The University of Central Florida is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 64,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. In addition to its impressive size and strength, UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to grow, learn and succeed.
Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 212 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through its 10 regional locations. The 1,415-acre main campus is 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. Regional campuses are located throughout Central Florida and include a fully accredited College of Medicine in the Medical City at Lake Nona. UCF’s fully online programs include bachelor degrees, graduate degrees, graduate certificates and more.
UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, hospitality management, health care and video game design. In fact, UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) is ranked as the nation’s best video game school by The Princeton Review.
Home to Bright House Networks Stadium and the CFE Arena, UCF hosts a variety of concerts and shows, plus NCAA sports and cultural events. Student housing is abundant, as are on-campus events and activities. UCF offers an array of student services, hundreds of student clubs and organizations, plus dedicated academic resources to help students succeed in school and as alumni. The new UCF Downtown will provide innovative education for high-demand fields such as digital media and health information technology.
UCF offers 93 bachelor’s, 86 master’s, 27 research doctorates, three professional doctorates and three specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida by conferring more than 15,000 degrees a year. In fall 2016, the freshman class had an average SAT two-score of 1262, The Burnett Honors College enrolled nearly 1,700 students and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities.