Message From the Dean

Dean AbernathyOn behalf of the University of Florida College of Engineering, I welcome you to the Gator Engineering @ Santa Fe Program. In keeping with our strong track record and tradition of innovation and leadership, the College of Engineering, in collaboration with Santa Fe College and the UF Offices of Admissions, Dean of Students, the Registrar, and Student Financial Affairs, offers this first-of-its-kind program to students seeking an ABET-certified B.S. degree in engineering. Students invited into this program will begin coursework at Santa Fe College and, upon successful completion of specified classes, will continue their study on the UF campus. Unlike a transfer program, students will be admitted to the University of Florida after the first fall semester at Santa Fe College if they have met the performance standards established by the program, and, once they are UF students, they are able to enjoy the enriching and varied resources offered for students by the University of Florida.

Majors invited to this program are those that have capacity in their home departments on the UF campus as well as a strong demand in the workforce. This class of Gator Engineering @ Santa Fe students will major in computer engineering, computer science, digital arts and sciences, electrical engineering, materials and science engineering and nuclear engineering. From their first day at Santa Fe College, these students will be treated to a variety of targeted connections to the Gator Engineering family, including engineering graduate student teaching assistants, a full-time tutor, a dedicated engineering design and programming class taught by UF faculty, a dedicated engineering advisor, introduction to Gator Engineering research and study abroad opportunities, and many other specific Gator Engineering programs.

I could not be more pleased that the University of Florida and Santa Fe College have come together to make this new path into our Gator Engineering community possible. Please explore this web site for more information about the program, and I also encourage you to visit our Gator Engineering web site at http://www.eng.ufl.edu to learn more about our research and education programs.

Cammy R. Abernathy, Ph.D.
Dean, UF College of Engineering