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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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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.

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



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”

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

Science & Technology
Why is UCF a Leading Producer of Aviation Talent in the U.S.?
The university, despite having no airfield, is where industry leaders consistently mine for the best-trained and safest prospects.
Science & Technology
UCF Researcher Helps Uncover Key Findings about Asteroid Dinkinesh, a Target of NASA’s Lucy Mission
The findings are critical for planning the flyby of the asteroid and give more insight into the role small debris and collisions play in forming…
Colleges & Campus
UCF’s College of Medicine Graduates its 1,000th Physician
In recognition of the milestone, black and gold streamers fell from the ceiling — surprising the 123 new Physician Knights and concluding the commencement ceremony.
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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