About OCRA

First-year students—human, hobbit, elf or dwarf—are called upon to participate in the “One Credit to Rule them All” Honors Camp to safeguard the One Ring of Power and protect it from the gathering forces of darkness.

OCRA is a camp for UF Honors students designed as a creative immersion into the drama of the Middle-earth as depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson’s film version Fellowship of the Ring will get us started). Students will join hobbits, elves, dwarves and other inhabitants of Middle-earth to preserve their ways of life against the absolutist ambitions of the Dark Lord—and pick up some basic principles of physics and other important Middle-earth skills (horsemanship, castle building, siege engines, and more) along the way.

As first-year students, making connections is critical. The relationships you form as you complete the OCRA experience with other students who share your interest in this singular fantasy adventure can serve as ongoing “fellowships” that will help you be successful in your endeavors at UF.


  • Students that sign up for OCRA will be enrolled in a one-credit Honors class automatically as part of the experience. This one-credit class will be completed during the time period of the retreat, so there is no need to worry about a conflict with the schedule of another class.
  • Please do not register if you have a time conflict. H-Camp, HP-Camp, Sorority Rush, and Marching Band all have conflicting schedules.

Registration Info

Summer 2023 OCRA
Dates: Thursday Evening, August 17 through Monday, August 21
Location: University of Florida Campus

Please read the FAQs before registering for OCRA.
Registration will open at 10:00am on May 5.

Please contact Dr. Forbes at tforbes@honors.ufl.edu with any questions.

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