University of Central Florida

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The University of Central Florida is a public, 4-year school located in Orlando, FL. It is the largest university in the country based on undergraduate enrollment and second-largest in total enrollment. The school was founded in 1963 by the state legislature as Florida Technological University and was originally designed to provide support staff for the US Space Program at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. In 1978, after much expansion, “Florida Tech” became the University of Central Florida. True to its roots, the school motto is “Reach for the Stars.” The 1,400 acre main campus features a layout involving concentric circles, centered on the Student Union building and quad. There are also several regional campuses throughout central Florida. Notable alumni include astronauts Fernando Caldeiro and Nicole Stott and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.

Academic Programs

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 200 fields. The University is comprised of thirteen colleges and schools: Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education and Human Performance, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Studies, Health and Public Affairs, Medicine, Nursing, Optics and Phonics, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, and The Burnett Honors College. Noted for Nursing and Medical Education, Music, Theatre and Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Business and Healthcare fields. Per the Mission Statement, “The University of Central Florida is a public multi-campus, metropolitan research university that stands for opportunity. The university anchors the Central Florida city-state in meeting its economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental, and societal needs by providing high-quality, broad-based education and experience-based learning; pioneering scholarship and impactful research; enriched student development and leadership growth; and highly relevant continuing education and public service initiatives that address pressing local, state, national, and international issues in support of the global community.”

Student Life

There are over 54,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Central Florida, many of whom live on campus among the eight residence communities featuring suites and apartment-style housing. The University sponsors over 400 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the black and gold Knights, led by Knightro, field teams in 10 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition. Among campus traditions are Splish Splash, a homecoming tradition where students are permitted in the reflecting pond and never stepping on the Pegasus seal in the Student Union building. Students accept and abide by the Creed of UCF: “Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that guide our conduct, performance, and decisions. Integrity: I will practice and defend academic and personal honesty; Scholarship: I will cherish and honor learning as a fundamental purpose of my membership in the UCF community; Community: I will promote an open and supportive campus environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual; Creativity: I will use my talents to enrich the human experience; Excellence: I will strive toward the highest standards of performance in any endeavor I undertake.”

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