The AIM program consists of students who are selectively chosen by the Office of Admissions upon entering their first year at the University of Florida. Criteria for selection may be based on the student’s SAT/ACT scores, family income, high school geographical region or graduation rate, and whether the student is the first in their family to attend college. AIM exists to serve students, who UF feels will benefit from the additional support provided to enrich the student’s academic program.
AIM students begin their first semester at UF during Summer B and receive a scholarship for the entire semester. Additionally, students become part of the AIM Learning & Involvement Community (ALIC) in which they have the opportunity to network with peers while living in the same residence area on campus. Upon arriving to the UF campus, AIM students are also invited to attend the OAS Summer Transition Orientation Program (TOP) before the start of classes. This is another opportunity for students to greet fellow peers, become familiar with a variety of on-campus resources, become acclimated to a university setting, and meet their OAS Peer Mentor.
All UF students can take advantage of the resources OAS has to offer including free tutoring, workshops which promote academic success, and peer mentoring. However, AIM students additionally benefit from collaborating with AIM Academic Advisors in registering for classes on an “Exploratory” major track. During the Summer B semester, AIM students have the prospect of taking classes of a smaller size to enhance writing and math skills. Contingent upon the fulfillment of specific AIM requirements, students are eligible to receive advanced registration and advisement each semester until completion of a UF degree. The First Year Florida course also has a section specifically for AIM students.