How to Apply


Application Period: March 1, 2024, to June 3, 2024, or until filled. Students admitted for Summer B & Fall 2024 are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence and interest in engineering.
  • Must be an incoming first-year student, admitted, and attendance confirmed at the University of Florida by June 26, 2024.
  • Ability to fully engage and attend all summer classes, program activities, etc.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the application form,
  • A copy of your resume
  • A one-page cover letter outlining why you are a strong candidate for the program, along with your top three goals for wanting to participate in STEPUP. If uploading difficulties occur, email documents to
  • Unofficial Copy of High school transcripts (Only Upon Request).
  • Two recommendations (either from two teachers or, one teacher, or one guidance counselor).

To apply:

  1. Please complete the online application. The application page will require your student Gatorlink email and your Gatorlink ID and password to access the form.
  2. Please have two teachers (preferably a math/science teacher or guidance counselor) complete the student recommendations by providing their contact information on the application form.

Important Information:

  • Innovation Academy and UF PROMISE participants need program approval to join STEPUP.
  • All STEPUP participants must attend a summer Preview Orientation session before participating in STEPUP. 
  • Expect email confirmation within 5-10 minutes post-application.
  • Application status updates are typically sent within 3-4 weeks after receiving all documents and references.

**For 2024 Summer B and Fall Admits**

As usual, continue with UF Preview, class registration, housing, and meal plans. If accepted into STEPUP, the STAR office will assist with cancellations and adjustments.

STEPUP Frequently Asked Questions & Live Information Sessions

Please join us in a live information session discussing the STEPUP program, including a Q&A session and an engineering student panel. Please click on the link below: 

STEPUP Live Information Sessions