UCF Looks Back on its First Day of Classes
During a morning convocation and dedication ceremony, President Charles Millican welcomed 1,948 students who became responsible for upholding the university’s motto of “Reach for the Stars.” These students would pursue studies to fulfill the region’s high demand for scientists, engineers, business professionals and teachers.
“As members of the charter class, you will help establish the traditions and the reputation of an entirely new university. An opportunity and a responsibility such as this comes to only a few, but by working together we can make this a great university, one of which we can be proud.”Charles Millican, founding president of UCF
Acres made up the campus
Seats in the auditorium
Buildings on campus: a library, a science building, an auditorium, a village center, a utility plant and two residence halls
Instructors taught the first classes. Today, UCF has more than 12,500 faculty and staff members.
Degree programs offered. Today, students can select from more than 215 degree programs.
Founding colleges: Business Administration, Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Engineering & Technology