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Graduation Rates: UCF Wins Championship Among New Year’s Six Bowl Teams

UCF Student-Athletes

Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 7:15 PM

If the national championship were decided by football student-athletes’ graduation rates, the University of Central Florida would be the winner among the 12 teams competing in New Year’s Six bowl games. UCF’s 92 percent Graduation Success Rate for football student-athletes tops Miami’s 88 percent and Clemson’s 85 percent. UCF also leads the 12 teams in […]

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Nearly 4,000 UCF Students to Graduate

December 15-16, 2017

Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 7:02 PM

About 3,980 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate in three ceremonies Dec. 15-16 at the CFE Arena. The commencement ceremonies for the different colleges are: 9 a.m., Dec. 15 – College of Education & Human Performance, College of Health & Public Affairs, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2:30 p.m., Dec. 15 –College of Arts & […]

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Fair Offered Students the Opportunity to Talk to School Recruiters

Fall Education Career Fair

Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

On December 1, Career Services in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Affairs within the College of Education and Human Performance, hosted the Fall 2017 Education Career Fair. The event gave students interested in teaching an opportunity to meet with recruiters from districts, schools, and other educational organizations. There were 166 students who attended and […]

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Christine Pugh Helps Fill Shelves at Knights Pantry

Wellness & Health Promotion Services

Posted Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

You may have noticed a grand overflow of food (and love) at the UCF’s Knights Helping Knights Pantry this year. Thanks to Wellness & Health Promotion Services’ Christine Pugh and her partnership with Lucky’s Market Orlando, thousands of healthy food items have been donated to the pantry since February 2017. Pugh is a graduate of […]

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University of Central Florida Celebrates Veterans Month

VARC Takes an Active Role During November

Posted Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 3:12 PM

The Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC), in collaboration with other UCF veteran-centric offices and departments, provided programming and events to honor student veterans and to educate our university faculty, staff, and students about student veterans on campus. VARC opened their door to serve their UCF student veteran population on November 11, 2010, Veterans Day. VARC […]

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Study Union Helps Students Review for Finals

Student Academic Resource Center

Posted Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 1:43 PM

This semester the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) is proud to offer 75 live test review sessions at the union, 56 of which will be streamed live during finals week on the YouTube channel. All sessions indicated on SARC’s Study Union Fall 2017 Final Review Schedule will be live streamed, and recordings of those sessions will also be available within […]

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UCF Recognized as LGBTQ Friendly

Best College in Florida for LGBTQ Students

Posted Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 8:40 PM

The University of Central Florida is named the Best College in Florida for LGBTQ Students. The ranking was in partnership with Campus Pride, who hand-curated the list based on their criteria of inclusivity factors. This recognition gives LGBTQ youth throughout the country a local, LGBTQ friendly option for them to consider as they begin their […]

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Winners Selected for Creed Contest

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Posted Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 7:40 PM

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities hosted its 5th year of the UCF Creed Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was: UCF Creed- Make it Shine. Thirteen talented students submitted art that was judged by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities staff. A second place winner was selected through fan voting […]

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For Fourth Straight Year, UCF Athletes Top NCAA Graduation Rankings

Graduation Success Rate High

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 3:59 PM

For a fourth consecutive year, UCF student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I FBS public institution in the nation. Based on data released by the NCAA Wednesday, UCF has an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 94 percent. That mark is one point higher than last year and leads all […]

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At 5th Anniversary, UCF’s Smoke-free Campaign Seeking Total Success

Catch Your Breath

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

On the fifth anniversary of UCF’s campaign to become a smoke-free campus, the university’s smoke-free committee says positive strides have been made toward the goal – but there’s still work to do to encourage more faculty, staff and students to quit the habit. Because every semester there are new people on campus, there needs to […]

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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

November 13-19, 2017

Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 7:36 PM

UCF faculty, staff members and students are invited to participate in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13- 19, 2017. The event will include a week long donation drive, interactive educational events, powerful speakers, community resources and impactful service projects focused on hunger and homelessness issues. The main goals are to raise awareness of […]

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Soldiers to Scholars: Connecting Student Veterans to Campus Culture

VARC One-Stop-Shop for Veterans

Posted Monday, November 6, 2017 @ 5:41 PM

The University of Central Florida has roughly 1,400 student veterans, a population that has grown from about 200 in 2006. It is a wave that may not crest for years as more than 2 million Americans have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Read more

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Good Food! Good Crowd! Great Cause!

