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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 almost 72,000 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 $1.9 billion. UCF researchers received $204.5 million in fiscal year 2020 for funded research. In Fall 2020, the freshman class had an average SAT combined score of 1320, the Burnett Honors College enrolled 519 new students, and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 25 colleges and universities.

The university offers 103 bachelor’s, 91 master’s, 31 research doctorates, 3 professional doctorates and 3 specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 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 2020 Enrollment 71,948

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 231
Bachelor’s 103
Master’s 91
Research Doctorates 31
Professional Doctorates 3
Specialist 3

Degrees Conferred (as of Aug. 2020)

Total degrees awarded by type.
Total 364,194
Bachelor’s 299,350
Master’s 57,848
Doctoral 5,564
Specialist 706
Professional (Medicine) 726

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 12,277
Housing — Orlando Campus 6,436
Sorority/Fraternity Housing 467
Rosen Campus 384
Affiliated Housing 3,756
Managed Housing 594
UCF Downtown 640

Students sitting on couches in UCF housing

Growth with Quality and Diversity

  • Fall 2020 freshman class had an average SAT score of 1320 and an average high school GPA of 4.18.
  • UCF set records for diversity in Fall 2020: 48.5 percent of students are minorities and 27.5 percent are Hispanic.
  • UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida with 71,948 students, including 61,456 undergraduates, 10,002 graduate students and 490 M.D. students.
  • UCF ranks second among Florida’s state universities with 335 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
  • UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 74 percent.

Top 15 Degrees Programs (degrees conferred)

Top Undergraduate Disciplines (CIP)

  1. Health Professions and Related (51.xxxx)
  2. Business Management and Administration (52.xxxx)
  3. Psychology (42.xxxx)
  4. Engineering (14.xxxx)
  5. Education (13.xxxx)
  6. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies (30.xxxx)
  7. Visual and Performing Arts (50.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]

In-State

Cost of attendance for in-state students, by fee
Total $22,849
Tuition and fees $6,379
Books $1,200
Room and Board $10,300
Transportation $1,866
Personal Expense $3,104

Out-Of-State

Cost of attendance for out-of-state students, by fee
Total $38,949
Nonresident tuition and fees $22,479
Books $1,200
Room and Board $10,300
Transportation $1,866
Personal Expense $3,104

[1] Based on 30 undergraduate credit hours, standard room and dining membership for 2020-21 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 71,948
Undergraduate 61,456
Freshman (New Admit | Summer-Fall 2020) 8,125
Transfer (New Admit | Summer-Fall 2020) 7,942
Graduate 10,002
Medical Professional 490

UCF Online Enrollment

Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 6,646
Undergraduate 3,668
Graduate 3,978

Enrollment by Gender

Student enrollment totals by gender and student type.
Student Type Male Female Not Specified
University Total 31,764 40,174 10
Undergraduate 27,595 33,856 5
Graduate 3,917 6,085
Medical 252 233 5

Freshman Class Profile

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2017 freshmen.
FTIC Applicants 38,073
FTIC Acceptances 15,997
FTIC Enrolled 4,659
Average SAT Score 1320
Average ACT Score 28.7
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.18

Burnett Honors College, Freshman Class Profile

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2020 freshmen in the Burnett Honors College.
Total 519
Average SAT Score 1464
Average ACT Score 32.5
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.49

A Diverse Student Population

Diverse Student Population
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
White 33,307 46.3%
Hispanic/Latino 19,818 27.5%
Black 7,418 10.3%
Asian 4,622 6.4%
International 3,069 3.9%
Multiracial 2,817 4.3%
Not Specified 698 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 107 0.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 92 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 71,948 100%
In-State 65,616 91%
Out-of-State 6,332 9%

Age Distribution

Average ages of students by student type.
Freshman 18.5
Sophomore 19.4
Junior 21.9
Senior 24.4
Over Age 25 22%
Average Age 23.7
Master’s 30.0
Specialist 32.9
Doctoral 32.4
Professional 25.8
Undergraduate 22.5
Graduate 30.9

Financial Aid Opportunities

$103.7 million

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

71%

Undergraduate students received financial aid

$598.7 million

In financial aid awarded

335

National Merit Scholars enrolled

Fall Enrollment by College

Number of students enrolled by college
College and Interdisciplinary School Undergraduate Graduate Medical Total
University Total 61,456 10,002 490 71,948
Arts and Humanities 4,238 428 4,666
Business 8,242 865 9,107
Community Innovation and Education 5,679 3,291 8,970
Engineering and Computer Science 11,307 1,859 13,166
Graduate Studies 134 134
Health Professions and Sciences 6,354 971 7,325
Medicine 3,086 133 490 3,709
Nursing 2,644 506 3,150
Optics and Photonics 151 127 278
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2,882 447 3,329
Sciences 14,787 987 15,774
Undergraduate Studies 1,480 1,480
Undeclared 606 254 860

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 150,000 of our 322,000-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 [2]

Number of UCF employees.
Category No. of Employees Full-time Equivalent (FTE)
University Total 12,354 8,829
Faculty 1,906 1,890
A & P Executive Service 2,174 2,168
Post-Doctoral 648 648
USPS 1,284 1,283
Adjunct 612 261
Graduate Assistants 1,648 831
OPS Student 3,145 1,168
OPS Non-Student 937 582

Faculty Doctoral Data [3]

Percentage of faculty with and without doctoral degrees.
Faculty with Doctoral Degrees 82%
(1,391)
Faculty without Doctoral Degrees 18%
(312)

Faculty Tenure Data [3]

Percentage of tenured and non-tenured faculty.
Faculty Tenured 44%
Faculty Non-Tenured on Track 18%
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 2019-2020.
2019-2020 $204.5 million

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

Endowment Assets

Endowment assets as of 2020
June 30, 2020 $162.8 million

Student Credit Hours

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term
Level 2019-20 AY Fall 2019 Spring 2019 Fall 2020
University Total 1,759,980.5 751,593.5 712,166.0 779,254.0
Lower Undergraduate 571,861.0 258,868.0 220,095.0 262,653.0
Upper Undergraduate 1,028,630.5 427,490.0 429,763.5 447,909.0
Graduate I 150,646.0 62,082.5 58,904.5 65,306.0
Graduate II 8,843.0 3,153.0 3,403.0 3,386.0

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) 8,128,706 10,602,061 1,415 222
Central Florida Research Park (owned buildings) 399,018 562,194 39 8
UCF Professional Development Center 12,018 11,857 24 2
UCF Higher Education Center at Daytona Beach 44,776 133,339 1 2
Clark Maxwell, Jr. Lifelong Learning Center at Cocoa 55,471 71,940 1 1
UCF Downtown 384,165 1,314,194 22 8
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) 89,907 98,686 20 13
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 261,975 354,666 20 4
Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona 548,477 704,392 87 6

Budget

2019–20 End-of-Year Expenditures

2019–20 End-of-Year Expenditures
Total $2,125,630,083
Education and General — Main [4] $808,737,284
Education and General — Medical School [4] $55,520,683
Auxiliary Enterprises [5] $302,385,900
Contracts and Grants $188,528,000
Local Funds $760,854,854
Faculty Practice (Medical School) $9,603,362

Source: F&A budget office

[4] Includes expenditure from carryforward funds

[5] Includes nonoperating expenditures per Schedule I

2020–21 Initial Operating Budgets

2019–20 Initial Operating Budgets
Total $1,953,393,217
Education and General — Main [6] $653,086,383
Education and General — Medical School [6] $46,782,551
Auxiliary Enterprises $288,227,216
Contracts and Grants $194,333,783
Local Funds $761,359,922
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 2020.