Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHERE WILL UCF DOWNTOWN BE LOCATED?
Q: WHAT ACADEMIC PROGRAMS WILL BE OFFERED AT UCF DOWNTOWN?
A: The UCF Downtown committees looked at which programs would provide students with more educational opportunities, such as internships or research partnerships with businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments in the downtown area. The full list of academic programs align with three emerging industry clusters in digital entertainment and communication, health care technology and administration, and public service.
Q: WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR UCF DOWNTOWN?
A: UCF President John Hitt announced the university’s decision to establish a downtown Orlando campus during the UCF Focus Breakfast in September 2014. Since then, the university created the UCF Downtown committees, which spent more than a year exploring everything from student services and educational programs to transportation and facilities. The project was approved by the Florida Board of Governors in 2016, and design and build teams were selected that summer. The campus will officially open in Fall 2019, with housing, parking and dedicated transportation to and from UCF’s main campus.
Q: HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL UCF DOWNTOWN SERVE?
A: Stimulating downtown Orlando and providing a true college experience means having a critical mass of students. Approximately 5,400 UCF students and 2,300 Valencia College students could attend classes at UCF Downtown when the campus opens in Fall 2019, with opportunities for future growth. With approximately 7,700 students, UCF Downtown will bring a vibrant campus to the heart of downtown Orlando.
Q: IS UCF MODELING ITS DOWNTOWN CAMPUS AFTER OTHER UNIVERSITIES?
A: Many major metropolitan-area research universities also have downtown campuses, which have created countless experiential opportunities for students and innovative community partnerships that would not otherwise have been possible. UCF leadership has studied several universities’ downtown campus models, including Arizona State University, which opened a Phoenix campus about a decade ago. UCF hopes to learn from these other examples, but UCF Downtown will be created based on our unique strengths and the needs of our students and the community.
Q: HOW ARE UCF AND VALENCIA COLLEGE PARTNERING ON THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS?
A: UCF and Valencia College share a long history of partnering together to advance educational opportunities and access across Central Florida through programs like DirectConnect to UCF. The institutions will share academic space on the new campus and would partner together on academic program offerings and student support services. UCF and Valencia also will work with Orange County Public Schools on a new K–8 school in Parramore and other community initiatives.
Q: HOW WILL UCF INVOLVE THE COMMUNITY IN THE PROJECT?
A: UCF Downtown must advance not only the interests of students but also the community. This project offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embed the university in the downtown core, engage with surrounding businesses and neighborhoods and provide new access to educational and other resources for downtown residents. UCF and Valencia College representatives are meeting with many community and business leaders downtown to discuss local priorities and how a downtown campus could advance our collective goals. These conversations will help to create synergies between community projects and UCF Downtown.
Q: HOW WILL THE UCF DOWNTOWN CAMPUS BE FUNDED?
A: One-third of the new $60 million downtown academic building will be funded through community support. The university also is contributing $20 million from its resources and received an additional $20 million from the state. Already more than $20 million has been raised in community support toward the campus. Additionally, the value of in-kind contributions of land and infrastructure by the City of Orlando and the developers of Creative Village is approximately $75 million.
Q: HOW CAN I SHARE MY THOUGHTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT?
A: We encourage you to share your ideas. You can fill out our comment form, and include your email if you are submitting a question. Your comments or ideas could be published on the UCF Downtown website.
Q: HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT PARTNERING WITH UCF DOWNTOWN?
A: As UCF President John Hitt said, “An expanded footprint for UCF in downtown Orlando is a game changer. However, a number of essential stakeholders need to join us in common cause to realize our vision.” If you are interested in learning more about how you can support UCF Downtown either through business partnerships or community initiatives, contact UCF Downtown Vice Provost Thad Seymour, Jr., at Thad.Seymour@ucf.edu. To learn more about how you can financially support the project, contact Mike Morsberger, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development and CEO of the UCF Foundation, Inc., at Mike.Mors@ucf.edu.