UCF continues to build its reputation as SpaceU. Here’s a look at the early days of UCF’s space ties and journey to new frontiers.

Thirteen colleges. Unlimited possibilities.

At UCF, we offer an array of academic options for just about every interest. Check out our 240+ degree programs, award-winning faculty and groundbreaking research. You’ll quickly discover all there is to experience and learn at one of the nation’s most innovative universities.

Arts and Humanities
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Community Innovation and Education
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Optics and Photonics
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
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