Latest Updates

Ross Wolf named Interim Assistant Provost of UCF Downtown

Apr. 17, 2019
In less than 150 days, UCF Downtown will hold classes at its 21st-century campus, connecting students to a thriving urban district full of opportunity with their academic program of study. To further ensure academic excellence is at the center of the new campus, Provost Elizabeth Dooley has appointed Ross Wolf, Ed.D., M.P.A. to serve as […]

Get On Board With Your Downtown Campus Pass

Apr. 3, 2019
Students, faculty and staff at UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown will now be able to ride SunRail for free in August and September 2019 thanks to a new partnership with the commuter rail system. With 16 stations that run through Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, the rail service will provide an additional transportation […]

UnionWest at Creative Village Opens Preview Center in Downtown Orlando

Mar. 4, 2019
Students interested in living at UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown now have a preview center in downtown Orlando where they can see a model UnionWest at Creative Village bedroom and living space. The model showcases the residence hall’s sleek, contemporary furniture and apartment finishes. Located inside UCF’s Center for Emerging Media, the preview center […]

Restaurant and Retail Tenants Coming to Orlando’s Downtown Campus at Creative Village

Jan. 28, 2019
In August 2019, students, faculty and staff living, learning and working at the UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown campus and residents of Creative Village will enjoy a variety of food service options and convenient banking. Dunkin’, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Subway and CFE Federal Credit Union have leased space on the first floor of UnionWest […]

UCF Downtown to Host Open House for Current Students

Jan. 15, 2019
UCF Downtown, in partnership with the College of Community Innovation and Education and Nicholson School of Communication and Media, will host an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, from 2 pm – 6 pm at UCF’s Student Union Pegasus Ballroom. The expo style event will further educate current students about UCF Downtown and increase excitement […]

UCF Downtown Seeks Student Ambassadors

Jan. 2, 2019
The University of Central Florida seeks to fill positions for its new student ambassador team at UCF Downtown for the Spring 2019 semester. Ambassadors will represent the university to the highest degree and participate in community engagement events to usher in the opening of our new campus in downtown Orlando in August 2019. Ambassadors should be well-rounded UCF students who excel academically […]

UnionWest at Creative Village now accepting applications

Oct. 16, 2018
UnionWest at Creative Village, the new 15-story student housing and student services building at Creative Village in downtown Orlando, is now accepting applications for UCF and Valencia College students who want to live at the new UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown campus, scheduled to open in fall 2019. Applications and new information about the […]

UCF Alumna Brings Passion for Community to Career at City Hall

Sept. 19, 2018
It’s no secret that Orlando is growing exponentially. Recently, the metro area’s population surpassed 2.5 million for the first time ever. With the seemingly endless addition of buildings and the 56,000 people that moved to the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford areas in 2017, it can be easy for residents to feel confused about all of the developments happening […]

UCF Downtown places NASPAA accredited programs in the heart of the city

July 30, 2018
Downtown Orlando public service and nonprofit sectors will soon have an influx of high-quality talent as UCF’s nonprofit management program is slated to move to UCF Downtown in fall 2019. The Master of Nonprofit Management is now the first standalone nonprofit management degree in the world to be accredited by the Network of Schools of […]

UnionWest at Creative Village Offers Students Downtown Living and Learning

May 8, 2018
A new 15-story, mixed-use building will be home for UCF and Valencia College students living at the downtown campus that opens in fall 2019. Ustler Development, Inc. and Development Ventures Group, Inc. released new details this week about the student housing project, named “UnionWest at Creative Village.” In addition to 600 beds for students, the […]

Hitt and UCF Downtown Recognized at Golden Bricks Awards

Apr. 10, 2018
On Friday, March 30, UCF President John C. Hitt was honored as the Downtowner of the Year at the Golden Bricks Awards. Hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership, this prestigious award is presented annually to an individual who significantly contributes to the betterment of downtown Orlando through their professional leadership, public service and community engagement. […]

UCF Downtown Parking Garage Approved

Mar. 13, 2018
Today, the Creative Village Development Review Committee approved the UCF parking garage for the downtown campus. The four-story garage has 580 spaces and will cost $13.5 million. It will include license plate recognition technology, security cameras, real-time space counts by floor and electric charging stations. Additionally, the ground floor includes a university store, campus services […]

