Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for the STEPUP Program

Applying to the Program
When is the application period for the STEPUP Bridge Program?
  • Applications open on March 1, 2024, and close on June 3, 2024. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled.
Who is eligible to apply for the Summer Bridge Program?
  • Eligibility is extended to students who have been officially admitted to the University of Florida and plan to major in engineering.
What computer specifications are required for participation?
How long does the Summer Bridge Program last?
  • The program spans 6 weeks during the Summer B semester, with a mandatory non-residential component during the Fall & Spring semesters.
Can UF PROMISE, Innovation Academy, and Gator Engineering @ Santa Fe/SCF students apply?
  • Yes, with prior approval from their Program Coordinator or Director. Approval must be provided in writing to the STAR Office Director, Mr. Stephen Roberts, at

**Please Note: Financial aid for the Summer B semester does not cover the STEPUP application fee.


Will I receive grades for courses taken as part of the program?

  • Program participants will receive grades for the Introduction to Research Class (1 credit) and the Engineering Design and Society Class (2 Credits). Both of these courses are paid for by the HWCOE, and students will receive letter grades that will appear on their transcripts.
Is the STEPUP program designed for remedial students?

No. The academic rigor of the summer program would not be appropriate for students at a remedial level. STEPUP is designed to give program participants a realistic view of UF engineering courses before their first Fall semester at UF.

What if I have more questions?
  • For additional inquiries, please get in touch with the STAR Office at 352-294-7933, or submit your questions via the Connect with STEPUP form located at, Contact Us – Undergraduate Student Affairs (  
  • Please join us during one of our STEPUP Information sessions. Details on how to register for this event can be found by  clicking  on  the  STEPUP  Icon  below: