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"UCF" redirects here. For other uses, see UCF (disambiguation).

Former names

Florida Technological University
MottoReach for the Stars
TypePublicstate university
Space-grant university[1]
EstablishedJune 10, 1963 (1963-06-10)
EndowmentUS$146.9 million[2]
PresidentJohn C. Hitt
ProvostDale Whittaker

Academic staff

2,686 (Fall 2016)[3]

Administrative staff

9,900 (Fall 2016)[3]
Students66,183 (Fall 2017)[4]
LocationOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Main: 1,415 acres (5.73 km2)
Total: 1,893 acres (7.66 km2)[5]
ColorsBlack and Gold[6]

Sporting affiliations

NCAA Division I, FBS
The American
MascotKnightro, Pegasus and the UCF Knight

The University of Central Florida, or UCF, is an American publicstate university in Orlando, Florida. Among U.S. colleges and universities, it is the largest by enrollment at a single campus.[3]

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.[8] While initial enrollment was only 1,948 students,[3] enrollment today exceeds 66,000 students from 157 countries and all 50 states and Washington, D.C.[9][10]

The majority of the student population is located on the university's main campus, which is located 13 miles (21 km) east of downtown Orlando and 35 miles (56 km) west of Cape Canaveral.[5][11] The university offers more than 200 degrees through thirteen colleges at ten regional campuses in Central Florida, the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in south Orlando and the Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando.[12] Since its founding, UCF has awarded more than 290,000 degrees, including over 50,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 260,000 alumni worldwide.[3]

UCF is a space-grant university. Its official colors are black and gold, and the university logo is a Pegasus, which "symbolizes the university's vision of limitless possibilities."[13] 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.[14]



Following President John F. Kennedy's September 1962 speech, in which he described his goal of accomplishing a manned space flight to the moon by the end of the decade, the space program grew in importance and scope in Central Florida because of its proximity to Cape Canaveral.[15] Prominent residents and local leaders began lobbying the Florida State Legislature to increase access to higher education on the Space Coast. With the help of former State SenatePresidentWilliam A. Shands and Senator Beth Johnson, the legislature passed and GovernorFarris Bryant signed into law Senate Bill No. 125 on June 10, 1963, which authorized the Florida Board of Regents to create a new state university in East Central Florida.[16] The university was founded as a non-segregated and coeducational university, with the mission of educating students for promising space-age careers in engineering and other technological professions.

On January 24, 1964, the Board of Regents purchased 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of remote forest and pasture land along Alafaya Trail (SR 434) in northeast Orlando at the cost of $500,000 as the site of the new university. Local residents donated another 227 acres (0.92 km2), and raised more than $1 million in funds to secure the land acquisition.[16] In December 1965, the Board of Regents appointed Charles Millican the first president of the new university.[17] Millican with the consultation of a citizen advisory group, chose the name Florida Technological University, as well as co-designed the school's distinctive "Pegasus" seal.[18] Millican is also responsible for the university's slogan – "Reach for the Stars" – and for the two key principles of the school, "accent on excellence" and "accent on the individual." Millican was also responsible for the university's unique pedestrian oriented concentric circle campus layout, which was based on plans by Walt Disney and has become a model for other universities.[19] Millican and then-Governor Claude Kirk presided over FTU's groundbreaking in March 1967. Eighteen months after the groundbreaking, the inaugural classes were held in the school's first academic building, the library on October 7, 1968. 1,948 students were enrolled in fifty-five degree programs within five colleges, and were led by 90 instructors, and aided 150 staff members during the university's first year.[20] FTU graduated its first class of 423 seniors on June 14, 1970, with astronaut and Orlando native John Young giving the commencement address.

Millican selected the university's official colors, and had a role in selecting its first mascot, the Citronaut, a mix between an orange and an astronaut.[21] The Citronaut temporarily proved unpopular, so in 1969 the student newspaper–The Central Florida Future–encouraged mascot suggestions from students and faculty. The search for a replacement proved unsuccessful until 1970, when Judy Hines, a night nurse, proposed "Vincent the Vulture." He served as the university's unofficial mascot for more than a year. In late 1971, students voted and selected the "Knight of Pegasus" as the school's official athletic mascot.[22] After retiring as president in 1978, Millican would identify his proudest moment leading the school as when President Richard Nixon delivered the university's spring 1973 commencement address.


