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UCF is an emerging preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando, one of the most popular regions in the world. Our university 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 11 regional campus locations throughout Central Florida and a fully accredited College of Medicine in the Medical City at Lake Nona.

With more than 66,000 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 $1.5 billion. UCF researchers received $148.7 million in fiscal year 2017 for funded research. In fall 2017, the freshman class had an average SAT two-score of 1316, The Burnett Honors College enrolled nearly 509 students, and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities.

The university offers 95 bachelor’s, 87 master’s 28 research doctorates, 3 professional doctorates and 3 specialist degree programs, it leads all universities in Florida in conferring more than 15,000 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 13 miles east of downtown Orlando
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 2017 Enrollment 66,183

UCF Goals

  1. Offer the best undergraduate education available in Florida
  2. Achieve international prominence in key programs of graduate study and research
  3. Provide international focus to our curricula and research programs
  4. Become more inclusive and diverse
  5. Be America’s leading partnership university
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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 216
Bachelor’s 95
Master’s 87
Research Doctorates 28
Professional Doctorates 3
Specialist 3

Degrees Conferred (as of Aug. 2017)

Total degrees awarded by type.
Total 313,234
Bachelor’s 257,261
Master’s 50,417
Doctoral 4,533
Specialist 648
Professional (Medicine) 375

Degrees Awarded Per Academic Year


On Campus and Affiliated Housing

Number of students living in on campus and affiliated housing, by housing type.
Total 11,641
Housing — Orlando Campus 6,440
Sorority/Fraternity Housing 467
Rosen Campus 384
Affiliated Housing 3,756
Managed Housing 594

Students sitting on couches in UCF housing

Growth with Quality and Diversity

  • Fall 2017 freshman class set UCF records with an average SAT score of 1316 and an average high school GPA of 4.06.
  • UCF set records for diversity in fall 2017: 45.8 percent of students are minorities and 24.9 percent are Hispanic.
  • UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida with 66,183 students, including 56,972 undergraduates, 8,726 graduate students and 485 M.D. students.
  • UCF ranks second among Florida’s state universities with 315 National Merit Scholars enrolled.
  • UCF’s six-year graduation rate is 70 percent, third-best among Florida’s state universities.

Top 15 Bachelor’s Degrees

Discipline (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


Cost of attendance for in-state students, by fee
Total $17,284
Tuition and fees $6,368
Books and supplies $1,152
Room $9,764


Cost of attendance for out-of-state students, by fee
Total $33,382
Nonresident tuition and fees $22,466
Books and supplies $1,152
Room $9,764

† Based on 30 undergraduate credit hours, standard room and dining membership for 2017-18 academic year.

An Affordable, Best-Value Education

  • 44 percent of UCF students graduate without any educational debt. Nationally, only 34 percent of students graduate debt-free.
  • Kiplinger consistently ranks a UCF education among the nation’s best values.

Student Profile


Number of enrolled students by student type
Total 66,183
Undergraduate 56,972
Freshman New Admit 6,964
Transfer New Admit 8,147
Graduate 8,726
Medical Professional 485

Enrollment by Gender

Student enrollment totals by gender and student type.
Student Type Male Female
University Total 29,859 36,324
Undergraduate 26,043 30,959
Graduate 3,563 5,163
Medical 253 232

Freshman Class Profile

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2017 freshmen.
FTIC Applicants 28,755
FTIC Acceptances 11,874
FTIC Enrolled 3,747
Average SAT Score 1316
Average ACT Score 28.1
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.06

Freshman Class Profile, The Burnett Honors College

Average standardized testing scores and GPA for Fall 2017 freshmen in the Burnett Honors College.
Total 509
Average SAT Score 1450
Average ACT Score 32.1
Average High School GPA (weighted) 4.43

A Diverse Student Population

Diverse Student Population
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
White 32,546 49.2%
Hispanic/Latino 16,490 24.9%
Black 7,328 11.1%
Asian and Pacific Islander 4,134 6.2%
Multi-racial 2,411 3.6%
Nonresident Alien 2,433 3.7%
Not Specified 727 1.1%

Florida Residency Status

Number and percentage of in-state vs out-of-state students.
Student Type Number of Students Percentage of Student Population
Total 66,183 100%
In-State 60,423 91%
Out-of-State 5,760 9%

