OSSM (pronounced “awesome”) is the Out of State Student Mentoring Program at UCF. OSSM provides all freshman, out-of-state students with an upper-class peer mentor that assists students in their transition to university life in a new state, as well as unique opportunities and experiences that help students get involved at UCF and connected to the Orlando community. This is achieved through personal contacts, social programming and the additional option of a Living Learning Community where a portion of our out-of-state students live and take classes together.
Every incoming out-of-state freshman student will be paired with an upper-class peer mentor that understands the transition of starting college in a new state. Throughout the year, OSSM Peer Mentors will contact their students to assist in their own transition, as well as plan fun activities for all OSSM students to connect and engage in all that UCF and Orlando has to offer. Past OSSM events include:
OSSM students get involved in student organizations, attend UCF athletic events, take on leadership roles, and much more! OSSM Peer Mentors are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, and are trained to provide knowledge of UCF as well as assistance in the transition process.
The OSSM program offers a Living Learning Community (LLC) for out-of-state students. Located in the Neptune community, one of UCF’s newest housing additions, students living with the Out-Of-State LLC will live on a floor with other out-of-state freshmen, while enjoying the benefits of having their own personal bedroom in a four-bedroom, two-bathroom suite. This program encourages students to create a sense of community with their peers who want to share the out-of-state experience, while also allowing for a more independent lifestyle. Neptune is conveniently located near the Recreation and Wellness Center, Leisure Pool, Health Center, and ’63 South dining hall.
To list the Out-of-State Living Learning Community as your LLC preference, you will need to first complete a housing application. Once completed, you can select the Living Learning Tab and then Out-of-State from the drop down menu. If you are completing your application in steps, log back in to myUCF and click on ‘Student Self Service’> ‘Housing’> ‘Living Learning’ and select Out-of-State.
Click here for more information on Housing and Residence Life’s Living Learning Communities.
OSSM also offers reserved seats in several courses, specifically for our out-of-state students, during summer, fall and spring. These are small course sections that allow for more personal relationships to develop with not only students, but with a faculty member as well.
Additionally, students in the Out-of-State LLC will have the convenience of their academic advisor being housed in Neptune, making advising appointments just steps away.
The Out-of-State-Mentoring Program (OSSM) has partnered with the Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) to present the Learn to Surf with OSSM trip! On April 14, OSSM students will have the opportunity to experience surf instruction on the beach while connecting with other students and peer mentors. If your Knight is interested in participating, sign ups are located at the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) located in Room 154 in the RWC. The cost to participate is $15.00. The OAC office is located on the first floor of the RWC, just past the racquetball courts down the l
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If your Knight is interested in an interactive leadership opportunity, they should consider applying to be a Peer Mentor for the Out of State Student Mentoring (OSSM) Program! OSSM Peer Mentors serve as peer advisors, resources, and role models for first year students and are representatives of the First Year Experience Office and the University of Central Florida. Through training, OSSM Peer Mentors will be responsible for a specific body of knowledge about the University and must be sincerely interested and skillful in sharing this know