As students commenced the new academic year, First Year Advising and Exploration assisted and acclimated students to UCF by hosting the annual Welcome Expo. The event highlights various campus organizations, clubs, colleges, departments and community partners that offer students an opportunity to learn about the resources available to them. Community partners such as Wells Fargo, Sweet by Holly, Dress Barn and others provided free giveaways and products to attendees. 

“The event continues to increase in size yearly and the response of the UCF community fuels our drive to produce affairs that remain focused on familiarizing students with the culture and traditions of our institution.” said Courtney Demings, academic advisor for FYAE. “Ranked as the second largest institution of higher education in America, the magnitude of this campus can often be perceived as daunting to a newcomer.  The goal of the Welcome Expo is to counter this perception to offer a great collection of agencies in one facility while allowing students and employees alike to speak with individuals at each table which offers the chance to communicate on a more intimate, one on one level.”

This year marked one of our highest years yet with 2,771 attendees and 168 information tables with representatives to engage students and personally answer questions.

Students had the opportunity to meet FYAE academic advisors. To stay connected, advisors directed first-year students to the office social media web Facebook page: or to follow them on Twitter: Utilizing social media is another mechanism of maintaining our connection to the students that we service.

The Office of FYAE is in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.