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The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan research university located in Orlando, one of the most visited cities in the world. UCF benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment, a high quality of life, and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed.

UCF’s main campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. The university also has an accredited College of Medicine in the Medical City at Lake Nona, Rosen College of Hospitality Management located off International Drive, a campus in downtown Orlando and UCF Connect locations throughout Central Florida.

With more than 70,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the nation. It has more than 12,000 employees and an operating budget of $2.1 billion. UCF researchers received $212.9 million in fiscal year 2021 for funded research. In Fall 2021, the freshman class had an average SAT combined score of 1325, the Burnett Honors College enrolled 491 new students, and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 25 colleges and universities.

The university offers 106 bachelor’s, 95 master’s, 31 research doctorates, 3 professional doctorates and 3 specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 18,000 degrees a year. UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning.

Campus Information

General UCF campus information
Location Orlando, Florida
Construction Began January 1967
First Classes Began October 1968
Original Enrollment 1,948 students
SERB Classification Four-Year 1 Institution
Status One of Florida’s 12 public universities
SACSCOC Level 6 Institution
Fall 2021 Enrollment 70,406

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UCF’s Promise

  • Harness the power of scale to transform lives and livelihoods.
  • Attract and cultivate exceptional and diverse faculty, students and staff whose collective contributions strengthen us.
  • Deploy our distinctive assets to solve society’s greatest challenges.
  • Create partnerships at every level that amplify our academic, economic, social and cultural impact and reputation.
  • Innovate academic, operational and financial models to transform higher education.

Learn more about our strategic plan.

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Carnegie Classification

Basic Classification

  • RU/VH (Research Universities/Very High Research Activity)

Standard Classification

  • Undergraduate Instructional Program: Prof + A&S/HGC (Professions + Arts and Sciences/High Graduate Coexistence)
  • Graduate Instructional Program: CompDoc/NMedVet (Comprehensive Doctoral/No Medical, Veterinary)
  • Enrollment Profile: HU (High Undergraduate)
  • Undergraduate Profile: MFT4/S/HTI (Medium Full-Time Four-Year/Selective/Higher Transfer-In)
  • Size and Setting: L4/NR (Large Four-Year/Primarily Nonresidential)

Elective Classification

  • Community Engagement: Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships

Note: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications underwent extensive revisions in 2005. The new classifications were released in March 2006 and are based on data from 2003 and 2004. The elective classification was awarded to UCF in December 2008.


Degrees Offered

Total number of degree programs at UCF by program type.
Total 238
Bachelor’s 106
Master’s 95
Research Doctorates 31
Professional Doctorates 3
Specialist 3

Degrees Conferred (as of Aug. 2021)

Total degrees awarded by type.
Total 382,857
Bachelor’s 314,671
Master’s 60,633
Doctoral 5,987
Specialist 721
Professional (Medicine) 845

Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year


On Campus and Affiliated Housing

Number of students living in on campus and affiliated housing, by housing type.
Total 12,241
Housing — Orlando Campus 6,436
Sorority/Fraternity Housing 467
Rosen Campus 384
Affiliated Housing 3,756
Managed Housing 594
UCF Downtown 604

Students sitting on couches in UCF housing

Growth with Quality and Diversity

  • Fall 2021 freshman class had an average SAT score of 1325 and an average high school GPA of 4.25.
  • UCF set records for diversity in Fall 2021: 49.1 percent of students are minorities and 27.8 percent are Hispanic.
  • UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida with 70,406 students, including 60,075 undergraduates, 9,847 graduate students and 484 M.D. students.
  • UCF ranks second among Florida’s state universities with 357 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
  • UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 75 percent.

Top 15 Degrees Programs (degrees conferred)

Top Undergraduate Disciplines (CIP)

  1. Business Management and Administration (52.xxxx)
  2. Health Professions and Related (51.xxxx)
  3. Psychology (42.xxxx)
  4. Engineering (14.xxxx)
  5. Visual and Performing Arts (50.xxxx)
  6. Education (13.xxxx)
  7. Life Sciences (26.xxxx)
  8. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (30.xxxx)
  9. Computer and Information Science (11.xxxx)
  10. Social Sciences (45.xxxx)
  11. Communications (09.xxxx)
  12. Homeland Security, Law Enforcement (43.xxxx)
  13. Letters (23.xxxx)
  14. Law and Legal Studies (22.xxxx)
  15. Public Administration and Service (44.xxxx)

UCF is in “the vanguard of an insurgency that aims to demolish the popular belief that exclusivity is a virtue in higher education.”

The Washington Post

Cost of Attendance [1]


Cost of attendance for in-state students, by fee
Total $24,047
Tuition and fees $6,379
Books $1,200
Room and Board $11,498
Transportation $1,866
Personal Expense $3,104


Cost of attendance for out-of-state students, by fee
Total $40,147
Nonresident tuition and fees $22,479
Books $1,200
Room and Board $11,498
Transportation $1,866
Personal Expense $3,104

[1] Based on 30 undergraduate credit hours, standard room and dining membership for 2021-22 academic year.

An Affordable, Best-Value Education

  • 57 percent of first-time-in-college students at UCF graduate without any educational debt. Nationally, only 42 percent of students graduate debt-free.
  • Kiplinger’s magazine and Forbes rank UCF among the nation’s best education values.

