The University of Central Florida: Competitive Advantages
A Focus on Undergraduate Education: We're committed to teaching and providing advising and academic support services for all students. Our undergraduates have access to state-of-the-art wireless buildings, high-tech classrooms and research labs, Web-based classes and an undergraduate Research and Mentoring program.
A Talented Student Body: As one of the fastest growing universities in the southeast, total enrollment has reached over 60,000 are undergraduates. Our emphasis on excellence in undergraduate education has produced many rewarding results: a Goldwater Scholarship awardee, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, a Clarion awardee in Radio/Television, a Zonta International Amelia Earhart fellowship awardee, and a nationally ranked Computer Science programming team.
Career Opportunities: Our Career Services professionals help students gain practical experiences at NASA, schools, hospitals, high-tech companies, local municipalities, and the entertainment industry. UCF faculty sit on boards and planning committees, and our graduates make their mark in engineering, business, computer science, education, health care, science, tourism, film and public service.
An International Presence: With an international focus to our curricula and research programs, we currently enroll international students from over 120 nations. Our study abroad programs and other study and research opportunities include agreements with 98 institutions and 36 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain and Wales.
A Spacious, Modern Campus, plus Orlando: UCF's 1,415-acre campus provides a safe and serene setting for learning, with natural lakes and woodlands. The university provides housing for approximately 11,500 students on campus and through affiliated housing. The bustle of Orlando lies a short distance away: the Orlando Magic, the Orlando Predators, the Kennedy Space Center, major film studios, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Sea World, and sandy beaches are all nearby.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
In addition to the academic programs offered on the Orlando campus, upper division students can work toward a degree at 10 locations around the central Florida area. These regional campuses work cooperatively with local state colleges to provide all four years of course work in many academic areas. The library houses over 2.4 million volumes and subscribes to more than 43,000 periodicals and journals (40,500 in electronic format). Students have access to an online computer catalog that provides information on the collections of the State University System libraries. An extensive online network of more than 600 computer terminals (both PC and Mac) cover the campus. The Institute for Simulation and Training gives students the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research. The School of Optics allows faculty members and students to work directly with industrial personnel in conducting basic and applied research at the regional and national level. The Central Florida Research Park, located next to the UCF campus, houses more than ninety high-technology firms and agencies. This proximity fosters relationships between industry and the University, which strengthens the academic programs at UCF.
Career Services and Experiential Learning offers programs in which student's alternate semesters of classroom study with equal periods of paid employment in government, industry, or business. The Department of Modern Languages offers summer study-abroad programs. Courses are available in the subject areas of language (all levels), art, and civilization. UCF is also a participant in the National Student Exchange Consortium.
Student Organizations & Activities
Students participate in approximately 600 organizations, including special interest clubs, multicultural associations, fraternities and sororities, honor societies, and academic and pre-professional organizations. The Office of Student Involvement schedules a wide array of extracurricular programs, including concerts, movies, and guest speakers. The innovative LEAD Scholars Academy fosters leadership and service commitment through a comprehensive student development program for freshman. The Major Exploration Program (MEP) helps entering freshmen define their career goals and develop an academic strategy to reach their goals. UCF offers Air Force and Army ROTC programs.
The University of Central Florida is a member of the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference. All teams compete on the NCAA Division 1 Level. UCF's men's teams compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women's teams compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intercollegiate coed club activities include championship cheerleading, crew, and waterskiing teams. The university offers an extensive intramural sports program.
University of Central Florida is always abuzz with activity. Indeed, “Between classes, sporting events, our top of the line two-story gym, canoeing Lake Claire, concerts and shows, or even Light Up UCF (a holiday carnival on campus for the general public as well as students), one never has a reason to be bored.” Further, there are “so many different clubs [for students to join] from recreational [and] religious [groups to] food [organizations and] volunteering.” Moreover, “UCF is big on school spirit, especially when it comes to football.” Tailgating is definitely a popular pastime during the season. Students also love to take advantage of hometown Orlando, which offers a myriad of cultural and entertainment options. Shares one undergrad, “People around here love going clubbing and bar-hopping. It’s totally normal for the typical student to have a Disney pass or Universal pass and carloads of students can be seen at either of these parks.” Additionally, “there are some fun college bars right across from campus that are very popular, and Orlando has an amazing downtown that is great for once students turn twenty-one and want something new.” When undergrads are itching to get a little farther away, it’s common to “go to either coast to visit the awesome beaches.”