Why Study at UCF

Students from around the world choose the University of Central Florida. Here are just some of the reasons why you’ll love UCF too.

More than just theme parks

While sunny Orlando is famous for its many amusement parks, it’s also home to the second largest university in the United States, so you can get a great education and have fun at the same time.


Fastest growing major metropolitan region in the U.S.1


More than 2 million people live in and near Orlando.


Average temperature is 22° Celsius or 72° Fahrenheit.


Named #1 for job growth in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Major center for aviation, aerospace, hospitality, software design and more.


Direct flights to 30+ international destinations and approximately 80 U.S. cities.

Innovative and research-focused

UCF is committed to research and innovation. UCF received $145.8 million in research funding in 2016.


One of the Top 100 Public Universities in the U.S.2


Researchers have earned $1 billion in grants and contracts in the past 10 years.


64,000 students, including international students from nearly 160 countries.


Highly ranked programs for computer engineering, engineering, hospitality and more.


Ranked one of the “best value” universities in the U.S.3


Partnerships with Boeing, Disney, Lockheed Martin and Siemens.

Student life:
Diversity, excitement and more

From making friends to enjoying cultural experiences, there’s always something fun happening on campus or nearby.


Nearly half of UCF students are of Hispanic/Latin, African, Asian or multiracial descent.


2,200+ international students attend UCF.


600+ cultural, academic and social student clubs and organizations.


Campus events include live performances, cultural celebrations and career fairs.


16 UCF sports teams, including football/soccer, tennis and volleyball.


30 minutes to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, 60 minutes to the beach.

Female middle eastern student

I chose UCF because of their engineering program. I'm interested in going into research and UCF has many research projects going on—not just for graduate students, but for undergraduate students too. That's not very common at other universities.”

– Noora from the United Arab Emirates

1 U.S. Census Bureau
2 U.S. News & World Report
3 The Princeton Review

Your first choice for a first-year experience.

Global UCF makes it easy to adjust to life in a new school, city and country. Learn more about how we can help you succeed as an international student: