Throughout my 23 years at UCF, one of my key goals has been student success and working to ensure that students who enter UCF are not the same students as they leave. Students should be wiser, more socially astute, diverse in their thinking and better prepared to build a brighter future for themselves and for our country and our world. Our learning-centered campus community offers enriching opportunities that prepare students to be bold, innovative and socially responsible. Students are encouraged to grow, succeed and excel.

The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services provides students with the opportunity to learn, lead, live and engage. We know that education has the power to transform lives and students have the opportunity to succeed, it changes not only their lives, but the lives of their families and those around them.

In this year’s report – DREAM BIG – you’ll see many examples of how the division has successfully worked to improve the quality of the student experience. Thank you again for your continued support. The best is yet to come! Go Knights! Charge On!

Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President
Student Development and Enrollment Services
We are UCF

Transformative Opportunities

At UCF, we dream big. This is a place that does what others say cannot be done. A place where the impossible becomes the inevitable. On a large scale, we are transforming the lives of people from diverse social and economic backgrounds, and we are enhancing prosperity in Central Florida.

The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) consists of an array of programs and services dedicated to providing students with opportunities for learning and gaining a broad, collegiate experience - from recruitment and admissions to graduation and beyond. In the past two decades, UCF has seen impressive growth in the enrollment number and quality of its student body, with many of our students representing the first in the family to attend college. We engage students in the total collegiate experience by offering more than 7,000 on-campus activities annually. Additionally, Knights gave over 100,000 volunteer hours to various communities. SDES supports students from matriculation to successful progression, graduation and employment in a global workforce.

The Power of Scale


UCF, one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 64,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation since its founding in 1963.

Enrollment Services, which covers admissions, financial assistance and outreach services, has disbursed millions of dollars in financial aid and welcomed thousands of students from all over the world. We remain focused on creating a community of diverse academic and civic leaders and empowering our students to succeed by adding value to the UCF experience.

"Our goal is to ensure everyone has access to higher education. We provide students a pipeline from preschool to UCF, and we offer families the biggest bang for their buck."

Dr. Gordon D. Chavis Jr.
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services
Quick Facts
Enrollment Services
  • 44% Ethnic Minority Enrollment
  • 89% Retention Rate for First-year Students
  • 40% Pell Eligible Students
Student Financial Assistance A2O – Access 2 Opportunities: SFA received over 11,200 applications, approximately 17% of the student body
Undergraduate Admissions More students send their SAT scores to UCF than any other Florida school


UCF Enrollment
Enrollment Services


Of students graduate without educational debt Compared to 33% nationally


National Merit Scholars
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

$476 Million

Financial Aid
Student Financial Assistance


1262 SAT, 27.8 ACT
4.02 GPA
Average Incoming Freshman


153 Countries, 50 States
67 Florida Counties
Students come from:
Unleashing Potential

Student Success

We remain dedicated to providing an applied learning approach that makes our community a positive environment for student success.

With access to 30 offices offering learning opportunities through programs, activities and events that enrich the academic and social experience, our students have proven to be successful during their collegiate journey and beyond.

"Student success is in our DNA. We are using data to engage students, improve academic advising, and scale student support. By enhancing the learning experience, we are better preparing our students for life after UCF."

Dr. DeLaine Priest
Associate Vice President for Student Success
Quick Facts
Career Services The Lockheed Martin College Work Experience Program employs over 600 students annually

Named one of the top 20 colleges career services centers in the U.S. by OnlineCollegePlan.com
Transfer and Transition Services U.S. News & World Report named UCF the No. 1 College in the U.S. in attracting transfer students, welcoming 7,331 in Fall 2016.
Veteran Academic Resource Center 396 student veterans earned degrees


Grants benefiting First-Generation, Low-Income Students Trio Center


Students Attended Pegasus Palooza First Year Experience


Student Accessibility Services


Students Served Career Services


Full-time FTIC Students Took 30 or more credits UCF Think 30


Students Served Student Academic Resource Center
This is UCF

Student Life

The UCF experience is all about creating opportunities that last a lifetime.

From a state-of-the-art Recreation and Wellness Center and exciting housing communities, to various cultural groups and volunteer projects, we continue to provide something for everyone inside and outside of the classroom. With more than 600 student clubs and organizations hosting various events and activities, UCF is filled with plenty of athletic, artistic and interesting ways to stay active and involved.

"We promote a healthy campus community of wellness, fitness, and social activities. Our housing community provides an experience created for student success."

