University of Central Florida
About University of Central Florida
- Access — Providing more opportunities to people of any age who might not otherwise have access to earn a high-quality college degree
- Innovation — Attracting thought leaders from around the world to conduct innovative research and scholarship on our campuses
- Impact — Creating a positive, lasting impact on the Central Florida community and the world beyond
Big for a Reason
UCF is an emerging preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 64,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. In addition to its impressive size and strength, UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to grow, learn and succeed.
Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer 216 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through its 10 regional locations. It has more than 12,000 employees and an operating budget of $1.5 billion. The Washington Post has showcased how UCF is set to “demolish the popular belief that exclusivity is a virtue in higher education” because of our mission of meeting our region’s demand and providing access to high-quality education.
We’re Dedicated to Faculty Success
One of UCF’s priorities is strengthening its faculty by adding world-class researchers and scholars, and ensuring the success of each member in the classroom, the research lab and beyond. From teaching technologies and professional development to research mentoring and work-life balance, UCF faculty are supported across campus through a variety of offices and centers aimed to help them achieve more.
UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, including optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media. UCF’s Faculty Cluster Initiative fosters the development of interdisciplinary teams focused on solving today’s most challenging scientific and societal challenges. Six clusters have been created in fields as diverse as sustainable coastal systems and renewable energy to prosthetic interfaces and cyber security.
In 2015-16, UCF professors received $145.8 million in research funding and have accrued more than $1.2 billion in external grants during the past decade. Distinctive programs extend learning beyond the classroom and include leadership programs, cooperative education, mentorships, internships, service learning and paid research positions.
Why join UCF?
Orlando is the fastest-growing major metropolitan region in America (U.S. Census Bureau) and will add more than 500,000 new residents by 2026. The city was named No. 1 in the U.S. for job growth for 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor. And it has become a hub for the life sciences, medical innovation and technological developments. That’s why Orlando ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ 2015 best cities for future job growth and No. 13 for fastest-growing cities in the U.S. And why Fast Company magazine has included Orlando in its list of “Best Cities for Innovation.” Plus the sunshine and warm climate create a perfect environment to live, work and explore.
UCF is one of Central Florida’s largest employers, with more than 2,000 faculty members and nearly 10,000 staff members, and adds $7.73 billion of value to the economy. We’re looking for passionate, innovative and driven faculty members to help us make a difference. Ready to get started?