As one of the youngest universities in Florida, UCF was established 50 years ago in 1963 as Florida Technological University. In October of 1968, the doors opened for the first classes. The original enrollment class consisted of 1,948 students. Since then, the enrollment size has increased with about 60,000 students enrolled in fall of 2012. The university prides itself on diversity and offers 212 degree programs to students from 145 different countries. UCF is committed to making life better in the classroom and the community with a student-centered approach to everything they do.
Smoke Free Environment
As of August 2012, UCF joined hundreds of colleges and universities around the United States that have a tobacco and/or smoke-free policy in place. This applies to employees, students, visitors, vendors and others while on UCF-owned or leased properties, including university vehicles.
The initiative was put into motion by President John C. Hitt to encourage healthy lifestyles and change the university community’s behavior so that everyone’s right to clean air is respected. (The UCF smoke-free website has FAQs, information about smoking-cessation classes, a schedule of workshops to learn about the policy, and how to submit a question about the policy.)