University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL
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University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
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University of Central Florida Summary

What makes University of Central Florida unique?

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a public research institution that was founded in 1963 in Orange County, Florida with an undergraduate enrollment of roughly 70,000. Founded by the Florida Legislature as Florida Technological University with a mission to prepare students to enter the growing workforce within the U.S. Space Program, UCF has since expanded to provide a range of science and fine arts programs. 

The university is in a suburban setting with a campus located just west of Cape Canaveral, and classes follow a semester-based academic calendar. The current student-faculty ratio at UCF is 30:1, which is typical for a large state institution. The University of Central Florida’s tuition and fees for in-state students are about a quarter the cost of those for out-of-state students, and the school has a diverse student body with representation from over 150 different countries around the world.

Located in Orlando, Florida, the University of Central Florida is made up of 13 colleges with competitive hospitality, media studies, and medical programs. UCF has one of the largest student bodies of any public institution in the United States with nearly 72,000 students enrolled. Beyond academics, UCF’s Knight athletic teams compete in the American Athletic Conference, with an annual football rivalry with the University of South Florida Bulls. On-campus residential housing is an integral part of student life, where undergraduates enjoy a diverse student population and a large Greek system. Notable alumni include comedian Daniel Tosh of Tosh.0 and DJ Diplo.

University of Central Florida Review

A- Excellent
3.86765 Based on 17 Reviews
Career Preparation
B+
Students and Culture
A-
Facilities
A
Activities and Groups
B+

Degree Overview

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at University of Central Florida.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

4049 Healthcare Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/Trainer
 
23
 
 
 
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
 
482
174
 
 
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
 
30
 
 
 
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
 
45
45
 
 
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
 
1720
180
 
 
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
380
 
 
 
Medicine
 
 
 
 
116
Nursing Practice
 
 
 
 
11
Nursing Science
 
 
 
 
3
Physical Therapy/Therapist
 
 
 
 
74
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
 
669
97
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

3285 Human and Social Sciences Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Anthropology
 
81
14
 
 
Clinical Psychology
 
 
18
 
 
History, General
 
150
11
 
 
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
 
10
 
 
 
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
 
 
19
 
 
International/Global Studies
 
86
 
 
 
Latin American Studies
 
14
 
 
 
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
 
 
14
 
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
 
640
15
 
 
Philosophy
 
23
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
323
14
 
 
Psychology, General
 
1182
2
 
9
Public Administration
 
82
50
 
 
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
 
 
9
 
11
Religion/Religious Studies
 
30
 
 
 
School Psychology
 
 
 
16
 
Social Sciences, General
 
36
 
 
 
Social Work
 
135
178
 
 
Sociology
 
101
9
 
3

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2990 Education and Liberal Arts Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics, General
 
 
17
 
4
Art Teacher Education
 
8
 
 
 
Art/Art Studies, General
 
94
 
 
 
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
 
 
68
 
 
Creative Writing
 
 
20
 
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
14
 
 
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
 
95
4
 
 
Education, General
 
 
18
4
34
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
 
 
124
3
13
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
 
 
0
 
 
Educational/Instructional Technology
 
 
40
 
 
Elementary Education and Teaching
 
403
23
 
 
English Language and Literature, General
 
319
20
 
 
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
 
58
 
 
 
Foreign Language Teacher Education
 
0
 
 
 
French Language and Literature
 
6
 
 
 
General Studies
 
83
 
 
 
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
343
 
 
 
 
Mathematics Teacher Education
 
17
 
 
 
Music Teacher Education
 
15
 
 
 
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
 
417
53
 
 
Reading Teacher Education
 
 
7
 
 
Rhetoric and Composition
 
32
 
 
 
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
 
6
 
 
 
Secondary Education and Teaching
 
9
5
 
 
Social Science Teacher Education
 
46
 
 
 
Spanish Language and Literature
 
11
6
 
 
Special Education and Teaching, General
 
12
69
 
 
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
 
352
21
 
 
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
 
 
25
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
 
 
20
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
 
 
18
 
 
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
 
2
 
 
 
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/Esl Language Instructor
 
 
8
 
 
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
 
14
10
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

2516 Business Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
 
278
77
 
 
Advertising
 
124
 
 
 
Business Administration and Management, General
 
177
52
 
4
Business/Commerce, General
 
602
227
 
 
Business/Managerial Economics
 
81
5
 
 
Economics, General
 
34
 
 
 
Finance, General
 
476
 
 
 
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other
 
 
 
 
6
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
 
251
 
 
 
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
 
9
35
 
 
Real Estate
 
68
10
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

1986 Engineering Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
152
23
 
 
Architecture
 
40
 
 
 
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
 
 
24
 
 
Biomedical Sciences, General
 
426
29
 
5
Biotechnology
 
29
13
 
 
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
 
 
12
 
 
Civil Engineering, General
 
100
22
 
14
Computer Engineering, General
 
113
20
 
9
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
 
131
26
 
14
Engineering/Industrial Management
 
 
38
 
 
Environmental Studies
 
28
 
 
 
