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ELITE Leadership Program

Educating Leaders in Today's Environment (ELITE)

Committed to the skills, values and practices of effective leadership, the University invites all interested incoming first-year undergraduate students to apply for an exciting leadership program: ELITE (Educating Leaders In Today‚Äôs Environment). This highly interactive program serves as an entry point to leadership programs and opportunities at UT. ELITE is an overnight off-campus retreat scheduled before orientation for the fall semester. There is a $150 non-refundable fee associated with those who are accepted into the program. Payment is due prior to attending the retreat. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  

There are two different ELITE programs offered each fall, ELITE Classic and ELITE Outdoors.

ELITE Classic

Our traditional retreat focuses on introducing students to the social change model of leadership development. Participants are introduced to the seven values of the model through highly interactive group activities, discussion and personal reflection. The retreat is held at the DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton, FL.

ELITE Outdoors

This retreat introduces participants to various roles, skills and behaviors apparent in team leadership. Roughing it and intentionally designed outdoor simulations provide the backdrop for learning, discussion and personal reflection. The retreat is held at Cedarkirk in Lithia, FL.

Program Schedule:

Aug. 20, 2019: Students move in to the residence halls; program kick off

Aug. 21-22, 2019: Off-campus retreat 

Applications are open until June 6, 2019: ELITE 2019 Application.

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The ELITE program strives to:
  • Help students understand the basic values of leadership
  • Teach leadership skills and how to apply them in personal and organizational settings
  • Connect new students with leadership mentors on campus
  • Stimulate interest in the campus community and encourage active participation
  • Broaden the base of student leadership on campus  

Contact Information

For more information on UT leadership programs and opportunities, please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at (813) 253-6233.