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The official e-newsletter of the Pegasus Parent Program produced by First Year Experience through the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services to keep parents, families, and support systems of new and current students up-to-date on the latest news and stories from the University of Central Florida.

For You:

Turning An Ending Into A New Beginning

May marks the end of your student's year at UCF and is a great time for self-reflection.

Did your student accomplish their personal and academic goals? Did they create community with peers and classmates? Did they get involved in activities or attend events? Did they properly estimate the costs associated with continuing their education at UCF? Talk about these things together.

If your student did well over these past 10 months, they should be congratulated for a job well done. Be supportive and communicate your expectations of them being home for the summer. There might have been things that changed for you and your family over the year that you will need to navigate with your student now that they are home for an extended period of time. Be prepared for changes in your relationship that may signal their growing maturity and remind yourself that they're trying to make their own way in the world. 

Some things to accomplish together in the coming weeks:

How To Deal With Academic Dismissal

As parents or support systems of college students, we have high hopes for them to succeed in school. Sometimes, though, our students struggle.

Taking College Classes in the Summer

College summer classes can offer students an opportunity to explore new areas, make up some credits, or get ahead.

Calculating GPA in College — What Students Need to Know

"Recently I counseled a student who wanted to drop two classes because he worried that he would sink his GPA. After a lackluster fall term, he needed to be sure he could get off academic probation and knew that his low grades in those two classes could drag him under yet again."

Should We Track Our College Students?

"My youngest child went off to college this year. She was my first to go out-of-state, and also to a large urban area, where she would be taking trains at night and be on her own in potentially dangerous situations. This was how I justified to her that I needed a tracking app on her phone."

Leyes federales y la privacidad del estudiante

Muchos padres vemos los años que nuestros hijos pasan en la universidad como una transición gradual de niños que dependen de nosotros a jóvenes adultos independientes. Sin embargo hay algunas áreas en las que el estudiante es considerado como adulto ante la ley y los derechos de los padres y el acceso a la información del estudiante está restringida.

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For Your Student:

Four Study Tips and Campus Resources to Help UCF Students Prepare For Finals

Trying to study for finals, but have a busy schedule?  Here are a few tips and resources to help you make the most of the time.

Five Successful Tips to Saving Money While in College

College may be the first time your student will manage their own expenses. Developing healthy financial habits early can help avoid setbacks and achieve success. As the Official Student Banking Partner of UCF, we are here to help!
Click the button below to hear about five successful tips to help your student reach financial freedom:

For You Both:

Princeton Review Again Names UCF Among Nation's 2022 Best Value Colleges

The organization considered factors such as affordability, low student debt, graduation rates and job placement efforts when making its selections.

New here?

If your student is starting at UCF this summer or fall, we hope you're joining us for Family & Guest Orientation this summer!

First Year Experience is excited to welcome all our parents, family members, and guests to the UCF community! You are a vital part of your student’s transition to the University and we value the support you will provide throughout their time at UCF. This starts with the Family and Guest Orientation Program.

If you want more information on what your student can expect from their Orientation experience, look below!

Transfer Student Orientation

Students coming to UCF from other higher education institutions and their families and guests have a one-day, in-person program. 

First Time in College (FTIC) Orientation

Students coming to UCF from high school ("First Time in College" or FTIC) and their families and guests have a two-day, in-person program.
Important Dates

April 27 - May 3
Final Examination Period

May 8
Grades Available on myUCF

May 16
Summer A Classes Begin

Upcoming Events

In Other News:

UCF’s 2022 Great Navel Orange Race Celebrates 25-Year Engineering Tradition

On Friday, April 15, more than 1,200 first-year engineering students tested their hand-crafted boats during an all-day competition at the Reflecting Pond.

Knights Do That:
How Music Enhances Your Life

Michael Chiang ’20MS, the first UCF student to graduate with a master’s in hospitality and a M.D. in emergency medicine, shares how he plans to use both degrees in the future and the adversity he’s faced along the way.

New UCF Podcast Provides Government Transparency and Real-world Journalism Experience

Rooted in a government transparency mission, the Winter Park Sunshine Podcast provides UCF journalism students a wealth of leadership and professional experiences.
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