University of Central Florida Mission

The University of Central Florida is the home of the Community Geography and GIS REU Site. UCF is a public multi-campus, metropolitan research university that stands for opportunity. The university anchors the Central Florida city-state in meeting its economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental, and societal needs by providing high-quality, broad-based education and experience-based learning; pioneering scholarship and impactful research; enriched student development and leadership growth; and highly relevant continuing education and public service initiatives that address pressing local, state, national, and international issues in support of the global community.

Approved by the UCF Board of Trustees, May 21, 2009


Department of Sociology Mission: Home of the Community Geography and REU Site in Belize: The UCF Department of Sociology provides the type of advanced learning community required to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We seek to educate global citizens who can access, evaluate, and analyze abundant information available through both electronic and more traditional forms of media. In addition, our department strives to foster tolerance and understanding of diverse peoples, cultures, and issues. Through research, teaching, and service, our faculty contributes to essential knowledge of social processes and informs policy decisions at the local, regional, and global levels.


This is UCF

The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF and its 13 colleges provide opportunities to over 67,500 students, offering 210 degree programs from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus and its 10 regional locations.

UCF was ranked as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative” universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 guide rankings. Last year, Kiplinger’s and The Princeton Review ranked UCF as one of the nation’s best values for a college education. The Carnegie Foundation has classified UCF as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity and community engagement.

UCF, Florida’s largest university, promotes a diverse and inclusive environment. Students come from 50 states and 148 countries. Study abroad programs allow students to study and conduct research with 98 institutions in 36 countries. Students at UCF have been recognized throughout the world and include recipients of the Rhodes, Mellon and Goldwater scholarships.

In 2014, UCF enrolled 79 freshman National Merit Scholars for an overall enrollment of 275 National Merit Scholars. Both school records. Last year, UCF enrolled more National Merit Scholars and awarded more degrees than any other Florida university.

UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, the sciences including biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media.

UCF is one of 25 public universities with the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity.

The main campus stretches 1,415 acres and manages 800 acres of natural ecosystems resulting in habitats for more than 45 animal species.

The Health Center is a full-service health clinic with on-site professionals, X-ray capabilities, dental services, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory and physical therapy services.

The Student Union has computer labs, study lounges, ballrooms and meeting rooms, popular eating establishments and a small shopping mall. Students also enjoy a 149,000-square-footRecreation and Wellness Center complete with a three-story climbing wall, an indoor track and fitness equipment.

On-campus housing includes 11 communities for 12,000 students ranging from first-year to graduate students.

***This is UCF text quoted from http://www.ucf.edu/about-ucf/