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First Year Experience
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Common Reading

The Common Reading Program is an initiative for UCF's First Time in College (FTIC) students. 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.

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Convocation: The Knighting

Convocation: The Knighting, is the official university welcome for new students (freshmen and transfers alike). Held the Sunday before Fall classes begin, President Hitt and other distinguished speakers, the UCF Marching Knights, Knightro, and others kick off students’ academic journey during an exciting and motivational event.

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LINK

LINK (Learning and Interacting with New Knights) is an incentive-based program to help FTIC (first-time-in-college) and transfer students get involved on campus. LINK is designed to get students out of their rooms and into the UCF community. With events from academic and learning programs to interaction and community-building workshops, there is something to help every student feel right at home.

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Orientation

Through Orientation, the First Year Experience Office assists first-time-in-college and transfer students in making a successful transition in and outside the classroom.

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OSSM

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, out-of-state, 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.

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Pegasus Palooza

As UCF's Official Welcome Week, Pegasus Palooza returns every Fall semester with a week full of social, academic, and service activities for students to get acquainted with the UCF campus, meet people, and simply to have fun!

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Pegasus Parents

The purpose of the Pegasus Parent program is to provide quality and up-to-date information to parents and family members of UCF students. Understanding that a healthy relationship between students and parents leads to a positive college experience, we aim to assist parents in their endeavor to gather any important information that enables them to help their student succeed at UCF.

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Strategies for Success

Strategies for Success (SLS 1501) is a 3-credit elective letter grade course designed to assist students in transitioning to the University and collegiate life. The course helps students build a strong academic foundation by developing important life and study skills. Students will also learn and apply critical thinking skills towards diversity and social justice issues, career-readiness and other topics that promote student success. In a small classroom setting, SLS 1501 helps students reflect upon why they are in college and how they will succeed.

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