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Osprey First Summer Pathway Program

What is Osprey First?

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey that will set you up for university life at UNF? Osprey First is an on-campus summer pathway program that takes place during our 2024 Summer B term (June 24 – August 2, 2024) and eases the transition from high school to UNF. 

This program immerses you in a dynamic UNF experience that you won't want to miss!

Tell me more!

Here's a sneak peek at what awaits:

  • Forge Bonds
    No ordinary class schedules here! Osprey First introduces you to a unique, cohort-based learning approach that's not only academically enriching, but also ensures you'll build meaningful connections with your fellow students. You'll form friendships that last throughout your time at UNF and beyond, all while tackling your academic pursuits together.

  • Your UNF Insider
    Ever wondered what it's like to be a UNF Osprey? Osprey First pairs you with a knowledgeable UNF peer mentor who will help guide you! They'll reveal all the hidden gems, top tips and secrets of navigating campus life, making your transition seamless.

  • On-Campus Oasis
    Your ideal summer home right on campus? With Osprey First, you can secure guaranteed on-campus housing for the Summer B term (housing contract required), offering you the convenience of living at the center of it all. Immerse yourself in the vibrant UNF community and create great memories with your fellow Ospreys.

  • Beyond the Classroom
    Osprey First isn't just about textbooks and lectures; it's an opportunity to enrich your learning experience with exciting activities that take you beyond the classroom. From captivating workshops to immersive field trips, you'll gain hands-on experience and build skills that will serve you throughout your academic journey.

Did we mention...

When you successfully complete the program, you will earn a $500 scholarship toward your Fall 2024 classes!

Don't miss out on this opportunity – join us for a great summer of discovery and growth at UNF. Your future as an Osprey begins here!

What did prior Osprey First students like about the program?

"One very important thing to me has been all the resources that have been provided to me."
Christian; Psychology
"Meeting new people who I have never came in contact with before. Also being able to be independent and feeling more like an adult as a college student living on campus without my parents."
Janae; Biomedical Sciences
"I've really enjoyed meeting new people and possibly friends I'll have for life. I've also learned how to balance life and school better which is very important for me as a busy person." 
Charlie; Health Science
"Getting acclimated to college classes and understanding how it works."
Tyler; Psychology
"Courses, because my teachers were absolutely amazing!"
Mariana; Pre-Health
  • What GPA must I have at the conclusion of the program?

    Please review the following important GPA requirements. Your GPA will affect your enrollment status and fall term registration.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher: $500 scholarship and eligible to enroll full-time in fall*
    • 2.5 - 2.99 GPA: Eligible to enroll full-time in fall*
    • 2.0 - 2.49 GPA: Eligible to enroll part-time in fall (11 or fewer credit hours)**
    • Under 2.0 GPA: You cannot take courses during the fall term, but are guaranteed admission for spring term.

     *Students must meet the GPA requirements to be eligible for full-time enrollment in the fall term.
    **Please note that part-time status may affect scholarship and/or financial aid eligibility.

  • What other requirements must be met to successfully complete the program?

    To successfully complete the program, you must:

    • Complete both Osprey First courses (six credit hours) with a C-grade or better (and meet the GPA requirements outlined in the previous FAQ)
    • Participate in required enrichment activities
    • You cannot receive a grade or status of NG, W, U, S or I

    Don't forget that successful completion with a 3.0 GPA or higher also means you'll earn a $500 scholarship for the fall term!
  • What are my next steps?

    Secure your spot in the Osprey First program!

    1. Submit the admission deposit, or waiver if applicable, via your applicant portal.  
    2. Register for New Student Orientation.
  • How do students partake in Osprey First?

    Students who apply for our summer or fall term, and whose GPA and test scores meet the criteria for this alternate admission path, will be automatically admitted into the Osprey First program.

    Whether you are admitted to Osprey First or the traditional term is dependent on the criteria and what is determined by the Office of Admissions to be the best fit for you and your success.

  • Can I decline the Osprey First Summer Pathway acceptance and still be admitted to UNF?

    If you applied for summer or fall term and are only offered admission into the Osprey First program, you must participate or your admission will be canceled. Students are admitted to the Osprey First program because we believe it is the best path to student success.

    Students who do not want to participate are welcome to reapply for a future term as transfer students. 

  • Do I have to live on-campus during Osprey First?
    Although living on campus is not required, it is strongly recommended. Students who choose to live on campus will be guaranteed a housing contract for the Summer B session. 
  • What if I have already earned college credits through Dual Enrollment, AP, IB and/or AICE?

    If you have already earned college credit through dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE, you can still participate in Osprey First. In fact, Osprey First was designed to be flexible so students like you can maximize the benefits of the program to fit your educational goals.

    Students in the Summer Pathway program will have numerous course blocks to pick from when registering. These blocks will include combinations of general education requirements in English, math, social sciences and the humanities.

    During New Student Orientation, your academic advisor will take everything into account, including your areas of strength, credit being brought in from accelerated mechanisms, and your career goals. They will then help you register for the appropriate course block. 

  • Is there an online option for the Osprey First program?

    No; due to the comprehensive nature of the program, both inside and outside of the classroom, Osprey First is an in-person program on UNF's campus.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions?

    If you have questions about Osprey First, you can contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies: