About UCF Downtown
Orlando’s Hometown University
UCF Downtown will be the academic heart of a city that’s attracting national attention for its entrepreneurial, high-tech and creative economy.
Already home to UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy – the nation’s top video-gaming graduate school – the new campus will bring students downtown to study degree programs that align with emerging industries downtown.
Imagine 7,700 students living, learning and working in downtown Orlando – transforming our economic future and kick-starting the City of Orlando’s largest public-private partnership, the $1 billion Creative Village development.
The fact that UCF is considering growing in downtown is an absolute game-changer for our urban core.Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer
Raising downtown Orlando’s intellectual capital
In partnership with Valencia College, the new campus will provide innovative education for high-demand fields that integrate with industry and place thousands of students within walking distance of jobs and internships.
UCF Downtown will offer degrees in digital media and communication, health information technology and administration, and community-facing programs like legal studies – connecting highly skilled talent with industry needs, neighborhood synergies and new opportunities.
Academic Programs Downtown
The creation of a new campus in downtown Orlando presents the opportunity to reimagine what higher education should look like in the 21st century – and to lead it.
This bold vision includes the creation a new college focused on urban innovation and education and focused on the pillars of thriving 21st-century cities, such as civic engagement and governing, safety and justice, and health and well-being.
The new college will include programs and their affiliated centers or institutes from the College of Health and Public Affairs, College of Education and Human Performance, and College of Arts and Humanities. These existing units are:
- School of Public Administration, including nonprofit management, urban and regional planning, research administration, and public administration;
- School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership;
- Educational Sciences (currently a component of the Department of Educational and Human Sciences);
- Child, Family, and Community Sciences;
- Health Management and Informatics;
- Criminal Justice;
- Legal Studies; and
- the Public Affairs Doctoral Program.
Additionally, we will create a new interdisciplinary, inter-college school with programs that redefine content creation, digital art, and communication for the 21st century. It will include programs in the Nicholson School of Communication (Journalism, Radio-Television, Advertising-Public Relations, Communications) and digital media, film, and the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.
Geographic location of programs may vary.
“We’re pleased to be a part of this exciting new project in downtown Orlando, not just for our students and the future of the city, but for the people who live and work there.”Valencia College President, Sanford C. Shugart
Powering Central Florida’s educational and economic growth
The new downtown campus will increase access for students by creating pathways to vocational training and 2-year degrees from Valencia or advanced degrees from UCF – inspiring individuals to achieve their dreams and impact the lives of others.
Community partners have already contributed more than $20 million toward making UCF Downtown a reality. That’s because they see the incredible return on investment – 1,800 UCF degrees awarded annually and new educational opportunities for the surrounding community.
Additionally, the campus project is expected to generate $205 million in gross economic income annually across the state and local economies; 2,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs; and $90 million in annual wages, according to GAI Consultants, Inc.
Want to learn more? Explore UCF Downtown by the numbers.