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The University of Central Florida, or UCF, is an American metropolitan public research university in Orlando, Florida. It is the largest university in the United States by undergraduate enrollment, as well as the largest by total enrollment.
Founded in 1963 by the Florida Legislature, UCF opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University, with the mission of providing personnel to support the growing U.S. space program at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Florida’s Space Coast. As the academic scope expanded beyond its original focus on engineering and technology, “Florida Tech” was renamed The University of Central Florida in 1978. UCF’s space roots continue as the university currently leads the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. While initial enrollment was only 1,948 students, enrollment today amounts to some 60,821 students from 140 countries and all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The majority of the student population is located on the university’s main campus just 13 miles (21 km) east-northeast of downtown Orlando, and 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Daytona Beach. The university offers over 200 degrees through thirteen colleges and twelve satellite campuses in Central Florida. Since its founding, UCF has awarded more than 290,000 degrees, including 55,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 250,000 alumni worldwide.
UCF is a space-grant university, and has made significant research contributions to engineering, optics, simulation, digital media, business administration, education, hospitality management, and the arts. Its official colors are black and gold, and the university logo is a Pegasus, which “symbolizes the university’s vision of limitless possibilities.” The university’s intercollegiate sports teams, commonly known as the “UCF Knights” and represented by mascot Knightro, compete in NCAA Division I and the American Athletic Conference.

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Location & Facilities

Main campus

The University of Central Florida has a unique campus layout that has become a model for other universities, reminiscent of the plans by Walt Disney for his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or EPCOT. The campus was designed to be a pedestrian oriented campus, with a series of concentric circles. The outermost circle is Gemini Blvd, which is also the main road for vehicular traffic on campus. Inside of Gemini, there is Apollo Circle, Mercury Circle, and finally Pegasus Circle as the innermost circle.Pegasus Circle contains the student union, which is the center of the campus, with the John C. Hitt Library located directly to the south of it. All academic buildings are located inside of Gemini, with the circle divided up into pie-shaped sections for each college. As there are very few roads inside of Gemini, many buildings’ loading docks are accessible only by sidewalks and thus receive most deliveries at night. The University of Central Florida campus is one of only two in the nation with a concentric circle design, the other being the University of California, Irvine. Newsweek has ranked UCF as having the 20th most beautiful university campus in the country.

Student housing is provided along the perimeter of the campus. Outside of Gemini, the campus is divided up into different themed sections. The northwest side of campus includes Greek communities, the north side contains Knights Plaza, an uptown style athletic village, the east side contains the Arboretum of the University of Central Florida, and the south side contains student recreation and wellness facilities.

Located directly south of the main campus is Central Florida Research Park, which is the seventh largest research park in the nation and the largest in Florida, housing over 116 corporations. The park provides more than 10,000 jobs to over 500 students and thousands of alumni.

Regional campuses

In addition to its Orlando campus, the University of Central Florida has several other campuses to service the Central Florida region.

In Orlando, there is one other campus, located at Valencia West, as well as partnerships with local colleges, including Eastern Florida State CollegeLake-Sumter State CollegeSeminole State College of Florida and Valencia College. In addition, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management is located away from the main campus, in close proximity to the heart of Orlando’s tourism and convention industries.

Outside Orlando, there are campuses in Cocoa, Clermont, Daytona Beach, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Ocala, Palm Bay, and Sanford.In addition to having standard classes at these campuses, some courses are offered via alternative methods, such as two-way TV from the main campus or via broadband.

UCF, in partnership with local colleges, participates in a program called DirectConnect. Through this program all students and alumni of Eastern Florida State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida, Daytona State College, and Valencia College are assured admission to the university. DirectConnect is considered to be the most productive community college-university partnership in the country.

Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nonad

The 50-acre (0.20 km2) UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona includes the College of Medicine and the Burnett Biomedical Sciences Building. The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Tavistock Group, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Institute, and a University of Florida research facility will also call Lake Nona home, turning the area into a medical city. The campus will also serve as the future home of the UCF College of Nursing and the newly approved UCF College of Dental Medicine. The College of Medicine welcomed its charter class in August 2009.

Upon completion of construction, the campus could accommodate as many as 5,000 upper division, professional, and graduate students and faculty members in the health-related programs, and include up to two million square feet of research and instruction space.