Entering office in 1978, the university's second president, Trevor Colbourn, recognized the diversification and growth of UCF's academic programs away from its strictly technological and scientific beginnings.[23] As the university developed strong business, education, and liberal arts programs, Colbourn recognized the university's name no longer recognized its mission. From its establishment the university was known as "Florida Technological University", nicknamed "Florida Tech", until December 1978 when Governor Reubin Askew signed legislation changing the school's name to the "University of Central Florida".[5]

Colbourn established the university's honors program, and started the university's first satellite branch campus. In addition, Colbourn was responsible for constructing the Central Florida Research Park, located adjacent to the UCF campus and founded in 1978. The park serves as a major focus of simulation for space and defense-related research. The park was one part of Colbourn's plan to make UCF a world-class partnership university. Among the university's first partners were Lockheed Martin and the United States Navy, and Colbourn led the push to found both the Institute for Simulation and Training and the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers in 1986. During his tenure, enrollment increased from 11,000 in 1978 to over 18,000 in 1989.[24] However, Colbourn's most notable accomplishments as president were supporting the young university's athletic programs. He was responsible for establishing the school's football program in 1979, which began an era of growth for the university. In April 1979, UCF awarded its 15,000th degree.


In March 1992, John C. Hitt became UCF's fourth president, ushering in an era of unprecedented growth and prominence for the university. Once known mainly as a small commuter and technology school, in recent years UCF has undertaken an effort to increase its academic and research standings while also evolving into a more traditional research university. When Hitt took office, UCF's enrollment was 20,302, and as of 2014 enrollment consists of 60,821 students attending classes on twelve campuses spread across Central Florida. The university consists of thirteen colleges and employs more than 10,150 faculty and staff.[5] Under the direction of Hitt, UCF has raised admissions standards, increased research funding, built new facilities, and established notable partnerships with major research institutions.[25]

Hitt's efforts have resulted in not only an increase in the university's academic profile, but also an on-campus football stadium, new arena, more on-campus housing, and the development of the UCF College of Medicine at Lake Nona. Until 1999, the Knights were represented by a jouster from the Medieval Times dinner show located in nearby Kissimmee, Florida. That same year, Knightro was introduced at the staple homecoming event, "Spirit Splash."

The past decade has seen enrollment increase by over forty percent at UCF,[26] the acceptance rate for first time in college students falling from over 60% to near 40% in 2008, and the doubling of expected annual expenses.[5][26] Since 2000, the university has awarded over 100,000 degrees.[5][26] UCF is currently the largest university in the nation by terms of undergraduate enrollment, the largest university in Florida,[27] and in 2003 held the distinction of being the fastest-growing university in the United States.[28] During its Spring 2010 graduation ceremonies, The University of Central Florida awarded its 200,000th degree,[29] less than five years after awarding its 150,000th diploma.[30]

During its brief history, UCF has hosted numerous notable speakers. Among these are U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, then Senator and Vice PresidentJoe Biden, Senators Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Mel Martinez, John Edwards, Florida Governors Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, PresidentBarack Obama and First LadyMichelle Obama.


Main campus[edit]

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.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]Newsweek has ranked UCF as having the 20th most beautiful university campus in the country.[35]

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,[36] housing over 116 corporations. The park provides more than 10,000 jobs to over 500 students and thousands of alumni.[37] Main Campus is one of the safest branches nationally in comparison of all branches in the US. The percent of crimes in Main Campus decreased from 0.12% (in 2010) to 0.07% (in 2014) crimes per year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus were burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault.[38]

Regional campuses[edit]

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 College, Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College.[39] 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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41]

Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona[edit]

Main article: Lake Nona Medical City

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.[42][43][44] The campus will also serve as the future home of the UCF College of Nursing and the newly approved UCF College of Dental Medicine.[45][46] 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.[44][47]


Due to long-term environmental programs and commitments, UCF was named an exemplary green institution in the 2010 Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges,[48] and the university has had its initiatives showcased by the U.S. Department of Energy.[49] UCF has pledged to become climate-neutral under the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment by 2050 at the latest, and to increase its recycling rate to 75% by 2020, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 42% by 2030.[50][51] Committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all new construction must be designed and certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).[52] The UCF College of Medicine on the Health Sciences Campus is the only LEED Silver medical school in Florida.[53]


See also: List of Presidents of the University of Central Florida and List of University of Central Florida faculty and administrators

