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UCF moving ahead with plans for downtown Orlando campus

Expansion would bring in 10,000 students, school president says

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida is moving ahead with plans for a multimillion dollar expanded campus in downtown Orlando.

University president John Hitt announced the joint initiative with Valencia College on Tuesday during a breakfast with community leaders. Hitt says the expansion would bring in 10,000 students from the two schools to study downtown.

Plans for the satellite campus are contingent upon receiving necessary state funding and approval from the university's board of trustees and the Florida Board of Governors. State legislators approved $2 million for a feasibility analysis earlier this year.

Hitt says officials are still assessing which academic programs would be included in the venture, but acknowledged digital and visual arts programs would complement its existing Florida Interactive Academy and Center for Emerging Media that is already located downtown.