[108] In 2012, the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science was ranked 70th nationally,[110] while the College of Education and Human Performance was ranked 64th,[111] and the Physics program was ranked 102nd in 2010. When Hitt took office, UCF's enrollment was 20,302. Hitt's efforts 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.

The Knights have won two conference championships and four division titles. [81] Tuition for the medical school is $25,490 for both in-state and out-of-state students.

[194] In 2011, the university purchased WUCF-TV, which is Central Florida's only Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television station. [123] 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. [143] 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. In addition, 75% of the faculty have doctorate degrees, and 46% currently have tenure at the university. 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. [122] In 2011, Forbes listed UCF as the 42nd most-affordable university in the nation. [47] Located directly south of the main campus is the Central Florida Research Park, which is one of the largest research parks in the nation, providing more than 10,000 jobs. [134], 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."[156].

UCF graduates have also made notable contributions in the entertainment industry, including Cheryl Hines, widely known for her role as Cheryl David on the HBO television series Curb Your Enthusiasm; Daniel Tosh, host of Tosh.0 on Comedy Central; and Chris Fuller, the independent filmmaker behind Loren Cass. [34], In August 2018, the state university system's Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature opened an investigation into the university for misuse of state funds. It is the largest Student Government within the state of Florida and one of the largest in the United States. Spirit Splash was made possible in part by weight testing performed on the Reflecting Pond in preparation for President Richard Nixon's visit to the university to speak at its 1973 commencement. In addition to its Orlando campus, the University of Central Florida has several other campuses to service the Central Florida region. Christopher Tomasso, CEO First Watch (restaurant chain). Collectively, those defense organizations manage $5.2 billion in contracts every year. [citation needed] As a leader in technological education, UCF graduates are contributing greatly to Global innovation including Taylor Gerring co-founder of Ethereum Since 1984 the Mr. & Miss University of Central Florida Scholarship Program has been providing scholarships and opportunities to UCF students. Usually the seal is roped off with heavy black velvet ropes, but when the ropes are not in place, students can be seen carefully avoiding the seal. The SGA operates within a multimillion-dollar budget. [118] The university has also been recognized by Bill Gates as a leading institution. [53][54][55] The campus will also serve as the future home of the UCF College of Nursing and the newly approved UCF College of Dental Medicine. [61] 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.

Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis. In 2005, the university opened two on-campus housing buildings, able to house 400 residents. They have won three at the College Cheerleading and Dance Team Nationals, in 2003, 2007 and 2020.

[143] The charter class completed their first year of courses on the UCF main campus, while the Lake Nona Medical City was completed. UCF also has 400 beds at the Rosen College Apartments Community, located on the Rosen College of Hospitality Management campus. Nearly 20 percent of UCF faculty are minorities. [36] Newly appointed president Dale Whittaker, who was a provost at UCF during Hitt's tenure, resigned in February 2019 after just seven months in office over allegations that he also knew about the misappropriation of funds. [148], 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 March 1992, John C. Hitt became UCF's fourth president, ushering in an era of unprecedented growth and prominence for the university. During its brief history, UCF has hosted numerous notable speakers. 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. UCF Joins Big East Conference", "NCAA.com The Official Web Site of the NCAA UCF", "FTU's Early Athletics Programs; UCF First Champions", "C-USA Official Athletic Site Championships", "UCF Cheerleaders Finish Third at National Finals", UCF Cheer Wins Division IA National Championship UCF Athletics, "UCF Athletics Reveals New Logo and Font", "UCF Football Coach O'Leary Signs 10-Year Contract Extension", "UCF ranked No. It has been named the best college tradition in Florida by Florida Leader magazine,[173] and among "The 20 Best College Traditions" by Business Insider. [28] Colbourn also supported the university's athletic programs. As the region's sole PBS affiliate, the station broadcasts to an estimated population of 4.6 million people in its aerial viewing area.

