The University of Central Florida (UCF) is an emerging preeminent research university in Orlando, FL. Founded in 1963, UCF has grown substantially in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years and is now home to 13 colleges offering over 200 majors. As of 2019, the U.S. Department of Education designated UCF as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UCF also received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UCF has faculty and staff groups such as UCF Pride for the LGBTQ+ community, the UCF Latino Faculty and Staff Association, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, and hundreds of registered student organizations to support as a faculty mentor. UCF welcomes innovative ideas from a diverse community of faculty and staff. With more than 13,000 employees representing 36 countries, UCF is one of the largest and most inclusive employers in Central Florida.
Orlando is a dynamic and diverse place to work and live. Ranked No. 6 on Forbes’ 2018 best cities for future job growth and the fastest-growing of the 30 largest regions in the U.S. The Orlando location has strategically situated UCF to become an economic engine, attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF above Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Princeton as most innovative in its annual list of best colleges. Orlando also puts UCF at the center of the Florida High Tech Corridor with an excellent industrial base that includes software, defense, space, simulation and training, and world-renowned entertainment industry. Adjacent to UCF is a thriving research park that conducts over $2 billion in funded research, hosting more than 100 high-technology companies and UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. The Central Florida area is designated by the State of Florida as the Center of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation. In addition, UCF has an accredited medical school which was established in 2006. UCF has established partnerships with all of the major healthcare systems in Central Florida and is a neighbor to large corporations such as Disney, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, and many others.
Great weather, easy access to the seashore, one of the largest convention centers in the nation, and one of the world’s best airports are just a few features that make Orlando an ideal location. We encourage you to learn more about UCF at http://www.ucf.edu/faculty.