Here are changes planned for UCF’s downtown and Lake Nona campuses



The University of Central Florida plans to create some new colleges for UCF Downtown and Lake Nona, while eliminating others from the main campus

The creation of the new colleges will take effect July 2. “I see these changes as opportunities for to be a national leader in inventing 21st-century higher education and best preparing our students for the world of graduation,” UCF Provost Dale Whittaker said in a prepared statement.

UCF will create an Academic Health Sciences Center and the College of Health Professions & Sciences at Lake Nona, which will include the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. As a result, the College of Education & Human Performance and the College of Health & Public Affairs on UCF’s main campus no longer will exist.

The programs that will move to the College of Health Professions & Sciences at Lake Nona include:

  • School of social work
  • Communication sciences and disorders
  • Sports and exercise science (that will be renamed kinesiology)
  • Physical therapy
  • Athletic training

UCF hasn’t yet identified the dates for those programs will move to Lake Nona, however, that will not happen before 2020. “This restructuring aligns our strengths in areas of opportunity and organizational changes that will better position our students, faculty and staff for the future,” said Whittaker.

UCF also will create an urban innovation and education college that will anchor UCF Downtown, said Whittaker. It will focus on civic engagement and governing, safety and justice, and health.

UCF Downtown also will get a new interdisciplinary, inter-college school with programs that redefine content creation, digital art and communication for the 21st century. It will include journalism, radio/TV, advertising/public relations and communication, and digital media, film and the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.

As the colleges are created and programs moved, the first to be relocated to the downtown campus in August 2019 include:

  • School of public administration
  • Health management and informatics
  • Legal studies
  • Public affairs doctoral program
  • Digital media
  • Communication

The geography and the timing of other programs moving downtown will be determined over the next several months.