Student Profile


Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 70,406
Undergraduate 60,075
Freshman (New Admit | Summer-Fall 2021) 7,141
Transfer (New Admit | Summer-Fall 2021) 7,197
Graduate 9,847
Medical Professional 484

UCF Online Enrollment

Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 6,623
Undergraduate 3,730
Graduate 2,893

Enrollment by Gender

Student enrollment totals by gender and student type.
Student Type Male Female Not Specified
University Total 31,197 39,206 3
Undergraduate 27,038 33,036 1
Graduate 3,908 5,937 2
Medical 251 233

Freshman Class Profile

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2021 freshmen.
FTIC Applicants 40,417
FTIC Acceptances 13,873
FTIC Enrolled 4,257
Average SAT Score 1325
Average ACT Score 28.6
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.25

Freshman Class Profile, the Burnett Honors College

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2021 freshmen in the Burnett Honors College.
Total 491
Average SAT Score 1467
Average ACT Score 32.8
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.51

A Diverse Student Population

Diverse Student Population
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
White 32,004 45.5%
Hispanic/Latino 19,585 27.8%
Black 7,197 10.2%
Asian 4,738 6.7%
International 3,148 4.5%
Multiracial 2,882 4.1%
Not Specified 675 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 93 0.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 84 0.1%

Florida Residency Status

Number and percentage of in-state vs out-of-state students.
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
Total 70,406 100%
In-State 64,196 91%
Out-of-State 6,210 9%

Age Distribution

Average ages of students by student type.
Freshman 18.5
Sophomore 19.5
Junior 21.8
Senior 24.2
Over Age 25 21%
Average Age 23.6
Master’s 30.0
Specialist 32.7
Doctoral 32.5
Professional 25.5
Undergraduate 22.4
Graduate 31.0

Financial Aid Opportunities

$116.8 million

Awarded to Bright Futures students


Undergraduate students received financial aid

$585.4 million

In financial aid awarded


National Merit Scholars enrolled

Fall Enrollment by College

Number of students enrolled by college
College and Interdisciplinary School Undergraduate Graduate Medical Total
University Total 60,075 9,847 484 70,406
Arts and Humanities 4,306 463 4,769
Business 8,199 764 8,963
Community Innovation and Education 5,307 3107 8,414
Engineering and Computer Science 11,315 1,986 13,301
Graduate Studies 117 117
Health Professions and Sciences 6,106 1,004 7,110
Medicine 2,627 142 484 3,253
Nursing 2,431 494 2,925
Optics and Photonics 139 120 259
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2,586 408 2,994
Sciences 14,940 1,027 15,967
Undergraduate Studies 1,430 1,430
Undeclared 689 215 904

A Leader in Economic Impact

  • UCF employs more than 12,000 faculty and staff members. The university impacts more than 112,000 additional jobs and adds $7.73 billion of value to the economy, according to a 2009–10 study by the Florida Board of Governors.
  • More than 168,000 of our 335,500-plus alumni live in Orlando and the Central Florida region — each of them serving as a brand ambassador, boosting UCF’s national and global reputation.


Includes all permanent and temporary employees [2]

Number of UCF employees.
Category No. of Employees Full-time Equivalent (FTE)
University Total 12,512 8,966
Faculty 1,870 1,850
A & P Executive Service 2,162 2,157
Post-Doctoral 680 680
USPS 1,195 1,194
Adjunct 663 277
Graduate Assistants 1,669 841
OPS Student 3,322 1,385
OPS Non-Student 951 583

Faculty Doctoral Data [3]

Percentage of faculty with and without doctoral degrees.
Faculty with Doctoral Degrees 82%
Faculty without Doctoral Degrees 18%

Faculty Tenure Data [3]

Percentage of tenured and non-tenured faculty.
Faculty Tenured 46%
Faculty Non-Tenured on Track 16%
Faculty Non-Tenured Track 38%

Source: EEO Fall Staff File

[2] Totals may differ slightly due to rounding

[3] Includes all faculty in academic departments

Research and Endowment

Research Funding

Research funding in 2020-2021.
2020-2021 $212.9 million

UCF researchers have earned more than $1 billion in external grants and contracts during the past decade.

Endowment Assets

Endowment assets as of 2021
June 30, 2021 $201 million

Preparing Students for the Workforce

Campuses and Locations

Campus Size

Campus sizes by location
Location Net Square Feet Footage Acreage No. of
Main Campus (owned buildings) 8,641,058 10,385,500 1,415 263
Central Florida Research Park (owned buildings) 471,310 564,148 39 8
UCF Professional Development Center 12,018 11,857 24 2
UCF Higher Education Center at Daytona Beach 46,568 133,339 1 2
Clark Maxwell, Jr. Lifelong Learning Center at Cocoa 55,471 71,940 1 1
UCF Downtown 410,809 1,314,194 22 8
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) 104,051 98,686 20 13
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 270,955 464,576 20 5
Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona 571,722 754,141 87 7


2020–21 End-of-Year Expenditures

2020–21 End-of-Year Expenditures
Total $1,904,445,360
Education and General — Main [4] $654,592,653
Education and General — Medical School [4] $44,908,893
Auxiliary Enterprises [5] $269,142,623
Contracts and Grants $237,819,409
Local Funds $689,996,031
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $7,985,751

Source: F&A budget office

[4] Includes expenditure from carryforward funds

[5] Includes nonoperating expenditures per Schedule I

2021–22 Initial Operating Budgets

2020–21 Initial Operating Budgets
Total $2,186,499,129
Education and General — Main [6] $665,982,351
Education and General — Medical School [6] $47,106,174
Auxiliary Enterprises $305,999,077
Contracts and Grants $319,991,191
Local Funds $839,173,968
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $8,246,368

Source: F&A budget office

[6] Excludes technical transfers between main campus and College of Medicine, planned use of carryforward funds, and mid-year allocations from the state

Unless otherwise indicated, figures are for Fall 2021.