 

List of Departments

(Colleges/Faculties/Schools)

The university currently houses thirteen colleges that offer 90 baccalaureate programs, 87 master’s programs, 31 doctoral programs, three specialist programs, and one professional program (Medicine). In addition, 75% of the faculty have doctorate degrees, and 46% currently have tenure at the university. The thirteen colleges house 41 separate degree-granting departments and schools.

By enrollment, the three largest undergraduate units are the College of Sciences, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Health and Public Affairs. At the graduate level, the College of Graduate Studies serves as the central administrative unit of graduate education at the university.[119] Graduate students are also students of one of the other twelve colleges at the university. The university is currently seeking the approval of a College of Dental Medicine, which would be housed at the Health Sciences Campus in Lake Nona.

The Burnett Honors College

The University Honors Program, administered by The Burnett Honors College is designed for 500 accomplished incoming undergraduates annually. Undergraduates enrolled in The Honors College participate in smaller classes with faculty, including individual research programs or assigned research in the area of a sponsoring faculty member. Another program offered by the college is Honors in the Major, which allows juniors and seniors to conduct original research within their major and write an undergraduate honors thesis. The latest Honors College incoming class had an average SAT score of 1373 and a 4.16 grade-point average. Honors students have the option to reside in a specifically designed living-learning community, composed entirely of honors students, in Tower III at Knights Plaza.

College of Medicine

The UCF College of Medicine was established in 2006 by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Board of Governors to increase opportunities for medical education in Florida. The College of Medicine welcomed its charter class of 41 students on August 3, 2009, and eventually will produce about 120 medical graduates a year.

With more than 4,300 applications for 41 available positions, UCF broke the state university record for most applications, and for 2009 it was the most selective medical school in the country. For the class of 2014, there were 3,761 applicants and only 60 were accepted. This initial class had the highest average MCAT score, 32.2, and GPA, 3.8, of any incoming class of medical students in the state. The inaugural class had a median age of 28, wiRosen College of Hospitality Management

Located near the Orange County Convention Center on Universal Boulevard in Downtown Orlando, the college’s 20-acre (0.081 km2) campus is designed to imitate a resort-style feel, with various areas of the college named for major donors to the college (e.g. Disney Dining Room, Universal Orlando Library, Darden Auditorium, and the state-of-the-art Anheuser Busch Beer & Wine Lab). The campus includes the Three Pillars Cafe, a student-operated cafe that serves various cuisines and food items. Regular Shuttle service is offered Monday through Thursday to and from the UCF Main Campus.

The college features an on-site Campus Life Office and Career Services Office that coordinate on-campus activities and career development events in conjunction with the UCF Student Government Association. In 2005, the university opened two on-campus housing buildings, able to house 400 residents. The college offers a variety of student organizations including associations such as Eta Sigma Delta (International Hospitality Management Honor Society), National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, the Professional Convention Management Association, and the National Association of Catering Executives, and the Global Association of Christian Hospitality Professionals. Rosen is currently ranked as the #7 Hospitality Management school in the nation.

Limited Access Programs

Among the colleges, a number of undergraduate academic programs are termed “Limited Access Programs.” Limited Access Programs are programs where student demand exceeds available resources thus making admission to such program competitive. Examples of Limited Access Programs include academic programs taught under the Nicholson School of Communication, Music, Theatre, Dance, and Medical Laboratory Sciences. Students must apply to join these programs separately from admission to the university. Criteria for admission varies but is generally very selective and includes factors such as, indicators of ability, performance, creativity, and talent. Arts programs are entry by competitive audition, and have some of the smallest numbers of undergraduate majors in the university.

 

Courses Offered

 

Scholarships

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Bert Fish Chair in Nursing Education Scholarship 01/22/2017$1,000.00

Blackwell Family Foundation Scholarship 101/22/2017$1,000.00

Blackwell Family Foundation Scholarship 2 01/22/2017$1,000.00

Compassion for Nursing Endowed Scholarship 01/22/2017$1,000.00

Dorothy Anne Perkins Tomlinson Endowed Scholarship 01/22/2017$1,000.00

Femmes de Coeur Endowed Nursing Scholarship 01/22/2017$500.00

Heart of Volusia Nursing Scholarship 01/22/2017$1,250.00

Laura Flannery Endowed Memorial Nursing Scholarship 01/22/2017$500.00

Orlando Health Nursing Honors in the Major Scholarship 01/22/2017$1,000.00

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care Endowed Scholarship

 

 

Intake

Application Deadlines:
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1