As a part of the State University System of Florida, UCF falls under the purview of the Florida Board of Governors. The University of Central Florida is headed by the Board of Trustees, which governs the university, consisting of thirteen members that are appointed to staggered five-year terms by the Florida Board of Governors. The Student Government president and the faculty chair also serve on the board during the duration of their one-year term of office.[54]

The President of The University of Central Florida is the principal executive officer of the university. The office was formed upon creation of the university in 1963. The president is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the consent of the Florida Board of Governors and leads the university through its daily business.[55] Today, the president's office is located in Millican Hall on the university's main campus, and the president has the privilege of living in the Burnett House, also located on UCF's main campus. The fourth president of UCF, Dr. John C. Hitt has served since 1992.[56]

Due to cutbacks in federal, state and local budgets, UCF has had over $140 million in funds cut from its operating budget since 2008.[57] This included a $53 million cut to UCF's 2012–13 fiscal year budget by the Florida legislature.[58] So far UCF has been able to endure the budget cuts by implementing a hiring freeze, putting an end to some faculty perks, such as free seminars, cutting executive pay, and through wise management of funds.[59] To help counter the budget decreases, the university received $18 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.[60] UCF's operating budget for the 2014–15 fiscal year is $1.5 billion, a 13.9% increase from the previous year.[5] UCF's financial endowment, administered by the University of Central Florida Foundation, Inc., was valued at $155.5 million in 2015, a 14.7% increase from 2014.[2]


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools according to the U.S. Department of Education.[61] UCF's academic calendar is based on the semester system,[62] with the typical fall semester running from the end of August until the beginning of December, and the typical spring semester running from the beginning of January through the beginning of May. In addition, UCF offers four different summer semesters, A, B, C, and D, ranging from six weeks to twelve weeks.[63]The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UCF as a "large four-year, primarily nonresidential" university with a "comprehensive doctoral" graduate instructional program and "highest research activity."[64]

Student profile[edit]

UCF's student body consists of 55,773 undergraduates and 8,066 graduate and professional students and 479 M.D. students from all 67 Florida counties, all 50 states and 152 countries. Study abroad programs allow UCF students to study and conduct research in 42 programs in 21 countries.[5] The ten largest undergraduate disciplines at UCF are respectively: business management and administration, health professions and related, psychology, education, engineering, life sciences, multi/interdisciplinary studies, communications, visual and performing arts, and social sciences.[5]

In the new millennium, enrollment has increased by over sixty percent at UCF, from 33,453 in 2000,[26] to 64,318 in 2016.[5] Of the more than 60,000 students, 11 percent are graduate and professional students, while women make up 55% of the student body. Nearly 20 percent of UCF faculty are minorities. According to the May 2009 edition of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, UCF is one of the best 100 colleges in the United States for Hispanic students seeking bachelor's degrees.[67] 22% of UCF students are above the age of 25.[5]

Due to budget decreases and increased demands on the university, the UCF Board of Trustees, with the approval of the Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature, approved a 15% increase in tuition for the 2012–13 academic year.[68] For the 2016-17 academic year, undergraduate tuition costs were $212.28 per credit hour for in-state students, and $748.89 per credit hour for out-of-state students.[69] Graduate tuition costs were $369.65 per credit hour for in-state students, and $1,194.05 per credit hour for out-of-state students.[69] Tuition for the medical school is $25,490 for both in-state and out-of-state students.[69] Estimated annual cost for undergraduate students is $17,295 for Florida residents, and $33,392 for non-Florida residents. Expected costs for graduate students are $22,072 for in-state students, and $38,878 for out-of-state students.[70] About 8% of tuition fees are allocated to support the university's athletic programs.[71]


For 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked as the third-best "up-and-coming" national university.[87][88] In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked The University of Central Florida as the 13th most innovative school, 91st among public universities, and 168th overall on the list of Tier I National Universities.[89][90]Kiplinger rated UCF 42nd among the "Best Values in Public Colleges" in the United States in 2014.[91] The university was also rated as one of "50 Best Value Public Universities" by USA Today and The Princeton Review.[92] UCF is listed among "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition", and was ranked as a "Best Southeastern College" by The Princeton Review.[93]