RWC Event Promotes UCF Live United Campaign

Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

One thing that brings a community of people together is a good cause and free food. That was the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center’s annual Lunch Around the World intention was to raise awareness and support for UCF’s Live United campaign in October. Everyone who attended was given a pledge card for the campaign. Annually […]

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Innovative Web-based Counseling Resources

24/7 Kognito and TAO

Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

Counseling and Psychological Services has two innovative web-based resources for UCF students, faculty and staff: Kognito and TAO (Therapy Assisted On-Line) Self-Help. Both programs are free and accessible 24/7 through the CAPS website. TAO Self Help is an interactive, web-based program that provides assistance to help overcome anxiety, depression, relationships, communication and substance use concerns. […]

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Medications Safely Disposed 

Drug Take Back

Posted Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

UCF community members were able to safely dispose their unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications with no questions asked at the Drug Take Back event on October 26. This event alone collected 16 lbs. of drugs. From the permanent boxes located in Student Health Services and Student Union, 95  lbs. was collected. A total of […]

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How We’re Using Digital Learning to Increase Access and Improve Outcomes

President Hitt

Posted Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 6:54 PM

With all of the benefits higher education offers individuals and society, why do so many universities pride themselves on whom they keep out? The intellectual, economic, and social impacts of a college degree are well documented. Simply put, there is no better tool than a college degree for improving social and economic mobility in the […]

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Greek Community Unites to Give Children Safe and Fun Trick-or-Treating

TOTOGS

Posted Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Instead of heading downtown or going to Halloween Horror, some college students decided to host some trick-or-treaters at UCF Greek Park. The annual Trick-or-Treat on Greek Street (TOTOGS) is organized by the UCF Greek Council, and is an event to provide a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment for children. Every year, the Greek Council pairs […]

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UCF to Honor, Remember Veterans in November

UCF Honor Veterans

Posted Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

The University of Central Florida will honor veterans by hosting numerous events and workshops throughout November. The events will recognize veterans for their service and provide the public opportunities to attend workshops and access veteran resources. Rated as “Military Friendly” by G.I. Jobs magazine, UCF is also ranked one of the best universities in the […]

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Changing the Path of Student Achievement

Transforming Student Success Conference

Posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

The UCF Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services welcomed 400 students, staff and professionals to the Transforming Student Success Conference (Florida TRIO Leadership Conference and Annual National Male Student Success Conference) in Orlando, Florida on October 19-21, 2017. Changing the Path of Student Achievement: Inspiring Dreams, Encouraging Innovation and Driving Student Success was the […]

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‘Community Hero’ to Retire: UCF President Hitt Stepping Down

Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 @ 11:22 AM

University of Central Florida President John C. Hitt announced today that he will retire, concluding a remarkable 25-year tenure that has seen UCF become one of America’s greatest higher education success stories and one of the state’s most valuable and innovative partners. His retirement will be effective June 30, 2018. “I’ve never felt better about […]

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President Hitt: The Right Time

Retirement Date: June 30, 2018

Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

I’ve long believed that timing is important in life. Almost 26 years ago, the time was right for me to become UCF’s fourth president. Today, the time is right for me to retire. With the firm belief that the future is bright for UCF, I will step down as president effective June 30, 2018. I […]

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Learn How to Become More Veteran-Friendly

Veterans Education Training and Support Workshop

Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

A veteran’s military service may come with a variety of strengths and challenges. If you would like to become more “veteran-friendly,” please attend the Veterans Education Training and Support (V.E.T.S.) workshop on November 16, 2017. The workshop will be held in the Barbara Ying Center from 1-4 p.m. (1300 hrs. to 1600 hrs.). UCF has […]

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UCF Puerto Rico Educational Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

UCF Assists Current and Prospective Students

Posted Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

We are all concerned about the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. Our thoughts are with the families and communities who have experienced loss. To assist current and prospective students, we have established this website that contains information about admissions, registration, transfer and transition services, and student support programs and services. We have also established a […]

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Student Town Hall Today at 10 a.m.