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
 
38
8
 
5
Industrial Engineering
 
95
43
 
7
Laser and Optical Engineering
 
17
25
 
6
Materials Engineering
 
 
4
 
8
Mechanical Engineering
 
380
44
 
18
Nanotechnology
 
 
14
 
 
Structural Engineering
 
6
 
 
 

* Number of people in 2019 that graduated with this degree and study level

919 Hospitality Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
 
504
89
 
2
Meeting and Event Planning
 
288
 
 
 
Restaurant/Food Services Management
 
36
 
 
 

880 Art and Design Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
 
188
 
 
 
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
 
112
0
 
 
Digital Arts
 
197
81
 
 
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
 
94
5
 
 
Fine/Studio Arts, General
 
128
 
 
 
Music Performance, General
 
46
 
 
 
Music, General
 
 
12
 
 
Photography
 
8
 
 
 
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
 
 
 
 
9

650 Computer Technology Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
 
 
38
 
 
Computer and Information Sciences, General
 
325
73
 
21
Information Technology
 
193
 
 
 

617 Mathematics and Science Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Actuarial Science
 
4
 
 
 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
 
265
8
 
 
Biotechnology
 
29
13
 
 
Chemistry, General
 
41
16
 
15
Computational Science
 
 
36
 
 
Conservation Biology
 
 
3
 
4
Mathematics, General
 
48
 
 
 
Physics, General
 
25
11
 
12
Statistics, General
 
36
15
 
 
Systems Science and Theory
 
 
21
 
15

150 Communication and Media Graduates
Major
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Journalism
 
65
 
 
 
Radio and Television
 
85
 
 
 

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Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at University of Central Florida.

Program
Associate's
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
 
 
 
 
Anthropology
 
 
 
 
Applied Mathematics, General
 
 
 
 
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
 
 
 
 
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
 
 
 
Curriculum and Instruction
 
 
 
 
Education, General
 
 
 
 
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
 
 
 
 
Educational/Instructional Technology
 
 
 
 
Engineering/Industrial Management
 
 
 
 
English Language and Literature, General
 
 
 
Forensic Science and Technology
 
 
 
 
General Studies
 
 
 
 
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
 
 
 
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
 
 
 
 
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
 
 
 
 
History, General
 
 
 
 
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
 
 
 
 
Industrial Engineering
 
 
 
 
International/Global Studies
 
 
 
 
Latin American Studies
 
 
 
 
Legal Studies, General
 
 
 
 
Materials Engineering
 
 
 
 
Mechanical Engineering
 
 
 
 
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
 
 
 
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
 
 
 
 
Nursing Practice
 
 
 
 
Nursing Science
 
 
 
 
Political Science and Government, General
 
 
 
 
Psychology, General
 
 
 
 
Public Administration
 
 
 
 
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
 
 
 
 
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
 
 
 
Religion/Religious Studies
 
 
 
 
Social Sciences, General
 
 
 
 
Social Work
 
 
 
 
Sociology
 
 
 
 
Special Education and Teaching, General
 
 
 
 
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
 
 
 
 
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
 
 
 
 
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
 
 
 

Accreditation Information

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized Institution Accreditations
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels (College of Nursing)
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels (College of Nursing)
  • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels (College of Nursing)
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • English Language (English Language Institute)
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

* Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

Alumni & Student Reviews

B+ Great
Career Preparation

What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?

3.4705882352941 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    Liberal Studies, minor in music, English & education, Class of 1993

    It did not have any at the time.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English Literature, Class of 1996

    i think they had some job placement help with a pegboard and a room with a counselor?

    1 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2011

    The school boasts a massive student population and has multiple campus that can allow for networking.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MBA, Class of 2006

    Real time case analysis, speaker/networking series, on-site business meetings with actual companies.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Communications, Class of 2013

    Career/job fairs, counseling assistance, graduate programs, aluminum associations

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelor of Science, Class of 1995

    There was nothing that prepared me for the real world

    2 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Finance, Class of 2015

    An extensive amount of career service outlets.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    bs in marketing, Class of 2004

    I didn't utilize any of the tools provided, so not sure what they offered

    3 Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture

What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?

4.0588235294118 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    MSW, Class of 1995

    mixture of students right out of high school and adults returning to school, also mixture of races and ethnicities

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Liberal Studies, minor in music, English & education, Class of 1993

    It was a tiny, new school at the time, but now is the second largest university in the US. Students commuted and I didn't know many people.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English Literature, Class of 1996

    It was a commuter school.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Master of Health Sciences, Class of 1999

    Very diverse, probably due to good weather in Florida!

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2011

    The culture is the strongest in Orlando.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Education, Class of 1995

    Mixed group of all types and races.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MBA, Class of 2006

    My MBA class had a focus in diversity and ethics. Everyone was there to learn something about other cultures and to see, empathize, and learn from each others experiences.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Communications, Class of 2013

    UCF is very diverse. There are students form all over the country. As of right now, I know UCF is top 10 largest campus.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Psychology BA, Class of 1998

    mixed diverse orlando is pretty varied

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Engineering, Class of 1983

    It was small at the time, but good.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    bs in marketing, Class of 2004

    mostly from the local area, commuting and working full time. rather metropolitan all things considered

    4 Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Facilities

What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.

