Welcome to Gator Engineering at State College of Florida!
Congratulations on your invitation to the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program, a collaboration between the University of Florida (UF), Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE), and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), and made possible by a generous gift from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. Your application was reviewed by a team of HWCOE faculty and staff who recognized the hard work and dedication that you have demonstrated towards your chosen field. Gator Engineering at SCF was developed as a way to provide deserving and committed students with a direct pathway to the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and to an engineering degree from the only Top 10 Public University in the state of Florida.
This innovative B.S. engineering degree program has a focus on information technology/computer science related degree programs and brings Gator Engineering right to your backyard. Gator Engineering at SCF allows a cohort of students to begin their coursework at SCF, gain admission to UF as early as their first spring semester, continue coursework at SCF for approximately two more semesters (or until completion of all critical tracking courses), and then move to the UF campus to complete their courses in their major. This program includes an element of promoting live-learn-work experiences (e.g., co-ops and internships) with companies in Sarasota and surrounding regions to increase the pipeline of local residents into the HWCOE computer science and information technology programs and then back into the community’s innovation ecosystem.
We know that deciding where to attend college is a major life decision and we want to make sure that you have the information you need and your questions answered. In the next several days you will receive an information packet from us in the mail. As you wait for that to arrive, please read through our website, visit our Academic Components, Program Dates and Timeline, and Frequently Asked Questions pages and feel free to call or email us! We will be conducting information sessions for invited students and their guests and we have a number of dates scheduled in the upcoming months.
We hope that you will join us for the opportunity to learn more about the program, meet other invited students, interact with current students in the program, and have your questions answered by key representatives from the University of Florida and from SCF. Dates and registration information for upcoming information sessions can be found below. If you can’t make it to one of the scheduled dates, let us know and we will find a time that works for you! We are available via email and Zoom and we are just a phone call away.
Please click on the events below for more information and to register.
What do I do now?
To accept your invitation into the program, please complete and submit the Confirmation Form. The confirmation deadline is May 1st.
New Student Orientation
The Gator Engineering at SCF New Student Orientation will be held in August prior to fall classes starting. The orientation is divided out into several parts designed to meet the needs of both the student and their families. All incoming Gator Engineering at SCF students are required to attend and their families are invited. Sessions will include information about;
- financial aid,
- academic policies and resources,
- the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),
- important deadlines,
- and other topics and resources necessary to ensure a successful transition into college.
More information, as well as a registration form, will be posted once the orientation is scheduled and finalized.