A Case for Internships: Legal Studies Student Joins FAMU Law Clinic  

Jan. 26, 2018
Anacia Brooks sits in an Orange County courtroom watching as the judge hears case after case. Some of the defendants have a private attorney, and others are represented by a public defender. But a small few rely on a “conflict” attorney for help. These are the defendants who Brooks patiently awaits. A junior UCF legal […]

UCF alumnus, author aims to inspire ACE book club students

Nov. 22, 2017
Author Matthew Laurence ‘07 (center, in blue) with librarian Kelly Delaney '02 (center, with scarf), ACE book club students and representatives from the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. On a sunny Thursday afternoon in Parramore, students from the Academic Center for Excellence’s book club are eating Gringos Locos tacos in the school’s pavilion with author Matthew […]

UCF, Canvs Expand Partnership to Support Downtown Entrepreneurs

Oct. 26, 2017
A new partnership between UCF and the non-profit organization Canvs will help build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in downtown Orlando, where students and home-grown businesses can thrive. The partnership means UCF has negotiated a new lease agreement for the Church Street Exchange space where Canvs and its related programs currently operate. The UCF Board of […]

UCF Downtown Establishes 'Trailblazers' Team

Sept. 28, 2017
The Trailblazers gather at UCF Downtown. This summer, UCF Downtown established a new team called the “Trailblazers.” Charged with investigating opportunities specific to the programs anticipated to be at the downtown campus in fall 2019, this group is exploring ways to increase each program’s prominence and impact. The team will help us establish a 21st-century […]

UCF, FAMU Students Studying Social Justice Together Downtown

Sept. 28, 2017
Just five blocks from UCF Downtown is the Orange County Courthouse, a proximity that has Cynthia Schmidt filled with anticipation of holding classes in the Dr. Phillips Academic Commons in fall 2019. Cynthia Schmidt, J.D., lecturer and director of UCF’s Center for Law and Policy in the Department of Legal Studies, led a breakout session […]

Message from Lt. Gigicos Regarding Center for Emerging Media Security Updates

Sept. 22, 2017
This message was sent as an email from UCF Police Department Lieutenant Christine Gigicos to students, faculty and staff at the Center for Emerging Media on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Students, faculty and staff, With the fall semester underway — and despite the uninvited visit from Hurricane Irma — safety and security remain a constant […]

UCF Community School Model in Wall Street Journal

Aug. 21, 2017
Earlier this month, Orange County Public School’s Academic Center for Excellence community school opened in Parramore across the street from UCF Downtown. UCF is proud to be a lead partner in the ACE school, which incorporates before- and after-school enrichment programs and resources for parents, as well as on-site medical and dental services for students, their families […]

Canvs Opens Coworking Pilot at UCF Downtown

Aug. 7, 2017
Canvs, a downtown-Orlando nonprofit coworking space for startup entrepreneurs, celebrated its grand opening for a pilot coworking space and educational programs to support local entrepreneurs in Parramore. The new space is housed in the University of Central Florida’s Center for Emerging Media, which will be part of the UCF Downtown campus in the heart of Creative Village. The Canvs Parramore coworking […]

Forbes Features UCF, Creative Village

July 12, 2017
UCF and Creative Village are examples of a new urban campus model that's driving innovation districts around the country. "The great new American university is by definition urban," Creative Village developer Craig Ustler told Forbes last month. "That's where the market is, that's where the market wants to be educated, and that's where all the […]

Valencia Names New Downtown Dean

June 14, 2017
A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses: Please join me in welcoming Eugene Jones, who will be the new executive dean of the Downtown Campus, to Valencia. Eugene comes to Valencia with more than 20 years of experience in higher education at several institutions. He has served in a variety of capacities, […]

Public Outreach Meeting on June 27

June 5, 2017
Subcontractors interested in working on the first phase of UCF Downtown will have an opportunity to connect with the construction project managers during a public meeting this month. UCF and general contractor Skanska USA Building Inc. will host a public outreach meeting on June 27 for work on the new four-story Dr. Phillips Academic Commons building […]

