2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

University Campuses and Resources

The University


The University of Central Florida is one of the nation’s largest universities with about 69,500 students and is located in one of the most dynamic communities in the nation — the Orlando metroplex. UCF’s 1,415-acre main campus has about 600 acres set aside for lakes, woods and an arboretum.

With 13 colleges offering more than 220 degree programs, UCF is an academic and research leader in many fields, including optics and photonics, modeling and simulation, engineering, computer science, business, education, life sciences, hospitality management, digital media and others. The College of Medicine, which graduated its first M.D. students in 2013, is the centerpiece of a medical city at Lake Nona bustling with future doctors learning about the latest advances in health care, patients receiving high-quality care, and scientists seeking cures for cancer and other diseases.

Students attend classes on UCF’s main campus in east Orlando and 15 satellite facilities throughout Central Florida.

Outstanding Students: UCF attracts many of the nation’s best and brightest students. The fall freshman class for the 2019-2020 academic year posted an average SAT score of 1333 — compared to the national average score of 1059 — and a high school GPA of 4.17. UCF enrolled a school-record 330 National Merit Scholars in Fall 2019. We confer more than 15,000 degrees annually, leading all other universities in Florida. Minority enrollment has reached an all-time high of 48 percent, and one of four of UCF students is the first in their family to attend college.

Attractive Amenities: The 45,000-seat Spectrum Stadium and the 10,000-seat Addition Financial Arena opened in 2007 on the north side of UCF’s campus. Nearby, Knights Plaza includes residence halls and various restaurants and retail shops that cater to students, employees and area residents.

UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center features a three-story climbing tower, an indoor track and fitness equipment. The Student Union offers computer labs, study lounges, ballrooms and meeting rooms, popular eating establishments and a shopping mall. A state-of-the-art health center supports a full-service clinic with on-site professionals, X-ray capabilities, pharmacy, dental clinic, medical laboratory and physical-therapy services.

The Career Services and Experiential Learning building features private interview rooms, including a boardroom-style suite where cameras can record students’ practice interviews.

At Technology Commons, students can test and purchase the latest computer products and produce podcasts and video presentations. A performing arts center provides music and theatre students with high-tech classrooms and rehearsal spaces.

National University to Watch: The new UCF Downtown campus in conjunction with Valencia College opened in Fall 2019. This innovative campus serves more than 7,000 students downtown for learning and internship opportunities. UCF ranks among the nation’s 10 most innovative universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, with 27 programs among the top 100 in their fields nationally. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cites UCF as an example of what the future of higher education should look like. In 2018, Bill Gates wrote that the university is succeeding by “reducing costs, boosting its graduate rate and expanding access for low-income and first-generation students.” The Carnegie Foundation classifies UCF as a “highest research activity” institution, which is the foundation’s top ranking.

UCF Online and Online Courses


For students looking for convenience and flexibility, UCF offers a wide selection of undergraduate majors, minors and certificates that can be completed entirely with online courses. Visit ucf.edu/online/bachelors to view the full list of programs that are currently offered entirely online through UCF Online, an initiative developed at UCF to provide support and assistance to students who wish to complete their program exclusively online. . Newly admitted students who choose this option may not enroll in classes with scheduled face-to-face meetings. This includes classes coded P (face-to-face instruction), RA (active learning reduced seat time), RS (Video Streaming/Reduced Seat Time) and M (Mixed mode/reduced seat time).

Students enrolled as a UCF Online student are exempt from some campus-based fees and are restricted from those corresponding campus-based services, such as the Recreation and Wellness Center and Student Health Services. UCF Online students, however, do have access to all academic and support services, including financial aid, advising, library services, and career services. UCF Online students also benefit from the support of a dedicated success coach, who are assigned to each UCF Online student and are specifically trained and enabled to meet the needs of students without regular access to UCF’s physical campuses. See ucf.edu/online for more information.

The University of Central Florida has been approved by Florida to participate in National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. The reciprocity agreements allow for the open delivery of academic credit-earning activities in participating states, including academic field experiences such as internships or practicums. More information is available at registrar.ucf.edu/restrictions.

Online Courses

UCF offers hundreds of online courses to all students every semester. The online course materials and methods have been developed by UCF faculty members to maximize the learner’s achievement of course and program objectives and to provide students with convenient and flexible learning opportunities.

Support for all students in online courses is available at cdl.ucf.edu/support/student/. Online courses are identified in the Class Schedule Search available at my.ucf.edu. In the Additional Search Criteria section, use the drop-down list next to Mode of Instruction to search for the values described below.

Online instruction modes are:

WORLD WIDE WEB (W): These are courses conducted via web-based instruction and collaboration. Some courses may require minimal campus attendance or in-person/proctored examinations.

VIDEO STREAMING (V): These are courses delivered over the web via streaming digital video which may be supplemented by additional web activity, projects or exams.

