University of Central Florida
Founded in 1963 with the mission to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, University of Central Florida (UCF) has become one of the best colleges for quality, access, impact and value. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 10 most innovative colleges, while both Kiplinger and Forbes rank us a best-value university.
As an emerging preeminent research university in Florida, we are driven to do more and be more. 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.
•16,500+ Degrees Conferred Each Year
•4.17 Average Incoming Freshman GPA
•340 National Merit Scholars
•22% Undergraduates are First-generation Students
A FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS
Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, UCF has been making an impact on the state, the nation — and outer space — ever since. With 13 colleges, including a College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220 degree programs from the main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and multiple regional locations. UCF’s fully online programs include online bachelor’s degrees, online master’s degrees, online PhDs, online certificates and more.
TOP-RANKED COLLEGE EDUCATION
UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics and lasers, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business, public administration, education, hospitality management, healthcare and video game design. In fact, the Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine named UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy the No. 5 graduate game-design program in the world in 2019. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked the No. 4 hospitality school in the world by CEOWorld magazine. And Washington Monthly recognized UCF as one of the best national universities in its 2019 rankings.
BY THE NUMBERS
UCF offers 99 bachelor’s, 89 master’s, 34 doctoral and three specialist degree programs, and it leads all universities in Florida by conferring almost 17,000 degrees a year. In Fall 2019, the freshman class had an average SAT two-score of 1332, The Burnett Honors College enrolled 1,872 students and the number of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCF among the top 40 colleges and universities.