Campus Groundbreaking Signals New Day for Community, Downtown Orlando

May 11, 2017
Children from the Parramore community helped Central Florida leaders sink shovels into the dirt today at a groundbreaking ceremony ushering in a transformative campus that will soon rise in downtown Orlando. Dr. Phillips Academic Commons is the first building to be built at the new campus the University of Central Florida will share with Valencia […]

Central Florida Celebrates Downtown Campus Groundbreaking Thursday

May 8, 2017
Leaders from across Central Florida are expected at the highly anticipated groundbreaking ceremony for the UCF Downtown campus from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 11. The UCF community is invited to attend the festivities at the UCF Center for Emerging Media, 500 W. Livingston St., with partners from Valencia College, the City of Orlando, […]

Community Update: Construction Opportunities

March 20, 2017
City of Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill and UCF are hosting a community update on construction opportunities for the downtown campus on Tuesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. The update will take place at the UCF Center for Emerging Media, 500 W. Livingston Street. Please join UCF and members of the design and construction teams for […]

New UCF Downtown Academic Building Gets Its Name

March 14, 2017
University of Central Florida leaders will vote this week to name the academic building at the downtown campus after one of the region’s leading philanthropic organizations. Last year, Dr. Phillips Charities committed $7 million to the new campus, helping the university surpass its $20 million community support goal and making available state funding for the […]

Downtown Groundbreaking Scheduled for May 11

March 10, 2017
UCF and Valencia College will host a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 11 at the site of the downtown campus, across the street from the UCF Center for Emerging Media. The community is invited to the groundbreaking. More details about the program will be posted as we get closer to the event date. Construction on the […]

UCF Names New Facilities Director for Downtown

Oct. 14, 2016
The University of Central Florida has named Allen Bottorff as the director of facilities for its new downtown campus. Bottorff will begin his new role on Oct. 17. He joins UCF from Valencia College, where he served as the assistant vice president for facilities planning and real estate development. In this new position, Bottorff will […]

UCF Downtown Secures $20M in Community Support

Sept. 17, 2016
Before a crowd of nearly 600 top donors, the University of Central Florida celebrated the public launch of a $500 million fundraising campaign Friday night, supporting students, faculty members and special projects such as UCF Downtown. Among the gifts recognized at the IGNITE campaign launch was a $7 million gift from Dr. Phillips Charities for UCF […]

UCF Signs Design and Build Contracts for Downtown Campus

Aug. 25, 2016
The University of Central Florida’s downtown campus is one step closer to construction as officials this week signed contracts with the team selected to design and build the campus. In June, the university selected SchenkelShultz Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Skanska USA based upon their experience, creativity and design ideas for an innovative, urban […]

UCF Selects Finalists for Downtown Parking Garage

July 18, 2016
The University of Central Florida today released its short list of companies vying to construct the parking garage in downtown Orlando that will be part of UCF’s new campus there. The five teams, which include construction managers and architects, are: PCL Construction Services and Walker Parking Consultants The Beck Group and NBBJ Clancy & Theys […]

UCF Picks Team to Design and Build Downtown Campus

June 29, 2016
A three-way partnership of experienced architecture and construction firms known for their exceptional work on college campuses will design and build UCF’s new campus in downtown Orlando. Eight teams submitted proposals in a competitive selection process to design and build UCF Downtown, the future anchor of Orlando’s Creative Village. A team made up of SchenkelShultz […]

UCF Selects Finalists for Designing, Building Downtown Campus

May 31, 2016
The University of Central Florida today released its short list of companies vying to develop the new campus in downtown Orlando. The five teams, which include architects, engineers and construction managers, are: SchenkelShultz Architecture, RAMSA and Skanska HuntonBrady Architects and Clancy & Theys PCL Construction Services and Baker Barrios RLF Architects, Morphosis and Barr & […]

Exclusive Video Interview with New Vice Provost

May 21, 2016
Thad Seymour, recently named the new Vice Provost for UCF Downtown, sat down with News 13 this week to talk about the vision and plan for the new campus. “I think the best plan will be one that really embraces the strengths of what is part of the community already," he told News 13.  “And […]