VIDEO STREAMING/REDUCED SEAT TIME (RS): In these courses, classroom-based content is available over the web via streaming video and some classroom attendance may be required. Activities that supplement video instruction may include any of the following elements: web activity, in-person or proctored examinations, and labs. Classroom activities are limited to no more than 20% of the instructional time over the course of the semester. See course notes for details. Note: Additional classroom attendance is required for international students in F-1 or J-1 status.    

MIXED-MODE/REDUCED SEAT TIME (M): These courses include both required classroom attendance and online instruction. Classes have substantial activity conducted over the web, which substitutes for some classroom meetings.

ACTIVE LEARNING REDUCED SEAT TIME (RA): These courses utilize web-based learning technologies as the primary instructional medium within a blended course combining required face-to-face and online elements. Classes have substantial activity conducted online, and classroom activities are limited to no more than 20% of the instructional time over the course of the semester.

Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL): This is a class attribute that may apply to any type of course (e.g. P, W, M, RA). Class attributes are displayed in the course description returned by the class search tool in my.ucf.edu.  In a PAL course, a portion of the overall online content is delivered via an adaptive learning system that customizes objective-driven content and assessments to create a personalized learning path for each student according to their knowledge, skills, and learning needs.

UCF Mobile App

Access UCF information and services anytime, anywhere by using your iOS and Android smartphone or tablet with the free UCF Mobile app. Quickly access popular features of myUCF, connect to online courses through the Canvas Student app, check Knights Email, check your Knight Cash balance, catch a ride on campus shuttles, find parking, and report issues with UCF Tips. Use the app to stay informed with the latest in UCF News, events on campus, UCF athletics updates, and emergency information. Find your way around campus with the more than 800 points of interest on the campus map, information about student and wellness services, dining information/menus and request a SafeWalk to safely navigate the campus. UCF Mobile is also the mobile companion to many campus and community events such as Orientation, Pegasus Palooza, Homecoming, Knight-Thon and more. Stay in the know with push notifications about campus events, news, and emergencies, or subscribe to one of the many opt-in channels to get the information that’s most important to you.

Registered UCF student organizations who have interest in participating in the UCF Mobile app are invited to visit UCF’s Mobile Strategy website at digitallearning.ucf.edu/msi or contact the program director at ucfmobile@ucf.edu.

UCF Connect


UCF Connect is a partnership-driven unit designed to strategically extend UCF’s reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida, that provides access to quality continuing and higher education for students who, because of time, distance, preference, or life circumstance, might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue educational opportunities. 

The Central Florida Higher Education Consortium, branded as DirectConnect to UCF, is a unique partnership between UCF and College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College, and Valencia College. This agreement provides entry for A.A. and A.S. graduates to UCF as an enhancement to the Florida state-mandated 2 + 2 agreement. Students entering UCF as a DirectConnect to UCF student are admitted according to the UCF policies when A.A. or A.S. degrees are awarded. UCF Success Coaches are available on each of the DirectConnect to UCF campuses.

UCF Connect offers an opportunity to complete a number of programs through the UCF Connect Centers. Strategically located within an 80-mile radius of the UCF Orlando campus, the UCF Connect Centers partner with the six DirectConnect to UCF state colleges, fostering seamless and convenient advancement from completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree to upper-level division work on a baccalaureate degree. With close proximity to Orlando, resources are available at UCF and the UCF Connect Centers, such as admissions, registration, financial aid, advising, student clubs and organizations, accessibility services, veteran’s affairs, “smart classrooms,” libraries, computer labs, and more. Accessible academic programs vary by location. For the most current information on any of the UCF Connect Centers, check the website at connect.ucf.edu.

For online programs, visit ucf.edu/online.

UCF Connect Administration

Vice Provost: J. Jeffrey Jones
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 101
Orlando, 32826

UCF Altamonte Springs (in partnership with Seminole State College)
Associate Vice President: David Mealor
850 S. State Road 434
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:

  • Nursing (Concurrent)

UCF Cocoa (in partnership with Eastern Florida State College)
Regional Director: Lauren Miller
1519 Clearlake Road, Building 3
Cocoa, FL 32922

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:

  • Elementary Education (B.S.)
  • Nursing (B.S.N.).

UCF Daytona Beach (in partnership with Daytona State College)
Regional Director: Lauren Miller
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:

  • Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Photography (B.S.)

UCF Leesburg (in partnership with Lake-Sumter State College)
Regional Director: Tanya Armstrong
9501 U.S. Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788

UCF Ocala (in partnership with College of Central Florida)
Regional Director: Tanya Armstrong
3001 SW College Road, Building 40 (Ewer Center)
Ocala, FL 34474
352-854-2322, ext. 1824

UCF Palm Bay (in partnership with Eastern Florida State College)
Regional Director: Lauren Miller
250 Community College Parkway, Building 3
Palm Bay, FL 32909

UCF Sanford/Lake Mary (in partnership with Seminole State College)
Associate Vice President: David Mealor
100 Weldon BoulevardBlvd.
Sanford, FL 32773

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:
Psychology (B.S.)