Age Distribution

Average ages of students by student type.
Freshman 18.5
Sophomore 19.6
Junior 22.4
Senior 25.0
Over Age 25 22%
Average Age 23.8
Master’s 29.9
Specialist 28.7
Doctoral 32
Professional 25.9
Undergraduate 22.8
Graduate 30.7

Financial Aid Opportunities


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


Undergraduate students received financial aid


Million in financial aid awarded


National Merit Scholars enrolled

Fall Enrollment by College

Number of students enrolled by college
College Undergrad Graduate Medical Total
University Total 56,972 8,726 485 66,183
Arts & Humanities 5,466 517 5,983
Business Administration 8,089 901 8,990
Education & Human Performance 3,638 1,643 5,281
Engineering & Computer Science 9,471 1,569 11,040
Graduate Studies 121 121
Health & Public Affairs 8,533 1,921 10,454
Medicine 3,111 146 485 3,742
Nursing 2,463 409 2,872
Optics & Photonics 104 132 236
Rosen Hospitality Management 2,872 235 3,107
Sciences 10,926 796 11,722
Undergraduate Studies 1,582 1,582
Undeclared 717 336 1053

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 100,000 of our 277,000-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 *

Number of UCF employees.
Category No. of Employees Full-time Equivalent (FTE)
University Total 12,733 8,893.28
Teaching Faculty and Adjuncts 2,481 1,996.08
Executive, Administrative and Managerial 740 735.15
Other Professional 1,841 1,837.95
Support Personnel 1,022 1,020.20
Graduate Assistants 1,899 889.57
Post-Doctoral and Research Associates 388 386.38
OPS Hourly 4,362 2,027.95

Faculty Doctoral Data**

Percentage of faculty with and without doctoral degrees.
Faculty with Doctoral Degrees 76%
Faculty without Doctoral Degrees 24%

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 45%
Faculty Non-Tenured on Track 16%

Research and Endowment

Research Funding

Research funding in 2017.
2017 $148.7 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, 2017 $155.9 million

UCF embarked on a $500 million comprehensive campaign, IGNITE — the most ambitious in the university’s history.

Student Credit Hours

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term

All Student Credit Hours by Level and Term
Level AY 2016–17 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
University Total 1,594,628 690,074 660,184
Lower Undergraduate 518,982 241,552 206,720
Upper Undergraduate 939,074 392,212 399,862
Graduate I 102,835 42,545 40,456
Graduate II 33,736 13,765 13,146

Note: Student Credit Hours have been rounded.

Preparing Students for the Workforce

  • More than 20,000 students gain practical experience through co-ops, internships and service-learning projects annually.
  • UCF awarded 2,317 baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields in 2015–16.
  • Career Services helped 35,286 students search and compete for jobs in 2016–17.

Campuses and Locations

Campus Size

Campus sizes by location
Location Net Assignable Footage Acreage No. of
Main Campus (owned buildings) 9,191,366 8,217,095 1,415 172
Central Florida Research Park (owned buildings) 479,012 426,138 72.29 8
UCF Professional Development Center 8,009 11,857 20 2
UCF Higher Education Center at Daytona Beach 41,379 90,103 1 2
Clark Maxwell, Jr. Lifelong Learning Center at Cocoa 39,343 71,940 n/a 1
UCF Downtown 149,837 19,837 7.16 2
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) 98,686 94,600 20 13
Rosen College of Hospitality Management 204,865 305,770 20 3
Health Sciences Campus 181,759 374,100 75.2 3


2016–17 End-of-Year Expenditures

2016–17 End-of-Year Expenditures
Total $1,574,916,303
Education and General — Main* $599,525,148
Education and General — Med. School* $46,261,041
Auxiliary Enterprises** $218,904,187
Contracts and Grants $149,966,365
Local Funds $553,534,190
Faculty Practice (Med. School) $6,725,372

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

2017–18 Initial Operating Budgets

2017–18 Initial Operating Budgets
Total $1,730,700,334
Education and General — Main* $637,790,240
Education and General — Med. School* $42,213,225
Auxiliary Enterprises $275,887,508
Contracts and Grants $163,703,000
Local Funds $602,419,075
Faculty Practice (Med. School) $8,687,286

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 2017.