New Vice Provost Named for UCF Downtown

May 17, 2016
Provost Whittaker sent the following message to the campus community. For nearly two years, we planned for a campus in downtown Orlando. Now that these plans are approved, we enter a new phase in this game-changing project. That means building on what our strong planning team has achieved so far, and bringing in a new […]

UCF Downtown Receives $1 Million from BB&T

May 2, 2016
The University of Central Florida today received a $1 million gift from BB&T Corporation for its downtown campus, the first major contribution since Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved $20 million in state funding for UCF Downtown in March. BB&T’s donation brings total community support for the campus to $17 million and will help pay for the […]

Arts Festival Connects UCF, Downtown Orlando

April 7, 2016
UCF Celebrates the Arts 2016 – a free festival of music, performances and visual displays – combines an abundance of arts and talent that would weigh down an actual marquee. The festival, which is all open to the public, reprises its second season April 8-16 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in […]

UCF Downtown Information Session for Architects on April 5

March 31, 2016
UCF will host a pre-proposal meeting for firms interested in learning more about the project and selection process for the design of the new academic building at the downtown campus. The meeting will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at UCF's Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando, 500 W. […]

President Hitt: 'A Proud Day for UCF'

March 15, 2016
In the 24 years since I became UCF president, few moments have been as important to our university as the one that occurred today. Earlier today, Governor Rick Scott approved $20 million toward a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of UCF Downtown. These state funds, along with $20 million matched in community support […]

Statement about UCF Downtown: Gov. Scott Green Lights State Funding

March 15, 2016
Gov. Rick Scott earlier today authorized $20 million in state funding toward the construction of the new academic building at UCF Downtown. The following is a statement from University of Central Florida President John C. Hitt: “This is one of the most important milestones in UCF’s history. We appreciate Gov. Scott’s support and his sharing […]

UCF's Video Game School Ranks No. 1 in North America

March 15, 2016
The best video game graduate school in North America is the University of Central Florida’s in downtown Orlando, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, an anchor of UCF’s planned downtown campus, achieved its first No. 1 ranking after two years as the second-ranked school in North America. […]

Legislature Includes UCF Downtown in Budget

March 7, 2016
Florida lawmakers included $20 million for UCF Downtown in the budget the Legislature released Sunday night. The insertion into the budget comes less than a week after the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, approved the downtown campus that UCF will share with Valencia College. The $60 million academic building, which […]

Board of Governors Approves Plan for UCF Downtown

March 2, 2016
The Florida Board of Governors on Wednesday approved UCF’s plans for a new downtown Orlando campus, with the board’s chairman saying the project “will create a pathway to success for our students and good return on investment for our state.” The approval signals the board’s confidence in a plan that promises to bring greater academic […]

Dr. Phillips Charities Contribute $3 Million to UCF Downtown

March 1, 2016
Dr. Phillips Charities today made the largest private gift to UCF Downtown, investing $3 million in the campus project. The gift will help fund construction of a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of the UCF Downtown campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. Dr. Phillips’ gift comes just one day […]

Community Partners Unite and Contribute $2.5 Million to UCF Downtown

Feb. 29, 2016
The University of Central Florida’s plans for a downtown campus gained more momentum today with the announcement of $2.5 million in new gifts from community partners. The gifts will help fund construction of a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of the UCF Downtown campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. […]

Florida Hospital Contributes $1.5 Million to UCF Downtown

Feb. 22, 2016
Florida Hospital announced its commitment to UCF's planned downtown campus on Monday, pledging $1.5 million toward the project. Florida Hospital's gift will help fund construction of a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of the UCF Downtown campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. “UCF's downtown campus will give future health […]

UCF to Present Downtown Plans to Board of Governors

Feb. 5, 2016
The University of Central Florida will present its plan for a downtown Orlando campus to the Florida Board of Governors on March 2. The meeting will be held in Orlando; an exact location is still pending. At the meeting, UCF leaders will lay out plans for a new academic building for relocated academic programs that […]