[159] In addition to the John C. Hitt Library, Rosen College library, Downtown Library, Curriculum Materials Center, and the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, UCF operates libraries at nine of its regional campuses throughout Central Florida. [108] Five UCF programs as among the nation's "Best Graduate Schools. [208], Greek housing is also available on the main campus in the Greek Park community, which consists of close to 500 beds. The percentage of students who received an income-based federal, The percentage of students who are a part of the. UCF, as members of Conference USA (C-USA) between 2005 and 2013, were conference champions in football in 2007 and 2010, and women's basketball in 2009 and 2010. During the 2010 season, for the first time in school history, the Knights garnered national rankings, finishing the season with a top20 ranking. [184] The Recreation and Wellness Center at Knights Plaza, which opened in 2013, is a 8,700 square feet (810m2) facility. [39] In August 2019, the final report into additional UCF construction projects revealed the balance of misdirected funds between July 2010 and August 2018 was $99.6million (equivalent to $123.77million in 2021).

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University president Trevor Colbourn dedicated the newly remodeled and expanded library in February 1985. [43] Pegasus Circle contains the student union, with the John C. Hitt Library located directly to the south of it. NorthView houses 600 students, and includes a Hillel Jewish Student Center, a Catholic Student Center, and a common space for other faith based organizations to use. [8][134] The thirteen colleges house 41 separate degree-granting departments and schools. [72] UCF's operating budget for the 201415 fiscal year is $1.5 billion, a 13.9% increase from the previous year.

Within the executive branch are between 30 and 40 appointed and paid cabinet members that oversee everything from reviewing university policies to tracking state legislation. [8] Of the more than 60,000 students, 11 percent are graduate and professional students, while women make up 55% of the student body. "[77], UCF's student body consists of 61,456 undergraduates and 10,002 graduate and professional students and 490 M.D. [233][234] The Knights won the 2010 C-USA Championship game, securing a berth to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in which the team earned their first-ever bowl victory, a 106 win over Georgia. Since the 1970s, the UCF athletic programs have become a major competitor in college athletics.

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It was part of Colbourn's plan to make UCF a world-class partnership university. [171] In 2006, High Times magazine ranked UCF among the top five counterculture colleges in the nation. [229] The debut of the athletic village made UCF the first university to ever open a new stadium and arena during the same year. [191] The judicial branch consists of a paid Chief Justice and 14 Associate Justices who preside over student conduct hearings and parking appeals.[192]. [23] Millican and then-Governor Claude Kirk presided over FTU's groundbreaking in March 1967. [115] UCF offers both Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs which are rated among the top 15 percent nationally. Chris Marlin, Founder Lennar International. [210] The Order of Omega has a chapter at the university. [62][63] 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). [140], 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. [67] 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. In 2005, Florida Leader magazine named this new tradition the best college superstition in Florida. The Future, which also ran without university oversight, was one of the largest student-run newspapers in the United States. [40] The report found that key people in the university leadership of aware of the misdirection of the funds. The Colley Matrix was the only NCAA recognized selectors to name UCF the national champions. The UCF men's basketball team started in 1969 under head coach Torchy Clark.

[145], The university aims for the college to become a research-intensive medical school, with the aid of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, The UCF Lake Lona Cancer Center, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nemours Children's Hospital, Tavistock Group, and a M.D. [203] Housing on the main campus typically fills to capacity well before the start of the Fall semester, and cannot accommodate everyone who applies. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [26] The nickname later evolved to the Golden Knights and eventually to the Knights.

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. [237] Following a 100 start to the 201011 season, and being one of nine unbeaten teams, the Knights led by coach Donnie Jones and guard Marcus Jordan were nationally ranked for the first time in program history. [147] Regular Shuttle service is offered Monday through Thursday to and from the UCF Main Campus. [177], One of the newest traditions on the UCF campus pertains to the Pegasus seal in the center of the main floor of the Student Union. [140][201][202] Residents of the Towers Communities and Rosen College Apartments sign annual contracts to rent their apartments for a full academic year (fall, spring, and summer), whereas residents of all other standard housing communities on the main campus sign academic contracts to rent their rooms only for one or two semesters at a time.

[131][132] UCF is ranked 2nd in Florida, and 34th in the United States, by the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled. The program is open to all service-fee paying students at UCF who have at least a 2.5 UCF GPA. The majority of all on campus housing is occupied by freshman, though The Towers at Knights Plaza house mainly upper-classmen, student athletes, and honors students. [77], 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. The university itself publishes two magazines, Centric and Pegasus. [8] The ten largest undergraduate disciplines at UCF are respectively: business management and administration, health professions and related, psychology, education, engineering, biology, multi/interdisciplinary studies, communications, visual and performing arts, and social sciences. 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. It is part of the State University System of Florida. [32] During its Spring 2010 graduation ceremonies, UCF awarded its 200,000th degree,[33] less than five years after awarding its 150,000th. It was determined that the best way to protect the president would be to hold commencement in the pond itself, after being drained, so that Secret Service agents could be stationed on the roofs of the adjacent buildings. 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.

