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ELITE Leadership Program

Educating Leaders in Today's Environment (ELITE)

With more than 180 clubs and organizations at The University of Tampa, campus leadership opportunities are abundant. Committed to the skills and values 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’s Environment). This program serves as an entry point to leadership programs at UT. Applications for Fall 2015 ELITE are due May 1, and letters of acceptance are mailed May 15. Accepted participant contracts and payment are due by June 15. 

The ELITE program is a two-day overnight, off-campus retreat, scheduled prior to orientation for the Fall 2015 semester. There is a $125 non-refundable fee associated with those who are accepted into the program. Payment is due prior to attending the retreat. 

Classic ELITE – 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. Activities for Classic ELITE begin Aug. 24 and conclude Aug. 26.

Outdoor ELITE – 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. Activities for Outdoor ELITE begin Aug. 23 and conclude Aug. 26. 

ELITE Outdoor Retreat
The ELITE program strives to:
  • Encourage awareness and self-definition.
  • 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.
  • Examine leadership on a global level.
Applications for Fall ELITE are now closed. Thank you to all incoming students who applied! Selected participants' payment and contracts are due by June 15. 

Contact Information

For more information on UT leadership programs and opportunities, please contact Julie LeBlanc at (813) 258-7368 or