2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Campuses and Resources

The University


The University of Central Florida is one of the nation’s largest university with more than 66,000 students and is located in one of the most dynamic communities in the country—the Orlando metroplex. UCF’s 1,415-acre main campus provides modern facilities, most of which have wireless capability, with about 600 acres set aside for lakes, woods and an arboretum.

Offering more than 215 degree programs, UCF is an academic and research leader in many fields, including optics and photonics, modeling and simulation, engineering, computer science, business administration, education, life sciences, hospitality management and digital media. 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. Since President John C. Hitt’s arrival in 1992, enrollment has nearly tripled, and UCF has greatly expanded access to higher education.

Outstanding Students: UCF attracts many of the nation’s best and brightest students. The fall freshman class for the 2017-18 academic year posted an average SAT score of 1316—compared to the state average score of 1017—and a high school GPA of 4.06. UCF ranked 9th and 11th among U.S. public universities for new National Merit Scholars enrolled the past two years. We confer more than 15,000 degrees annually, leading all other universities in Florida.

Attractive Amenities: The 45,000-seat Spectrum Stadium and the 10,000-seat CFE Arena opened in 2007 on the north side of UCF’s campus. Anchored by CFE Arena, Knights Plaza also includes four student 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 small shopping mall. A state-of-the-art health center supports a full-service health 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 and eventually will host student and professional performances.

National University to Watch: For the past several years, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide has lauded UCF as a top national university to watch. In the 2017 guide, 20 UCF programs were ranked among the top 100 in their fields. In  2016, The Princeton Review named UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy the No. 1 graduate game-design program. CEOWORLD Magazine ranked the Rosen College of Hospitality Management among the top five hospitality schools in the world in 2016 and the university also has been identified among the best colleges for veterans.

UCF Online and Online Courses


UCF offers dozens of undergraduate majors, minors and certificates that can be completed entirely with online courses. These programs listed at https://www.ucf.edu/online/majors/ are available to all students, and UCF Online provides an option for students who are interested in taking online courses exclusively. 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), 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 the corresponding campus-based services such as the Recreation and Wellness Center and Student Health Services. UCF Online students do have access to all academic and support services such as financial aid, advising, library services, and career services. UCF Online students also have the support of a dedicated staff of success coaches specifically trained and enabled to meet the needs of students without regular access to UCF’s physical campuses. See www.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 http://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 https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/student/. Online courses are identified in the Class Schedule Search available at http://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 (RV): In these courses, classroom-based content is available over the web via streaming video and classroom attendance is not required. Other required activities that substitute for video instruction may include any of the following elements: web activity, in-person or proctored examinations, and labs. See course notes for details. Note: Some 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 percent of the instructional time over the course of the semester.

Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL) 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

Students may enjoy UCF information and services anytime, anywhere by using an iOS and Android smartphone or tablet. With the free UCF Mobile app, students can access popular features of myUCF, connect to online courses through the Canvas Student app, check Knights Email, catch a ride on a campus shuttle, or find parking. The app allows students to stay informed with the latest in UCF News, events on campus, UCF athletics updates, and emergency information. The app can help students find their way around campus with the more than 700 points of interest on the campus map, information about student and health services, dining information and menus, and available technology resources. The app is also the mobile companion to many campus and community events such as Pegasus Palooza and Homecoming. Students can 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 important to them.

Registered UCF student organizations who have interest in participating in the UCF Mobile app are invited to visit UCF’s Mobile Strategy website at https://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 https://www.connect.ucf.edu/.

For online programs visit http://www.ucf.edu/online/.

UCF Connect Administration

Vice Provost: J. Jeffrey Jones
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 101
Orlando, 32826; 407-823-4547

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)
Assistant Vice President: Linda Bradley
1200 W. International Speedway Boulevard, 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 S.W. College Road, 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 Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

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

Legal Studies (B.A., B.S.)
Psychology (B.S.)

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

Graduate Degree Programs
Clinical Psychology (M.A.)

UCF South Lake
(In partnership with Lake-Sumter State College)
Regional Director: Tanya Armstrong
1250 North Hancock Road, 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 North Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32825
Building 5, Room 231

The following undergraduate degree programs offer occasional face-to-face courses at this location:
Criminal Justice (B.A., B.S.)

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

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.)
Integrated Business* (B.S.B.A.)
Psychology (B.S.)

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

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs offer occasional face-to-face courses at this location:
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 South Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811
Building 11, Suite 104

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 Street
Orlando, FL

UCF Downtown, in partnership with Valencia College, will bring 7,700 students to live, learn and work in downtown Orlando, creating a game-changing campus in the heart of our great city. Scheduled to open in fall 2019, this transformational project, which kick-starts Orlando’s $1 billion public-private Creative Village, will increase access for students, provide pathways into high-demand career fields, foster collaboration with our neighbors in meaningful ways and improve countless lives through the power of education. 