Orlando Mayor: 'Why We're Supporting' Downtown Campus

Feb. 4, 2016
In a blog post, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer laid out his reasons for why the UCF Downtown campus, shared with Valencia College, will be so important to the city, citing job creation, economic impact and new educational opportunities. "In Orlando, we're not afraid to dream big," the Mayor writes. "But we don't just dream. We […]

Orlando Sentinel Editorial Supports UCF Downtown

Feb. 4, 2016
The Orlando Sentinel this week endorsed UCF's plans to create a campus in downtown Orlando that would serve about 7,700 students - saying the campus plan has only been made stronger over the past year. "Given its potential to transform Orlando and its increasing support from public and private partners, the campus has earned favorable […]

UCF Leaders’ Personal Contributions to UCF Downtown Exceed $1 Million

Jan. 19, 2016
Led by President John C. Hitt and trustee Alex Martins, University of Central Florida leaders have made personal contributions totaling more than $1 million for the UCF Downtown campus. President Hitt and first lady Martha Hitt contributed $100,000, as did trustee Alex Martins, a UCF alumnus and CEO of the Orlando Magic, and UCF Foundation […]

UCF Board of Trustees Approves Agreement with Governor's Office for Downtown Project

Jan. 7, 2016
The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees today approved a memorandum of understanding with Governor Rick Scott’s office concerning details about the university’s proposed downtown campus. The MOU addresses several aspects of the downtown project, including local and state workforce needs, student enrollment and support services, state funding and community support. “We appreciate the […]

CFE Federal Credit Union Pledge $1.5M to UCF Downtown

Jan. 4, 2016
CFE Federal Credit Union announced its commitment to UCF Downtown on Monday, becoming the second community partner to pledge $1.5 million toward the project. The credit union’s gift will help fund construction of the new academic building that will be the centerpiece of a new campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. “The […]

Orlando Magic Contribute $1.5 Million for UCF Downtown Campus

Dec. 21, 2015
The Orlando Magic are the first to answer UCF President John C. Hitt’s call for philanthropic gifts to help secure a new downtown campus. The Magic have pledged $1.5 million toward a new academic building that will be the centerpiece of a new campus serving about 7,700 UCF and Valencia College students. “A strong, vibrant, […]

President Hitt calls on community support for UCF Downtown

Dec. 10, 2015
During this week's Focus on Excellence breakfast in downtown Orlando, UCF President John Hitt spoke with community leaders about the UCF Downtown campus, urging them to help support the project through philanthropy. "The governor, state legislators and members of the Board of Governors have told us that if this project is so important, the community […]

Update on UCF Downtown

Nov. 5, 2015
This morning, UCF announced it would present its plans on the downtown campus at a future Board of Governors’ meeting. “UCF remains committed to developing a campus in downtown Orlando to serve our students and our community,” said Grant J. Heston, vice president for Communications & Marketing. “We asked to postpone our presentation to the […]

Orange County Commits $3M to UCF Downtown

Nov. 3, 2015
Orange County Commissioners praised the UCF Downtown project Tuesday and unanimously committed $3 million toward the campus. “I think it’d be great for downtown. I think it’d be great for Parramore,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. She continued, “We’re hoping that by showing united support here locally, that that will help give them the […]

Valencia to Contribute $2M to UCF Downtown

Oct. 27, 2015
Valencia College will contribute $2 million to the University of Central Florida’s proposed downtown campus, according to plans outlined at the Oct. 21 Valencia College board of trustees meeting. The UCF downtown campus is a joint project for Valencia College and UCF, though UCF is securing the bulk of the funding for the campus. “Just […]

Dyer: 'We won't rest until this becomes a reality'

Oct. 23, 2015
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his annual State of the Downtown address to hundreds of downtown residents, business owners and community leaders, highlighting UCF Downtown as one of the key projects this year. "We will not rest until this game-changing campus becomes a reality, benefiting our city and our entire region," Dyer said. Along with […]

Updates to UCF Downtown Plan Approved

Sept. 24, 2015
UCF Board of Trustees members today unanimously approved several updates to the university’s plans for developing a campus in downtown Orlando that it would share with Valencia College. Today’s update for the campus covered one new $60 million academic building with a funding structure split between a state funding request, university resources (non-state resources) and […]

