The office of First Year Advising & Exploration (FYAE) is the primary academic advising office of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students and students with an undeclared major. At FYAE we strive to contribute to the successful college transitions and positive university experiences.
Programs & Services
FYAE advisors are available to review General Education Program and degree requirements, to assist with major and career exploration, to explain UCF policies and procedures, to assist with course registration, to refer to other campus offices, and much more. We provide these opportunities through scheduled appointments, walk-in advising, group advising, probation appointments, and technology-based advising. We start our advising relationship with students through our orientation advising sessions.
The Major Exploration Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to participate in a variety of activities in which they are taught how to evaluate and use the results of academic and occupational assessment in selecting majors and possible careers. They will receive information and guidance through individual academic advising appointments, workshops, seminars, and collaborative partnerships with other student support offices (including Career Services) throughout the campus community. Students are able to take advantage of these opportunities as early as their new student orientation.
The College Achievement Program (CAP) is a student success program designed to meet the academic needs of freshman students entering the University of Central Florida who are required to complete prep courses in the areas of Math, English, and/or Reading. Students who are accepted to the University of Central Florida with SAT or ACT subtest scores that are below the required minimums set by the state of Florida are candidates for CAP. CAP students are required by the state to take a College Placement Test (CPT) at orientation and complete any preparatory courses they may test into prior to enrolling in college level English and/or math. These prep courses help CAP students build the skills needed to be successful in college level course work.
As high school students seek to understand the role of college and its impact upon their future goals, the University of Central Florida offers students an opportunity to enhance this understanding through their participation as Dual Enrollment or Early Admission students. Our program allows high school students to attend UCF while completing their secondary education. The cost of tuition is covered by the student's respective school district. However, students will need to speak with their high school guidance counselors or principals to determine if the cost of instructional materials (textbooks) is covered. Home school and private school students are required to cover the cost of their instructional materials.
Knight Watch Program
The Knight Watch Program provides academic advising to first year students with an end of semester GPA between a 2.0 and 2.59. Students are provided advising assistance along with additional guidance and referrals to campus resources that may prevent them from being placed on Academic Probation in a subsequent semester.
The Welcome Expo is an annual showcase of UCF clubs and organizations, departments, as well as local area businesses. This UCF tradition is held during the first week of fall classes and welcomes new incoming students and returning students to the UCF campus.
Advising Open House
FYAE welcomes our new class every year by hosting an Advising Open House at the start of the fall semester. Students have the opportunity to visit the FYAE office and meet the assigned academic advisor they will work with during their first year at UCF. Students have the chance to learn about other campus resources and schedule their fall advising appointment. Light refreshments are served and students have the chance to win prizes.
Knights Knowledge Expo
The Knights Knowledge Expo is hosted by FYAE at the beginning of each spring semester. It aims to provide Spring Admitted students, as well as returning students, with information regarding UCF offices and organizations. The event includes giveaways, free food, and the opportunity to earn LINK points.
FYAE provides academic advising services to various specialized first-year student programs. This support may include mandatory advising appointments and workshops geared to each respective program.
- Out-of-State Student Mentoring (OSSM)
- Learning Environment and Academic Research Network
- Pegasus Success Program
- Seizing Opportunities through Achievement and Retention (SOAR)
Student Involvement Opportunities
FYAE also supports the Phi Eta Sigma national honor society. It is the oldest and largest freshman honors society. Visit the Phi Eta Sigma website to learn more.
The purpose of the Sophomore Ambassador Council (SAC) is to improve the overall experience and increase retention of sophomore and second year students at UCF. This student led council provides feedback to improve sophomore and second year programming and aids in connecting those students with other campus support services.