University of Central Florida

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School Overview

The University of Central Florida (UCF), is a public university and recognized research institution located in the greater metropolitan area of Orlando, Florida. UCF is one of several member institutions that make up the State University System of Florida and based on total enrollment is the 2nd largest university in the nation. UCF has approximately 60,000 undergraduate students and 8,500 graduate students. UCF students come from every county in Florida, all 50 U.S. states and over 140 countries. UCF offerings an extensive and well-developed study abroad programs that allows students to participate in education programs in over 25 foreign countries. Kiplinger recently ranked UCF 39th among the “Best Values in Public Colleges”. It was also ranked by The Princeton Review and USA Today among the top “50 Best Value Public Universities” in the United States.

UCF Campuses

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has several campuses and learning centers located throughout the state Florida. It’s main campus is located in Orlando. Together UCF’s campuses serve over 69,000 students annually.

Main Campus

The main campus at University of Central Florida, in Orlando, has a unique design that has served as a model for university campuses across the United States. The campus layout is based on Walt Disney’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) that eventually became the Walt Disney World Resort. The campus layout employs several concentric circles that make it very pedestrian friendly. Gemini Blvd, the outermost circle, is the main road used to access different parts of the campus by vehicle. The innermost circles-from largest to smallest-include Apollo Circle, Mercury Circle, and Pegasus Circle. These circles are not accessible to the public by vehicle and there are very few roads inside of Gemini circle-consequently most delivery trucks must use sidewalks (at night) to make deliveries. The student union marks the center of campus and resides in Pegasus Circle, along with the John C. Hitt Library located just to the south. The Gemini circle houses all the academic buildings and each academic college is allotted its own pie-shaped section of the circle. The only other university in the nation to employ a campus design and layout similar to the University of Central Florida is the University of California, Irvine. It’s no surprise that UCF has been recognized for having one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

All on-campus student housing at UCF is located along the campus’ outer perimeter, just outside of Gemini Blvd. Here the campus is divided into several themed sections which include the Greek communities (in the northwest), Knights Plaza (to the north), wellness and recreation facilities (to the south) and an arboretum (on the east side of campus).

The Central Florida Research Park, the largest research park Florida, the 7th largest in the U.S. based on number of employees, and the 4th largest based on number of companies, is located directly south of UCF’s main campus. The park provides over 11,000 jobs to thousands of UCF students and alumni and houses over 120 corporations.

Regional Campuses

Within the Central Florida region, UCF has several campus locations. In addition to its main campus, UCF has three other campus locations in Orlando, which include a campus in Valencia West, another in Downtown Orlando and a third in South Orland. UCF offers adult education and learning opportunities through partnerships with several local institutions including Seminole State College of Florida, Lake-Sumter Community College, Brevard Community College and Valencia College.

University of Central Florida has other branch campuses in Daytona Beach, Sanford, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Lessburg, Clermont, Kissimmee and Ocala. Many of the classes offered at these locations are also provide via distance learning and the Internet.

UCF offers a special education program known as DirectConnect. This program in essence is a modified articulation agreement between UCF and several local community colleges which ensures students and alumni are admitted to UCF as long as they meet minimum entrance requirements. Participating community colleges include Seminole State College of Florida, Lake-Sumter College, Valencia Community College and Brevard Community College.

General Information

Admission Office

Box 160111
Orlando, FL 32816-0111

(407) 823-3000

Fax: (407) 823-5625

Contact: Gordon Chavis

Assistant Vice President
Main Address

4000 Central Florida Boulevard

Orlando, FL 32816

(407) 823-2000

Total undergrads: 42,910

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 6,344

Degree-seeking undergrads: 42,642

Graduate enrollment: 7,344


Suburban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,561 $3,948 $4,526 $5,021 +10.94%
Books and Supplies $924 $924 $924 $924 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,574 $8,574 $8,574 $8,574 0.00%
Other $3,802 $4,076 $4,076 $4,076 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,574 $8,574 $8,574 $8,574 0.00%
Other $3,802 $4,076 $4,076 $4,076 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,861 $17,522 $18,100 $18,595 +2.73%
In-state Off Campus $16,861 $17,522 $18,100 $18,595 +2.73%
In-state with Family $4,485 $4,872 $5,450 $5,945 +9.08%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,157
In-state Student Fees $1,725
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $24,276
Out-of-state Fees $2,631

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 5,942 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 5,805 94% $26,312,513 $4,533
• Federal grants 1,067 17% $4,611,204 $4,322
• Pell grants 1,067 17% $3,663,403 $3,433
• Other federal grants 971 16% $947,801 $976
State/local government grant or scholarships 5,676 92% $17,316,122 $3,051
Institutional grants or scholarships 2,088 34% $4,385,187 $2,100
Student loan aid 1,505 24% $8,238,443 $5,474
• Federal student loans 1,480 24% $7,162,513 $4,840
• Other student loans 109 2% $1,075,930 $9,871