Orlando's budding tech future

Sept. 1, 2015
Growing Orlando's high-tech sector is critical for the city's long-term future, Mayor Buddy Dyer told Central Florida News 13 this week. Here's an excerpt from the story: To do that, he said investing in Orlando's amenities and infrastructure is key, including things like SunRail, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and a new […]

UCF students study traffic pollution, asthma rates in Parramore

July 30, 2015
UCF students worked alongside city and local planning professionals in a health impact assessment of the Parramore Heritage community. Together, the group wanted to determine the impact of traffic-related asthma rates and recommended ways to make the environment healthier - by planting more trees and ensuring that no one lives within 75 meters of the […]

Provost's Update: The Future of UCF Downtown

June 23, 2015
Earlier today, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed nearly $500 million from the state budget. Included in those vetoes were funds for several UCF projects, including UCF Downtown. While we are disappointed, we are not giving up. And we’re thankful for the groundswell of support from local and state leaders who remain confident in our plans […]

UCF Downtown Allocated $15 Million in State Budget

June 16, 2015
UCF, Valencia College and the City of Orlando appreciate the support of the Florida Legislature, which has earmarked $15 million toward the downtown Orlando campus project in the state budget. We thank Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli for their leadership and confidence in our plans to provide more students with access […]

UCF at Center of Downtown Orlando's booming game industry

June 15, 2015
UCF and its No. 2-ranked graduate video gaming school in North America, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, are featured in a BloombergBusiness article about Orlando's growing gaming industry. The article follows the rise of Electronic Arts, which operates the Orlando division behind the Madden sports games. The video game giant is now looking to UCF […]

Orlando leaders travel to ASU downtown campus

June 2, 2015
Orlando business, community and education leaders traveled to Phoenix this month to learn about best practices and innovative approaches to regionalism that will help them further Orlando and Central Florida's economic development efforts. A highlight of the trip was a visit to Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus, where about 80 Orlando leaders got a first-hand […]

Downtown Leadership Team Approves Academic Programs

May 20, 2015
The UCF Downtown Leadership Team unanimously approved the list of UCF academic programs that are slated to relocate during the multi-year creation of a campus in downtown Orlando. You can see the full list of academic programs here, which were approved by UCF President John C. Hitt, Valencia College President Sandy Shugart, City of Orlando […]

Project DTO Presents New Vision for Downtown

May 6, 2015
From City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's blog: An Awesome Outdoor City Highly Connected Neighborhoods and Districts The Best Education in Florida A Great Place for Business A Creator Culture An Iconic Visual Identity Stellar Music, Arts, Sports and Entertainment A Community that Takes Care of its Own Celebrate our Diverse Culture and Heritage A […]

UCF, Orange County Public Schools Plan Parramore Community School

May 4, 2015
As part of the new K-8 school in Parramore scheduled to open in Fall 2017 in downtown Orlando, UCF is working with Orange County Public Schools and the Children's Home Society of Florida to develop a community school on the site. The new Parramore school will be adjacent to UCF's proposed campus in downtown Orlando, […]

Provost's Update: Academic Programs at UCF Downtown

May 1, 2015
There has been tremendous work this semester on our planned downtown campus to advance students’ learning in an urban environment and provide many in our community access to higher education at UCF Downtown. Earlier today, I sent the UCF Downtown Leadership Team a proposal for academic programs that could relocate to the downtown campus over […]

Universities will 'transform your city's downtown'

April 20, 2015
According to, "downtown campuses can be a win-win for universities and for a city's downtown." The blog says, "Major universities are often landlocked, and have trouble meeting their needs for facility expansion.  Opening a downtown satellite campus can be a great option to expand the university’s reach. And the creation of a downtown university […]

Parents, Community Invited to Learn About UCF's New Intellectual Disabilities Program

April 13, 2015
A new UCF program to provide an immersive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities is gearing up to start this fall, and the first public information session will be held on campus Thursday, April 16. The meeting will provide an opportunity for community partners and family advocates of potential students to meet with university administrators, faculty […]