Student Government Association

Posted Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:11 PM

You are invited to the UCF Student Town Hall on Monday, October 23rd | 10:30 a.m.-Noon | SU Cape Florida Ballroom. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The event features Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL D-7th), Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA, D-6th), and Congressman Darren Soto (FL, D-9th). Student Town Hall is hosted by Student Government Association. Postcard

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SARC Honored Nationally for Excellence as a Learning Center

Recognized with Three Awards

Posted Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:08 PM

The Student Academic Resource Center at UCF last month earned three national awards, including a highly regarded honor for higher education learning centers. SARC was awarded the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award, the Innovative Use of Technology Award and the Website Excellence Award from the National College Learning Center Association at its annual […]

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TTS Gives Back!

Feeding Children Everywhere

Posted Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:35 PM

The Transfer & Transition Services (TTS) team sent a small group out to the Orange County Convention Center to volunteer with Feeding Children Everywhere in their efforts to end world hunger. This specific opportunity involved packaging boxed meals to be sent to Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands impacted by the recent hurricanes. The TTS […]

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President Hitt: Higher Education the Key to Transforming Lives

Posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:15 PM

UCF President John C. Hitt discussed how a college degree significantly boosts the chance of social and economic mobility during his State of the University address Tuesday. That philosophy has driven UCF’s growth to become one of the nation’s largest universities at more than 66,000 students and the leading producer of bachelor’s degrees in the […]

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Tuesday: President Hitt to Present State of the University Address

Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:25 PM

UCF President John C. Hitt will present the 2017 State of the University address at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The program will discuss the university’s achievements during the past year and future opportunities. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and a reception will follow the address. Parking is recommended in Garage D. Those […]

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Puerto Rican Education Symposium

Addressing Needs after Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Join us for a panel discussion on our role as educators and community leaders in serving Puerto Rican children who were affected by the recent hurricanes. The event will be on October 19 at 10 a.m. to Noon at the UCF Global 101. Hurricanes Irma and Maria has left many Puerto Ricans without basic human necessities, and […]

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UCF Puerto Rico Educational Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 4:22 PM

We are all concerned about the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria. Our thoughts are with the families and communities who have experienced loss. To assist current and prospective students, we have established this website that contains information about admissions, registration, transfer and transition services, and student support programs and services. We have also established a […]

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QPR-a-thon

Suicide Prevention Training

Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer ─ three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and […]

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UCF’s 25th Annual Diversity Week

Celebration to Kick off Monday

Posted Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

The 25th annual celebration of UCF’s Diversity Week kicks off Monday with a sold-out breakfast honoring Valarie Greene King, a champion of diversity at the university and a 24-year employee who died earlier this year. King was the Office of Diversity Initiatives’ director when she retired in 2013. She designed the Leadership Empowerment Program that offers […]

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Expo Attracts Students to Learn about Being a Healthy Knight

Posted Monday, October 9, 2017 @ 5:45 PM

The 11th annual Healthy Knights 2020 was held on October 4 in the Pegasus Ballroom impacting 1,260 students. The expo offered health and wellness information to students and was the most interactive in the event’s history. Students enjoyed healthy cooking demos, group exercise, body mass index readings, drum circles and relaxation stations. Annually the event […]

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Creed Art Contest: Call for Artists

Posted Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

The University of Central Florida presents the 2017-2018 Creed Art Contest: A call for UCF student artists for a chance to win an Apple iPad! Students are encouraged to submit original 2-D or 3-D artworks that represent the UCF Creed values: Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity or Excellence. This year’s theme:  UCF Creed: Make it Shine! Eligibility: Students […]

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UCF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Adelante Message

Posted Monday, October 2, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Latinos at UCF won’t let Hurricane Irma stop its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Although off to a late start, the celebration is moving ahead starting this week. “I think it is appropriate that our theme is “¡Adelante! Leading with Courage,” said Cyndia Muñiz, president for the Latino Faculty and Staff Association and advisor to the Latin […]

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UCF Celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month

Posted Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7:09 PM

This year marks the 6th annual celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month. The celebration is throughout October for faculty, staff, students and community members. The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services and Office of Social Justice and Advocacy will host a series of events to celebrate, reflect and educate the campus community. The events include: […]

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Student Open Forum

October 12, 2017

Posted Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 2:58 PM

President Hitt, Provost Whittaker, and Vice Presidents Ehasz, Heston, Holsenbeck, and Merck will host an OPEN FORUM for students on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union, Key West Ballroom, 2nd floor, Room 218ABCD.  All students are invited to discuss their ideas, concerns, and experiences. If unable to […]

