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About the Program

The UCF Diverse Academic Opportunities Program is a two-day event (October 5 and 6, 2017) for prospective doctoral applicants from underrepresented populations in higher education to learn more about the programs they're interested in before applying to graduate study at UCF. For instance, this might be women who are interested in the STEM fields or Hispanic/Latino populations pursuing a PhD degree in Psychology. See first-hand the UCF campus and facilities we have to offer and support you in your academic goals. Preference will be given to diverse or underrepresented applicants working on or who have already attained a master's degree. The College of Graduate Studies will pay all costs of the visit including transportation, lodging, local travel from and to the airport, and meals.

The Diverse Academic Opportunities Program is limited to a maximum of 25 potential doctoral applicants for October 2017.

Program Opportunities

During your visit to UCF, you willl have the opportunity to: 

  • Visit the programs of your interest.
  • Meet with leading and renowned faculty.
  • Learn from current graduate students about how to be successful as a doctoral student.
  • Attend workshops on how to submit a competitive application to graduate school.
  • Attend panel presentations on being a diverse graduate student.
  • Sit in on a graduate class in your area of interest.
  • Tour the campus, laboratories, and research centers.
  • See the different UCF off-campus facilities like the Medical College, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, and the developing UCF downtown campus. 


How to Apply

Complete the Application Form by Friday, August 25, 2017. Include the following: 

  1. A copy of current transcripts, unofficial are accepted.
  2. An academic resume or CV.
  3. GRE scores if available.
  4. A personal statement of interest, no more than 650 words, discussing past research or creative efforts.
  5. A nomination letter from a previous faculty member or mentor. 


For more information, please contact the Associate Dean of Admissions, Dr. Devon Jensen at




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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