  • Graduate Degree Programs
  • Clinical Psychology (M.A.)

UCF South Lake/Clermont (in partnership with Lake-Sumter State College)
Regional Director: Tanya Armstrong
1250 N. Hancock Road, Building 2
Clermont, FL 34711

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:

  • Elementary Education (B.S.)

UCF Valencia East (in partnership with Valencia College)
Assistant Vice Provost: Kimberly Hardy
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Building 1, Room 265
Orlando, FL 32825

The following undergraduate degree programs offer occasional face-to-face courses at this location:

  • Integrated Business* (B.S.B.A.)

*Selected courses will require attendance at the UCF Orlando campus.

UCF Valencia Osceola (in partnership with Valencia College)
Assistant Vice Provost: Kimberly Hardy
1800 Denn John Lane, Building 4, Room 234
Kissimmee, FL 34744

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:

  • Biomedical Sciences (B.S.)
  • Elementary Education (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Public Administration (B.A.)

UCF Valencia School of Public Safety (in partnership with Valencia College)
Assistant Vice Provost: Kimberly Hardy
8600 Valencia College Lane
Orlando, FL 32825

The following programs offer occasional face-to-face courses at this location:

  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Graduate Certificates in Police Leadership, Crime Analysis, Juvenile Justice Leadership, Corrections Leadership, Criminal Justice Executive

UCF Valencia West (in partnership with Valencia College)
Assistant Vice Provost: Kimberly Hardy
1800 S. Kirkman Road, Building 11, Suite 104
Orlando, FL 32811

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed through combined face-to-face and online courses at this location:

  • Architecture (B.D.)
  • Electrical Engineering (3rd year) (B.S.E.E.)
  • Elementary Education (B.S.)
  • Integrated Business* (B.S.B.A.)
  • Nursing (Concurrent)
  • Psychology (B.S.)

*Selected courses will require attendance at the UCF Orlando campus.

UCF Downtown

(in partnership with Valencia College)
500 W. Livingston St.
Orlando, FL

UCF Downtown, in partnership with Valencia College, brings more than 7,000 students to live, learn and work in downtown Orlando, creating a game-changing campus in the heart of our great city. Opened in Fall 2019, this transformational campus provides innovative education for high-demand fields that integrate with industry and places thousands of students within walking distance of jobs and internships.

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed at this location:

  • Communication and Conflict (B.A.)
  • Digital Media (B.A.)
  • Emergency Management (B.A./B.S.)
  • Health Informatics and Information Management (B.S.)
  • Health Services Administration (B.S.)
  • Human Communication (B.A.)
  • Legal Studies (B.A./B.S.)
  • Nonprofit Management (B.A./B.S.)
  • Public Administration (B.A./B.S.)

Central Florida Research Park

The Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to the main UCF campus, is a University-related research park established as a result of legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 1978. The Research Park is a cooperative effort between UCF, the Orange County Research and Development Authority, and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners (which appoints the members of the Authority). The governing body of the Research Park is the Orange County Research and Development Authority.

The objectives of the Central Florida Research Park are in keeping with the legislative action that enabled its creation “to encourage and promote the establishment of research and development activity combining the resources of institutions of higher learning, private sector enterprise involved in pure or applied research, and state or federal governmental agency research.”

The ultimate goal of University-related research parks is to establish an academic/industrial community. The University and officials of the Central Florida Research Park believe that the potential for the establishment of close ties between the University and industry will create an environment conducive to the location of research-oriented industry in the Research Park. This activity will enrich and support the academic, teaching, and research programs of the University. The University, in turn, can provide the necessary expertise and human resources to enhance the research and development activities required and planned by Research Park residents.

The Central Florida Research Park consists of over 1,000 acres of land. Businesses desiring a “university relationship” can purchase or lease land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab, or light manufacturing activities.

Research Park tenants are involved with the University of Central Florida through sponsored research, using faculty as consultants, and using graduate and undergraduate students for intern programs and part-time employment. Research Park tenants can also contract with the University for use of the library, computer resources, and laboratory facilities. Cooperative projects range from technical research to developing business plans and employee training programs.

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs are established under the Florida Major Gifts Trust Fund, which provides $420,000 in state funds to match $600,000 in contributions from private sources within a five-year period.

Phillips-Schenck Chair in American Private Enterprise: Created in 1980 as the focal point for a continual dialog on major economic issues, comparative economic systems, and economic decision-making in business. Chair: James Combs.