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UCF’s Largest Health Expo

Posted Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

On Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom, students will have the chance to attend the largest health expo at UCF. The Healthy Knights 2020 initiative is a collaboration of several SDES departments as well as other campus and community partners, each contributing a component to an […]

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UCF Provides In-State Tuition Rate to Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

UCF to aid to Puerto Rican students

Posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 8:24 PM

In response to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, the University of Central Florida will allow students who are residents of Puerto Rico, and are displaced from their homes, to qualify for in-state tuition. The UCF Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday morning to allow these students to be eligible for in-state tuition. “This is […]

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Rather than Evacuate, Students Stay Behind to Warn Homeless About Hurricane

Hearts for the Homeless

Posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 8:20 PM

With Hurricane Irma barreling toward Central Florida earlier this month, a group of UCF students chose to hit the streets of downtown Orlando to warn the area’s homeless population rather than evacuate. Eighteen members of the student organization Hearts for the Homeless Orlando checked with shelters and canvassed downtown to warn homeless people that a […]

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Career Expo Opens Opportunities for Students and Alumni

Posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

On September 26, the Career Expo attracted 2,610 students and 214 employers to the event at the CFE Arena. For those attendees Career Services staff members spoke to, 79 attendees said they landed an interview and over 220 attendees said they made a valuable employer connection. “The university that I would have gone to in […]

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UCF Only Florida School Ranked with Harvard, MIT and Stanford Among Nation’s “Most Innovative”

2018 rankings now available

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:45 PM

The University of Central Florida ranks among the nation’s most innovative universities along with Harvard, Stanford, Duke, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2018 guide. UCF was listed as the No. 25 most innovative university out of nearly 1,400 universities and colleges in the nation. The ranking, determined based on […]

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UCF Community Fills Knights Pantry Shelves Left Bare by Irma

Knights Helping Knights Pantry

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

Hurricane Irma sparked a huge demand at Knights Helping Knights Pantry from University of Central Florida students who were left short of food and other necessities. But the response from the UCF community in the past week has been even more overwhelming. On Saturday, the UCF Foundation announced an effort to replenish the Knights Pantry […]

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UCF Wrestling Club Members Use the Week Away from School to Help Hurricane Irma Victims

Hurricane Irma brings community together

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

Earlier this week UCF President John C. Hitt talked about the compassion and character of university faculty, staff, administrators and students in the face of a crisis like Hurricane Irma. After Irma tore through Central Florida, the UCF Wrestling Club members put that empathetic spirit into action. Twenty members mobilized to help clean up the […]

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Important Updates Following Irma

Updates Following Irma

Posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 8:34 PM

Dear UCF Student, I write today to welcome you back and to share an important update regarding course information and student resources. Words cannot describe how proud I am to be a UCF Knight. The selfless display of patience, compassion, generosity and service by our students, staff and faculty in the wake of Hurricane Irma […]

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25th Annual Transfer Advising Workshop

Over 100 attendees at this year's event

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

On Monday, September 18, over one hundred attendees of the 25th Annual Transfer Advising Workshop filled the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom for a full day of panels, guest speakers, and activities. Each year the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services hosts the event aimed at providing learning opportunities to promote UCF’s transfer student population. […]

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Hurricane Irma Reveals the Best of UCF

Best of UCF

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

It’s often said that a crisis builds character. However, my experience is that a crisis more often reveals character. In the past week, Hurricane Irma revealed that UCF is home to the most dedicated and compassionate students, faculty, staff, and alumni anywhere in the country. I think of the essential university personnel who helped prepare […]

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Hidden Artists: The Tradition Continues

Hidden Artists Reception Rescheduled to Sept. 21

Posted Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

“You might find us in front of the classroom or in the office down the hall and yet never suspect the secret we share. We are artists. Whether we have exhibited in galleries around the world or have never shown our work before, we are artists. We present to you our dreams, our hearts, our […]

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UCF Students Return to Classes Sept. 18, Employees Return Sept. 15

Classes Restart

Posted Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

Updated 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12- UCF Today – http://today.ucf.edu/ucf-monitoring-hurricane-irma/ UCF students will resume normal classes and academic activities on Monday, Sept. 18. UCF is responding to feedback from students and parents concerned that between limited flights and heavy traffic, it would be difficult for students to return to campus this week. The decision was made […]

