Knights of Distinction: FAQ

  • What is the purpose of the Knights of Distinction program?
    • The program is designed to help students “connect the dots” between what they learn in their courses and their experiences beyond the classroom. It provides a framework for students to plan effectively, to seek out meaningful, high-impact learning experiences, and to leverage those experiences to prepare for what’s next beyond UCF.
  • Who can apply?
    • Degree seeking undergraduate students who are enrolled in at least 1 credit hour of coursework and have a UCF GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for the Knights of Distinction program.
  • What do I need to remain in the program?
    • Students must maintain a UCF GPA of 3.0 or higher and remain enrolled in 1 credit hour or more in the fall and spring semesters in order to remain active in the Knights of Distinction program.
  • What if my UCF GPA drops below a 3.0?
    • If your UCF GPA drops below a 3.0 while in the Knights of Distinction program you will have a semester to pull it back up to a 3.0. Should you remain under a 3.0 for two or more semesters, you will be deactivated from the program, but may reapply in a future semester once your UCF GPA has been pulled back up to a 3.0 or higher.
  • I’m a transfer student, can I apply?
    • Absolutely! We actively encourage transfer students to consider the Knights of Distinction program as a way to get connected with university resources in their first semester. Transfer students, along with first semester freshmen, may apply for the Knights of Distinction program before they have a UCF GPA.
  • How much time does Knights of Distinction take?
    • The time investment for the Knights of Distinction program will vary from student to student, and from semester to semester, depending on when and how you choose meet their hours. All students are required to complete a total of 310 hours split across the five milestone groups (in addition to 60 “Flex Hours” split across Leadership, High-Impact Learning, and Knights in the World):
      • 25 hours from Planning and Self-Assessment
      • 50 hours from Citizenship
      • 50 hours from Leadership
      • 75 hours from High-Impact Learning
      • 50 hours from Knights in the World
  • That’s a lot of hours! When will I find time for them?
    • While this appears at first glance to be a great many hours, in reality you can complete most, if not all, of these over the course of your UCF degree program without taking on additional responsibilities. In many cases, you will find you are already engaged in activities that will count toward your milestones. Did you talk with your advisor this semester? That’s an hour toward Planning and Self-Assessment. Have you taken a service-learning class or completed an internship? Those count toward the High-Impact Learning milestone. Are you a member of a student organization, or did you attend any events in your department? Those both count toward your Citizenship hours. For students who are actively working while attending college, you may find that your work experience could satisfy your Knights in the World (and potentially Leadership) hours.
  • Can I count activities/experiences that I completed before I start the program?
    • Yes! Once admitted to the program, students work with an advisor to complete an initial inventory to determine how many pre-existing hours they have.
    • As you move through your undergraduate studies, Knights of Distinction advisors will be there to help you plan what experiences you wish to take and help you find new experiences you might not have considered. As a benefit of being in the program you will have access to resources within the webcourse for each milestone along with access to Knights of Distinction exclusive workshops.
  • What workshops and activities are exclusive to Knights of Distinction?
    • New workshops are added every semester with a wide range of topics and content. Some of these have included the “Tell Your Story” workshop where Knights of Distinction students were able to record short video interviews concerning their elevator pitch, graduation goals, and other self-promotion topics for their e-portfolios. Other workshops include “Getting Started on Your E-portfolio,” “From Elevator Pitch to Personal Statement,” and “Networking 101.”
  • How much extra work does the Knights of Distinction program entail?
    • In addition to the e-portfolio, you complete a couple of simple assignments each semester: at the beginning of the term, you give us your “to-do list”—a brief plan of what you hope to accomplish and which milestone categories you plan to focus on. At the end of the semester you submit a reflection on that semester’s experiences and what you learned.
  • What is the capstone e-portfolio?
    • Students in the Knights of Distinction program create an e-portfolio, a personal website designed to serve as a resume, cover letter, and professional promotion tool. As students move through Knights of Distinction they will be guided on articulating how the skills and experiences they have acquired prepare them for their post-graduation goals. By graduation, students will complete their e-portfolio so that they can show their target audience how valuable these experiences are.
    • Unlike an e-portfolio for a class or major, this is focused upon a target audience of your choosing (such as a graduate school application, potential employer, or scholarship application). You decide what materials you want to include to tell your story. The Knights of Distinction e-portfolio is designed to be a tool you will actually use as you move forward in your career.
    • Along the way, student will have workshops to assist them with collecting interesting and engaging artifacts (such as photos, videos, and other multimedia content) that show their target audience the full range of talents and experiences they can bring with them to their post-graduation goals.
  • E-portfolio means online, right? I don’t know how to make a website!
    • Not technologically savvy? No need to worry! As part of the Knights of Distinction program you will have access to a range of resources to help you develop your e-portfolio. And many free are simple drag-and-drop applications (such as Wix or WordPress), allowing users to build a compelling and unique website with little or no technical knowledge. For those with a lot of web design experience, more advanced tools that allow for coding or other customization are also available (along with a range in between).
  • Are there any expenses associated with the Knights of Distinction program?
    • Although some high-impact experiences that could count toward the program, such as study abroad, might entail additional expenses, the Knights of Distinction program itself is entirely free. You do not pay tuition for the 0-credit course. Additionally, all of the platforms used for Knights of Distinction e-portfolio are free for your use, and you retain ownership and access of the e-portfolio after graduation (so you can continue to update and direct it towards the graduate schools, employers, or other audiences as you advance in your career).
  • Who can I contact for more information?
    • Send us an email at QEP@ucf.edu for more information!