Connecting to Campus

At the University of Florida, we are dedicated to increasing college access and providing opportunities for all students. We celebrate our community of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Students can also expand their learning outside the classroom by participating in programs and institutes that support and promote multicultural learning experiences.
Learning and Engagement

Multicultural & Diversity Affairs (MCDA)

Multicultural & Diversity Affairs (MCDA) educates, empowers and mobilizes students, campus and community partners. MCDA's goal is to create cutting-edge programs and opportunities in the areas of multicultural education, self-awareness, advocacy, intercultural understanding and social justice with a commitment toward creating an inclusive, affirming and just campus community. The Multicultural & Diversity Affairs website has more details.


Aspire is a student program of the Counseling and Wellness Center focused on inclusiveness and retention in education. The mission of the program is to support the recruitment, retention, and time-to-degree graduation of students from underrepresented groups at the University of Florida through a focus on social justice and mentorship. The Counseling & Wellness Center website has more details.

Career Connections Center (CCC)

The CCC's mission is to educate and create connections for the University of Florida community in order to facilitate the holistic career development of students. We connect students with potential employers and internships while assisting them with career planning, interviewing skills and resume development. The Career Connections Center website has more details.

Office of Academic Support (OAS)

The Office of Academic Support for Undergraduate Affairs offers programs to make the student's transition to UF as smooth as possible. CONNECT is a summer transition orientation program that acclimates students to the expectations and culture of UF. We give students information to help them make initial choices to meet their needs and goals. Students are informed about the expectations and culture of UF. The program also introduces incoming students to support services and resources to enhance their first-year experience. Meet UF is an annual Fall event that brings faculty, staff and students together to create an engaging community. Students are encouraged to network with their peers as well as the faculty and staff there to offer their support as the student begins their academic career at UF. The Office of Academic Support website has more details.

Student Financial Management Center (SFMC)

The Student Financial Management Center, located in the Office for Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, is a resource center dedicated to educating students in areas of financial management, debt management, avoiding identity theft, budgeting, consumer credit and other important areas. The Office for Student Financial Aid and Scholarships website has more details.

University Multicultural Mentoring Program (UMMP)

UMMP supports first-year students in their transition to the University of Florida campus community by pairing them with a faculty/staff mentor. In addition, students are invited to participate in several activities that will expose them to various aspects of campus life. Applications are available online during the summer term. The University Multicultural Mentoring Program website has more details.

STEP-UP (Successful Transition through Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduate Programs)

The STEP-UP Program (Successful Transition through Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduate Programs) is designed to promote academic and personal success among UF freshman engineering students. The program is for all first-year engineering students, with a particular focus on underrepresented populations, and has two major components: a six-week summer residential program, and an eight-month non-residential program. Both components consist of study halls, tutoring and personalized academic advising, faculty/corporate, and peer mentor support throughout the student's freshman year. The College of Engineering website has more details.