The long-awaited UCF Downtown Campus will open Fall 2019 in the heart of Downtown Orlando.

Approximately 7,700 UCF and Valencia students across 20 academic programs – associates to doctorates – will attend class on the state-of-the-art collaborative campus between the two colleges.

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“UCF is bringing more than 20 academic programs to downtown, including communication, digital media, legal studies, healthcare technology and healthcare management,” the university said.

“In addition to general studies courses, Valencia College will offer programs in digital media, health information technology, and culinary and hospitality, including workforce training and other certificates to increase access to education in the immediate area.”

The 4-story, 148,000-square-foot Dr. Phillips Academic Commons will anchor the Creative Village, UCF says, while touting a $1 billion public-private partnership to redevelop 68 acres West of I-4 into a mix of higher-education institutions, high-tech companies, startups, and housing for the people who will work, study, and play there.

The UCF Center for Emerging Media, central energy plant, UCF Police Department, a 600-space parking garage, and university store will join the academic building to create a 21st-century learning experience.

“Ustler Development and DEVEN are constructing UnionWest at Creative Village, a 15-story tower that will also include Valencia‚Äôs School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, 600 beds of student housing, a parking garage, health & recreation center, and shared space for student support services, such as advising and financial aid,” said UCF.

UnionWest will be the only dedicated student housing in Downtown Orlando at the time of opening and will overlook the City of Orlando and Creative Village Central Park.