First Year
Transitions Programs

You’re a Gator and it’s a big deal!

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Florida! As you prepare to transition into what will be your home for the next several years, we invite you to find community through our MCDA transition programs. Each program is specifically designed to help incoming Gators find and build community with peers, faculty, and staff with shared identities and interests. In collaboration with peer leaders and campus partners, our goal is not only to help you find a sense of belonging but also to equip you with the connections and resources that will allow you to build your cultural wealth and thrive here at the University of Florida.

Interested in learning more about our transition programs? Click on the program of your choice to discover how we can help transform your UF experience!

Please note: our transition programs are offered in supplement to your UF Orientation experience. Please visit the New Student & Family Programs orientation website to learn more about your official orientation requirement.

ADELANTE

ADELANTE is a three-day early arrival program during the summer that focuses on the successful high school to college transition of incoming Hispanic-Latinx students. The program’s emphasis is on academic success, community building, personal and professional development, and networking with peers, faculty, staff, and alumni from across campus.

Admit Type: First Year Students and First Transfer Students
ADELANTE will be taking place August 2021
Look out for Registration in June 2021

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FiND

FiND, Forming our Identities through Networking and Development, is an Initiative in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs. It is a two-day initiative for incoming UF students who self-identify as Asian Pacific Islander Desi. Through community, departmental, and faculty partnerships, students will have the opportunity to network with the APIDA community within the UF and Gainesville area. The program is intended to help students begin to find a sense of belonging at UF and equips them with knowledge of campus resources necessary for their academic and personal success.

Admit Type: First Year Students and First Transfer Students
FiND will be taking place August 2021 and in January 2022
Look out for Registration in June 2021

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PAACT

PAACT, Pledging to Advance Academic Capacity Together, is a three-day program that focuses on the successful transition of incoming Black first-year students. The program’s emphasis is on academic success, community building, personal and professional development, and networking with peers, faculty, staff, and alumni. The goal of the PAACT program is to ensure that students arrive and thrive as they enter the University of Florida.

Admit Type: First Year Students and First Transfer Students
PAACT will be taking place August 2021 and in January 2022
Look out for Registration in June 2021

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HORIZONS

Horizons is a two-day program in early fall that focuses on supporting LGBTQ+ students in their transition to UF. The program’s emphasis is on community building and personal development as well as connecting students to campus and community resources necessary for their academic and personal success. Horizons is for first year, transfer and international students who identify as LGBTQ+. Through activities and networking, Horizons intends to help new LGBTQ+ Gators find each other, find community, learn more about UF and develop a sense of belonging in the Gator Nation and the broader Gainesville community.

Admit Type: First Year Students and First Transfer Students
Horizons will be taking place September 2021
Look out for Registration in August 2021

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Expanding Your Horizon

Transitioning to a new place can be filled with many emotions! The Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with various campus departments and academic areas, strives to support you inside and outside of the classroom. There are many milestones in your first year and beyond. Below are just some of the experiences that you may want to explore further.

Great Gator Welcome

Meet new people, get connected to the Gator student experience, explore campus, and have some fun!
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REAL Workshops

Respect, Equity and Allyship for Leaders gradually introduces participants to key concepts of diversity education and identity exploration.
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First Year Florida

Expand your Gator experience and register for First Year Florida, UF’s signature transition course.
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