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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 69,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the nation. It has more than 13,500 employees and an operating budget of $1.8 billion. UCF researchers received $192 million in fiscal year 2019 for funded research. In Fall 2019, the freshman class had an average SAT combined score of 1332, the Burnett Honors College enrolled 517 new students, and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 25 colleges and universities.

The university offers 99 bachelor’s, 89 master’s, 31 research doctorates, 3 professional doctorates and 3 specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring almost 17,000 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 2019 Enrollment 69,525

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 225
Bachelor’s 99
Master’s 89
Research Doctorates 31
Professional Doctorates 3
Specialist 3

Degrees Conferred (as of Aug. 2019)

Total degrees awarded by type.
Total 346,710
Bachelor’s 285,005
Master’s 55,219
Doctoral 5,188
Specialist 690
Professional (Medicine) 608

Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year


On Campus and Affiliated Housing

Number of students living in on campus and affiliated housing, by housing type.
Total 12,922
Housing — Orlando Campus 6,440
Sorority/Fraternity Housing 467
Rosen Campus 384
Affiliated Housing 3,756
Managed Housing 1,235
UCF Downtown 640

Students sitting on couches in UCF housing

Growth with Quality and Diversity

  • Fall 2019 freshman class set UCF records with an average SAT score of 1332 and an average high school GPA of 4.17.
  • UCF set records for diversity in Fall 2019: 47.8 percent of students are minorities and 26.7 percent are Hispanic.
  • UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida with 69,525 students, including 59,483 undergraduates, 9,553 graduate students and 489 M.D. students.
  • UCF ranks second among Florida’s state universities with 340 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
  • UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 72 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. Education (13.xxxx)
  5. Engineering (14.xxxx)
  6. Visual and Performing Arts (50.xxxx)
  7. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (30.xxxx)
  8. Life Sciences (26.xxxx)
  9. Communications (09.xxxx)
  10. Social Sciences (45.xxxx)
  11. Homeland Security, Law Enforcement (43.xxxx)
  12. Computer and Information Science (11.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 $17,589
Tuition and fees $6,379
Books $1,200
Room and Board $10,010


Cost of attendance for out-of-state students, by fee
Total $33,689
Nonresident tuition and fees $22,479
Books $1,200
Room and Board $10,010

[1] Based on 30 undergraduate credit hours, standard room and dining membership for 2019-20 academic year.

An Affordable, Best-Value Education

  • 50 percent of first-time-in-college students at UCF graduate without any educational debt. Nationally, only 32 percent of students graduate debt-free.
  • Kiplinger and Forbes rank UCF among the nation’s best education values.

Student Profile


Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 69,525
Undergraduate 59,483
Freshman (New Admit | Summer-Fall 2019) 7,377
Transfer (New Admit | Summer-Fall 2019) 7,797
Graduate 9,553
Medical Professional 489

UCF Online Enrollment

Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 5,613
Undergraduate 3,157
Graduate 2,456

Enrollment by Gender

Student enrollment totals by gender and student type.
Student Type Male Female Not Specified
University Total 31,188 38,331 6
Undergraduate 27,037 32,442 4
Graduate 3,896 5,657
Medical 255 232 2

Freshman Class Profile

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2017 freshmen.
FTIC Applicants 35,240
FTIC Acceptances 13,452
FTIC Enrolled 3,889
Average SAT Score 1332
Average ACT Score 29.1
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.17

Freshman Class Profile, the Burnett Honors College

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2018 freshmen in the Burnett Honors College.
Total 517
Average SAT Score 1465
Average ACT Score 32.7
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.46

A Diverse Student Population

Diverse Student Population
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
White 32,525 46.8%
Hispanic/Latino 18,592 26.7%
Black 7,450 10.7%
Asian 4,436 6.4%
International 3,082 4.4%
Multiracial 2,560 3.7%
Not Specified 674 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 104 0.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 102 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 69,525 100%
In-State 63,106 91%
Out-of-State 6,419 9%