The following Undergraduate Degree Programs can be completed at this location:
Communication and Conflict (B.A.)
Digital Media (B.A.)
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: Narsingh Deo.

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: TBA.

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: Karen Aroian.

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: Paolo Giordano.

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.

Judith & David Albertson Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair: Created in 2004 to attract a key faculty member of distinguished reputation who will engage in teaching, research, and scholarly activities relating to Visual Arts. Chair: TBA.

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

Capital Campaign Engineering Endowed Chair: Created in 1983 to provide support for a chair in Engineering. 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

University Ombuds Office

Ombuds Officer: Shreya Trivedi
MH 247; 407-823-6440

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 of 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: Richard Beary
3610 Libra Drive, Orlando, FL 32816; Building #150; 407-823-5242

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

Established in 1973, UCFPD currently employs more than 70 sworn law enforcement officers who provide police services to the university community, as well as several university-affiliated housing communities near campus.

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 campus and will connect directly to the police department when the button is pressed.

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.

The UCF Police Department is an accredited, full-service police department with several specialty units, including K-9s, Investigations, and Community Partnerships.

Through partnerships and proactive policing, UCFPD has seen robbery, aggravated assaults, motor vehicle thefts, and sexual offense numbers go down in the past year.

While crime still exists at UCF, the police department has six victim advocates on staff, and recently created a “soft interview room,” where victims of crime can go to speak with detectives and advocates after a trauma has occurred.

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, on their 24/7 crisis hotline.

Let’s Be Clear is a new university-wide campaign that provides more options to report sexual violence and raises awareness about the resources available to victims of sexual misconduct. For the first time, students, faculty and staff can now reach a victim advocate via text message, as well as the university’s longstanding phone hotline. We believe UCF is the first university to provide this option. Notices about Let’s Be Clear and how to reach Victim Services are posted in every public restroom on campus. Overall, we hope the Let’s Be Clear campaign leads to increased reporting of sexual misconduct.

The UCF Police Department also added a new four-legged member to its Criminal Investigations Division – a certified therapy dog named Paisley, a two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound. In addition to the soft interview room, Paisley will be used to make victims feel more comfortable speaking to officers and victim advocates after they have experienced a traumatic crime.

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

To keep up with the growth of one of the largest university’s in the nation, UCFPD is engaged in a robust recruiting effort, seeking top officers to join our law enforcement family. In the coming years, UCFPD is hoping to grow significantly, especially with a downtown campus on the horizon.

The department also partners with the UCF Department of Security and 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 the UCF Police Department, visit police.ucf.edu.

Information Technologies and Resources

Vice President and CIO: Joel L. Hartman
MH 338K; 407-823-6778

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, Computer Services & Telecommunications, Instructional Resources, the Center for Distributed Learning, and Space Planning, Analysis and Administration. The services and resources of each unit are described in the following sections.

University Libraries

Director of University Libraries: Barry B. Baker
LIB 512; 407-823-2564

University Libraries offers a variety of information resources and services. An extensive resource collection includes 2 million volumes, 53,000 journal subscriptions, 3.3 million microforms and 65,000 media titles. The Libraries’ electronic resources include 475 databases and 149,000 e-books.

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

  • Over 340 computer workstations are available for public use on all five floors.
  • Laptop PCs can be checked out for use anywhere in the library.
  • 100 iPads are available for a one-week checkout.
  • Wireless technology enables patrons who have portable devices to connect to the Libraries’ electronic resources and to the Internet; wireless printing is also available.
  • Twenty-eight group study rooms and one practice presentation room are available for students, and can be reserved in advance through http://library.ucf.edu/StudyRooms/.
  • The John C. Hitt Library is a partial depository for United States and Florida government publications, U.S. Patents and Trademarks.

Infusion, the Libraries’ cyber-cafe learning space, offers food and beverage items, 34 desktop PCs, comfortable seating areas, closed-captioned television, and a browsing collection for leisure reading.

The Knowledge Commons area offers seating for 479 students, access to 196 desktop PCs, collaborative group study areas, and rolling whiteboards.

  • For help and advice in the use of resources and materials, the Research and Information Desk, http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/reference/, located on the main floor, is open most library hours. Individual appointments can also be made for in-depth research consultations. These appointments provide student one-on-one time with a librarian - http://library.ucf.edu/help/schedule-an-appointment/.
  • Ask A Librarian service answers questions submitted through chat, text, instant message, email or telephone at (407) 823-2562 or toll-free at (866) 271-7589 - http://library.ucf.edu/ask/.
  • The Libraries supports the development of information literacy skills through the provision of Information Literacy Modules, http://infolit.ucf.edu/. The modules provide just-in-time instruction for students on topics such as citing resources, evaluating websites, and plagiarism.
  • Librarians have also created subject-specific research guides to help students identify resources within their discipline. Students can also access instructional videos from the libraries’ YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/UCFLibraries.
  • Citation Management Programs are also available for FREE from the UCF Libraries. Workshops are offered each semester on how to use EndNote and RefWorks http://library.ucf.edu/ScholarlyCommunication/CitationTools.php.
  • Another key service for Graduate Students is Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. The UCF Libraries will pull books and scan articles that are owned by the library, as well as borrow materials from other libraries. For more information, call (407) 823-2383 or visit the ILL website, http://library.ucf.edu/ILL.

