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Access Program

Meet the Access Team

The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC), Multicultural Academic Support Services Office (MASS), and First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE) work together to coordinate and execute the Access Program, which has a 97-100% retention rate yearly.

The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC)

SARC is the learning center on campus, providing high-quality academic support programs and services to help UCF students develop college-level study skills and achieve the highest standards of academic excellence. SARC coordinates the Access Orientation, Peer Mentoring, Supplemental Instruction, and attendance components of Access.

Multicultural Academic & Support Services (MASS)

Multicultural Academic and Support Services (MASS) assists multicultural and first-generation students. MASS coordinates the Creed Seminars and Closing Celebration components of Access.

First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE)

FYAE is the primary academic advising office for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students. We will begin our advising relationship with you at orientation through the conclusion of your first year at UCF. For students who are undecided upperclassmen, FYAE will assist you with exploring majors and careers. FYAE coordinates the summer classes and academic advising components of Access.

Access History

The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC), Multicultural Academic Support Services Office (MASS), and First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE) work together to coordinate and execute the Summer Bridge Access Program. The three offices work as a united front to promote student success and persistence for the Access Program, which proudly boasts a 97–100% retention rate yearly.

Since the fall of 2011, the offices have worked as a cohesive team to provide academic support and academic advising, opportunities to develop leadership skills, community building, and assistance for the Access students as they transition from high school into the University environment. The collaborative efforts of these three departments have enhanced the student experience and significantly increased the quality of services provided.

Prior to this, there were two independent Access Programs at UCF which operated under the names of the Pegasus Success Program and the Seizing Opportunities for Achievement and Retention (SOAR) program. The decision to bring both programs under the umbrella of Access and include First Year Advising and Exploration was to provide more innovative programming that would enrich the overall student experience. For more than 20 years, the Pegasus Success and SOAR programs have had a rich tradition and much success here at UCF.

In preparation for Access Summer 2018, it was decided to further unite the two programs under one name, the Access Program.

Awards & Recognition

  • The SOAR Program was awarded the 2010 NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Certificate of Merit.
  • The Pegasus Success Program was awarded the 2006 Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award.
  • UCF was recognized in Diversity Magazine as 1 of 7 Diversity Champions nationwide. Both programs were among the programs cited as models of excellence for other institutions of higher education (2016).

Accessibility Statement

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