PRIME STEM


What is PRIME STEM?

Purpose + Reach = Individuals Measured for Excellence (PRIME)

The PRIME STEM Project/Student Support Services is designed to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and to assist students make the transition from one level of higher education to the next.  Short for, Purpose + Reach = Individuals Measured for Excellence (PRIME), PRIME STEM is tailored to meet the needs of 124 students who are pursuing and will be graduating in STEM related majors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Sciences.

PRIME STEM recruits students with SAT math scores of 490-590 or ACT scores of 18-23 and who are first generation in college students, who have a demonstrated financial need and/or those who have a documented disability.

Requirements:

  • Admittance into UCF
  • Completion of Application
  • Attend Mandatory Orientation at the beginning of the term
  • Be a first-Generation, low income student, and/or a student with Disabilities
  • Be completing main major coursework  for  a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree

Benefits of the PRIME Program:

  • Provide Access to Computer Resources
  • Network with STEM organizations and major Central Florida companies

Opportunities for:

  • Undergraduate Research and Service Learning
  • Leadership Development
  • Life Skills and Academic Success Workshops
  • Graduate School Preparation

Student Support Services-STEM (PRIME STEM)

  • Objective 1— Persistence Rate: 88% of all participants served by the SSS project will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year or will have earned a bachelor’s degree at the applicant institution during the academic year.
  • Objective 2— Good Academic Standing Rate: 90% of all enrolled SSS participants served will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing at the applicant institution.
  • Objective 3— Graduation Rate: 65% of new participants served each year will graduate from the applicant institution with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent within six (6) years.