We believe going to college is a recognition of your past accomplishments and a celebration of achievements to come. It’s an opportunity for growth and discovery, innovation and camaraderie. And when you join the UCF community, it means even more. Like gathering at the Student Union and relaxing on Memory Mall. Joining clubs with like-minded scholars and being immersed in diverse cultures. Gaining wisdom from professors and researching the next big breakthrough. Or rushing into the Reflecting Pond during Spirit Splash and bouncing at the Bounce House. Because when you embrace your talent and follow your dreams, you will become a Knight — and you will do amazing things.


Students clean up and take care of plants around the UCF Arboretum.


From career-focused clubs to life-changing trips for thrill-seekers, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved on campus. You can relax in the aquatic oasis of the leisure pool or gather for a barbecue at Lake Claire. Join a growing team of esports competitors in Gaming Knights or explore the ends of the Earth during UCF Outdoor Adventure trips. There are more than 650 student clubs and organizations to get involved in, and more than 7,000 events and activities happening each year. No matter what your interest, you’ll discover your home away from home at UCF.


With hundreds of events and activities outside the classroom, there are seemingly endless ways to make friends, make memories and make the most of your college experience. From Spirit Splash to UCF Celebrates the Arts, these time-honored and fan-favorite traditions are just a few of our top picks.

Number 1

The Knighting is UCF’s official welcome ceremony for new students, and it kicks off a week of exciting events called Pegasus Palooza. Make new friends, explore campus, laugh at comedians and so much more. This is what it’s like to be a Knight.

UCF cheerleaders performing with Knightro.
Number 2

Grab a blanket and pack a picnic to enjoy Symphony Under the Stars. The annual community event features the UCF Symphony Orchestra performing an outdoor concert on Memory Mall.

Student musicians play string instruments as part of an ensemble.
Number 3

Spirit Splash is one of the most popular events on campus — and has been voted one of the best college traditions in the nation. Part of Homecoming Week, this wet and wild pep rally invites Knights to charge into the Reflecting Pond and catch collectible rubber ducks and commemorative T-shirts.

Number 4

You won’t want to miss UCF Celebrates the Arts, a 10-day festival featuring musicals, living art and concert performances that showcase creativity, innovation and collaboration across the university.

Music conductor with baton directing
Number 5

Make sure you’ve got comfy shoes for this one, because Knight-Thon concludes with a 20-hour dance marathon. The heartwarming, philanthropic event consistently raises more than $1 million each year for a local children’s hospital.

A group of enthusiastic students lead a dance at KnightThon
Number 6

If you like roller coasters, you’ll love Universal Knights. Each spring, thousands of UCF students enjoy exclusive, late-night access to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. It’s the greatest study break of the year. And best of all, it’s free!

The sun sets near an entrance of Universal Studios
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