UCF's Downtown Video Gaming School No. 2 in North America

March 26, 2015
For the second consecutive year, the University of Central Florida's video game graduate school ranks No. 2 in North America, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. This is the fifth time that The Princeton Review has ranked graduate-level video game development schools, placing UCF's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy – or FIEA – […]

UCF Students, Faculty Spend Saturdays Teaching in Parramore

March 23, 2015
University of Central Florida students are helping improve lives in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood – one of the region’s most critically underserved communities – while also gaining valuable experience that will make them better teachers. For nearly 15 years, UCF students and faculty have been boosting childhood literacy rates and adult parenting skills in the community […]

Valencia Highlights Downtown Campus at Spring Convocation

March 20, 2015
Originally Published on Valencia News on March 17, 2015:  Valencia students, faculty and staff were given a preview of the plans for a new UCF-Valencia campus, when leaders from Valencia, UCF, the City of Orlando and Creative Village spoke at yesterday’s Spring Convocation on Valencia College’s West Campus. The proposed UCF-Valencia downtown campus would be […]

100 Percent of 'Health Leaders' Head to College

March 13, 2015
This post is part of a series featuring UCF's community engagement and partnerships with the downtown Orlando and Parramore communities: Three years ago, Ashley Williams, a 2014 graduate of Orlando’s Jones High School, couldn’t imagine herself headed to college to become a nurse. But thanks to a UCF College of Medicine effort to increase the […]

UCF Downtown Open Forums: March 18, March 24

March 5, 2015
Learn more about UCF's plans to build a campus in downtown Orlando and ask questions about the project during two open forums the week after Spring Break. Students are invited to an open forum from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, in the Student Union's Cape Florida Ballroom (Rm 316D). Faculty and staff […]

Florida Board of Governors Adds UCF Downtown Campus to Key List

Feb. 19, 2015
The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday added UCF’s proposed downtown campus to a list it sends to the Florida Legislature, a critical step in the university’s bid for state funds for the project. The Board of Governors, which oversees the state’s 12 public universities, added UCF Downtown to its legislative budget request. State legislators […]

New Game a 'Hit' for Downtown FIEA Ventures

Feb. 17, 2015
When eight video game developers published their deceptive, cartoonish shooter game, "Hit," on Feb. 10, they made history as the first FIEA Ventures entrepreneurs to take a game to the retail market. It was also a dream come true for many on the team. "It's definitely something every game developer at some point in their […]

Tech companies flock to downtown Orlando

Feb. 6, 2015
Downtown Orlando's historic Church Street Station - once a tourist attraction that fell dormant - is now home to more than 70 tech-related companies and serves as a hub for startups. The Orlando Sentinel reports this week that the "fast-paced transformation of the former entertainment complex into a haven for budding technology companies distinguished it […]

UCF Downtown Planning Moves Ahead

Jan. 30, 2015
Excited about the opportunities that an expanded University of Central Florida downtown presence would offer students, UCF Board of Trustees members unanimously approved the downtown campus concept on Thursday. The UCF Downtown campus, proposed on about 15 to 20 acres in Orlando’s Creative Village, would build from the strengths of UCF’s other academic programs in […]

UCF Med School Offers Scholarships to Successful Parramore Grads

Jan. 26, 2015
High school graduates from the Parramore community who wish to become doctors will be able to attend the University of Central Florida College of Medicine on full scholarships. On Saturday, Orange County Public Schools broke ground on the new PS8 School, a first-of-its-kind community school that will address the needs of preschool through middle school […]

Provost's Update: UCF Downtown

Jan. 23, 2015
Since the fall, you've heard about our university's plans to establish a campus in downtown Orlando that would provide our students a valuable new learning environment and give many members of our community greater access to higher education. Recently, we've seen a lot of progress on the downtown campus - more than 50 faculty members […]

Orlando Sentinel supports UCF Downtown project

Jan. 21, 2015
An Orlando Sentinel editorial Tuesday lauded the benefits of a UCF downtown campus as an economic driver and pathway for employment. "Building and running the new campus would create jobs, its graduates would be a magnet for new employers looking for talent, and its thousands of students would spur new residential and retail development downtown," […]

