The University of Central Florida, commonly referred to as UCF, is a metropolitan public research university located east of Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the largest university in the United States by enrollment. The University of Central Florida was authorized by the Florida State Legislature in 1963, and opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University, with the goal of providing highly-trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center, located only 35 miles (56 km) to the east. As the university's academic scope had expanded to encompass other disciplines, 'Florida Tech' was renamed the University of Central Florida in 1978. Although initial enrollment in 1968 was only 1,948 students, as of 2011 enrollment consists of 58,698 students representing over 140 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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