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Hurricane Irma

Ride-Out Location Information

Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:28 PM

As UCF prepares for Hurricane Irma, we remind you to prioritize your personal safety. We strongly urge that students who live on campus move to safe off-campus locations by noon Friday, Sept. 8. Students with special needs should make plans now to relocate off campus. Students who live on-campus and have not evacuated will be required to […]

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Hurricane Irma: Parent Update #4

Ride-Out Information

Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:22 PM

As UCF prepares for Hurricane Irma, we remind you to prioritize your personal safety. We strongly urge that students who live on campus move to safe off-campus locations by noon Friday, Sept. 8. Students with special needs should make plans now to relocate off campus. Students who live on-campus and have not evacuated will be required to […]

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Hurricane Irma: Parent Update #3

UCF will cancel classes starting Thursday, close on Friday

Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

As UCF prepares for Hurricane Irma, we strongly urge that students who live on campus move to safe off-campus locations by noon Friday, Sept. 8. Students with special needs should make plans now to relocate off campus. Should Hurricane Irma threaten Central Florida, students who live on campus may not be able to stay in their on-campus […]

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Hurricane Irma: Parent Update #2

Updated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6

Posted Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:16 PM

Updated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s impact, all academic programs and classes are cancelled starting Thursday, Sept. 7, to allow for sufficient preparations and travel needs. Faculty and staff should report as usual on Thursday to secure their offices, research and to take care of other issues. The campus […]

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Hurricane Irma: UCF Cancels Classes starting on Thursday

Posted Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 7:31 PM

UCF Alert: Hurricane Irma: UCF will cancel classes starting Thursday, close on Friday In anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s impact, all academic programs and classes are cancelled starting Thursday, Sept. 7, to allow for sufficient preparations and travel needs. Faculty and staff should report as usual on Thursday to secure their offices, research and to take […]

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Hurricane Irma: Parent Update #1

Football Game Moved to Friday

Posted Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 7:19 PM

In an abundance of caution due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend, UCF’s football game against the University of Memphis has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spectrum Stadium. Parking lots and Spectrum Stadium will open for all fans at 5 p.m. With the new game time, no tailgating will be […]

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Hurriane Harvey Disaster Relief

Message from UCF's Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services Maribeth Ehasz

Posted Friday, September 1, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

Greetings Hurricane Harvey has severely impacted Houston and other communities in Texas. Our thoughts are with the people affected by this disaster. The University of Central Florida’s Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services is answering the call to help by providing assistance to students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. UCF CARES supports the safety and […]

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Game Room Grand Opening

Game Room Space Begins

Posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 2:25 PM

On September 30, UCF’s Student Government Association hosted an official Game Room Grand Opening on the 3rd floor of the Student Union. SGA Student Body President Nick Larkins and Vice President Cristina Barreto presented students with an extensive platform with goals that could improve the student experience at UCF during the 2017 SGA election. One […]

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College freshmen who take fewer than 15 credits per semester are less likely to graduate on time

Freshman 15

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

The “Freshman 15” is typically a warning to incoming college students about weight gain, yet the term could also serve as an aspiration — at least when it comes to course load. College students who take fewer than 15 credits per semester during their freshman year are less likely to graduate within four years (i.e., […]

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UCF Sport Clubs Showcase Gives Knights 42 Opportunities to Get Involved

Recreation and Wellness Center

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

The Recreation and Wellness Center’s Sport Clubs Showcase was the biggest and most interactive opportunity to-date for students who want to get involved. On August 24, there was a lot of action including shuttlecocks flying, volleyballs spiking, wrestlers pinning, basketballs dribbling, rugby players scrumming, kendo members challenging with debana-waza, and softball and baseball players throwing. […]

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Campus Closing Early

for UCF Football Season-Opener

Posted Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

Head coach Scott Frost and his UCF Knights football team kick off the season at home against Florida International University at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at Spectrum Stadium. Here’s everything Knights fans need to know, from pregame fun to parking. Pregame Fun Check out IOA Plaza outside the stadium before game time for plenty […]

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Game Day Kickoff 2017

20 Reasons to Get Excited for UCF Knights Football

Posted Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 8:31 PM

Kickoff to the UCF Football season is less than a week away. To whet your appetite for your first visit of the season to Spectrum Stadium, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 features that are new in 2017. We’ve got virtually everything you could want in a college football game day covered. When you combine all […]

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A Message from President Hitt

