Orientation is an important part of the incoming student's first year. Below are a few expectations:
Be There: Attend and actively participate in all programs during orientation; they are designed to assist with the transition to college.
Be Connected: Make certain to get contact information from the assigned first year advisor before leaving orientation, just in case there are questions later. The advisors are students' most important contact and resource.
Be Flexibe: Students should have a "plan B" just in case their "plan A" is not available. The courses selected during schedule planning may not reflect the courses the student enrolls for during registration. We will work with the student to ensure the he or she leaves registration with an appropriate and satisfactory alternative schedule.
Students can make changes to their schedule through the swap/drop and add deadlines during first week of the semester. It is a good idea to consult with an advisor before making any permanent changes to course load and selection.
Ask: Most incoming students will have a lot of questions. It is important to ASK those questions. The saying goes: "The more you ASK, the more you KNOW". This knowledge will provide the confidence to start off the first semester strong.
Get Familiar: Students should have a solid understanding of policies like drop/swap and add week, withdrawal from a class, and grade forgiveness. These policies may impact students in some way during their first year.
One of the most important relationships a student can establish at the beginning of his or her college career at UCF is with their academic advisor. During orientation, students will be assigned an academic advisor to assist with scheduling for classes, but the role of the academic advisor does not stop there!
UCF offers highly qualified and trained professionals to give insight into many aspects of a student's college career. The assigned academic advisor is responsible for answering questions about UCF's General Education Program requirements, academic policies, and academic standards and procedures.
Advisors discuss possible course selections and begin to develop short-term and long-term academic goals with students. Advisors wish to see students succeed, which makes them one of the best resources to help solve academic issues. The first year academic advisor is there to provide students with the knowledge they will need to make informed decisions during the first year of college.
It is imperative for first time students to stay connected with their advisor. Communication with advisors is possible through listed "walk-in" hours, appointment times, e-mail communication, or attending an outreach program. Students may also be able to keep their advisor updated through instant message, Facebook, or other social media. Advisors are readily available, but college is all about taking initiative, so get started early!
As a young adult, students are responsible for their own personal growth. Students are encouraged to be an ACTIVE participant in their advising meetings to get the most out of the first year here at UCF.
*Students transition to the college advising office of their intended major or, if undeclared, to the Sophomore & Second Year Center at the conclusion of the first year spring semester.