4.2941176470588 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    MSW, Class of 1995

    Nothing super special, but adequate

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Liberal Studies, minor in music, English & education, Class of 1993

    They were minimal at the time, but are now state-of-the-art.

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English Literature, Class of 1996

    Crowded, cold. This was well before most people had their own laptops.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Master of Health Sciences, Class of 1999

    Good, but have much improved over the years.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Education, Class of 1995

    Superior to say the least

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MBA, Class of 2006

    My school has changed a lot since I graduated. There are several new mixed use buildings (retail on the street level, living above), better athletic facilities. Most of the buildings are quite beautiful (even the older ones).

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Communications, Class of 2013

    UCF has also amenities. Including: computer labs, library, on/off campus apartments, small and large classrooms, cafeteria and on campus fast food, baskteball arena, football arena

    5 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Bachelor of Science, Class of 1995

    Lots of Dorms, parking, and social/retail shops

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Finance, Class of 2015

    The computer labs were very high tech.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    bs in marketing, Class of 2004

    they were pretty good when i was there. always upgrading and building more, so I'm sure they are great now

    4 Rated January 2016
B+ Great
Activities and Groups

What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?

3.6470588235294 Based on 17 Reviews
  • Alumni
    MSW, Class of 1995

    I do not know, I did not get involved

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Liberal Studies, minor in music, English & education, Class of 1993

    social justice issues forum in front of the administration building

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    English Literature, Class of 1996

    Football, somehow. Even though our school was terrible. We got Dante Culpepper and everyone was very excited about it.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Master of Health Sciences, Class of 1999

    Sports, pep rally in the fountain pool

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Political Science, Class of 2011

    I worked a full time job so I didn't get to participate in a lot of activities and groups.

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    MBA, Class of 2006

    I think there was a strong Greek community. At the time, the school was more of a commuter school and it didn't have the facilities to house a typical enclosed/integrated University environment (by that I mean, it was spread out, less dorm rooms, no on-site restaurants, entertainment, etc.). If you needed something, you most certainly had to leave campus. Even our football stadium we rented from the city. So to go to games, you needed to drive 20 minutes downtown.

    3 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Communications, Class of 2013

    The most popular organizations would be sororities and fraternities

    4 Rated January 2016
  • Alumni
    Healthcare ADministration, Class of 2010

    diving in the fountain at homecoming

    4 Rated January 2016
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Questions & Answers

Who are the notable alumni?
1 Answer
  • Comedian Daniel Tosh, actress Cheryl Hines, Tijuana Flats founder Brian Wheeler, Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap, astronaut Nicole Stott, and NASCAR CEO Brian France all attended UCF. Many famous athletes took to the field at UCF before embarking on professional careers, including soccer player Michelle Akers, beach volleyball star Phil Dalhausser, and football players Brandon Marshall, Blake Bortles, and Asante Samuel.

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What is the campus setting like?
1 Answer
  • The 1,415-acre flagship campus in Orlando not only hosts students – it provides natural habitats for more than 45 animal species! While the sand skink and the gopher tortoise keep to their designated third of campus, students enjoy a Student Union filled with computer labs, eating establishments, and even a small shopping mall. The Recreation and Wellness Center boasts a three-story climbing wall, sand volleyball courts, and a disc golf course. Some 12,000 students live on campus. If you’re lucky, you can secure a spot at the colorful Towers at Knights Plaza, one of the main social hubs of campus.

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What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
1 Answer
  • To make education accessible to as many Floridians as possible, UCF operates ten regional sites in the state. An early leader in online education, the university began offering undergraduate classes during the 1997-98 schoolyear. Nowadays, students can choose from a wide array of programs leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. (The graduate nursing program is a standout.) Online certificates in areas ranging from autism spectrum disorder to fundraising to police leadership help established professionals advance their careers.

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What are the athletic highlights?
1 Answer
  • University of Central Florida demonstrated its commitment to bolstering athletic programs by opening two new venues in 2007. The football team plays in the 45,000-seat Bright House Networks Stadium, while basketball and volleyball teams enjoy the state-of-the-art CFE Arena. The Knights gained national attention by beating Baylor University in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2014. They finished that season ranked tenth nationally. UCF belongs to NCAA Division I’s American Athletic Conference.

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What are the school's academic highlights?
1 Answer
  • The more than 60,000 students who attend UCF select from some 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. Popular majors include psychology, health/biomedical sciences, nursing, mechanical engineering, accounting, and hospitality management (this is the region of Disney, you know). The university emphasizes hands-on experiences, leading 20,000 students annually to participate in co-ops, internships, and service-learning projects. Recognized nationally as a value in higher education, almost half of UCF students graduate debt-free.

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