F-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from high school. F-L.E.A.R.N. students may have dual-enrollment courses and also just graduated from high school.

F-L.E.A.R.N. is a living-learning community (LLC) established at UCF in 2011 that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and social science students’ academic success. Working with on-campus partners, L.E.A.R.N. provides a select group of 36 first-year students an inquiry-based/hands-on learning experience through an early research opportunity that is generally reserved for upper-level students.

Students in this program will:

  • Experience a small learning community at a large research university. We strive to provide opportunities for our L.E.A.R.N. students to build one-on-one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus.
  • Receive personalized academic advising through a dedicated F-L.E.A.R.N. academic advisor, priority registration, and a scholarship.
  • Enroll in Introduction to Research courses to produce a research proposal and poster presentation. Part I (two credits) taken in the fall semester and Part II (one credit) taken in the spring semester.
  • Engage in a 12-week research apprenticeship with a graduate student-faculty mentor team.
  • Participate in academic, social, and community service activities through UCF-sponsored events to build and strengthen their network of peers.
  • Acquire skills that will make them qualified and competitive to apply to upper-level undergraduate research programs and internships.

This program is run by the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research in collaboration with UCF Housing and Residence Life.