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Student Academic Resource Center

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC)! Our mission is to strengthen comprehensive learning, enhance retention, and promote student success by providing academic support services to University of Central Florida (UCF) students.

We offer free programs and services to UCF students such as peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), workshops and seminars, learning skills consultations, and first-year transition programs. Many of our services are offered across campus, and peer tutoring is conveniently located at three facilities, including Howard Phillips Hall, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Veterans Academic Resource Center. Our services are delivered in a variety of formats, including peer-led group tutoring and study sessions, workshops, and individual consultations. Additionally, SARC Online is available on demand to offer a variety of tools, resources, and materials designed to help students be successful, whether they are taking online classes or simply seeking online academic support.

Additionally, SARC is proud to be part of the Knights Academic Resource Services (KARS) coalition. KARS provides a virtual one-stop shop to connect students with up-to-date information about resources and helpful academic services available at the University of Central Florida.

We invite you to explore our website for information and resources and take advantage of the many programs and services offered through SARC!

Mission Statement

The Student Academic Resource Center mission is to strengthen comprehensive learning, enhance retention and promote student success by providing academic support services to UCF students and the surrounding community. This is accomplished through campus and community outreach, tutoring, supplemental instruction, learning assistance, and first year transition programs.

Vision Statement

The Student Academic Resource Center is committed to becoming a nationally recognized learning center by being a model academic support program promoting undergraduate students' academic preparation, transition, and progress toward graduation. Through collaboration and partnerships with internal and external constituencies, the center will remain cutting-edge in facilitating service to students by providing opportunities for a smooth, seamless, and successful transition to UCF and progress toward graduation.


  • To develop and implement quality academic support services and academic advising programs for UCF students.
  • Establish partnerships and provide outreach programming that will contribute to the academic success and persistence of UCF students.
  • Enhance learning in and outside of the classroom.
  • Enhance learning for UCF students with comprehensive and innovative learning initiatives.
  • Provide excellent customer service to UCF students who use SARC services and programs.


The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) was established at the University of Central Florida in 1988 with a student-oriented philosophy based on creating and developing innovative academic support programs and services. Since 1988, the center has served over 150,000 UCF students.

The founding Director of SARC was Dr. Mary Helen Callarman, after whom the SARC Lab is now named. SARC became recognized campus-wide when Dr. Callarman took the initiative to create the famous red door. At the time, SARC was housed in a portable. Dr. Callarman came to the university on a weekend and painted the door bright red. Her expectation was that the bright color would increase student awareness of the center, and therefore of its services. No one could have predicted the impact that a paint brush and a container of red paint would have on the department. Students were indeed drawn to the red door and the popularity of SARC’s programs and services increased dramatically.

In March 2001, SARC joined the Student Success Center and relocated to Howard Phillips Hall (HPH). The move provided SARC with a centralized location on campus and additional space to serve students. With enhanced visibility, student requests for academic support continued to grow as students became increasingly aware of the services offered. These services grew into key programs recognized in the campus community today as tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, online learning support services, academic success workshops, learning skills consultations, Pegasus Success Program, Study Union, Learning Fair, and The Game Plan.

The red door hangs to this day in the Howard Phillips Hall where SARC is now located. and is considered a symbol of Mary Helen Callarman’ s dedication and commitment to the success of students at the University of Central Florida.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Academic Resource Center strives to make all of its web resources accessible. If you have a problem accessing the content on this web site, please contact us. We will work to make the resource or feature accessible or to provide the information in a format that is accessible.

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