The office of First Year Advising & Exploration (FYAE) is the primary academic advising office for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students and students with an undeclared major. At FYAE we strive to contribute to successful college transitions and positive university experiences.

Academic Advising

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.

Major Exploration Program (MEP)

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 assessments 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.

Knight Watch Program

The Knight Watch Program provides specialized academic support to first-year students with a UCF Cumulative GPA between a 2.0 and 2.59 at the end of their first semester. Students are provided academic advising, peer mentoring and connected to additional campus resources in an effort to reduce the student’s risk of academic probation in a subsequent semester.

Welcome Expo

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.

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.

Phi Eta Sigma

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.

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