Five Things UCF Alumni Need to Know This Week - Feb. 10, 2020

Photo by Nick Leyva '15

1. When it comes to bang for your buck, UCF is one of the top universities in the country, according to the Princeton Review. UCF was named a Best Value College for 2020 by the publication, which honored 200 colleges and universities with the distinction out of 656 reviewed. Points of evaluation for the best-value label include academics, cost, financial aid, alumni salaries and more. Learn more in this UCF Today piece.

2. "Black History Month reminds us of how far we come, but how far we still have to go." We interviewed three UCF alumni who pursue the study of Black history to get their thoughts on the importance of the subject and the impact of their work. Read the entire interview here.

Photo by Nick Leyva '15

3. If hindsight is 20/20, then ESPN is finally getting closer to the mark. Despite ranking UCF football's recruiting class at No. 50 last year, ESPN used metrics from Pro Football Focus to look back after one season of play and ranked the Knights No. 6 for its freshman class performance. That puts UCF higher than Clemson and Florida, among many other programs. Touting the sensational play of quarterback Dillon Gabriel, lineman Tre'Mon Morris-Brash and linebacker Tatum Bethune, ESPN gives the Knights high praise. The article is available for ESPN+ subscribers here.

4. Mike Diaz '06 '10MFA beat the odds, becoming one of six finalists (out of 1,500 applicants) to earn a spot in the eight-month CBS 2019-2020 Writers Mentoring Program. Read more about Diaz and this prestigious program here

5. The innovation at UCF is just getting started. UCF received a total of $650,000 for graduate scholarships in optics and photonics from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Larissa and Leonid Glebov, longtime faculty member and supporters of CREOL. Read more about the impact this gift will make here.