Coordinates: 28°36′06″N 81°12′02″W / 28.6016°N 81.2005°W / 28.6016; -81.2005

University of Central Florida

Seal of the University of Central Florida
Motto Reach for the Stars
Established 1963
Type Public
Endowment $137 million
Chairman Michael Grindstaff
President John C. Hitt
Provost Tony Waldrop
Academic staff 1,948
Admin. staff 8,619
Students 59,767
Undergraduates 50,968
Postgraduates 8,522
Doctoral students 277
Location Orlando, Florida, United States
Campus Suburban
1,415 acres (5.73 km2)
Former names Florida Technological University
Colors Black and Old Gold
Athletics NCAA Division I, Conference USA, (Big East in 2013)
Nickname Knights
Mascot Knightro
Website ucf.edu

The University of Central Florida, commonly referred to as UCF, is a metropolitan public research university located in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the second-largest university in the United States by enrollment.

The University of Central Florida was authorized by the Florida State Legislature in 1963, and opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University, with the goal of providing highly-trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center, located only 35 miles (56 km) to the east. As the university's academic scope had expanded to encompass other disciplines, "Florida Tech" was renamed the University of Central Florida in 1978. Although initial enrollment in 1968 was only 1,948 students, as of 2012 enrollment consists of 59,767 students representing over 140 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The majority of the student population is located on the university's 1,415-acre (573 ha) main campus approximately 13 miles (21 km) east-northeast of downtown Orlando and 55 miles (89 km) south-southwest of Daytona Beach. The university offers over 210 separate degree options through twelve colleges and twelve satellite campuses throughout Florida. Since its founding, UCF has awarded more than 235,000 degrees, including 40,000 graduate and professional degrees, to nearly 190,000 alumni worldwide.

UCF is a space-grant university and has made noted research contributions to optics, modeling and simulation, digital media, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, and hospitality management, and is considered to be the fifth-best up-and-coming national university by U.S. News and World Report. UCF's official colors are black and gold and the academic logo is a Pegasus. The athletic teams, called the 'Knights' and represented by the mascot Knightro, are members of Conference USA until July 1, 2013, when they will become all-sports members of the Big East Conference.

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... He was inducted into the UCF Hall of Fame in 2009.he helped to put the University of Central Florida football program on the map ... UCF was struggling and failed to record a winning season since the program’s inaugural campaign in 1979 ... The following season, UCF saw its first big attendance game with 23,760 on hand for the Homecoming matchup against Wofford ...
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