What is the Common Reading Program?

The Common Reading Program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, critical thinking, and encourage a sense of community among students, faculty and staff. With over 7,000 new students at the University of Florida from different backgrounds, the Common Reading Program unites all Gators through this shared experience.


Participation in this program will:

  •     Expose students to issues relevant in today’s global community
  •     Provide students with a shared experience upon which to engage in dialogue with peers, faculty, and staff at UF
  •     Introduce students to the high academic and intellectual expectations at UF
  •     Enhance students’ intercultural competence through exploration of experiences relevant to diverse communities

What are Gators Saying about the Common Reading Program?

The Common Reading Program is a great way for first-year students to interact on a shared subject. With an ever-changing topic of interest, the program does a great job of promoting stories and issues relevant in our world today, while giving new students an opportunity to relate themes of the book to their own first-year collegiate experiences. – Joe Wolff


When do Gators Receive the Common Reading Program Book?

All incoming students will receive a copy of the selected Common Reading Program Book at Preview (Orientation). This book will be utilized in SLS1102: First Year Florida, IUF1000: What is the Good Life?, and many more! Students, alumni, and family members will also have the opportunity to hear from the author at New Student Convocation.