The University of Central Florida (UCF) was established as Florida Technological University in 1963. In terms of student enrollment, it is among the largest universities in the United States. It was started with an aim to serve the scientific and technological requirements of the nearby Kennedy Space Center. UCF is now a space grant university with a focus on engineering and optics programs.
UCF has multiple state and national accreditations including those from the Florida Department of Education, American Psychological Association, and the American Chemical Society. Colleges at UCF include Arts and Humanities, Business Education, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Optics and Photonics, Medicine, Education and others. The Rosen College of Hospitality Management is particularly famous at because of its architectural design. The college replicates a resort and even has its own student-run café.
What initially started as a university with approximately 2000 students has now grown into a 1415 acre campus with more than 50,000 students enrolled in 225 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels. The main campus of the university is located in Orlando, but it has regional campuses in Daytona Beach, Palm Bay, Clermont, Cocoa, Kissimmee, Ocala, and Sanford. It also has partnerships with local community colleges which assure students of direct admission at UCF.