University of Central Florida.

University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is a public research university in unincorporated Orange County, Florida. It is part of the State University System of Florida. With nearly 70,000 students, it has one of the largest student bodies in the United States.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 school's academic scope expanded beyond engineering and technology, Florida Tech was renamed the University of Central Florida in 1978. UCF's space roots continue, as it leads the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium. Initial enrollment was 1,948 students; enrollment today exceeds 66,000 students from 157 countries, all 50 states and Washington, D.C.Most of the student population is on the university's main campus, 13 miles (21 km) east of downtown Orlando and 35 miles (56 km) west of Cape Canaveral. The university offers more than 200 degrees through 13 colleges at 10 regional campuses in Central Florida, including the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona Medical City, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in south Orlando and the UCF Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando. Since its founding, UCF has awarded more than 346,000 degrees, including over 60,000 graduate and professional degrees, to over 300,000 alumni worldwide. Its official colors are black and gold, and the university logo is Pegasus, which "symbolizes the university's vision of limitless possibilities." The university's intercollegiate sports teams, known as the "UCF Knights" and represented by mascot Knightro, compete in NCAA Division I and the American Athletic Conference.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 56,366 students
  • 0.11 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Central Florida

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Journalism, and Advertising.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

18,810 students out of 37,693 applicants were accepted into University of Central Florida. They had an average SAT score of 1249. 60% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 40% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Central Florida was $22,467, while for in-state students it was $6,368. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $32,689.

The average financial aid at University of Central Florida is $5,664. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $16,803 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Central Florida

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

62% of undergraduate students at University of Central Florida received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Central Florida

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Central Florida was of $9,764 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,152.

Diversity at University of Central Florida

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017