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Engineer your tomorrow, today! Join STEPUP!

The Successful Transition and Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduates Program (STEPUP) is a student success program sponsored through the Office of Student Transition and Retention, a unit of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE). The program was created to provide first-year engineering students with an opportunity to begin their transition into the HWCOE before their first semester at UF.

First-year students admitted into STEPUP become part of a unique cohort of peer engineering students, program mentors, UF faculty mentors, and corporate sponsors. This cohort, in large part, forms the heart of the STEPUP experience, in addition to the rigorous program schedule and team-building activities.   

The STEPUP program provides program participants with introductory experiences related to:  

  • The importance of the use of clear, concise communication skills through interdisciplinary teamwork assignments and presentations that promote the development of student leadership skills.
  • Contemporary engineering techniques and tools through professional development classes and workshops.
  • The practical application of theory, problem-solving techniques, and ethical practices via corporate speakers and corporate tours.
  • The importance of becoming a lifelong learner as an engineering student and future practitioner.



STEPUP Live Information Sessions



Office of Student Transition and Retention 212 Weil Hall P.O. Box 116550 Gainesville, FL 32611-6550 352-392-0944. For questions about the STEPUP program, please email Mr. Stephen Roberts, STAR Office Director at,