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  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

Quick Facts

Also see the college's  2016-17 Fact Sheet.


Research Highlights

  • Shawn Lawrence (Social Work) received a $915,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to train students and local health care providers to use the SBIRT protocol, shown to reduce and prevent substance abuse disorders.
  • Kristina Fisher (Criminal Justice) is the UCF principal investigator for a $2.2 million National Institute of Justice grant in which she, Roberto Potter (Criminal Justice) and Kim Gryglewicz (Social Work) are partnering with Brevard Public Schools to learn what works to make schools safe.
  • Jennifer Kent-Walsh (Communication Sciences and Disorders) secured a $437,812 grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the impact of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention program for preschool children with severe speech disabilities.
  • Naim Kapucu (Public Administration) and Boo Hyun Nam (UCF Engineering) received a $135,000 grant from the South Korean Institute of Agricultural Science to benchmark hazard response systems in the U.S. and enhance response systems in rural Korea.

Service Highlights

  • Many of the college's students gain real-world experience while addressing needs in the community through service-learning. For example, nearly 200 health services administration majors annually complete a semester-long internship in a health care organization.
  • Many of the college's faculty members share their professional expertise by serving on boards or as consultants to local, state and national organizations. Others hold leadership positions in regional and national organizations.
  • College alumni serve the nation and region in many ways. A few highlights include:
    • The police chief for the cities of Atlantic Beach, Apopka, Lake Mary, Oakland, Ocoee and Titusville in Florida, as well as the UCF Police Department, are graduates of the college's criminal justice or public administration programs.
    • The managers of Lake, Osceola, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties in Florida are graduates of the college's public administration programs.
    • The vice president/COO of Health First Palm Bay Hospital is a two-time graduate of the college's health management and informatics program.
    • The president/CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition is a graduate of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs.

Community Partnerships

  • The college has an extensive network of partnerships with public and private organizations that focus on strengthening communities, including the following:
  • The School of Social Work led a $2.3 million contract, funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families and conducted in collaboration with 14 schools of social work in Florida, to educate students for work as child protective investigators and case managers for the state.
  • The Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation partners with school districts and communities throughout Florida to plan, implement and evaluate community schools based on a model developed at Evans High School in Orlando. For 2016-17, the center received $1.2 million from the state Legislature to support its efforts.
  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy program partners with Cole Galloway, a nationally known scientist and innovator at the University of Delaware, to establish programs that enhance mobility in children and adults with a disability. The programs include UCF Go Baby Go! and Knights on the Go Café.
  • The college houses the Center for Community Partnerships, which supports the development of community-based partnerships.

Affiliated Organizations


Preliminary Fall 2016

Undergraduate students - 8,615
Graduate students - 1,627
  Master's - 1,369
  Doctoral - 185
  Professional Certificate - 73

Faculty & Staff

September 2016

Faculty members - 182
Staff members - 108

Top 100 

Six academic programs in the college are ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools (March 2016 issue):

  • Master of Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences - Health Services Administration Track*
  • Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders*
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Social Work

*Largest program of its kind in the nation

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The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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