Charles N. Millican Chair in Computer Science: Created in 1983 and dedicated to probing the frontiers of computer science, with emphasis on the direction that the discipline will take over the next decade. Chair: Kenneth Stanley.

William S. and Alice M. Jenkins Chair in Community Arts: Created in 1986 to enable UCF to design and oversee programs covering art administration, art therapy, and art education within the Central Florida community. Chair: Kevin Haran.

Carl H. Galloway Chair for Excellence in Business: Created in 1986 to honor Carl Galloway, a pioneer in telecommunications. The purpose is to enhance scholarly activity in teaching and research in the College of Business Administration. Chair: Pradeep Bhardwaj.

The Cobb Family Eminent Chair in Optical Sciences and Engineering: Created in 1988 to support the work of an internationally recognized scholar in laser and optical sciences. Chair: Demetrios Christodoulides.

Darden Eminent Scholar Chair in Restaurant Management: Created in 1990 to develop a program of excellence in restaurant management. This chair, the first of its kind in the country, also serves as a critical resource for the hospitality industry. Chair: TBA.

SunTrust, N.A. Eminent Chair in Banking for Teaching Excellence: Created in 1989 to attract a nationally or internationally prominent expert in banking with a strong commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and executive development. Chair: Ajai Singh.

Al and Nancy Burnett Eminent Scholar Chair in Accounting: Created in 1989 to support an exceptional faculty member in the School of Accounting. Chair: Robin W. Roberts.

Bert Fish Memorial Eminent Scholar Chair: Created in 1990, the first chair to be established at the Daytona Campus, to improve nursing education and ease the shortage of nurses. Chair: Angeline A. Bushy.

Lockheed Martin Academy in Math and Science Education: Created in 1992 to stress content enhancement and problem-solving approaches in the teaching of science and mathematics. Chair: Lisa A. Dieker.

CFHLA Eminent Scholar Chair in Hotel Management: Created in 2002 to support the teaching and research of an internationally recognized scholar in hotel management. Chair: TBA.

Linda Chapin Eminent Scholar Chair in Tourism Management: Created in 2002 to support the teaching and research of an internationally recognized scholar in tourism management. Chair: Abraham Pizam.

William Peeper Eminent Scholar Chair in Destination Marketing: Created in 2002 to support the teaching and research of an internationally recognized scholar in destination marketing. Chair: TBA.

Mildred W. Coyle Eminent Scholar Chair: Created in 2000 to support the teaching and research of an internationally recognized scholar in various disciplines of professional education. Chair: Sandra L. Robinson.

Robert N. Heintzelman Eminent Scholar Chair: Created in 2002 to conduct research into the determination of the basic cause of greed in humanity and to determine the appropriate manner and methods of eliminating the cause of greed and fostering altruism. Chair: TBA.

DeVos Eminent Scholar in Sport Business Management Endowed Scholar Chair: Created in 2001 to attract a nationally or internationally prominent scholar in the field of sports, with a strong commitment to graduate sport business management programs. Chair: Richard E. Lapchick.

Richard T. Crotty Orange County Endowed Scholar Chair: Created in 2004 to attract a nationally or internationally prominent scholar to conduct research in his/her primary field and to assist in the development of research, programs, and support service as the faculty liaison to the Institute for Economic Competitiveness, College of Business Administration. Chair: Qinghai Wang.

Florida Photonics Center of Excellence Eminent Scholar Chair of Nanophotonics: Created in 2003 to strengthen and support teaching and research in the field of nanophotonics at the College of Optics and Photonics. Chair: Dennis Deppe.

Agere Systems, Inc. Eminent Scholar Chair of Computer Science: Created in 2005 in recognition of the university’s leadership in the Florida High Tech Corridor and the FHTC Council’s objective of attracting, retaining, and growing tech-based industry in our region and in the preparation of the workforce needed for our region. Chair: Mubarak A. Shah.

Chatlos Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing: Created in 1996 to support a key faculty member of distinguished reputation who will engage in teaching, research, and scholarly activities relating to nursing. Chair: TBA

Kenneth G. Dixon Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Accounting: Created in 2004 as a key component of the Dixon School of Accounting. Chair: TBA.

Howard Phillips Eminent Scholar Chair in Real Estate: Created in 2005, as a key component of the Dr. P. Philips School of Real Estate. Chair: David Harrison.

21st Century Scholar Chair: Created in 2006 to strengthen and support teaching and research in the field of lasers and medicine at the College of Optics and Photonics. Chair: Konstantin L. Vodopyanov.

Florida 21st Century Chair. Created in 2007 to strengthen and support teaching and research in the fields of control and signal processing in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Chair: Marwan A. Simaan.

Dr. Neil Euliano Chair in Italian Studies: Created in 2005. This is the first Chair in Italian Studies in the State of Florida and is designed to support the teaching and research of an internationally recognized scholar of Italian and Italian American Culture. Chair: Chiara Mazzucchelli. 

