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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.

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

Young girl looking through hand binoculars, her right arm being a prosthetic made by Limbitless solutions

“[…] this was just something we couldn’t walk away from.”

— Albert Manero, President and Co-founder, Limbitless Solutions

USA Today

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

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
Meet UCF’s 4 Pegasus Professors for 2023
Stephen Fiore, Jane Gibson, Jennifer Kent-Walsh and Marianna Pensky are the newest recipients of the university’s highest faculty honor.
Colleges & Campus
UCF Reach for the Stars 2023 Honorees Are Unleashing the Potential of People, Ideas
The researchers are working to improve how we respond to survivors of violence, promote positive healthcare, explore space, advance computing and enrich cultural understanding.
Colleges & Campus
UCF Video Game Design Programs Among the Best in the World for 2023
The Princeton Review ranks undergraduate and graduate programs in the top six, fueling a high-paying, tech-job workforce.
Pegasus Magazine Featured Story
The New Era of Simulation
UCF faculty are leading the way for the evolution of virtual worlds with digital twin.

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 get inspired by at one of the nation’s largest universities.

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Community Innovation and Education
Engineering and Computer Science
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Optics and Photonics
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
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