Program Components

The Access program seeks to help students transition smoothly to UCF by learning about the resources and academic support necessary to succeed.

Access students’ continued enrollment for the Fall 2023 term is contingent upon their successful completion of the Access Program. In order to advance to the fall term, students must:

  1. Complete two college-level courses (six credit hours) with a grade of C or better in each course, and
  2. Participate in ALL Access Program academic support activities.

Required Program Components

Access Orientation

All Access Program participants must attend the same UCF Freshman two-day Orientation Program.  Since the Access orientation does not follow the standard orientation schedule, this particular orientation is mandatory.

Week 1 Seminar

In the first week of classes, all Access Program participants will attend a seminar that reviews the Access Program requirements, offices and staff, as well as strategies for a successful summer semester.

Summer Classes

All students will take two summer courses that will count toward general education and elective requirements within their UCF degree programs. *Please note that students cannot select their summer classes; courses are chosen by the advising team based on the students’ test scores, dual enrollment, transfer credits, and intended major.

Access students will be pre-registered for their two Summer B classes prior to arriving to orientation. Students will receive their class schedule at Orientation. All students will be enrolled in SLS 1501 (Strategies for Success in College) and one general education course. Examples of General Education courses that may be offered include:

  • POS 2041 – American National Government
  • PSY 2012 – General Psychology
  • SYG 2000 – Introduction to Sociology
  • ANT 2000 – General Anthropology
  • ANT 2511 – Human Species
  • PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy
  • MUL 2010 – Enjoyment of Music
  • THE 2000 – Theatre Survey

Learning Support:

Each general education course option available to Access Program students for the Summer B term will have a learning support component tied directly to it. These sessions are usually 50 minutes long and are led by a UCF student trained in providing the appropriate learning support services.

Group Peer Mentoring:

Each Access student will be matched with a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors will provide guidance and ongoing feedback as they meet with students to discuss their college goals, academic progress, campus resources, financial literacy, and their overall transition to the university.

Additional Program Components (Recommended)

Academic Advising:

Academic Advisors will meet with students during the summer B term to discuss each student’s academic progress with them, answer any questions students may have, and assist students with future academic planning.

One-on-One Peer Mentoring:

Each Access student will be required to meet individually with their Peer Mentor for individualized guidance and ongoing feedback to assist with their overall transition to the university.

Academic Coaching:

Academic Coaches will provide individualized guidance and feedback as they meet with students to discuss their academic progress, effective study strategies, and time management skills.

Community Engagement:

Each week students will be able to participate in various activities where they will engage with other ACCESS students in attending events on and off campus.

Closing Celebration:

(To Be Announced)

Students will also be asked to complete an Access student survey online towards the end of the summer term.

Finally, students may be required to participate in additional academic support activities, such as Academic Coaching, during the summer B term; this is contingent upon each student’s progress in their courses. Grades for both summer courses will be checked periodically throughout summer. If a student is reported as having a grade of C or lower then additional summer programming may be required — students will be notified via email of any additional requirements. Similarly, pending a student’s successful completion of the summer program, a student success plan will be developed with continued support components for the fall and spring semesters.