NAIOP Eminent Scholar Chair in Real Estate: Created in 2005 as a key component of the Dr. P. Philips School of Real Estate. Chair: Geoffrey K. Turnbull.

Lester N. Mandell Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair: Created in 2004 to assist in the development of an Ethics Center. Chair: TBA.

Karl H. Guenther Endowed Chair in Thin Film Optics: Created in 1998 to support the School of Optics Education in Thin Film Optics. Chair: TBA.

Jalal Talabany Endowed Chair in Kurdish Political Studies: Created in 2007 to strengthen and support teaching and research in Kurdish Political Studies. Chair: Güneş Murat Tezcür.

Florida Photonics Center of Excellence Endowed Chair in Biophotonics: Created in 2003 to strengthen and support teaching and research in the field of biophotonics at the College of Optics and Photonics. Chair: TBA.

Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Science: Created in 2011 to build collaborative research programs with Florida Hospital and other Central Florida scientists while providing leadership to the research enterprise in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine. Chair: Sampath Parthasarathy.

Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing: Created in 2011 to strengthen and support the preparation of nurse educators. Chair: Joellen Edwards.

Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation: Created in 2011 to support a leading expert in simulation to advance simulation in nursing and healthcare disciplines. Chair: Gregory Welch.

Paul N. Somerville Endowed Chair for Statistics: Created in 2012 to strengthen and support teaching and research in the field of statistics with an emphasis on the area of Big Data. Chair: TBA.

Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing: Created in 2009 to support three areas: a leading expert in teaching and research, an annual symposium related to excellence in nursing and student scholarships. Chair: Mary Lou Sole.

Robert N. Heintzelman Eminent Scholar Chair: Created in 2002 to conduct research into the determination of the basic cause of greed in humanity and to determine the appropriate manner and methods of eliminating the cause of greed and fostering altruism. Chair: Glenn Lambie

Al Ghazali Endowed Professorship in Islamic Studies: Fully endowed in 2017 to support an internationally recognized scholar of distinguished reputation who will engage in teaching, research, and academic activities relating to Islamic Studies. The distinguished professor will continue the development of a program of excellence in Islamic Studies. Chair: Cyrus Zargar. 

University Ombuds Office

Ombuds Officer: Shreya Trivedi
Millican Hall (MH) 247

The Ombuds Office is an informal, impartial, independent and confidential resource for all members of the University community. It is not an office of notice of wrongdoing and cannot participate in any formal grievance or appeal process. The office provides assistance and guidance regarding concerns related to the University. These services are available to every member of the University community: students, staff, faculty, and others. Any type of concern may be brought to the attention of this office: academic, financial, housing, consumer, work-related, or personal. The University Ombuds Officer, as a neutral facilitator, will listen to concerns and assist visitors by developing a range of options in an informal attempt to achieve resolution. Referral and direction to appropriate individuals and offices and clarification of University policies and procedures are services provided by the office. All proceedings in individual cases will be held confidential by the Ombuds Office unless otherwise authorized by the complainant, or otherwise required by applicable law, including without limitation, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes. The University Ombuds Office is located in Millican Hall, Suite 243, Room 247. Appointments may be made by calling 407-823-6440.

UCF Public Safety and Police

Chief of Police: Carl Metzger
3610 Libra Drive, Building 150
Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-5555 or 911 for emergencies

The UCF Police Department (UCFPD) has a big job in keeping the campus safe. 

Established in 1973, UCFPD currently employs more than 85 sworn law enforcement officers who provide police services on both main and regional campuses, as well as at several university-affiliated housing communities.  

UCFPD is an accredited, full-service police department with several specialty units, including K-9, Investigations and Community Partnerships. The mission of the department is to reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors through the application of community policing.

Officers patrol the UCF campus 24/7, and the department’s communications center is also available around the clock via the non-emergency line, 407-823-5555, or by dialing 911 in an emergency. Blue light emergency phones are also located throughout UCF’s campuses and will connect directly to UCFPD’s dispatch center. 

In addition to main campus, UCFPD also has 24/7 uniformed patrols at Rosen’s College of Hospitality Management, the Health Sciences in Lake Nona and UCF Downtown, all of which are based out of the new substation on Amelia Street in downtown Orlando. 

UCFPD also offers several crime prevention programs for the community, including providing safe transportation after hours, self-defense classes and free property registration. 

Despite prevention efforts, crime is a reality everywhere, including UCF. The police department has seven victim advocates on staff along with a “soft interview room, where victims of crime speak with detectives and advocates after an incident. In addition to this room, UCFPD’s therapy dog, Paisley, is used to make victims feel more comfortable speaking with officers and advocates after they have experienced a traumatic crime. 

