Out of State Student Mentoring (OSSM)

Out of State Student Mentoring (OSSM)

If we had to pick one word to describe our Out of State Student Mentoring program, it’d be awesome — and that’s how the acronym OSSM is pronounced!

Any out-of-state, incoming Knights are eligible to join and connect with others who share common interests.

OSSM is a Living Learning Community where students live together on the same residence hall floor and have unique opportunities and experiences to get involved at UCF and connect to the Orlando community. Located in the Neptune community, one of UCF’s newest housing additions, OSSM places students on a floor with 55 other out-of-state freshmen. Residents get their own personal bedroom in a four-bedroom, two-bathroom suite.

Neptune is conveniently located near the Recreation and Wellness Center, Leisure Pool, Health Center and the Marketplace dining hall, so OSSM students have plenty of awesome things to do.

OSSM students also get the opportunity to take courses with their OSSM peers. Special sections of English Composition I (ENC 1101), English Composition II (ENC 1102) and the Freshman Seminar: Strategies for Success (SLS 1501) are held exclusively for our out-of-state students.

Throughout the year, OSSM participants can take part in fun activities like getting involved with student organizations, attending athletic events, taking on leadership roles and exploring all that UCF has to offer.

For extra guidance, OSSM students are also assigned to work with a Peer Mentor who was previously in the program. Our peers provide guidance and support during the first year through program planning, being a general resource and by just being around students on their community floor. The OSSM Peer Mentor program was recently certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.