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The University of Central Florida is an emerging pre-eminent research university located in metropolitan 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.

The UCF campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. The university also has UCF Connect locations throughout Central Florida and a fully accredited College of Medicine in the Medical City at Lake Nona.

With more than 68,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the nation. It has more than 13,000 employees and an operating budget of $1.7 billion. UCF researchers received $183 million in fiscal year 2018 for funded research. In Fall 2018, the freshman class had an average SAT combined score of 1328, the Burnett Honors College enrolled 524 students, and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 25 colleges and universities.

The university offers 101 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, 29 research doctorates, 3 professional doctorates and 3 specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 16,000 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 2018 Enrollment 68,571

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

Degrees Offered

Total number of degree programs at UCF by program type.
Total 224
Bachelor’s 101
Master’s 88
Research Doctorates 29
Professional Doctorates 3
Specialist 3

Degrees Conferred (as of Aug. 2018)

Total degrees awarded by type.
Total 329,616
Bachelor’s 270,881
Master’s 52,722
Doctoral 4,857
Specialist 665
Professional (Medicine) 491

Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year


Housing

On Campus and Affiliated Housing

Number of students living in on campus and affiliated housing, by housing type.
Total 12,282
Housing — Orlando Campus 6,440
Sorority/Fraternity Housing 467
Rosen Campus 384
Affiliated Housing 3,756
Managed Housing 1,235

Students sitting on couches in UCF housing

Growth with Quality and Diversity

  • Fall 2018 freshman class set UCF records with an average SAT score of 1328 and an average high school GPA of 4.12.
  • UCF set records for diversity in Fall 2018: 47.3 percent of students are minorities and 26 percent are Hispanic.
  • UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida with 68,571 students, including 58,913 undergraduates, 9,168 graduate students and 490 M.D. students.
  • UCF ranks second among Florida’s state universities with 324 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
  • UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 72.6 percent.

Top 15 Degrees Programs (degrees conferred)

Top 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. Communications (09.xxxx)
  9. Life Sciences (26.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

In-State

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

Out-Of-State

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

† Based on 30 undergraduate credit hours, standard room and dining membership for 2018-19 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’s magazine and Forbes rank UCF among the nation’s best education values.

Student Profile

Enrollment

Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 68,571
Undergraduate 58,913
Freshman (New Admit) 4,033
Transfer (New Admit) 6,907
Graduate 9,168
Medical Professional 490

UCF Online Enrollment

Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 5,007
Undergraduate 2,897
Graduate 2,110

Enrollment by Gender

Student enrollment totals by gender and student type.
Student Type Male Female
University Total 30,887 37,684
Undergraduate 26,850 32,063
Graduate 3,783 5,385
Medical 254 236

Freshman Class Profile

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2017 freshmen.
FTIC Applicants 32,634
FTIC Acceptances 11,720
FTIC Enrolled 4,033
Average SAT Score 1328
Average ACT Score 28.3
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.12

Freshman Class Profile, the Burnett Honors College

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2018 freshmen in the Burnett Honors College.
Total 524
Average SAT Score 1457
Average ACT Score 32.1
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.46

A Diverse Student Population

Diverse Student Population
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
White 32,754 47.8%
Hispanic/Latino 17,832 26%
Black 7,535 11%
Asian 4,309 6.3%
Multiracial 2,510 3.7%
International 2,719 4%
Not Specified 697 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 111 0.2%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 104 0.2%

Florida Residency Status

Number and percentage of in-state vs out-of-state students.
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
Total 68,571 100%
In-State 62,361 91%
Out-of-State 6,210 9%

Age Distribution

Average ages of students by student type.
Freshman 18.5
Sophomore 19.6
Junior 22.3
Senior 24.8
Over Age 25 22%
Average Age 23.8
Master’s 29.9
Specialist 29.7
Doctoral 31.9
Professional 25.9
Undergraduate 22.7
Graduate 30.8

