UCF: No 1 in transforming lives
UCF leads Florida universities in awarding more than 15,000 degrees a year. Of all bachelor's degrees from the state's 12 universities, one of every five comes from UCF.
Big on quality, access – and opportunity
UCF enrolls the most freshman National Merit Scholars in Florida and accepts the most transfer students. Forty percent of UCF's students are minorities, and 26 percent of all students are among the first in their families to attend college.
Innovative faculty with focus
UCF faculty members are known for innovations in such diverse areas as optics and lasers, simulation and training, medicine, hospitality management, engineering, education, planetary sciences, marine biology, and the performing arts.
A pioneering medical school
The graduation of UCF's College of Medicine charter class made NBC's Nightly News as the first full-class in American medical school history to graduate debt free, thanks to generous community donors.
A growing metropolitan research university
UCF is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a “very high research activity” institution, which is the foundation’s highest ranking for colleges and universities.
Park pals like no other university
Orlando's world-famous theme parks are major supporters of UCF and its students. UCF's governing Board of Trustees has included top executives from Seaworld Parks and Entertainment, Universal Parks and Resorts, and Walt Disney World.
Making waves with Spirit Splash
Each year more than 1,000 students leap, hop, or wade into the UCF Reflecting Pond during Homecoming’s annual Spirit Splash, which has earned a best campus tradition award from the National Association for Campus Activities.
Fit for the best
UCF's impressive student recreation and wellness center includes a custom climbing wall, a running track, and two swimming pools. A satellite center serves students on the north end of campus near the UCF CFE Arena.
Knights charging on!
Led by the Fiesta Bowl champion Knights football team, 12 of UCF's 16 athletics teams placed either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the new American Athletic Conference's standings in 2013-14.
Accent on the individual
UCF began its second 50 years in 2013 as Florida's largest university and the second largest in America. But, as from when the university opened in 1968, UCF remains focused on individual student success.
Rosen College: Top-quality service learning
Ideally located in Orlando's entertainment district, UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management is the largest college of its kind in the nation and could be mistaken for a 5-star resort hotel.
Regional convenience
UCF offers access to programs and facilities at nine regional campuses throughout Central Florida, including this one in Daytona Beach.
More than 600 student clubs to ponder
The annual Knight-Thon dance marathon raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and is one many student-driven campus efforts that aid deserving charities of all kinds. UCF offers more than 600 student organizations.
Easy riding for Knights
UCF's buses tally more than 2 million boardings a year in offering daily toll-free rides to and from campus for students who live nearby.
Central Florida's place for PBS TV favorites
WUCF TV serves nearly 4 million Central Floridians across nine counties and is the region's source for PBS programs.
Rising Knights of UCF reach for the stars

Florida’s most popular university is writing the next exciting chapters of a remarkable success story in American higher education.

Since marking its 50th anniversary on June 10, 2013, UCF has enrolled school-record numbers of National Merit Scholars, awarded the most college degrees in Florida, and set a new school record for research funding. In athletics, UCF's student-athletes for three years in a row have achieved the highest graduation success rate of any Division I public university in the nation.

"If there is anything that I have learned ..., it is that our greatest danger lies not in dreaming too large, but in dreaming too small. At UCF, we dream big. Our greatest limitations are those we place on ourselves." — President HittThe College Board says more students send their SAT test scores to UCF for consideration than to any other Florida school. Meanwhile, more than 66,000 students have enrolled to make UCF the largest university in Florida and one of the largest in the nation. Why so much interest in becoming a Knight? Because of acclaimed academic programs, talented faculty members, an inviting campus atmosphere, more than 600 student clubs and organizations, and the growing awareness of UCF as a place of opportunity for making dreams come true.

UCF is known for innovative programs in such fields as optics and lasers, engineering, simulation and training, video game production, education, planetary sciences, medicine, and hospitality management. In recent years, U.S. News & World Report has listed UCF as the most innovative school in Florida and among the most innovative institutions in the country, and UCF ranks as one of the best college values in America, according to The Princeton Review, Kiplinger Magazine, and Forbes magazine.

Created by the Florida Legislature in 1963, UCF originated as Florida Technological University. The new university opened in 1968 with 1,948 students, and its name changed to UCF in 1978. In a relatively short time, UCF has emerged as a major metropolitan research university of global impact and a driver of prosperity for Central Florida. For more on UCF’s exciting journey, see the 50th anniversary tribute pages.

Much of UCF's rise to prominence coincides with the tenure of President John C. Hitt, who became the university's fourth president on March 1, 1992. From the start, the president emphasized that partnerships with others in government, business, and philanthropy would be the key to making UCF a vital force for progress — and he was right.


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President-Elect Dale Whittaker outlines transition plans

Dr. Dale Whittaker, UCF president-elect and executive vice president, will succeed UCF President John Hitt on July 1. Learn more about President-Elect Whittaker's plans and aspirations for America's Partnership University as he prepares to become UCF's 5th president. Also, see the full story about Dr. Whittaker's appointment and learn more about UCF's next president.