Orientation is a mandatory two-day program where new students and families will meet with UCF faculty, staff, and peers. Students will be introduced to what it means to be a UCF Knight and the opportunities and resources provided to them at UCF. The orientation program will set the foundation for a successful and seamless transition from high school to college.
During the two-day orientation program, students will learn more about the campus, academic offerings, and resources that the university provides. Students will meet with a first year academic advisor to discuss their academic goals and plan their class schedule.
Orientation is an important part of the incoming student’s first year. To learn more information about Orientation and to sign-up for your orientation session, visit the Orientation website.
Students will meet with a first-year academic advisor in a group setting during both days of the orientation program. Each student will have an opportunity to review previous college-level course work or accelerated test credit with a first-year academic advisor. Advisors will utilize this information and each student’s educational interests to help guide them in selecting a personalized schedule of courses for the first summer (if applicable) and fall semester.
To prepare for the academic advising components of the orientation program we recommend that students complete the following items PRIOR to their orientation session.
- Complete the First Year Advising WebcourseThis Webcourse provides an overview of the basic undergraduate degree requirements all UCF students must complete. Additionally, important policy and procedure information critical for new Knights is explained through this Webcourse. Access to this Webcourse will be granted approximately two weeks prior to your orientation session with the expectation that you complete the Webcourse before attending your scheduled orientation.
- Complete the Math Placement Test (MPT)Information about the Math Placement Test can be found through the Placement Tests website.
- Complete the Chemistry Placement Test (CPT)Information about the Chemistry Placement Test can be found through the Placement Tests website.
- Secure copies of your Dual Enrollment transcripts and test score reportsBring copies or secure online access to official or unofficial dual enrollment transcripts and test score reports (AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, etc.). Access to this information will assist academic advisors with schedule planning and help avoid planning courses students have or may receive credit for. This information may also assist with approval for course overrides where the transfer credit is a prerequisite. Official final copies of this information must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions by the start of the first semester at UCF.
- Review the UCF Undergraduate CatalogReview the individual degree program requirements and begin to draft a possible summer (if applicable) and fall course schedule.
Review the Orientation program checklist for additional tasks to complete prior to attending orientation.
During the orientation program students can expect the following presentations and topics:
Day One Orientation:
- Welcome to the University
- Tour of Campus
- Meeting with Academic Colleges
- Reviewing Policies and Procedures with First Year Advising and Exploration Advisors
- Reviewing Incoming Credit and General Education Program
Day Two Orientation:
- Presentation on requirements for majors
- Schedule Planning for classes
- Registration for classes
Following the orientation program students should complete the following:
- Submit final high school and college transcripts and test score reports (AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, etc.) to UCF Undergraduate Admissions when available. Failure to submit this information will prevent registration for future semesters at UCF.
- Monitor the progress of any waitlisted courses. Look for alternate meetings times or courses to complete the schedule if full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours) is required. Review the Registrar’s Office registration waitlist information for tips regarding the waitlist feature.
- Contact an academic advisor to discuss modifications to the planned course schedule or for assistance with other academic related questions or concerns. The orientation paperwork will include contact information for the academic advisor that assisted the student at orientation.
- Set up and begin using the Knights Email account for all official communication with the University of Central Florida.