Financial Aid Opportunities

$57 million

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

72%

Undergraduate students received financial aid

$539.5 million

In financial aid awarded

324

National Merit Scholars enrolled

Fall Enrollment by College and interdisciplinary school

Number of students enrolled by college
College and Interdisciplinary School Undergrad Graduate Medical Total
University Total 58,913 9,168 490 68,571
Arts & Humanities 4,119 387 4,506
Business 8,207 972 9,179
Community Innovation & Education 5,838 2,935 8,773
Engineering & Computer Science 10,185 1,690 11,875
Graduate Studies 132 132
Health Professions & Sciences 6,200 841 7,041
Medicine 3,349 145 490 3,984
Nicholson School of Communication and Media 3,608 209 3,817
Nursing 2,693 419 3,112
Optics & Photonics 110 141 251
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2,905 245 3,150
Sciences 9,361 749 10,110
Undergraduate Studies 1,658 1,658
Undeclared 680 303 983

A Leader in Economic Impact

  • UCF employs more than 13,000 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 100,000 of our 288,000-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.

Employees

Includes all permanent and temporary employees *

Number of UCF employees.
Category No. of Employees Full-time Equivalent (FTE)
University Total 13,157 9,239
Teaching Faculty and Adjuncts 2,533 2,017
Executive, Administrative and Managerial 720 715
Other Professional 1,453 1,451
Support Personnel 1,533 1,531
Graduate Assistants 2,043 949
Post-Doctoral and Research Associates 507 507
OPS Hourly 4,368 2,069

Faculty Doctoral Data**

Percentage of faculty with and without doctoral degrees.
Faculty with Doctoral Degrees 76%
(1,473)
Faculty without Doctoral Degrees 24%
(456)

Source: EEO Fall Staff File

* Totals may differ slightly due to rounding

** Includes all faculty in academic departments

Faculty Tenure Data**

Percentage of tenured and non-tenured faculty.
Faculty Tenured 39%
Faculty Non-Tenured Track 44%
Faculty Non-Tenured on Track 17%

Research and Endowment

Research Funding

Research funding in 2016-2017.
2018 $183 million

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

Endowment Assets

Endowment assets as of 2017
June 30, 2018 $163.4 million

In September 2016, UCF embarked on a $500 million comprehensive campaign — the most ambitious in university history. As of November 2018, the IGNITE campaign has raised more than 89 percent of its goal.

Student Credit Hours

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term
Level 2018 Spring 2018 Fall 2018
University Total 1,427,716 686,315.5 741,400.5
Lower Undergraduate 469,781 213,534 256,247
Upper Undergraduate 837,248 415,038 422,210
Graduate I 103,920 43,918.5 60,001.5
Graduate II 16,767 13,825 2,942

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) 7,242,551 9,525,265 1,415 192
Central Florida Research Park (owned buildings) 317,769 569,472 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 56,006 71,940 n/a 1
UCF Downtown 113,096 149,837 7 2
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) 89,937 98,686 20 13
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 258,544 305,770 20 3
Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona 316,021 550,600 87 4

Budget

2017–18 End-of-Year Expenditures

2016–17 End-of-Year Expenditures
Total $1,692,576,795
Education and General — Main* $623,733,751
Education and General — Medical School* $46,928,301
Auxiliary Enterprises** $237,629,259
Contracts and Grants $154,075,887
Local Funds $622,781,688
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $7,427,909

Source: F&A budget office
*Includes expenditure from carryforward funds
** Includes nonoperating expenditures per Schedule I

2018–19 Initial Operating Budgets

2017–18 Initial Operating Budgets
Total $1,876,006,922
Education and General — Main* $648,831,335
Education and General — Medical School* $44,649,534
Auxiliary Enterprises $293,773,689
Contracts and Grants $171,988,000
Local Funds $706,851,599
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $9,912,765

Source: F&A budget office

* 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 2018.