An Innovative University in a Dynamic, Diverse City

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A Thriving Research University, Known for Innovation


Founded in 1963, the University of Central Florida has grown to be one of the largest universities in the nation for a very good reason: We harness the power of scale in innovative ways to transform the lives of our students and create lasting impact on the world at large.

Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is a thriving preeminent research university with more than 68,000 students. The university confers more than 16,000 degrees per year. In addition to its impressive size and strength, UCF is ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes.

UCF comprises 13 colleges and offers more than 220 degrees from its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through its multiple 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.

In Fall 2018, our freshman class had an average high school GPA of 4.12 and an average SAT two-score of 1328, well above the national average of 1060. The number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities. Approximately 47% of UCF students are minorities, while 44% graduate with no educational debt, compared to 35% nationally. Our intercollegiate athletics program is competitive not just on the field and court, but also in the classroom, with a Graduation Success Rate that is consistently among the highest of all NCAA Division I public FBS institutions.

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UCF has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for two years running among the nation’s most innovative schools, earning the #10 spot on the list in 2018, ahead of Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and all other Florida schools. The Washington Post has said UCF is in “the vanguard of an insurgency that aims to demolish the popular belief that exclusivity is a virtue in higher education.” And after a visit to campus, Bill Gates wrote, “Our colleges and universities have to be bigger and better. UCF has been a pioneer in showing how. I hope other colleges and universities will learn from its success.”

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UCF is also one of Central Florida’s largest and most inclusive employers, with more than 12,000 faculty and staff representing 36 countries. With an operating budget of $1.8 billion, the university adds nearly $8 billion in value to the economy. The Orlando Sentinel ranks UCF as one of the region’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families.

 
 

The Power of Potential

We believe success can only happen when we expand opportunity and demand excellence. We believe if there’s a better way, we should do it. We believe innovation comes from the meeting of diverse viewpoints. And when more people unleash their full potential, anything is possible. 

 
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A Dynamic and Diverse Place to Live and Work

A dynamic and diverse place to work and live, Orlando has been described by Forbes magazine as one of “the next big boom towns in the U.S.” The city proper is home to approximately 280,000, while the metropolitan area’s population is around 2.5 million. Much more than a worldwide tourist destination, the city is a center for the life sciences, medical innovation, and the creative, technology and hospitality industries. It was ranked No. 6 on Forbes’ 2018 list of best cities for future job growth and is the fastest growing of the 30 largest regions in the U.S. Fast Company magazine has included Orlando in its list of “Best Cities for Innovation.” All that, combined with the sunshine and warm climate, create a perfect environment to live, work and explore.


Central Florida Perks

ORLANDO ARTS Cultural venues such as the Orlando Museum of Art, the Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts and the Morse Museum

ORLANDO ATTRACTIONS More than 100 theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld

FLORIDA’S SPACE COAST Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral National Seashore and beautiful beaches a short drive away

ORLANDO’S GREAT OUTDOORS Hundreds of lakes, rivers and estuaries, plus thousands of miles of bike and hiking trails to explore

ORLANDO SPORTS Home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic and the Orlando City Soccer Club, one of the newest teams in MLS

 
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