Strength in Numbers: A Record-Setting Time for UCF

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

As we begin a new academic year, I continue to be impressed with how our students, staff, and faculty continually strive for, and achieve, excellence. At UCF, we are never content with the status quo. This fall, our enrollment has reached a new high: more than 66,000. Yes, we are big — and our growth […]

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New Semester Another Record Breaker for UCF

UCF welcomes the largest and most diverse student body in its history

Posted Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

UCF on Monday will welcome the largest and most diverse student body in its history, including a freshman class with a university-record GPA. Enrollment is expected to top 66,000 students, and the fall freshman class has an average incoming GPA of 4.05. These milestones, based on the latest preliminary figures, further prove that a university […]

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UCF’s Unclassified School Survival Guide

You Got the Questions? We Have the Answers.

Posted Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

Student Government Association is facilitating UCF’s Unclassified School Survival Guide, an Add/Drop Workshop, on August 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the Student Union Egmont Key Ballroom, Room 224 to help students fully understand the terms and procedures on the academic calendar. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. Fall classes started and you realize you […]

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The Heart of Campus is Growing: State-of-the-art Food Court Coming Soon

Food Trucks Available While Student Union Renovates

Posted Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

Starting Monday, the first day of the fall 2017 semester, marks the start of a two-year renovation and expansion of the Student Union. Once completed, the Union will boast a state-of-the-art food court, meeting chambers, Student Government suite, a permanent Reflection Room, an additional conference room, and approximately 350 additional seats in the two-story food […]

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What to Know to Ease Your Commute to Campus

Heavy traffic at UCF is expected

Posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Heavy traffic at UCF is expected the first couple weeks of the semester that begins Aug. 21, so be sure to allot extra time to park and get to your destination. Here are things new to parking and tips on how to ease your commute this semester. New to Parking Lot H4-A that’s south of […]

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A Message from President Hitt

The Wrong Side of History

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 7:53 PM

The recent violence in Charlottesville was repugnant, and it stands as an anathema to the values Americans hold dear. It is even more disturbing that so much of the violence occurred on a college campus — the historic and prestigious University of Virginia. More frequently than ever, hate groups target public universities like ours because […]

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Keep Safety in Mind During Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

The chance to see the Sun’s true beauty during Monday’s solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it’s important to balance that excitement with safety precautions. It will be the deepest solar eclipse visible from UCF in more than 47 years, and UCF’s Planetary Sciences Group and the College of Sciences will host a viewing […]

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Joey Velez-Ginorio

UCF Recognized for Accelerating Latino Student Success

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

The UCF McNair Scholars Program, part of the university’s Division of Teaching & Learning, has been recognized by Excelencia in Education as one of the most effective initiatives in the United States for increasing Latino student success in college. Out of 161 programs in 25 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, UCF was […]

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Cherie Carr

Student Powers Through Cancer Battle to Walk at Graduation

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:54 PM

At 63 years old and after years of hard work, Cherie Carr had finally achieved her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. She couldn’t wait to walk the stage at graduation. Then, everything changed. In the hospital three weeks ago for splitting headaches, shortness of breath and stomach pain, Carr got news no one wants […]

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Meg Scharf

I Hope This Week's Graduates Acquired What I did at College: Lifelong Friendships

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

What will this week’s UCF graduates take with them when then leave campus? Many will leave with a sense of accomplishment and a road map to success in the “real world.” Perhaps they leave with an appreciation for learning, knowing that commencement starts the next step in continuous lifelong learning. And perhaps they leave with […]

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Taylor Bousfield

Student Juggles Young Family to Earn Ph.D.

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

It’s expected that more than 3,700 students will pass through cap and gown pickup at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center this week in anticipation of Summer Commencement. Some dance in excitement. Some are jittery from too much coffee and not enough sleep. Some are snapping photos for social media love. Some simply are there to […]

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Michael Fairley

Graduating Knight Chosen for National Ultimate Frisbee Team

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:50 PM

In between searching for a job like many other college graduates, Michael Fairley has something different to look forward to after graduation: Competing with the U.S. national Ultimate Frisbee team at a world championship tournament. Fairley, an accounting major graduating Aug. 5, recently was selected for the men’s Under 24 Ultimate Frisbee team that will […]

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Merarys “Mery” Diaz

Scholarships, Undefeatable Spirit Propel First-Generation Student to Marketing Degree

