The Master Plan approved by the Board of Regents in 1965 was based on the “village concept”.
All buildings and facilities needed by the University for its first 10 year would by centrally
located in the core of the campus.
Separate student communities—”villages”; would be located in concentric circles radiating out
from the central core. Each village would contain student housing, an infirmary
and physical education recreation areas. Five villages were planned for the first ten
years, each to house about 3,000 students each.
The goal of the village concept was to maintain a small college atmosphere in the larger university
setting. Do you see elements of the UCF Campus today in this first master plan?
Out of necessity, the first buildings being constructed in 1967 were multipurpose, with the
Library having classrooms, administrative offices, the bookstore, the computer room and even
a weight room!
UCF began to earn its nickname “Under Construction Forever” as construction proceeded at a rapid
pace during the University’s early years.