Dr. Sharon Ekern
Associate Vice President for Administration and Student Life
Quick Facts
Student Union Partnership with Student Academic Resource Center where peer tutors and supplemental instruction leaders provide reviews during finals week. More than 24,762 students participated in 2016
Creative School for Children Received $11,000 grant from KaBoom
Wellness and Health Promotion Services Reached over 1,500 students through two semesters of programing for the "It’s On Us" campaign


Annual Visits Recreation and Wellness Center


Planned Expansion And Renovation Student Union

26,754 lbs.

Food Distributed Knights Helping Knights Pantry


Annual Visitors Student Union


Retention rate for students who visit 11-20 times annually Recreation and Wellness Center


Retained students living on campus in first year Housing and
Residence Life


Student Engagement and
Leadership Development

The cultural, leadership and personal development and growth of students is our top priority.

By embracing the tenets of the UCF Creed, we are developing leaders, increasing student engagement and promoting collaboration that fosters excellence. By sustaining partnerships on campus and in the Central Florida city-state, SDES is empowering students to succeed by adding value to their education.

"We are committed to diversity and inclusion by providing support and engaging students in outreach programs and services."

Dr. Kerry Welch
Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership Development
Quick Facts
Office of Student Involvement Designated a Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Lead Initiative Campus by the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators
Fraternity and Sorority Life Received six year, $620,000 grant from Florida Bureau of Family Services to implement "Green Dot Strategy" bystander intervention program
Multicultural Academic and Support Services Supports student success by assisting multicultural and first-generation students in their transition to UCF. The annual National Male Student Success Conference is attended by national and international experts.


Retention Rate for Greek Community Fraternity and Sorority Life

4.17 + 97.7%

GPA and Retention Rate Lead Scholars Academy


Raised by Knight-Thon: a Student Run Event Office of Student Involvement

Top 50

LGBTQ-Friendly University
by Campus Pride
Social Justice and Advocacy


Participants in
"Excellence in action"
Multicultural Academic and Support Services

17 Scholars

Accepted by the Clinton Foundation Lead Scholars Academy

Student Health and

The care and well-being of our students is at the core of our division. By building a culture of integrity and unity, we are ensuring higher academic performance.

Our offices work to promote wellness by increasing awareness of student health and encouraging positive lifestyle choices and decision-making skills. Through the services SDES provides, we have assisted thousands of students in achieving academic and personal success at UCF.

Quick Facts
Counseling and Psychological Services 1100+ students participated in the "Field of Memories" suicide prevention program
Student Health Services and
Wellness and Health Promotion Services
UCF ranked as one of the nation's 26 healthiest colleges by the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities Hosted Higher Education Case Management Association national conference: "Charting the Course: Navigation Contemporary Risk"


Student Patient Appointments Student Health Services


Financial benefit to students Student Legal Services

UCF Cares Day

530 students and 13 departments participated Office of Student Rights
and Responsibilities


Graduation success rate: highest in public division I Academic Services for


Students completed online academic integrity module Integrity and Ethical Development


Student Appointments Counseling and Psychological ServiceS


Black Lives Matter

“Tonight, let’s all say strongly, firmly, without reservation -- Black Lives Matter.” — John C. Hitt, UCF President

More than 500 students, staff, faculty and university leaders gathered on July 13 in the Student Union for the Black Lives Matter event. The focus of the event was to educate the community about the Black Lives Matter movement and to show solidarity for those affected by acts of senseless violence.

UCF President John C. Hitt, First Lady Martha Hitt, Vice President Maribeth Ehasz and Athletics Director Danny White were among those who attended the Black Lives Matter vigil that was sponsored by several student groups. Members of UCF's police department marched in with the event organizers. President Hitt spoke during the peaceful event that featured students leading prayers, singing and sharing their thoughts as they questioned how the violence could have happened and what this means for our community.




“ ... I tell our LGBTQ, students, faculty, staff, and alumni this: You are not alone. Your university stands with you.” — John C. Hitt, UCF President

Forty-nine innocent lives, including UCF Knights Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, were taken on June 12 at the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. Ramon Guerrero was a pre-finance major and Leinonen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology.

The days following the Pulse nightclub tragedy were very challenging for our students, faculty and staff. It was stressful and tremendously emotional. However, in the midst of uncertainty, anger and confusion – our community showed love and courage.

To support our grieving campus community, we held numerous events to honor the lives of those lost and injured. UCF Counseling and Psychological Services and UCF Cares provided support services and triaged hundreds of calls, emails and face-to-face meetings from concerned and anxious parents and families.