The UCF Difference

It’s no secret that UCF is big. Students choose to study engineering and computer science here because of our clear-cut advantages:

LOCATION: Ranked the #2 metro area in the U.S. for job growth by Forbes*, Orlando is an economic powerhouse in the southeast. Abundant internships, jobs, and industry mentors are close to campus. *Feb. 2017

Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, NASA, Mitsubishi and Siemens have major operations here. The region is a national hub for modeling and simulation, aerospace, healthcare, turbomachinery, power generation, digital media, entertainment, hospitality and soon, smart sensors.

Orlando’s sunny climate means you can enjoy Florida’s abundance of recreational attractions (theme parks, lakes, crystal clear springs and beautiful beaches, to name a few) year-round.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: UCF has 247 National Merit Scholars, and 89 of them study engineering and computer science. Freshman have an SAT average of 1,286 (critical reading, math and writing) and an average high school GPA of 4.2.

RENOWNED FACULTY: Learn from the best, such as Mubarak Shah, the sixth highest-cited author in computer vision research; Sudipta Seal, a nano-scientist and member of the National Academy of Inventors (he holds 38 patents), and Jian J. Liou, a prolific author (10 books) recently honored as the nation’s top educator in the field of electrostatic discharge.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT: Nationally-acclaimed programs at UCF help students achieve success in the STEM disciplines. See the STEM programs at UCF to learn more.

BIG OPPORTUNITIES: There is power in numbers. At UCF, we leverage our size to accomplish big things, such as winning major research grants that have wide societal impact. For example, UCF is the lead partner in a national, multi-partner effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the nation’s energy “smart” grid.

DIVERSITY: Students come from all 50 states and 153 countries. With more than 600 student organizations at UCF, there are many ways to connect with peers, build camaraderie and a sense of community.

ACCOMPLISHED ALUMNI: Among our many stars are Nicole Stott (NASA astronaut); David Better (co-creator of “Words with Friends”); Jason Dunn (sent the first 3D printer to outer space); Alan Eustace (Google top 5 executive); Gene Frantz (inventor of the Texas Instruments Speak & Spell and the ‘father’ of digital signal processing), and so many more.

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UCF provided the challenge and laid the foundation I needed to become a lifelong learner, which I feel is one of the most valuable gifts anyone can receive.
David Bettner, '03 Co-Founder, "Words With Friends"