Many of the University of Central Florida's graduate programs have received top-100 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCF's engineering, education, speech language pathology, public administration, criminology, healthcare, nursing, physical therapy, social work, speech-language pathology, and computer science programs all within the top 100 in their respective fields.[94] Five UCF programs as among the nation's "Best Graduate Schools."[95]U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's atomic, molecular, and optical physics program 13th nationally, the nonprofit management public affairs program 25th, and the counselor education program now breaking the top 10 at 9th in the nation.[94] In 2012, the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 70th nationally,[96] while the College of Education and Human Performance was ranked 64th,[97] and the Physics program was ranked 102nd in 2010.[98] The Princeton Review ranked the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) 2nd in graduate video game design in 2012.[99]

The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities list assessed The University of Central Florida as among the top-300 world universities and the top-109 in the United States based on overall research output and faculty awards.[100] UCF's engineering and business schools were rated as among the top-150, and the university's social sciences, computer science, and mathematics programs were ranked among the top-200 globally.[101] UCF offers both Army and Air ForceReserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs which are rated among the top 15 percent nationally.[102] In 2010, Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the UCF College of Business Administration as the number one public business school for return on investment in the nation,[103] and as a Top Undergraduate Business Program.[104] The university has also been recognized by Bill Gates as a leading institution.[105][106]

The University of Central Florida ranks eighth among national universities "least likely to leave graduates in debt,"[107] and was also ranked as one of the most economically diverse universities in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.[108] In 2011, Forbes listed UCF as the 42nd most-affordable university in the nation.[109] The university is also considered a top school in awarding degrees to minority students, ranking 12th nationally for total undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and 18th for undergraduate degrees awarded to African-American students.[110]


Percentage Admitted43.9743.0243.6241.941.3142.24

UCF's admission rate for first-time-in-college freshmen has declined from 61% of prospective students admitted in the Fall of 2005, to 44% for Fall 2016.[5] Due to the decrease in the rate of admission, UCF is rated as a "selective" university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[64]

34% of accepted applicants were in the top ten percent of their graduating class, while 72% of accepted applicants were in the top quarter of their high school class rankings.[111] Freshmen enrolled in Fall 2016 posted average SAT scores of 1262 (1850 including the writing section), ACT scores of 27.8 and average high school GPAs of 4.02.[112] UCF is in the top 20 percent of universities in the nation for SAT average and the top 25 percent for GPA average.[113] Over 96% of undergraduates receive financial aid, with an average financial aid package of $11,442 and about 70% of aid distributed in the forms of grants or scholarships.[61] 90% of students receive scholarships through the Florida Bright Futures program.[114] Forty percent of incoming freshman received Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or an equivalent college credit upon entrance, while 30% of the freshman class received merit based scholarships.[114] The retention rate of the 2010 freshman class was 87%.[115]

More freshmen and transfer students applied to UCF during 2015 than any other public university in Florida, and UCF also awarded more bachelor's degrees than any other Florida public university that year.[116][117] UCF is ranked 2nd in Florida, and 34th in the United States, by the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled.[118] 74 National Merit Scholars enrolled at UCF for the Fall 2012 term.[113]



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.[5][119] The thirteen colleges house 41 separate degree-granting departments and schools.[119]

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.[5] At the graduate level, the College of Graduate Studies serves as the central administrative unit of graduate education at the university.[120] 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.[121][122]

The Burnett Honors College[edit]

Main article: 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.[123] The latest Honors College incoming class had an average SAT score of 1373 and a 4.16 grade-point average.[124] 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.[125]

College of Medicine[edit]

Main article: University of Central Florida 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.[126]

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.[127] For the class of 2014, there were 3,761 applicants and only 60 were accepted.[128] 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.[129] The inaugural class had a median age of 28, with 25% of the class composed of out-of-state students.[128] The charter class completed their first year of courses on the UCF main campus, while the Lake Nona Medical City was completed. Every member of the inaugural class received a full scholarship, including tuition and basic living expenses, for their entire four years at the university, valued at over $160,000.[130]

The university aims for the college to become a research-intensive medical school, with the aid of The Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nemours Children's Hospital, Tavistock Group, and a M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Institute, all located on the College of Medicine's Lake Nona campus.[42]

Rosen College of Hospitality Management[edit]

Main article: Rosen 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).[5][131] The campus includes the Three Pillars Cafe, a student-operated cafe that serves various cuisines and food items.[132] Regular Shuttle service is offered Monday through Thursday to and from the UCF Main Campus.[133]

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.[134] 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 #5 Hospitality Management school in the nation (and the youngest of the top five programs so rated).[135]

Limited Access Programs[edit]

