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

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

Impacting Our 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.


“We want to learn how to live on the moon so we can go to Mars.”


“This recession will begin and end with a whimper.”

— Sean Snaith, Director at UCF’s Institute for Economic Forecasting


“Planets are engines of complexity.”

— Phil Metzger, Planetary Physicist and UCF Faculty Member

New York Times

Expert Faculty

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 — dive into our latest podcasts and learn more from thought leaders in each field of study.

Elena Cyrus

Curing Diseases to Build a Safer World


Elena Cyrus — infectious disease epidemiologist at UCF’s College of Medicine

Listen now to Elena Cyrus’s podcast episode

Phil Metzger

The Next Generation of Space Exploration


Phil Metzger ’00MS ’05PhD, renowned physicist and UCF faculty member

Listen now to Phil Metzger’s podcast episode

Fernando Rivera

Empowering the Hispanic Community


Fernando Rivera — founding director of UCF’s Puerto Rico Research Hub

Listen now to Fernando Rivera’s podcast episode

Colleges & Campus
Giving Tuesday 2022 Raises $475K to Help Unleash Potential, Support Student Success
Giving Tuesday donors fund a wide range of areas that support student success, social mobility and innovative research.
Colleges & Campus
$10 Million Gift from Dr. Phillips Charities to Bolster New College of Nursing Building at Lake Nona
The building will be equipped with cutting-edge training and technology  to combat the nursing shortage.
Colleges & Campus
The Power Behind UCF’s Tech Talent Machine
The public is taking notice of what researchers and corporations have known for years: Central Florida is one of the most valuable centers of tech…
Pegasus Magazine Featured Story
Our Brains on Food
What we feed our bodies not only affects our physical appearance but our brains and cognition, as well. A growing body of research shows diets rich in whole foods and plant-based foods increases our wit and decreases our risk of disease.

Thirteen colleges. Unlimited possibilities.

At UCF, we offer an array of academic options for just about every interest. Check out our 230+ degree programs, award-winning faculty and groundbreaking research. You’ll quickly discover all there is to experience and get inspired by at one of the nation’s largest universities.

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Community Innovation and Education
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Health Professions and Sciences
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Rosen College of Hospitality Management
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