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First Year Experience

The Common Reading selection for 2017 is High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know about Drugs and Society by Dr. Carl Hart.

Using his powerful personal narrative, Dr. Hart discusses how he achieved life success by overcoming circumstances where numerous barriers were working against him. The reader will be challenged to engage with the themes of the book. In addition, freshman students will be encouraged to correlate the themes to their transition as a freshman student. All freshman students receive the text at their respective orientation date.

The common read selection follows a tradition of having a one book that freshman students will read and have dialogue about.

Freshman Parents: Please review the Parent's Guide for more information about our Common Read Program and implementation into the SLS 1501 curriculum.

To help students begin this dialogue below are list of thought-provoking questions to begin the conversation.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think UCF has chosen High Price (2013) for freshman students?

  2. One of the major themes of the text is social barriers. These are defined as roadblocks that could prevent an individual from achieving success. Have you encountered any social barriers?

  3. As you transition to being a college student at UCF, what resources will you utilize to ensure that you stay on a pathway towards being a highly-competitive UCF Knight?

$500 Scholarship

Freshman students: Apply for Common Read Scholarship. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to freshman students who submit an essay regarding the impact that High Price has had on their transition as a freshman student. The questions above will be a great starting point to ensuring your essay is exceptional!

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Submissions will be received through Friday, November 10, 2017.


During the summer B and fall semesters, the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) will host several programs that correlate with our common read selection.

Join us on Monday, October 16 at 6:00pm in the Pegasus Ballroom Student Union for an evening with Dr. Carl Hart! The event is open to all UCF students, faculty, staff and community members. Attendees will get to meet Dr. Hart, get an autograph copy of the text and hear his powerful narrative.

Check back here soon for a full calendar of events.

Campus Resources

Visit the following websites to ensure your health and wellness while at UCF:

Wellness & Health Promotion:

Recreation and Wellness Center:

Student Health Services:

Past Selections

Contact Information

For any questions regarding the Common Reading Program, or to suggest future books, please contact Dr. Jamil D. Johnson

UCF's Common Reading:
Read It. Love It. Live It.