Victim Services provides free, comprehensive victim advocacy services to students, faculty, staff and visitors who have been impacted by crime, violence or abuse. The office offers support, crisis intervention, options, information, referrals, practical assistance and educational programs. The office and its certified victim advocates can be reached by phone, 407-823-1200, or by text, 407-823-6868, 24/7. 

The police department also partners with the UCF Department of Emergency Management, which prepares the university by coordinating all activities necessary to prevent against, respond to, and recover from natural, technological, and human-caused threats and hazards. 

UCF Alerts will notify the UCF community of an emergency — such as severe weather, criminal activity, an active shooter or a bomb threat — and provide general instructions. Depending on the nature of the emergency, follow-up alerts will contain more detailed information. More frequent updates will typically be shared on social media on UCFPD and UCF’s Twitter accounts, @UCFPolice and @UCF. Current UCF students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled to receive UCF Alerts, and contact information can be updated via myUCF. 

For more information about public safety at UCF, visit ucf.edu/safety. 

Information Technologies and Resources

Vice President and CIO: TBD
Millican Hall (MH) 331D

The Division of Information Technologies and Resources has University-wide responsibility for planning, implementation, and support of information technology and the allocation and administration of space. Units within the Division include the Library, UCF IT, Information Security and Space Administration. The services and resources of each unit are described in the following sections.

University Libraries

Interim Director of University Libraries: Frank Allen
John C. Hitt Library (LIB) 512

University Libraries offers a variety of information resources and services. An extensive resource collection includes 2.1 million volumes, 68,000 journal subscriptions, 3.3 million microforms and 50,000 media titles. The Libraries’ electronic resources include 481 databases and 181,000 e-books.

The John C. Hitt Library on the main campus is open 105 hours per week. Operating hours are available at library.ucf.edu or by calling 407-823-2756.

Infusion, the Libraries’ cyber-cafe learning space, offers food and beverage items, 32 desktop PCs, 98 comfortable seats, closed-captioned television, and a browsing collection for leisure reading.

The Knowledge Commons area offers seating for 403 students, access to 122 desktop PCs, collaborative group study areas, and rolling whiteboards.

In collaboration with the University’s Office of Student Accessibility Services, students are eligible for Document Delivery assistance at each location by appointment by contacting the Circulation Desk. The John C. Hitt Library has several reading and listening aid devices, including a workstation equipped with MAGic and JAWS software, and a Sorenson Videophone. More information is available at library.ucf.edu/services/accessibility-services.

Primary source material from Special Collections and the University Archives supports the research, teaching, and service activities of the UCF community. These special materials include books, manuscripts, historic public records, ephemera, photographs, art, and more, library.ucf.edu/SpecialCollections. The new fourth floor gallery showcases rotating collections.

UCF Libraries partners with other libraries and local institutions through Central Florida Memory, Florida Heritage, Digital Library of the Caribbean, and similar web-based projects to provide digital access to special and historic images and documents library.ucf.edu/Systems/DigitalInitiatives/DigitalCollections.

Other Libraries

The Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) is located on the first floor of the Education Building. This library collection primarily serves the School of Teacher Education students and faculty  by providing representative PK-12 curriculum materials for preview, review, analysis and circulationFor more information visit the CMC web page at library.ucf.edu/cmc or call 407-823-2791.

The Universal Orlando Foundation Library is located at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management on Universal Boulevard. The library is open to the entire UCF community as well as to hospitality industry professionals. Its unique collection covers all facets of the hospitality and tourism industries. The library provides a wide array of services and resources, including desktop PCs, wireless devices for checkout, group study rooms, research assistance, library instruction, and interlibrary loan. For more information, visit library.ucf.edu/Rosen or call 407-903-8100.

The Downtown Campus Library is located on the second floor of the Dr. Phillips Academic Commons in downtown Orlando.  The library serves primarily UCF and Valencia College Downtown Campus students, but is open to all users.  The print collection focuses on the UCF and Valencia programs offered at the Downtown Campus, and Interlibrary Loan is available.  The library has desktop computers, printing/copying/scanning, and offers research assistance and library instruction.  For more information, visit library.ucf.edu/downtown or call 407-235-3720.

UCF Connect Libraries

UCF Connect (regional) Libraries collections and services are available through partner libraries in Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Sanford-Lake Mary, Osceola, and West Orlando. The university partners with state colleges to provide complete information services. Two websites that are particularly helpful for UCFConnect Campus needs are:

UCF librarians provide one-on-one, in-person, and virtual assistance by appointment. All locations provide electronic access to library and university resources on the web.  Interlibrary loan services make the John C. Hitt Library’s collections available to UCF students at all regional and branch campus sites.

