About UCF


About the University

  • Status: One of 12 of Florida's public universities
  • Location: In metropolitan Orlando area, 13 miles east of downtown Orlando
  • Carnegie Classification: Comprehensive Doctoral; Research Universities - Very High Research Activity
  • Number of Graduate Programs: 31 Doctoral, 84 Master's, 78 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, including 1,889 doctoral, 5,292 master's, 308 certificate, 63 specialist, 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. Spring 2015: 32 years old
  • Ethnicity of Graduate Student Population, Spring 2015  
    • White, Non-Hispanic - 57.25 percent 
    • African American, Non-Hispanic - 9.10 percent
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native - Less than 1 percent
    • Asian - 10.47 percent
    • Hispanic/Latino - 13.80 percent
    • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander - Less than 1 percent
    • Multi-racial - 1.86 percent
    • Not specified - 7.28 percent

Financial Support for Graduate Students

  • Assistantships - Each year over 1,500 graduate students are awarded graduate assistantships that provide financial support for their graduate education. 
  • Fellowships - Over 2 million dollars in support was awarded to doctoral and master's students.
  • Tuition Remission - University fellows and graduate students appointed on full-time assistantships (20 hours per week) receive full resident (in-state) tuition remission. Students appointed on half-time assistantship appointments (10 hours per week) receive remission of one-half of the resident (in-state) tuition. All nonresident university fellow and graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week are charged a "differential out-of-state fee" of $0.00.
  • Health Insurance - The College of Graduate Studies provides health insurance coverage for all university fellows and graduate assistants with appointments totaling 20 hours per week.

Research Activities 2015

Academic research fuels the innovation economy and UCF is an integral part of statewide efforts to attract, retain and grow high technology companies in Florida. UCF’s programs in solar energy, optics and photonics, and simulation and training are among the best in the nation. Our emerging programs in biomedical science, computer science, nanoscience, and materials are developing into national leaders.

For the past decade, UCF researchers have brought in more than $100 million annually in contracts and grants. The largest percentage of funds is typically from the federal government, which has a vested interest in advancing knowledge and fueling America's innovation pipeline.

Research faculty are the strength behind the development of new technologies. UCF’s incubation and entrepreneurship programs help turn those technologies into companies. In a recent survey of U.S. public institutions, UCF was ranked 18th in the nation for the number of patents produced.

  • Total Research Awards - $133.4 million
  • Total Federal Awards - $74.15 million
  • Total State Awards - $11.72 million
  • Total Industry Awards - $47.54 million
  • Patents - UCF holds more than 835 U.S. patents

UCF Centers and Institutes Research

  • Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) - $1.583 million
  • Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) - $5.13 million
  • Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) - $15.54 million
  • Florida Space Institute - $13.15 million

College Research

  • Education - $6 million
  • Engineering and Computer Science - $24.41 million
  • Health and Public Affairs - $3.93 million
  • Medicine - $6.88 million
  • Optics and Photonics (CREOL) - $14.75 million
  • Sciences - $13.82 million