Every Change Starts with One Step

LeadUF is an award winning signature leadership experience designed for new, transfer, and second-year students to continue their leadership development journey and connect with other students. Taking place before classes begin, this pre-arrival program will help students learn, reflect and develop their personal leadership framework through interactive activities and skill development.

LeadUF centers on the belief that leadership is a life-long journey developed by experiences and engagement in the community and world.

Program Dates

LeadUF takes place in August before the fall semester begins.

Information regarding application dates will be released in spring.All students have the opportunity to connect and continue your leadership conversation with the BCLS throughout the fall semester regardless of attendance at LeadUF.

Peer Leader applications for LeadUF 2024 will open early spring 2024.

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More information regarding applications for the 2024 LeadUF Cohort is coming soon.
LeadUF is a free experience for UF students. Limited to 100 participants chosen by lottery.

" I went to LeadUF with no expectations in mind and it ended up being one of the most truthful experiences I've had at UF. Everyone there was genuine with their intentions and just wanted to grow together. I learned so much about myself and my peers, I feel very grateful for taking a chance on this great opportunity."


There are two ways to experience the LeadUF journey. As a participant or a peer leader.

Student Participants

LeadUF is designed to provide participants with skills to make positive change and become a leader at the University of Florida. The LeadUF program will incorporate large group activities, small group discussions, reflection, mentorship, and time to connect with other leaders.


  • What is Leadership
  • Values & Leadership
  • Connecting Passion to Action
  • Self-Awareness
  • Conflict Management
  • Active Listening
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Learning from Failure


For more information and to apply, contact Manda Wittebort at awittebort@ufsa.ufl.edu


If you have questions about the program, what it means to be a participant in LeadUF, please reach out to our office bcls@ufsa.ufl.edu.