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The University of Central Florida awards more than 17,000 degrees annually — the most among Florida public universities and among the most nationally — and strives to set the pace for advancing student success in higher education.

UCF Grad Student Receives Hearing Aids Thanks to Philanthropic Gift

Selena Lopez ’18, a graduate student in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, first detected difficulty with her hearing while she was an undergraduate student. “I noticed if I sat in the back of the classroom, that I was having a hard time hearing,” said Lopez. “Even if I sat in the front, I wished they could repeat it…

UCF Programming Team Places in Top 20 at World Finals in Moscow

UCF’s Programming Team again showed they are among the best on the planet, finishing 17th overall and among the top four teams from North America in the 2020 World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). The competition, held in Moscow on Oct. 5, was originally scheduled to take place in June 2020 but was…

UCF Student Selected as Orlando’s Second Poet Laureate

For Shawn Welcome ’17, serving as Orlando’s second Poet Laureate is the culmination of years of supporting poetic expression and storytelling in the city. From studying at UCF to working with a variety of area organizations, including the Orlando Boys & Girls Club and Hope CommUnity Center, he has deep roots in the Orlando community.…

UCF Ranked as Top College in Florida for LGBTQ+ students

UCF was listed recently as the top college for LGBTQ+ students in Florida and as one of the top 25 in the nation by BestColleges.com in partnership with the Campus Pride Index. The list ranked higher-education institutions on their academics, affordability and LGBTQ+ services. Justin Andrade ’10, director of the university’s Social Justice and Advocacy, says the recognition was for…

‘Hispanic Outlook’ Ranks UCF Among Top Schools Again

Hispanic Outlook magazine has ranked UCF the No. 5 university in the nation for conferring bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, marking the second year in a row the university has been recognized for its impact. The ranking, which was released today and lists top-performing educational institutions, considers degrees awarded in the 2019-20 academic year. UCF was also…

Keeping Astronauts Safe While They Explore Other Worlds

When Perla Latorre-Suarez ’21 was a child, she remembers holding her brother’s hand in the mountainous Orocovis region in Puerto Rico where she grew up and looking up on a clear night as the International Space Station flew overhead. “That day, my parents explained to me its purpose and all the experiments and investigations conducted; this is…

PeerKnights Coaching Program Services Meets Needs of UCF Students

In 2020, UCF launched the PeerKnights Coaching Program that enlists students to help fellow students by providing comprehensive support, engagement and resources to undergraduates both in-person and virtually. General and specialized peer coaching options meet the individual needs and interests of students. “We know that when students have academic support, they are more likely to complete their…

UCF Joins New National Consortium, Computing Alliance to Support Latino Students

The University of Central Florida has joined a new, national consortium that will advance scholarship of Latinx students and the field of Latino studies, and an alliance that supports the growth and success of women and Latinos in computing fields. The consortium includes 16 U.S. Hispanic Serving Institutions that are top-tier doctoral universities with very…

Physical Therapy Students Help Patient Make Great Strides in Physical and Cognitive Abilities

Two recent physical therapy alumni played a key role in increasing the mobility of a dementia patient during a 12-week physical therapy session where by the end, the patient no longer needed his cane to walk. They used their experience as a research opportunity to examine the impact of physical activity on cognition.   Jeffrey Schmidt ’20 and Kayla Lawing ’20 met the patient during a Brain Fitness balance and mobility seminar at a church in Winter Park, in early 2019. The patient was 47 years old, which…

10 UCF Graduate Students Awarded Florida Space Grant Consortium Fellowships

Ten UCF graduate students have been awarded NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) fellowships. The students represent various colleges and disciplines, studying a range of topics in nanotechnology and mechanical and aerospace engineering that have the potential to advance space exploration. The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium awards two different types of fellowships in areas…

UCF Offering New Peer-to-Peer Support System for Students

Anew online system launched by UCF’s Counseling and Psychological Services gives UCF students the ability to connect directly with other college students – both at UCF and other participating schools – to find support and resources for common mental health challenges. Togetherall provides a safe and anonymous peer-to-peer support network that allows participants to connect through online…

UCF Elementary Education Alumna Lands Dream Teaching Job

Not many people can say they were able to turn their passion into a career, but Mary Annaliese Dehner ’20 gets to. Dehner, a dancer at heart, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UCF. Today, she’s in her dream role as a dance teacher at Midway Elementary School of the Arts in Sanford.…

Endowed Scholarship Opens New Learning Opportunities for Underrepresented Students

Students pursuing a career in optics and photonics will benefit from the generosity of California-based photonics company Lumentum. The endowed scholarship begun by Lumentum is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and is intended to foster “a more diverse learning and working environment,” according to a news release. In addition to underrepresented students, the scholarships…

WATCH: UCF Marching Knights, B-CU Marching Wildcats Unifying Halftime Show

Between Friday’s news of UCF’s move to the Big 12 and a slew of outstanding performances by UCF’s teams — football won 63-14 over Bethune-Cookman; cross country finished second at the Mountain Dew Invitational; volleyball claimed victories over Florida Gulf Coast and Florida State at the UCF Invitational; and men’s soccer won 6-2 over Florida Gulf Coast…

UCF Recognized as Leader in Innovation and Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges’ Rankings

The University of Central Florida is one of America’s most innovative schools and a rising leader in social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges Rankings. Within the publication’s Most Innovative Schools category, UCF is the top-ranked public university in Florida. The university is eighth among the nation’s public colleges and universities and…

UCF Introduces Transfer Connect to Boost Transfer Student Success

This fall, UCF launched its Transfer Connect program, which provides comprehensive support, engagement and resources to prospective and enrolled transfer students, both in-person and virtually. Transfer students will also have access to UCF Connect’s new Transfer Center, which opened its doors on August 23 in a temporary location at Ferrell Commons in suite 132 on…

Roadmap Writers Interns Gain Real-World Experience in the Screenwriting Industry

This summer, three aspiring screenwriters studying creative writing in the UCF Department of English had an opportunity to dive into the entertainment industry thanks to an innovative internship launched by department lecturer Jason Gregory ‘19MFA. Gregory partnered with Roadmap Writers, a platform that connects aspiring screenwriters with education, tools and training. In creating the internships, he aimed to provide his students with hands-on experience in the screenwriting industry to bolster their future careers. “My goal for this program is…