In collaboration with the University’s Office of Student Accessibility Services, students are eligible for Document Delivery to their place of residence and may request assistance with retrieval of in-house materials by contacting the Circulation Desk. The John C. Hitt Library has several reading aid devices, including a workstation equipped with MAGic and JAWS software, and a Sorenson Videophone. More information is available at http://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, http://library.ucf.edu/SpecialCollections.

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 http://library.ucf.edu/Systems/DigitalInitiatives/DigitalCollections/.

Branch Libraries

The Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) is located in the College of Education and Human Performance Building. The CMC provides representative PK-12 curriculum materials for preview, review, analysis and circulation, as well as 26 desktop PCs. Although the CMC primarily serves education students and faculty, it is open to all campus faculty, staff, and students. For more information see the CMC web page at http://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 http://library.ucf.edu/Rosen or call (407) 903-8100.

Regional Campus Libraries

Regional Campus libraries collections and services are available through partner libraries in Cocoa, Palm Bay, Ocala, Daytona Beach, South Lake, Sanford-Lake Mary, Leesburg, Osceola and West Orlando. The university partners with state colleges to provide complete information services. Two websites that are particularly helpful for Regional 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. Courier and intercampus loan services make the John C. Hitt Library’s collections available to UCF students at all regional and branch campus sites.

Space Planning, Analysis, and Administration (SPAA)

Assistant Director: Christy Collier
MH 329; 407-823-0982

SPAA 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. SPAA works closely with UCF Facilities Planning and Construction and the Registrar’s Office.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Vice President and Director: Daniel J. White
WD2; 407-823-2261

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 fifth season of membership in the American Athletic Conference, the Knights have won AAC titles in football (2013, 2014, 2017), baseball (2017), women’s golf (2015, 2017), women’s soccer (2013, 2014, 2017), rowing (2015, 2016, 2017), softball (2014), indoor track and field (2017) and volleyball (2014). The UCF football program was the only team to go undefeated in the 2017 campaign, capping a perfect 13-0 season in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl with a 34-27 victory over then-No. 7 Auburn on New Year’s Day.

UCF Athletics’ 94 percent graduation success rate ranks No. 1 among all public universities nationwide. It is the seventh-best mark of any school in NCAA Division I (FBS).

During the past five years, UCF student-athletes have contributed a total of more than 400,000 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 2011 full-time cohort is 70.0 percent. The retention rate for Summer-Fall full-time 2016 students is 89.6 percent. The information is public and available for review on the Institutional Knowledge Management website.

CFE Arena, The Venue, and Knights Plaza


The CFE 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 CFE 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 CFE 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.cfearena.com or http://www.knightsplaza.com. For information on apartment rental, please visit http://www.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 café that proudly brews Starbucks 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 CFE 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; 407-823-1371
Email: krishna.singh@ucf.edu

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 23 off-campus apartment communities, as well as numerous locations in Central Florida Research Park. Normal operating hours range from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. UCF also has an intra-campus shuttle service on the Black and Gold Line. Two routes serve up to 9 stops on campus. On-campus shuttles operate continuously from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters, and from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the fall and spring semesters, and six round-trip runs between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. during the summer semester. Our latest addition is an inter-campus transportation service between UCF main campus and the Health Sciences Campus. It makes 14 round trips between 7:20 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Arrivals and departures can be tracked via UCF mobile application or http://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 http://parking.ucf.edu/Shuttle.html or call 407-823-2131 for detailed information.

In addition, two 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
Email: jimh@orlandoshakes.org

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is a professional AEA theater producing classic, contemporary and children’s plays. The theater presents the Signature Series of adult plays, a children’s theater series, The Playfest Festival of New Plays, 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

UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center; 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 many resources and network of more than 280,000.

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.

Advancement | UCF Foundation, Inc.

Senior Director of Communications, Marketing and Donor Relations: Stephen Toth
PVL 250; 407-823-6204
Email: Stephen.Toth@ucf.edu

Founded in 1969 as the Florida Technological University Foundation, Inc., the UCF 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 the University of Central Florida. It is the official fundraising organization for the university, which is currently in a multi-year fundraising campaign called IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF, which seeks to raise $500 million in private support for Student Success, Academic Excellence, and Growth and Opportunity by 2019.

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