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 9347 1890 260 24
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 452 21 12
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 166 9
Biomedical Sciences 9
Biotechnology 20
Conservation Biology 3
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 266 12
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 2677 478 11
Accounting 323 68
Actuarial Science 14
Business Administration and Management 331 23 11
Business/commerce 308 276
Business/managerial Economics 63 3
Finance 470
Hospitality Administration/management 459 25
Management Information Systems 100 24
Marketing/marketing Management 362
Meeting and Event Planning 218
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 38
Real Estate 29
Taxation 21
Communication and Journalism Programs 507 36
Advertising 116
Journalism 60
Mass Communication/media Studies 56 36
Radio and Television 75
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 200
Computing and Information Sciences 126 51 16
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 14
Computer and Information Sciences 74 37 16
Information Technology 52
Education 952 423 63 10
Art Teacher Education 13 5
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 44
Curriculum and Instruction 10
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 102 7
Education 40 3
Educational Leadership and Administration 62 23 7
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 7
Educational/instructional Technology 28
Elementary Education and Teaching 553 37
English/language Arts Teacher Education 33 4
Foreign Language Teacher Education 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 30 16
Music Teacher Education 13
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 69 28
Reading Teacher Education 29
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 12 21
Social Science Teacher Education 56 9
Special Education and Teaching 46 78
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 7
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 21
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 22 10
Engineering 473 211 68
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 39 7
Civil Engineering 79 26 8
Computer Engineering 47 24 3
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 91 29 17
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 23 5
Industrial Engineering 40 65 7
Laser and Optical Engineering 21 17
Materials Engineering 15 7
Mechanical Engineering 150 19 9
Structural Engineering 4
Engineering Technology 141
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 77
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 18
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/technicians, Other 46
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 221 16 5
Creative Writing 5
English Language and Literature 221 11
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 44 5
Foreign Languages and Literatures 5
French Language and Literature 8
Spanish Language and Literature 31 5
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 946 173 34
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 145 68
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 19
Health Information/medical Records Administration/administrator 28
Health/health Care Administration/management 254
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 12
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 19
Nursing Science 5
Physical Therapy/therapist 29
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 424 93
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 57
History 135 10
History 135 10
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 375 75
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 342 73
Forensic Science and Technology 33 2
Human Services 116 151 9
Public Administration 55 63
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 9
Social Work 61 88
Legal and Law Studies 251
Legal Assistant/paralegal 251
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 57
General Studies 14
Humanities/humanistic Studies 43
Mathematics and Statistics 22 25 2
Applied Mathematics 3 2
Mathematics 14
Statistics 8 22
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 1 16 5
International/global Studies 1
Systems Science and Theory 16 5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 28
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 28
Physical Sciences 27 6 20
Chemistry 7 9
Chemistry, Other 2
Physics 20 4 11
Psychology 850 36 10 14
Clinical Psychology 16
Industrial and organizational Psychology 18
Psychology 850 2 10
School Psychology 14
Social Sciences 504 48 5
Anthropology 89 15
Economics 25 1
Political Science and Government 322 16
Social Sciences 7
Sociology 61 17 4
Visual and Performing Arts 470 81
Art/art Studies 50
Cinematography and Film/video Production 83
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 76 15
Film/cinema/video Studies 5
Fine/studio Arts 75 3
Intermedia/multimedia 143 48
Music Performance 29
Music 10
Photography 14
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 48%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 86%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Multimedia B
Music – General Performance B
Photography B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biology B
Biotechnology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B
Restaurant/Food Services Management B
Travel/Tourism Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Computer Systems B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Engineering Technology – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health Services – General B
Health System Administration B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Medical Records Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Respiratory Therapy B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Central Florida Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(407) 823-2000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:64,088
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):67%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:30 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:27,981 (44% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,368
Out-of-state Tuition:$22,467
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,724

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Central Florida Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Central Florida.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences452
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1072
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs41
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services221
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields2
English Language and Literature/Letters221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics31
Health Professions and Related Programs751
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service22
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics221
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies221
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences232
Public Administration and Social Service Professions231
Social Sciences532
Visual and Performing Arts75
Grand total31847625

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Central Florida.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Health Professions and Related Programs331
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions3
Social Sciences3
Grand total17241

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Central Florida and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,152

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid5,48587%
Grant or scholarship aid4,77876%$5,724
Student loan aid2,56441%$6,152

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid35,77965%$5,046
Federal student loans23,48743%$6,892

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Central Florida. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Central Florida students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants34,88614,59020,296
Percent admitted100%51%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%20%17%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Central Florida Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment64,088
Undergraduate enrollment55,723
Graduate enrollment8,365

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Central Florida Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • 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
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language English Language Institute)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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