Exploring UCF

Exploring UCF

Exploring UCF
We Are Confident That You Will Find Success Here
Exploring UCF

Welcome to the University of Central Florida

As one of the fastest growing research universities in the country—located in one of the most dynamic metropolitan areas in the United States—Orlando, Florida, UCF transforms the lives of our students and serves as the catalyst for innovative change in our community.  Situated in an economically vibrant region, UCF attracts and supports powerful partnerships which are vital to career development which provides our students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation.

Our innovation is to align our teaching, research, and service with the needs of the 21st century over a wide range of Certificate, Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral Programs.  Our aim is to explore and solve significant community challenges by gathering together faculty and students with diverse ideas, experiences, and backgrounds.

With all that UCF and the central Florida region have to offer, we are confident that you will find success here and hope the information provided below will encourage you to apply to one of our many programs.

Interact With Us

College Visits

The College of Graduate Studies attends different Graduate and Professional School Fairs throughout Fall 2017 – Spring 2018. Admissions representatives will be on hand to answer prospective students’ questions regarding graduate study at UCF. Please see below a list of events attended.

Spring 2018

Tuesday, March 27 – Conference for Undergraduate Research at FIU
Miami, FL
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Graham Center Ballroom

Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 – NCUR Professional Preparation Fair
Edmond, OK
Time:  Thursday – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
University of Central Oklahoma

Chat with Us

Chat sessions, online open houses, and live help sessions are provided as a service to all our students–current and future. A representative from the College of Graduate Studies will be online during these times to answer any questions you may have. If we do not have the answers, we will find someone who does!

If you received a chat invitation to log-in to the chat or if you would like to join any of the chat sessions, click here.
We look forward to chatting with you soon!

If you are a future student, please complete the graduate program information form. We will notify you by email of upcoming chats.

Visit UCF

On-campus Opportunities

Campus tours are offered through Undergraduate Admissions and are available Monday through Friday (except holidays) at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., leaving from the University Welcome Center in front of Millican Hall. Led by a student volunteer, the tour lasts about 45 minutes. For more information or to sign up, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.

Directions to UCF

Grad Fair

Each year, the College of Graduate Studies hosts a showcase of graduate educational opportunities at UCF.  This is a great opportunity to be able to meet faculty in your program of interest.

Please join us for our annual Grad FairAn open house-style event that is free and open to anyone interested in a certificate, master’s, specialist, or doctoral program at UCF.  Please visit GRAD FAIR for current event information.

For more information, please contact gradadmissions@ucf.edu.

How to Apply

The College of Graduate Studies wants you to be successful in your application.  Please follow these basic guides here to make your application to UCF a great experience.

Apply Online

All applications to UCF must be submitted online. Please review the application deadlines for your program in the Graduate Catalog. To apply online, visit applynow.graduate.ucf.edu/apply. Our current application fee is $31.00. The application fee is due at the time your application is submitted. Please note that your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid.

Please note that an application fee waiver may be available for students applying to certain graduate programs. Applicants who think they may qualify for one of the categories below should email cgspayment@ucf.edu for additional information on an application fee waiver.

UCF full-time employees
Teach for America volunteers
FAMU Feeder applicants
International Fulbright Scholars
McNair Scholars
GEM Fellowship applicants
NPSC Fellowship applicants
UCF RAMP scholars
McKnight Doctoral Fellowship applicants
NSF REU participants*

*Eligible NSF REU Sites:

Research Experiences in the Internet of Things (IoT)
Advanced Technologies for HYpersonic, Propulsive, Energetic, and Reusable Platforms (HYPER)
Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computer Vision
Engineering and Nanoscience of Materials and Device Applications in Biotechnology and Medicine
Addressing Social and Environmental Disparities through Community Geography and Geographic Information Systems in Belize

Request Transcripts

You should request transcripts from all previously attended schools. All transcripts must be official and sent directly from the relevant institutions. If you are a UCF alumnus, your transcripts will be requested automatically by the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

International applicants:  For details on your county’s required documents, including academic credentials and equivalency, please visit our Sample Country Requirements Page.  In addition to academic credentials, your program may require an outside credential evaluation.  Please review application requirements for your program in the graduate catalog.

Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required for admission. Please review your program requirements to determine if an admissions test is required. Official test scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing agency.

Supporting Documents

Most programs require the submission of a variety of documents to help in their decision about your admission to their program. Some of these include writing samples or personal statement, a resume or CV, and recommendation letters.  Please refer to your program application requirements for specific details.

Financial Assistance

To be considered for financial support at UCF, you will need to submit your online graduate application early. All students who apply by the Fall priority deadline (January 15th) will be considered for most UCF fellowships and assistantships if they are admitted. For fellowships that require an application, please visit the Fellowships section of this website.

Application Status

You can check the status of your application online any time after the application has been submitted and processed at my.ucf.edu. Please be aware that our office processes thousands of applications each semester and it can take two to three weeks for files to be updated. If you still have questions, you can also contact the graduate program to which you have applied