University of Central Florida
P.O. Box 160111, Orlando, FL 32816
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-3000
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Central Florida was founded in 1963 as a public research university in Orlando, Fla. By enrollment numbers, the institution is the largest university in the U.S. and is also a member of the State University System of Florida. Original enrollment was just less than 2,000 students, but today the university serves nearly 60,000 students through more than 212 academic programs. University of Central Florida is currently ranked No. 174 in National Universities by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The school also ranked as No. 5 in Up-and-Coming schools and No. 98 in Top Public Schools in the same ranking category.

Programs Offered

Distance learners interested in earning a degree from University of Central Florida can choose from four complete bachelor’s, 20 graduate, and 25 graduate-certificate programs offered entirely online through Online@UCF. Courses are delivered primarily through the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL), which is the center for all online activity. Through this platform, students can complete and submit assignments, study their materials, and participate in group/instructor discussions. Students receive the same quality degree as the traditional versions, but have the flexibility needed to maintain a full-time job or fulfill family obligations. The faculty members work with the CDL to produce the most effective curriculum for an online education. If students require more face-to-face time, or just want to take online courses as a supplement to their traditional degree program, hybrid courses are also an option offered by the institution.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited University of Central Florida to grant degrees. Additional specialized accreditation was awarded by 10 other organizations as well.


The University of Central Florida requires undergraduate applicants to have graduated from an accredited high school, hold a competitive grade point average (GPA) in those academic areas, and meet satisfactory SAT/ACT scores. Transferring students will be admitted on the basis of previous college credits; number earned, GPA accumulated (minimum of 2.0 accepted), credit type, etc. If a student has earned less than 60 credits, they will need to include their high school transcripts and scores from the SAT/ACT with their admissions submissions. Admission to the graduate programs necessitates a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution; minimum cumulative scores (if applicable) on the GMAT, GRE, or MAT; adequate number of recommendation letters; and a current resume. Additional requirements apply for specific programs, which can be viewed here.


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