Presidential Search News
Dale Whittaker Named UCF’s President-Elect
The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees named UCF Provost Dale Whittaker the university’s president-elect Friday after a nationwide search. Whittaker, who currently serves…
A Letter from President John Hitt to President-Elect Dale Whittaker
Dear Dale, Congratulations on being selected as UCF’s next president! Since your arrival in 2014, I have relied upon your intellect, counsel, and friendship. You…
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About Our University
Founded in Orlando in 1963, UCF develops the talent needed to advance the prosperity of our society. We align our teaching, research and service with the needs of the community and beyond in areas as diverse as simulation and training, optics and lasers, hospitality management, the arts, business, education and health care. Our commitment to expanding opportunity and demanding excellence attracts a diverse, talented and competitive faculty and student body. And with more than 66,000 students, UCF is breaking the mold of exclusivity and shaping the future of higher education.
Our Strategic Plan
UCF is a model for higher education in the 21st century, poised to make a better future for our students and society. With a bold, new strategic plan focused on the next 20 years, we’re setting the course for our university and community to transform the way we teach, learn and engage. We are challenging long-held assumptions about the role and scope of higher education. And we are multiplying the power of our scale by our constant pursuit of excellence to change the world. This means setting big goals — and working together — to achieve our collective impact.
IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF
Through the IGNITE campaign, we seek to channel our collective energies and resources into a strategic effort to infuse UCF with $500 million in mission-critical philanthropic support, which is divided among three broad priority areas: Academic Excellence, Student Success and A Better Future. As of October 2017, the campaign has raised more than $333 million.
Next-Generation Research and Academics
For us, bigger is better. Our momentum and plans for the future reflect that. One of many efforts in motion is the expansion of access through additional locations, including the construction of UCF Downtown. The innovative campus in the heart of downtown Orlando is set to debut in 2019, and will be unique among state universities in Florida. The following year, UCF’s College of Medicine will open a landmark hospital at Lake Nona Medical City.
Our growth in academic prominence is fueled by a faculty cluster initiative that advances UCF’s unique areas of excellence and global impact. The initiative attracts and fosters the development of strong, interdisciplinary teams focused on solving today’s toughest scientific and societal challenges through teaching and research.
Champions play at UCF. Knights athletic teams have earned landmark victories on state and national stages — from American Athletic Conference titles to BCS bowl wins. But some of our student-athletes’ most important triumphs have been in the classroom. For the fourth consecutive year, UCF student-athletes graduated at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I FBS public institution. Our Graduation Success Rate of 94 percent is seven points above the national average of 87.