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The University of Central Florida awards more than 18,000 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.

New Immersive Simulation Suite Will Teach UCF Students, Help Patients

UCF’s College of Health Professions and Sciences has again expanded its state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Innovation Center with the addition of a new immersive, mixed reality room that will be used for both student learning and patient care. The Blended Learning Interactive Simulation Suite, or BLISS, uses 270-degree, floor-to-ceiling touchscreen walls that display curated video and audio, providing an…

Arts at UCF keep the enjoyment of making music alive at FMEA

Previously attending the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Professional Development Conference by performing in the All-State Choir when she was in middle and high school, sophomore music education major Adriana DuPont said she was inspired to pursue her love of making music.  She said her passion for the arts emerged from the teachers who introduced her…

Language Studies Connects SPSIA Student to Roots

For student Daniah Jarrah, studying Arabic holds much more power than bilingualism. Jarrah is studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, with the Qasid Institute, which teaches both modern standard Arabic and classical Arabic. Jarrah notes that modern standard Arabic is the dialect that is used in the political and academic realm of the Middle East. With…

Seven Master of Health Administration Students Selected for Competitive Fellowships

The UCF School of Global Health Management and Informatics has seven students who plan to graduate this year accepting highly sought fellowships in health administration that can propel them into the next stages of their administrative careers. The master of health administration students have accepted fellowships with some of the top hospitals in the country, but not…

Get to Know Pageant Winner, Miss Universe Contestant: UCF’s Ashley Cariño

Growing up, Ashley Cariño was just as likely to watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as she was a Miss Universe pageant. She dreamed of working for NASA and wearing the Miss USA crown. The 27-year-old is now well on her way to achieving both goals. Cariño, an aerospace engineering student at UCF, won the title of Miss…

UCF Medical Student Matches into Competitive Military Specialty

Having spent his early years in his native Colombia, Gustavo Marino experienced the challenges that underserved people have accessing healthcare. “I saw members of my family experience difficulties and it just made me want to be able to do more for underserved communities,” says Marino, now a fourth-year medical student. “Even when my mom and…

A Trailblazing Ph.D. Student Marks First for UCF Nursing

When Kimberly P. Emery Rathbun ’17BSN walks across the stage at Addition Financial Arena on Friday to be officially hooded as “Dr. Emery,” she will mark a milestone in her career and at the UCF College of Nursing. Emery is the college’s first graduate of the BSN to Ph.D. program, an innovative program where nursing students interested in…

UCF, Duke Rank Among Top Bowl Teams for Academic Performance

Military Bowl opponents UCF and Duke both excel in the classroom, making the game one of the best in the nation as rated by the teams’ academic performances. UCF earned an Academic Progress Rate of 984, just one point behind Duke’s 985. The combined total ranks tied for fourth for any set of opponents in…

UCF Accepts Invitation to Face Duke in Military Bowl

For the first time in history, the UCF football team is headed to the Military Bowl. UCF (9-4) will meet Atlantic Coast Conference representative Duke (8-4) at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, in 34,000-seat Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, in the Military Bowl presented by Peraton, benefiting the USO. The…

CHPS Awards Over $50,000 in Scholarships to Knights

Over the Fall 2022 semester, the College of Health Professions and Sciences (CHPS) awarded scholarships totaling $53,900 to support students with their academic success. Each scholarship is made possible through philanthropic funding from faculty, staff and community partners to enrich a student’s learning experience and help unleash the potential of Knights. Below are some of…

Fall 2022 Finals Week Support and Resources for Students

Dear Students, As you prepare for the completion of the fall semester, UCF’s efforts to support your success and well-being continue. We know this point in the semester can be particularly challenging, and we want to remind you to take care of yourself and of the resources available to help you study and stay well.…

2022 College of Sciences Year in Review 

A glimpse at another year of exploration, innovation and scholarship in the College of Sciences.   Over the course of the year, College of Sciences faculty, staff, and students worked hard to accomplish great things. At the heart of their accomplishments is a desire to create a greater tomorrow and a stronger community.   Follow along to read…

Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation Award Winners Enhance Mental Health Resiliency

The arts and humanities have a unique power to resonate with the human soul across time, place and socioeconomic status. When this power is harnessed by the community through sustainable, evidence-based and cross-disciplinary initiatives, the potential for positive human impact is limitless. Based on this idea, the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Innovation Award gives…

Making Dreams into Reality: How Three Character Animation Students Started Their UCF Careers in Highschool

From a young age, Isabella Moreno, Delaney Kreidler and Casey Mueller have dreamed of telling impossible stories through moving pictures. Today, all three students are launching their careers at UCF’s nationally ranked character animation program. Growing up in Orlando, Mueller and Kreidler were close friends. The pair got their start in middle school making short animations using…

Master’s Students Compete for the First Time in UCF’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition

From cutting-edge engineering feats to sociological and historical exploration, UCF graduate students presented their wide-ranging research endeavors in under three minutes at the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) Monday. Graduate students from various disciplines compete for prizes with a 180-second elevator pitch that covers a wide range of research topics. Hosted by the College of Graduate…

Sociology Podcasts Further Scholarship, Teach Skills

Two recently debuted podcasts are increasing awareness about sociology while simultaneously providing valuable skills to for students. The podcasts come from the classroom of Associate Professor Ramon Hinojosa, Ph.D. Free the Mind Free the People, is a student-led podcast that tackles major questions about the inner workings of society by drawing from core sociological concepts.…

The Gray Men and Women of UCF

Mike Kepner ’19MA does not intend to stand out. Yet the precision in his posture and cordiality in his voice are impossible to miss. You notice as he welcomes students into a relaxing office next to Addition Financial Arena. He offers them quiet places to study, something to drink, and space to be themselves. The students…