The Access Student
Students chosen for the UCF Access programs are selected through Undergraduate Admissions by the Admissions Committee from a large and competitive applicant pool. Selection is made based upon many factors including a student’s academic credentials and quality of courses taken in high school. The Admissions Committee believes that those students selected for the Access programs have demonstrated the ability to succeed at UCF when given the opportunity to receive the support the Access programs provide.
Students who participate in an Access Program will get a jump start on their UCF experience and gain an edge over other incoming freshman with early access and exposure to campus life and resources. Additional benefits of the program include:
- The opportunity to gain admission to UCF
- Earn up to 6 credit hours at UCF before fall semester. The earned 6 hours of college credits will count towards the 9 credit hours for summer enrollment at a Florida State University.
- Learn study skills to be academically successful
- Start building relationships with professors, administrators, staff and peer mentors that will create a unique support system
- Build a network among summer bridge program peers that will develop into lifelong friendships
- Receive early registration for freshman year
- Apply for exclusive grants and financial assistance (if eligible)
Academic Profile of a Typical Student
The Class of 2016….
- There were 290 students enrolled in the 2016 Access Program and more than half are first-generation in-college students!
- More than half of the students who participated chose to live on campus during their 6-week summer bridge program!
- Black/African American-27%
- American Indian/Alaska Native-1%
- Average high school weighted GPA: 3.72
- SAT Average: 994
- ACT average: 20
Graduation & Retention Rates
When compared to the UCF overall first-time-in-college cohort .... Students who are admitted to UCF through the Access Programs have on average higher retention and graduation rates.
- “I liked how much the program taught me about the campus and different resources.”
- “I really like the fact that I made plenty of friends, can navigate through most of campus already, am knowledgeable of most of the services provided, and am entering the Fall semester with credits already in place.”
- “The summer program made me feel like I had an advantage over fall/regular summer students.”
- “Being able to experience college without the rush and confusion found in fall semester.”