To coincide with the opening of the athletic village, the university also debuted new athletic logos and an update to mascot Knightro.[231].

While they did not play in that season's College Football Playoff, they finished the 2017 season unbeaten. [81] 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. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.[222]. [124], UCF's admission rate for first-time-in-college freshmen has declined from 61% of prospective students admitted in the Fall of 2005, to 42% for Fall 2020. [134], 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. The office was formed upon creation of the university in 1963.

[8] Under Hitt's direction, UCF raised admissions standards, increased research funding, built new facilities, and established notable partnerships with major research institutions.[29].

From their first day on campus for orientation, new students are told to never walk on the Pegasus. [213][214][215], Greek life at the University of Central Florida involves more than 3,000 students in over 45 chapters. The Knights football program began in 1979. [8], In the new millennium, enrollment has increased by over sixty percent at UCF, from 33,453 in 2000,[30] to 64,318 in 2016. 1,948 students were enrolled in 55 degree programs within five colleges, led by 90 instructors and aided by 150 staff members, during the university's first year. Disney Dining Room, Universal Orlando Library, Darden Auditorium, and the state-of-the-art Anheuser Busch Beer & Wine Lab). [185], The University of Central Florida's Student Government Association (SGA) is an advocacy group for the students who attend the university, representing the university's nearly 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. With the help of former state senate president William A. Shands and Senator Beth Johnson, on June 10, 1963, the legislature passed and Governor Farris Bryant signed into law Senate Bill No. [211], The Interfraternity Council (IFC) comprises 18 fraternities, and the Panhellenic Council is made up of 12 sororities. [195][196], One limited access program at UCF is the Jazz Studies program, which launched a professional recording label for the university, Flying Horse Records. [158] 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. [113], 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.

Due to cutbacks in federal, state and local budgets, UCF has had over $140 million in funds cut from its operating budget since 2008. [217], The average GPA of Greek Life is higher than the overall university average. Combined populations of Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Marion, Sumter, Flagler, Volusia, Putnam, Polk, Highlands, Okeechobee and Indian River counties according to the 2010 United States Census.

Spirit Splash began in 1995 when then-Student Body President Miguel Torregrossa was pushed into the Reflecting Pond by one of his cabinet members and fellow students followed suit. The university currently houses thirteen colleges that offer 101 baccalaureate programs, 88 master's programs, 31 doctoral programs, three specialist programs, and one professional program (Medicine).

[8][30] Since 2000, UCF has awarded over 100,000 degrees. [11] Initial enrollment was 1,948 students;[12] enrollment in 2022 exceeds 70,000 students from 157 countries, all 50 states and Washington, D.C.[13][14], Most students attend classes held on the university's main campus, 13 miles (21km) east of downtown Orlando and 35 miles (56km) west of Cape Canaveral. [150], Among the colleges, a number of undergraduate academic programs are termed "limited access programs" which are programs where student demand exceeds available resources thus making admission to such program competitive. [64] The UCF College of Medicine on the Health Sciences Campus is the only LEED Silver medical school in Florida. The park provides more than 10,000 jobs to over 500 students and thousands of alumni. [179][180] In addition, UCF's Challenge Course is one of only five in the country to contain a high elements course.[181]. Many officers in the armed forces have came through the Army and Air Force ROTC programs, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, Air Force Officer Training School, Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School and Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class. [186] It also often places in the top ten SGAs nationally for the services and outreach it provides for the students it serves. [182] The Wellness Centers offer programs to boost students' understanding of their health, provides discounted blood and STD testing, staffs certified personal trainers, and teaches methods to maintain good health. [144] The inaugural class had a median age of 28, with 25% of the class composed of out-of-state students. 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. [165] The university has made noted research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, and hospitality management. The Burnham Institute for Medical Research, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nemours Children's Hospital, M.D. [235][236] In 2013, the Knights joined the American Athletic Conference (AAC) as a full member, won the conference's inaugural football championship, and upset the sixth-ranked Big 12 Conference champion Baylor Bears in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.
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