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US News Ranks UCF Among Nation’s Most Innovative Universities

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

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

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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