A Guide for UCF College of Business Students & Family
Our Culture of Engagement
We have a strong culture of engagement in the College of Business with hundreds of events for students, faculty, staff, alumni and potential employers each year. Students are expected to get out of their comfort zones, engage with people who are different than them and become good collaborators, communicators and data-driven decision-makers. We stress “doing” as much as “knowing,” and this requires a change in mindset for students who are accustomed to more passive forms of learning that focus on class lectures.
Our own experience and a lot of research demonstrates the importance of students immersing themselves in this college experience. Students who are involved on campus, who forge strong friendships with other students and get to know their professors, academic advisors and career coaches are much more likely to stay in school, progress through the curriculum, graduate on time and land the job of their choice. This doesn’t mean students need to participate in everything—that would be a bad idea. But it does mean they should focus on the key activities that will help them along the way including joining a student club associated with their major and career goals, networking, participating in mentoring programs and attending college sponsored events.
Five Tips for Succeeding in the College
- GET INVOLVED! This is the absolute best way to find people with common interests, to find your niche and to find your UCF family. There are hundreds of registered student organizations to join, including intramural sports, student government, fraternities, and sororities, and more. And if there is not a club or organization you are interested in, we encourage our students to create their own.
- BUILD YOUR NETWORK. In the business world, relationships and connections will play a big part in your career. Meet classmates to form study groups or collaborate on group projects to help you succeed in classes and add new friends to your circle. Interact with companies and alumni through The EXCHANGE, or as we call it, the heart of engagement at the college. At The EXCHANGE, a community leader, corporate partner or alum will host the conversation and you’ll have the opportunity to listen and ask questions. We are planning virtual Exchanges, as well as in-person events following CDC guidelines.
- ARMOR UP and SETTLE IN. UCF is lively and fun place to be, and we want you to enjoy life on campus while practicing safety measures such as social distancing and wearing a face covering.
We want you to always feel safe at home. We have created a hybrid strategy for fall events and activities that will offer virtual participation options to students, limit frequency and size of face-to-face interactions, and leverage alternatives like being on UCF’s beautiful outdoor spaces to promote physical distancing.
- SUIT UP and GET HIRED! Think about your professional development as soon as you become a business student. We have an entire office dedicated to this. The Office of Professional Development is the one-stop spot for all the tools to help you get an internship, job or promotion. From the Advising team (A-Team) to the Career Coaches, our staff will help with all your needs, such as resume reviews, mock interviews and professional advice.
We also have our own internship and job board called Knightline, where you can search and apply for jobs. Events like The Invitational provide opportunities to connect with employers and learn about available internships and jobs. Both are exclusive to College of Business students.
- STRATEGIES for SUCCESS Life as a student can get hectic, so start thinking of strategies to help you succeed in the classroom. Our ambassadors recommend reviewing your syllabus for course requirements, getting to know your professors and making a study calendar!
After studying, make sure to make time to reward yourself for all your hard work. Find out what works best for you. Not every student learns or studies the same, so it might take some trial and error. Once you find what works best for you, stick with it and you will be successful.
Face coverings will be required on campus, and to help students out, UCF is distributing at several locations on the main campus, with distribution stations coming to the UCF Downtown, Rosen and Lake Nona campuses in the near future. A face covering will be assigned to each member of the UCF community, and a valid UCF ID card is required to obtain one.
There will still be plenty of opportunities to meet fellow Knights through fun activities, so introduce yourself to your classmates and neighbors!
We are launching a new mentorship program called the Business Knights Network, where you can be matched with a community leader or alumnus who has many years of experience in an industry. These mentors are both local and located all over the country (we have even had mentors in different countries!) willing to help you grow.
Be a part of a team, build your network, hone your leadership skills and more by joining a student organization that fits your academic and career interests. Business-related student organizations (or associations) help drive a lot of activity and provide a voice for students in the college. Get involved!
College of Business Student Ambassadors
Established in 2013, the College of Business Student Ambassador program was created to enhance the student engagement experience within the College of Business. Student Ambassadors serve as the Dean’s student voices within the college. Ambassadors are well-rounded students who excel academically while being actively involved in the life of the college. They are leaders and must also work well in a team environment.
Responsibilities of the Student Ambassadors include
- Serving as hosts and hostesses at campus events
- Assisting the Office of the Dean to coordinate community service and events, such as Welcome to the Majors, Dean’s Speaker Series, The EXCHANGE, to rally students, as well as alumni, faculty and staff
- Providing campus tours for dignitaries and distinguished guests
- Providing outreach to potential and current business students
- Promoting the latest advances and achievements of the college
Recruitment typically occurs each semester. You can follow the College of Business Student Ambassadors on social media for updates on recruitment dates and requirements.Follow the Ambassadors on Instagram
Events & Opportunities
Housing, Dining and Banking Services
Students who plan to live on campus should know that move-in procedures vary for fall, spring and summer. No doubt this fall, you have more questions than ever. So as we navigate the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, move-in procedures for Fall 2020 will be updated as necessary to ensure the safety of our students and campus community. Be sure to check Move-In Information for updates.
For information about dining options and meal plans, be sure to visit Dining Services