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About UCF


The University of Central Florida has come a long way since its inception in 1963. Originally Florida Technological University, the name changed to UCF in 1978 to reflect the mission of what is now a thriving, multi-campus university, with over 63,000 students. Over 7,800 students are enrolled in our nearly 200 degree and certificate graduate 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 research universities in the country—located in one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States—Orlando, Florida, UCF ranks first among Florida's state universities in total enrollment and fifth in graduate enrollment .

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.

A graduate education at UCF will provide you with many opportunities.

Fast Facts

About the University

  • Status: One of 12 Florida public universities
  • Location: In metropolitan Orlando area, 13 miles east of downtown Orlando
  • Carnegie Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Intensive
  • Number of Graduate Programs: 31 Doctoral, 84 Master's, 77 Graduate Certificates, 3 Specialist Programs, and 1 Professional Program (Medicine)
  • Overall Student Enrollment in Fall 2015: 63,016
  • Graduate Enrollment in Fall 2015: 8,028 enrolled, including 1,889 doctoral, 5,292 master's, 308 certificate and 349 nondegree-seeking students
  • Class Offerings: Courses offered in Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education and Human Performance, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Studies, Health and Public Affairs, Hospitality Management, Medicine, Nursing, Optics and Photonics and Sciences are offered at night, online and at UCF's regional campuses.

About UCF Graduate Students

  • Graduate Student Characteristics, Spring 2015
    • Doctoral - 77 percent full-time students, 23 percent part-time students
    • Master's - 45 percent full-time students, 55 percent part-time students
    • Gender - 59 percent female, 41 percent male
  • Average Age of Graduate Students: Approximately 32 years old
  • Ethnicity of Graduate Student Population, Spring 2015
    • White, Non-Hispanic - 57.25 percent
    • Black, Non-Hispanic - 9.10 percent
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native - Less than 1 percent
    • Asian - 10.47 percent
    • Hispanic/Latino - 13.8 percent
    • Native Hawaiin/Other Pacific Islander - Less than 1 percent
    • Multi-racial - 1.86 percent
    • Not specified - 7.28 percent 

Financial Support for Graduate Students

UCF offers competitive financial packages that include stipend (fellowship or assistantship), tuition remission, and health insurance.

  • Assistantships - 1,500 students received assistantship support to attend graduate school
  • Fellowships - Over 2 million dollars in support was awarded to doctoral and master's students
  • Tuition Remission - Provided full resident tuition remission to assistantship and university fellowship students
  • Health Insurance - Provided health insurance coverage for all university fellows and graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week

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Graduate News

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Contact Information

Campus Address:
Millican Hall, Suite 230
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816
Phone: 407-823-2766
Fax: 407-823-6442
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 160112, Orlando, FL 32816-0112

UCF Stands for Opportunity


The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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