Among the colleges, a number of undergraduate academic programs are termed "Limited Access Programs."[136] 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.[137][138][139][140] 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.[119]


Main article: University of Central Florida Libraries

The stated goal of the University of Central Florida libraries is to "support the research, teaching, learning and service commitments of students and faculty through widely-available access to collections of library resources, and to services to assist resource use."[141]

UCF Libraries collections include over 2.2 million print volumes, 3.2 million microforms, 330,000 government documents, 10,000 full text electronic journal subscriptions, 660,000 e-books, 40,000 media titles, a base of 43,000 serial subscriptions, in addition to special collections and university archives materials.[5] Notable collections within the library include the Bryant West Indies collection, the Van Sickle Leftist Pamphlet collection, the Book Arts Collection, collections of materials on tourism and hospitality, and materials on the history of Central Florida. UCF Libraries is a partner within the State University System of Florida Libraries.

Most of the print and media collection is housed in the John C. Hitt Library, which is located on UCF's main campus and is open to students, faculty and the public seven days a week. The library is five stories tall, and was the first academic building on campus.[142]Leonardo Nierman's sculpture Flame of Hope is displayed outside the entrance to the building, and Nierman's stained glass Genesis window is exhibited on the third floor of the library building.[143] In 2012, the main campus library was dedicated to honor John C. Hitt, UCF's fourth president, who at the time was celebrating his twentieth anniversary as university president.[144] In addition to the John C. Hitt Library, Rosen College library, and the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, UCF operates libraries at nine of its regional campuses.[145]

The student newspaper, the Central Florida Future, at one time was housed on the upper floor of the library before moving to the Central Florida Research Park. In 1984, a complete renovation of the original library was undertaken, as well as an addition that more than doubled the size of the building. University president Dr. Trevor Colbourn dedicated the newly remodeled and expanded library in February 1985. A $64.4 million expansion of the Hitt Library, which would add 212,400 square feet (19,730 m2) of space, as well as an Automated Retrieval System was recently approved by the university's Board of Trustees but may be delayed due to budget cuts.[146]


Further information: University of Central Florida research centers

The University of Central Florida fosters research amongst its thirteen academic colleges and schools, partnerships with corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Siemens, and through partnerships with local community colleges.[147][148][149] UCF also houses a satellite campus at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. UCF is also a member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.[150] The university has made noted research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, and hospitality management.

Listed as one of the "Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" university by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,[64] UCF was ranked third in the nation in 2010 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in its annual patent power rankings for the strength and impact of the university's patents.[151] In both 2008 and 2009, UCF was ranked in the top ten in Intellectual Property Today's Patent Scorecard.[152] University research and analysis has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Parenting Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, has been reported by the Associated Press, and has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, MSNBC and National Public Radio.[153]

The UCF Reflecting Pond and walkway in front of Millican Hall at night

College of Sciences

Engineering Center

Teaching Academy

UCF College of Medicine at Lake Nona

ENC 1130, ENC1101 and ENC1102 are entry points to university-level writing and research. These courses are taught within the Writing and Rhetoric Department and overseen by the Director of Writing Outreach Programs. ENC1101 and ENC1102 are Gordon Rule courses and fulfill half of the writing courses needed for the Gordon Rule requirement.

A majority of students are required to complete both ENC1101 and ENC1102 with a grade of C- or better in order to fulfill the General Education Program. Questions regarding , , and transfer credit for these courses should be directed to your college’s undergraduate advising office, to the College of Arts and Humanities Student Advising, or to the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

ENC 1130 affords students additional practice and instruction before taking ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. This is an elective writing class that helps students develop reading and writing skills they will need in ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. Students earn elective credit for the class, but ENC 1130 is not a Gordon Rule course and does not fulfill General Education Program requirements.

Learning to write is a complex process, both individual and social, that takes place over time with continued practice and informed guidance. ENC1101 and ENC1102 provide an entry point to university-level writing practices and instruction. They provide instruction in both procedural and declarative knowledge about writing that is intended to be transferable to later writing situations. They should be understood as the entry point to a vertical, comprehensive writing education that extends across students' time in the university. In order to write most effectively as active citizens both inside and outside the university, students who have completed ENC1101 and ENC1102 should seek out Gordon Rule classes in their majors, upper-level ENC courses, research projects, and extra-curricular writing opportunities. Students should also make use of the University Writing Center consultations for help in working through their writing projects during their time here.

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