A Closer Look at Parramore

Jan. 19, 2015
We know that being in a community is more than just building a campus. It's about creating relationships that can lead to partnerships and engaging with community leaders, teachers and students to identify areas that we can work on together. As part of planning for the downtown campus, faculty members and leaders from UCF and […]

UCF Downtown Campus Will 'Transform Lives'

Jan. 16, 2015
UCF, city and community leaders discussed partnerships and increased educational access for students in the area surrounding UCF's new downtown campus this week with Florida Board of Governors members, including Chancellor Marshall Criser III. The Thursday workshop was a "fact-finding" trip for the board to learn more about UCF's plans for the downtown campus that […]

How RTP, NC Universities Are Remaking Themselves in the City

Jan. 14, 2015
The American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, N.C., has transformed several blocks of century-old factories into an entrepreneurial playground of offices, apartments, restaurants, retail stores and meeting spaces - and Duke University has made itself central to this campus' success. Duke's evident success downtown comes at a time when university-affiliated research parks are rethinking their […]

Rethinking college for students with intellectual disabilities

Jan. 10, 2015
This week, more than 40 members from the UCF Downtown committees discussed how a new program could make college fully accessible for students with intellectual disabilities. Such a program is a cornerstone of UCF Downtown - but likely would start with a pilot program on the main campus in the coming academic year. Thursday's workshops […]

UCF selects master planning consultant for downtown campus

Jan. 9, 2015
UCF has selected CannonDesign as its master planning consultant for the downtown campus. The firm will work closely with UCF and its partners to help with everything from designing the facilities to assisting with the overall development and vision for the project. CannonDesign has already worked with UCF on the campus project and created an […]

The New York Times: Young College Grads Want to Live in 'Heart of City'

Dec. 12, 2014
Young people continue to spurn the suburbs for urban centers, choosing to live instead in the "very heart of cities," an article from The New York Times finds. Some cities, such as Pittsburgh and New Orleans, even are attracting young talent while their overall population falls. And about 25 percent more young college graduates live in major […]

Provost's Update: UCF Downtown and My First 100 Days

Dec. 4, 2014
As I approach my 100 days on the job at UCF, I am amazed at all we have accomplished in this short time — and the major milestones that are ahead. We are poised to take another game-changing step and expand UCF to downtown Orlando. This new campus will transform the experiences that students have […]

Project DTO Vision Video Touts 'Best Education in Florida'

Dec. 3, 2014
Project DTO - Advancing Downtown Orlando released its vision video during Mayor Buddy Dyer's State of Downtown 2014 address, laying out themes from the city- and citizen-led comprehensive visioning process to formulate the next chapter of downtown Orlando’s evolution. You can watch the video here, which includes the goal of turning downtown Orlando in a classroom […]

Mayor Dyer: Downtown is 'a destination for lifelong learning'

Dec. 3, 2014
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer included the "huge announcement" about UCF Downtown in his State of Downtown 2014 address, which was given this year at the Church Street Exchange in Downtown Orlando. About the project he said, "This fall, we had the huge announcement that UCF and Valencia College will move into our Creative Village. This […]

Consultant CannonDesign concept report explores downtown opportunities

Nov. 25, 2014
UCF hired CannonDesign to explore the possibility of establishing a downtown Orlando campus. After several months of meeting with more than 30 representatives from UCF and more than 20 from partner organizations, CannonDesign developed a concept report that suggests which academic programs could benefit from being downtown; opportunities for further partnerships with Valencia College and Orange County […]

Forbes: How universities can renew America's cities

Nov. 3, 2014
Forbes commentary from Bruce Katz describes how universities and colleges can spur metropolitan growth by relocating graduate programs and research institutions into the core of cities. A university's move into the city both stimulates the local economy and can drive public investment to remake whole areas. An excerpt from the article says, "The urbanization of higher-ed […]

President Hitt announces UCF Downtown

Sept. 23, 2014
The University of Central Florida will move forward with plans for an expanded downtown campus to enhance educational opportunities for students and stimulate downtown Orlando, President John C. Hitt announced Tuesday. Hitt described UCF’s plans as a “game changer” for downtown. Valencia College will be a partner in the expansion, and approximately 10,000 students from […]

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