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ELITE Leadership Program

Educating Leaders in Today's Environment (ELITE)


Applications for Fall 2016 ELITE are now closed.
Thank you to all who applied for the program! Please check your email for program information and updates. 

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’s Environment). This highly interactive program serves as an entry point to leadership programs and opportunities at UT. ELITE is a two-day, overnight off-campus retreat scheduled before orientation for the Fall 2016 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 this fall:

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.

Participant contracts and payment due: June 15 

ELITE students move into residence halls: Aug. 22

ELITE Program: Aug. 23–24

 ELITE Outdoor Retreat
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 Julie LeBlanc at (813) 258-7368 or