UCF is a thriving preeminent research university in metropolitan Orlando, one of the most popular regions in the world. Our University benefits from over 13,000 diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment, a high quality of life and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed. In 2018, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cited UCF as an example of what the future of higher education should look like. UCF has 13 colleges, over 215 degree programs, and more than 68,000 students. In all of its teaching, research and service programs, UCF continually reaffirms its commitment to become one of America's great public, metropolitan research universities. Our faculty and staff earned over $183 million in funded research in 2017/18, and their work has resulted in over 925 patents issued since 1989. We are located within minutes of the world's best theme parks and beaches.