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First Year Experience

The Common Reading Program was re-established for UCF's First Time in College (FTIC) students in Summer 2014. The intent of establishing a Common Reading Program is to engage FTIC students in a dialogue around a relevant topic while creating a sense of community amongst incoming students.

Each year, a committee selects the Common Reading Program book revolving around relevant topics. All incoming FTIC students will then receive a copy of the book when they attend their orientation session, and will read the book over summer. Throughout the year, various events will be scheduled that relate to the book and its topic, with a chance for students to participate as a community.


Join us on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:00pm to hear from Coach Luma Mufleh! The event is open to all UCF students, faculty and staff and will be held in the Pegasus Ballroom.

Current Selection

The 2016-2017 text will be Outcasts United by Warren St. John.

A story of resilience, creating community in the face of adversity and the power of one person to make a difference, Outcasts United details the story of an unlikely soccer team made of refugees from all over the world, that ended up in the same small, southern town. Coach Luma Mufleh’s unexpected journey created a team that provides a home away from home with The Fugees, and later an academy where students could succeed in their academics.

For more information on the book visit the website.

For more information on The Fugees, visit their website.

Past Selections

Contact Information

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

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