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Hitt discusses new admission program in State of the University address

Contributing Writer

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 09:09

President John C. Hitt

Andrea Fuguet/Central Florida Future

Pictured: President John C. Hitt.

Top high school students in Florida have a fast pass into UCF beginning next fall.

President John C. Hitt announced the new Top 10 Knights admission program at the annual State of the University address he gave on Tuesday.

The Top 10 Knights program will guarantee admission to all public and private high school graduates in Florida who are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes. This includes students who excelled in their classes, but didn’t score so well in tests such as the ACT or SAT.

Qualifying students will need to pass a minimum-requirement SAT score of 1010 (Critical Reading and Math) or 1500 (Critical Reading, Math and Writing), or ACT score of 21 with writing. 

Junior world language education and French major Grace Schosser said she is excited for the Top 10 Knights program.

“I’ve been trying to convince my family to come to UCF for a while,” Schosser said. “With the new admission program, it makes this school that much better. I might actually convince them.”

Although Hitt spent time speaking on the future of UCF and the new program, he also took time to reflect on the past and the journey the university has taken thus far.

What started as a technical university with few programs to offer, developed into one of the largest universities in the country, Hitt said. Now, UCF is home to more than 60,000 students.

“The goal of this growth is not to be big,” Hitt said. “It’s to meet the demands and needs of Central Florida. Providing access to high-quality education to as many qualified students as we can is essential.”

Senior theater studies major Mandy Meyer said she found Hitt’s discussion of UCF history fascinating.

“It’s amazing how much we’ve grown over the years,” Meyer said. “It truly is impressive.”

President of the Faculty Senate Reid Oetjen and Student Body President Melissa Westbrook also spoke to the room full of UCF students, staff and faculty.

“Our job as the student body association is to ensure physical and mental success of our student body,” Westbrook said. “And at the end of the day, we should all be dedicated to making a difference in the UCF culture we have come to know and love.”

UCF has proven to be a can-do community, Hitt said.

“UCF is a place to transform the impossible into the inevitable,” Hitt said. “Let us be bold, fearless and innovative. And as Charles Millican would say, let’s keep reaching for the stars in the next 50 years."

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