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

Merarys “Mery” Diaz knew she wanted to attend the University of Central Florida the first time she stepped on campus seven years ago as a high school sophomore. On Saturday, the Cuban native who immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 4 months old, will become the first in her family […]

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3,700 Students to Graduate Aug. 5

Two Ceremonies at the CFE Arena

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:48 PM

The commencement ceremonies for the different colleges will be: 9 a.m. – College of Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education & Human Performance, College of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing, College of Undergraduate Studies, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management 2:30 p.m. – College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Health […]

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Knights Helping Knights

KHK a Finalist in Lucky's Market Orlando's Bags for Change Program

Posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 2:46 PM

The UCF Student Union’s Knights Helping Knights Pantry has been selected by Lucky’s Market Orlando as a finalist for this quarter’s “Bags for Change” program. If selected, Knights Pantry will receive donations from customers who bring reusable bags to do their shopping. Customers receive a $.10 refund for every reusable bag brought to the store; […]

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National Male Student Success Conference

Creating 21st Century Pathways to Male Success

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:22 PM

The National Male Student Success Conference will be held on October 19-21, 2017 at the University of Central Florida. The conference is intentionally designed for male students. The conference prepares students for success in the 21st Century and beyond. The conference will serve to create a college-going culture, college-staying and college graduating culture. The theme […]

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Knights’ Already Stellar Graduation Rate Rises

UCF Student-Athletes Graduation Success Rate Increased

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:21 PM

The 2017 Graduation Success Rate for UCF student-athletes has increased from 93 to 94 percent. The university recently submitted its most recent graduation data to the NCAA, which will release nationwide results later this year. “We’re very proud of the academic culture in our athletics department,” said Daniel J. White, UCF’s vice president and director […]

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2016 UCF Days and Knights

UCF's Parent Calendar Earns CASE Circle of Excellence Award

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

UCF’s Days & Knights Parent and Family Calendar earned its first CASE Circle of Excellence award for the 2016 calendar publication. The calendar earned a Bronze Award. The calendar provides parents and families with valuable information about upcoming events, tips for helping students succeed, and details about UCF culture and traditions. Kudos to the SDES […]

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Students Benefit Beyond Just Physical Fitness

RWC Users More Likely to Have Higher GPAs, Stay in School

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:19 PM

Students who use college recreational facilities and programs are likely to see benefits beyond just physical fitness. At the University of Central Florida, Recreation and Wellness Center users are likely to have higher grade-point averages compared to non-users, and are more likely to stay in school, according to university data. Those who used the RWC […]

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$1,065,391 Raised during Aug. 2016 to May 2017

Greek Students Raise UCF Record-Breaking $1 Million for Charity

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:18 PM

Fraternities and sororities at the University of Central Florida collectively donated to charity more than $1 million – the most in a single year – in the 2016-17 academic year. Nearly 4,000 students who make up the 47 social Greek-lettered organizations on campus raised $1,065,391 from August 2016 to May 2017. Money raised went to […]

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UCF Remembers… 6.12.16

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:16 PM

Dear Fellow Knights, In the spirit of love and kindness, UCF prepares to remember the attack at Pulse nightclub and to honor the 49 lives taken nearly one year ago. Two of our own-student Juan Ramon Guerrero and alumnus Christopher Andrew Leinonen-were among those killed. This week, we will be installing a mural on the […]

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Artists Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash

UCF Installs Mural in Honor of Knights Killed at Pulse

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

As the University of Central Florida prepares to honor and remember the 49 lives taken at Pulse, a tribute to two of the victims is being installed on the heart of UCF’s campus. A mural designed by artists Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash features UCF student Juan Ramon Guerrero and two-time alumnus Christopher Andrew “Drew” […]

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Annual Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration

The Knights Celebrated 76 Graduating Student-Athletes Tuesday

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

UCF Athletics honored 76 student-athletes Tuesday afternoon at the annual Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration. Senior Associate Athletics Director Dr. Eric A. Wood, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Manoj Chopra and Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White spoke to this year’s class of graduating Knights, commending them on their achievement in front of their […]

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VP’s Update

Woody Joseph Appointed Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Posted Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 4:10 PM

Woody Joseph has been named the new director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Central Florida. Joseph previously served as the assistant director. “After a thorough search process, it was clear that Woody was the best candidate to lead our Greek Life,” said Maribeth Ehasz, vice president for student […]

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