University of Central Florida

United States

About the University

Central Florida University, or UCF, is a state university headquartered in Orlando, Florida. It has enrolled more students on campus than any other institution in the United States. Founded by the Florida Legislature in 1963, UCF opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University to provide staff 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 educational reach of the university grew beyond engineering and technology, the University of Central Florida was renamed Florida Tech in 1978. As it leads the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium, UCF's space origins continue. Initial enrollment was 1,948 students; today's enrollment exceeds 66,000 students from 157 countries, all 50 states, and Washington, D.C. UCF is a university that provides space. Its official colors are black and gold, and the university logo is Pegasus, which "symbolizes the university's vision of limitless possibilities." The university was founded as a non-segregatedand co-educational university with the mission of educating students in engineering and other technological professions for space-age careers.



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Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, United States.

Student life

UCF has more than 400 registered student organizations, intramural sports, and an active association of student government. The university promotes student engagement through groups such as the Student Participation Office, the Multicultural Student Center, the Campus Activities Council, Volunteer UCF, and Training and Interacting with New Knights, a freshmen participation group. In 2011, Playboy rated UCF as the country's 9th best party college. UCF was ranked among the top five counterculture colleges in the nation in 2006 by the High Times magazine.


On the UCF campus there are many various sports programs and facilities. Lake Claire is a lake available for rent on campus with canoes, kayaks and paddle boats (free for UCF students) and a small beachfront. Additionally, UCF's Challenge Course is one of the country's only five courses to include a high elements course.


The Student Government Association (SGA) of the University of Central Florida is an advocacy group for students attending the university, representing almost 60,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students of the university. It is Florida's largest student government and one of the largest in the U.S. It also also positions the support and education this offers for the students it represents in the top ten SGAs nationally. The SGA operates within a budget of several million dollars. It funds and operates three campus facilities— the main Recreation and Wellness Center, the Knights Plaza Recreation and Wellness Center, and the Student Union— while also providing funding of over $1.5 million to nearly 600 registered student organizations.


  • Phil Dalhausser-Olympian.
  • Cheryl Hines-Actress.
  • Nicole Stott-Retired Astronaut.
  • Daunte Culpepper-NFL Player.


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