Space Administration

Director, Space Planning: Christy Miranda-Perez
Millican Hall (MH) 329

Space Administration facilitates the university’s space request and allocation process, maintains an accurate space inventory for internal and external reporting purposes, and provides analyses and information that support the instructional, research, and administrative space needs of the university and its respective colleges and divisions. SA works closely with UCF Facilities Planning and Construction and the Registrar’s Office.


Associate Vice President & IT Chief Operating Officer: Michael Sink
College of Sciences Building (CSB)

As the main provider of information technology resources, UCF IT provides all telecommunications services (voice and data), enterprise administrative systems and support to the UCF community including:

  • Campus telephone system
  • Campus local area network
  • Campus wide area network
  • Campus wireless network
  • Cable TV
  • Computer labs (e.g., Technology Commons I and II)
  • Technology Product Center
  • Data center operations and system administration         
  • Email
  • Document imaging services
  • Enterprise administrative data processing services
  • PeopleSoft ERP (SA/HR, Portal, CRM) development
  • Identity management/domain services

Technology Commons is a centrally located hub for students to study, create and play.  Students can meet in groups in one of three collaboration rooms, take advantage of the computer labs and rental equipment available, or browse the Technology Product Center, the official UCF computer store, for recommended computer needs with educational pricing. Also, located in Technology Commons is the Student Support Desk. Stop by for any technology related or general issues.

Students can get help from UCF IT by phone, email, live chat, technical support ticket, or knowledge database: visit it.ucf.edu/student-support for all these options.

Information Security Office

Associate Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer: Chris Vakhordjian
College of Sciences Building (CSB)

The Information Security Office (InfoSec) promotes best practices through security awareness, online resources, targeted workshops, regular security awareness programs, as well as by publishing policies, standards, and guidelines. InfoSec designs, implements and maintains an information security program that protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the University’s data, information systems, processes, and services.

InfoSec collaborates with UCF IT, administration, faculty, staff and students to develop security policies, standards, and best practices to help protect university and personal assets.

InfoSec and the Security Incident Response Team (SIRT) are available to facilitate and provide guidance with any computer security incidents that affect university IT resources or threaten the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of university information. All security incidents involving restricted data or confidential information must be reported immediately to SIRT at sirt@ucf.edu, or through the UCF IT Support Center at 407-823-5117.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Vice President and Director: Daniel J. White
Wayne Densch 2 (WD2)

The University of Central Florida, a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I, competes in 16 sports and is a member of the American Athletic Conference. UCF’s intercollegiate sports for men include baseball, basketball, golf, football, soccer and tennis. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, outdoor and indoor track and field, tennis and volleyball.

UCF’s athletics teams are successful on the field, in the classroom and in our community.

Currently in their eighth season of membership in the American Athletic Conference, the Knights have won AAC titles in football (2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), baseball (2017), women’s golf (2015, 2017), women’s soccer (2013, 2014, 2017), men’s soccer (2018, 2019), rowing (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), softball (2014, 2015), indoor track and field (2017) and volleyball (2014, 2018, 2019). The UCF football team has made four consecutive postseason bowl appearances, including the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

During the past six years, UCF student-athletes have contributed a total of more than 40,000 hours of community service in the Central Florida region and around the world.

Graduation Rate Disclosure

The completion or graduation rate is the rate at which full-time, certificate-seeking or degree-seeking undergraduate students who are enrolling for the first time at the institution, and who have not previously enrolled at any other institution of higher education, graduate from their programs. The 6-year graduation rate for the Summer-Fall 2013 full-time cohort is 72.3 percent. The retention rate for Summer-Fall full-time 2018 students is 91.5 percent. The information is public and available for review on the Institutional Knowledge Management website.

Addition Financial Arena, The Venue, and Knights Plaza


The Addition Financial Arena is the largest entertainment and sports facility in East Orlando. With seating for 10,000 fans, it is home to UCF Men’s and Women’s basketball, university and high school graduation ceremonies, and a diverse lineup of world-famous entertainers, beloved family shows and festivities rivaling any in the country.

Nestled on the north side of the Addition Financial Arena, The Venue is a more intimate space showcasing special events and UCF Women’s Volleyball.

Knights Plaza, a living-learning community on the north end of UCF’s main campus is the home of the Addition Financial Arena and The Venue, features an exciting mix of student apartments, garages, services, shops and dining. Come early and stay late. For event, retail or rental information, visit http://www.AdditionFiArena.com or http://www.knightsplaza.com. For information on apartment rental, please visit housing.ucf.edu.

Campus Bookstores

UCF’s main campus is home to two Barnes & Noble College bookstores.

John T. Washington Center Location

The UCF Bookstore, a Barnes & Noble College division bookstore, located in the John T. Washington Center, is the textbook and course material destination. It also offers the largest variety of UCF clothing in the world, including logo gift items, snacks, beverages, convenience items and a full service Foxtail Coffee. For store hours and information, visit http://www.ucf.bncollege.com or call 407-823-2665.

