The University of Central Florida, located 13 miles east of downtown Orlando, is a public, multi-campus, metropolitan research university, dedicated to serving its surrounding communities with their diverse and expanding populations, technological corridors, and international partners. Founded in 1963, Florida Technological University was renamed to UCF in 1978 to reflect the mission of what is now a thriving, multi-campus university, with 39,000 students. Almost 7,000 students are enrolled in our 97 graduate degree programs and 69 graduate certificate programs. In addition to its physical growth, UCF has become a prominent player in graduate education nationwide, offering innovative corporate partnerships, world-renowned faculty, and cutting-edge research.
As one of the fastest growing metropolitan research universities in the country—located in one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States—Orlando, Florida, UCF ranks third among Florida's state universities in total enrollment and fourth in graduate enrollment. Total enrollment is expected to reach 48,000 by 2010.
The university’s presently assigned role within the eleven-campus State University System of Florida is that of a general purpose institution offering degree programs at all levels of instruction. In addition, the university has the responsibility of assisting in the economic development of the central Florida region, especially in the areas of high technology, electronics, and tourism.
The University offers Baccalaureate Programs in more than 65 majors and more than 80 Master's Specialist and Doctoral Programs.