Age Distribution

Average ages of students by student type.
Freshman 18.5
Sophomore 19.5
Junior 22.1
Senior 24.6
Over Age 25 22%
Average Age 23.7
Master’s 30.1
Specialist 29.9
Doctoral 32.2
Professional 25.9
Undergraduate 22.6
Graduate 31

Financial Aid Opportunities

$88.6 million

Awarded to Bright Futures students (third-largest amount in Florida)


Undergraduate students received financial aid

$575.6 million

In financial aid awarded


National Merit Scholars enrolled

Fall Enrollment by College and Nicholson School

Number of students enrolled by college
College and Interdisciplinary School Undergraduate Graduate Medical Total
University Total 59,483 9,553 489 69,525
Arts and Humanities 4,090 426 4,516
Business 8,019 915 8,934
Community Innovation and Education 5,786 3,108 8,894
Engineering and Computer Science 10,635 1,765 12,400
Graduate Studies 148 148
Health Professions and Sciences 6,194 886 7,080
Medicine 3,197 144 489 3,830
Nicholson School of Communication and Media 3,828 219 4,047
Nursing 2,729 477 3,206
Optics and Photonics 143 134 277
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2,836 304 3,140
Sciences 9,707 738 10,445
Undergraduate Studies 1,621 1,621
Undeclared 698 289 987

A Leader in Economic Impact

  • UCF employs more than 13,500 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 150,000 of our 300,000-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 13,647 9,662
Faculty 1,970 1,949
A&P and Executive Service 2,203 2,197
Post-Doctoral 625 626
USPS 1,362 1,360
Adjunct 649 267
Graduate Assistants 1,659 835
OPS Student 4,152 1,774
OPS Non-Student 1,027 655

Faculty Doctoral Data [3]

Percentage of faculty with and without doctoral degrees.
Faculty with Doctoral Degrees 81%
Faculty without Doctoral Degrees 19%

Faculty Tenure Data [3]

Percentage of tenured and non-tenured faculty.
Faculty Tenured 42%
Faculty Non-Tenured on Track 38%
Faculty Non-Tenured Track 20%

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 2018-2019.
2018-19 $192 million

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

Endowment Assets

Endowment assets as of 2019
June 30, 2019 $164.7 million

IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF concluded June 30, 2019. During the eight-year comprehensive campaign, nearly 110,000 alumni, friends and partners gave more than $531 million in gifts to advance the University of Central Florida.

Student Credit Hours

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term
Level 2018-19 AY Spring 2019 Fall 2019
University Total 1,727,124.5 707,325 751,845.5
Lower Undergraduate 562,115 219,252 259,054
Upper Undergraduate 1,010,563 427,637 427,506
Graduate I 116,251.5 45,393 48,901.5
Graduate II 38,195 15,043 16,384

Note: Student credit hours have been rounded.

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) 8,095,486 10,832,105 1,415 212
Central Florida Research Park (owned buildings) 388,751 562,194 39 8
UCF Professional Development Center 7,762 11,857 24 2
UCF Higher Education Center at Daytona Beach 66,629 95,766 1 3
Clark Maxwell, Jr. Lifelong Learning Center at Cocoa 54,471 71,940 1 1
UCF Downtown 300,458 549,194 22 5
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) 89,936 98,686 20 13
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 258,544 305,770 20 3
Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona 509,561 550,600 87 4


2018–19 End-of-Year Expenditures

2018–19 End-of-Year Expenditures
Total $1,882,373,999
Education and General — Main [4] $659,437,967
Education and General — Medical School [4] $45,922,882
Auxiliary Enterprises [5] $330,430,166
Contracts and Grants $165,759,311
Local Funds $671,224,535
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $9,599,138

Source: F&A budget office

[4] Includes expenditure from carryforward funds

[5] Includes nonoperating expenditures per Schedule I

2019–20 Initial Operating Budgets

2018–19 Initial Operating Budgets
Total $1,892,174,436
Education and General — Main [6] $653,445,639
Education and General — Medical School [6] $46,423,295
Auxiliary Enterprises $275,683,106
Contracts and Grants $146,741,085
Local Funds $760,277,976
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $9,603,362

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 2019.