Knights Plaza Location

The Barnes & Noble @ UCF, located next to the Addition Financial Arena at Knights Plaza, is the official headquarters for all of your graduation supplies and more. It offers a complete line of UCF clothing, logo gift items, general reading books, snacks, beverages, convenience items and a full service café that proudly brews Starbucks coffee. For store hours and information, visit http://www.shopucf.com or call 407-882-0364.

Parking and Transportation Services

Director: Kris Singh
Visitor and Parking Information Center (VPI)

The Parking and Transportation Services department offers a variety of transportation options to, from, and around the campus.

The UCF Shuttle provides transit needs for students residing in 22 off-campus apartment communities, as well as numerous locations in the Central Florida Research Park. Normal operating hours range from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. UCF also has an intra-campus shuttle service called Pegasus Express that operates continuously from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters, and from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer terms.

An inter-campus transportation service is provided between the UCF main campus and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. It makes 10 round-trip runs between 6:45 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the fall and spring semesters, and six round-trip runs between 8 a.m. and 7p.m. during the summer semester. Service is also provided between UCF main campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Shuttles provide 14 round trips between 7:20 a.m. and 10:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. The latest addition is an inter-campus service between UCF’s main campus and the UCF downtown campus. It makes 16 round trips between 6:30am and 10:30pm Monday through Thursday, and 14 roundtrips between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Fridays. Arrivals and departures can be tracked via UCF mobile application or m.ucf.edu/shuttles/routes.

These services are complimentary to all UCF students, faculty, and staff members, and operate on all class days, including exam weeks. Please refer to the webpage at parking.ucf.edu/Shuttle.html or call 407-823-2131 for detailed information.

In addition, three LYNX bus routes, Links 13, 434 and 104, serve the UCF campus from Oviedo, Downtown Orlando, Valencia College, and East campus. UCF students, staff and faculty can ride Lynx’s buses free to any destination in Central Florida with the simple showing of their UCF ID. Commuters may connect to most anywhere in the Greater Orlando area. The LYNX buses normally operate at 30 to 60-minute intervals. Route maps may be obtained at the UCF Visitors and Parking Information Center and the information kiosk at the Student Union. Further details, including rates and information on special passes, may be obtained by calling LYNX at 407-841-8240, or from their website, http://golynx.com.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF

Artistic Director: Jim Helsinger
812 E. Rollins St., Suite 100
Orlando FL 32803

Orlando Shakes in Partnership with UCF is a professional AEA theater producing classic, contemporary and children’s plays. The theater presents a Signature Series of adult plays, a children’s theater series, a new play festival, and innovative educational programming that includes summer camps, The Young Company (a summer high school performance group), Shakespeare with Heart (a summer program in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy and UCF), and the K-12 “Shakespeare Alive” and “Shakesperience” programs. Performances are presented in Margeson, Goldman, Mandell, and Santos-Dantin Theaters at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

The theater has achieved a position of national recognition, attracting artists from across the country. The theater has been featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Stage Directions, American Theater, and American Theater magazine. The third year of UCF’s MFA in Acting is spent in residence at Orlando Shakes. Internships and independent studies for UCF undergraduates are also available with the theater. Reduced price rush tickets are available for UCF students 1/2 hour before all performances with valid student ID. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 407-447-1700, or go on the web at http://www.orlandoshakes.org. For internship information and other questions, contact Artistic Director Jim Helsinger at jimh@orlandoshakes.org.

UCF Alumni

407-UCF-ALUM (823-2586)

UCF Alumni is committed to maintaining lifelong connections between all Knights with the university and each other through social, cultural and professional development opportunities. The organization’s mission is to enhance the lives of UCF alumni, students and friends by fostering a mutually beneficial relationship with the university. Once a student graduates, he or she automatically has access to UCF Alumni’s resources and network of more than 300,000.

The 4EVER KNIGHTS (4EK) student organization connects students with alumni while creating a culture of philanthropy at UCF. 4EVER KNIGHTS is the largest student organization on campus and offers students a variety of fun and valuable events, benefits and discounts, as well as leadership, scholarship, and service opportunities.

UCF Foundation, Inc.

Vice President for Advancement and CEO, UCF Foundation, Inc.: Michael J. Morsberger
Research Pavilion (PVL) 250

Founded in 1969 as the Florida Technological University Foundation, Inc., today’s University of Central Florida Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage, steward and celebrate charitable contributions from alumni and friends to support UCF.

Directed by a volunteer board and staffed by more than 100 professionals, including fundraising officers, information experts, accountants, communicators and more, the foundation works to inform and engage current and prospective donors in strengthening UCF through private philanthropy.

In 2019, the foundation successfully completed the eight-year IGNITE Campaign, raising more than $530 million for student scholarships, faculty excellence, Knights athletics, UCF Downtown and other university priorities.