University of Central Florida Board of Trustees Accept Invitation to Join Big 12 Conference
By UCF Knights // May 10, 2022
UCF football has won 42 of its last 50 games, ranks fifth in the nation behind Alabama
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to accept an invitation for UCF to join the Big 12 Conference, a move that will raise the university’s national profile and expand opportunities for our student-athletes to compete in at the highest level.
UCF is a young institution with strong academic and athletic achievements.
The university enrolled a record 107 National Merit Scholars this fall, and the fall freshman class posted a university-record GPA of 4.22.
Research funding has increased 40 percent since 2016, and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks UCF among the nation’s most innovative universities.
UCF’s student-athletes have excelled in competition and the classroom. Last season, nine UCF teams competed in the postseason.
UCF football has won 42 of its last 50 games, which ranks fifth in the nation behind Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame, and the football team has competed in three New Year’s Six bowl games during the past seven seasons.
They have posted an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for 27 consecutive semesters. In addition, upon his arrival in February, Mohajir instituted a guarantee of a job or graduate school for all student-athletes who graduate.
All 48 student-athletes who graduated this spring or summer — or who had already graduated but had playing eligibility remaining – have achieved either a job or graduate school admission.
Board of Trustees Chair Alex Martins
“Many of the decisions we have made in the past have been transformative for this institution. They may have been decisions to add degree programs, decisions to establish a medical school and teaching hospital, a decision to add a downtown campus or a decision to initiate what is today the second-ranked hospitality school in the world.
All of those decisions were big, bold, and transformative.
Collectively, they contribute to the greatness that is UCF today. The decision today also has the strong potential for being just as transformative for UCF.
Intercollegiate athletics is often referred to as the front porch of the university.
They provide both a platform and a launching point for universities to gain international notoriety as well as open doors that create engagement, which can have a multiplier effect on the university’s success.
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