Academic Components


From the beginning, soon after confirmation, students are in touch with the Gator Engineering at Santa Fe advising team to begin planning their course plans. Students are also able to get a head start on courses by enrolling in courses during the summer B semester, if desired!

Enrollment and Participation

During the first fall semester, all Gator Engineering at Santa Fe students are Santa Fe students taking Santa Fe courses.

Contingent upon meeting the critical tracking course requirements for the program, students are admitted to the University of Florida (UF) after the first fall semester. The critical tracking course requirements for the program are a 2.0 cumulative GPA, a 2.5 critical tracking GPA, and a minimum grade of C or better in all critical tracking courses based on a maximum of two attempts including withdrawals. GPAs are calculated based on the UF grading scale. The critical tracking courses for each major can be found in the current UF Undergraduate Catalog.

Students who do not meet the minimum critical tracking course requirements at the end of the first fall semester remain as Santa Fe students and are closely guided by their academic advisor to ensure proper registration and use of available academic resources. Students remain a part of the Gator Engineering at Santa Fe program and are re-evaluated at the end of the following spring semester.

During the first spring semester, all students in the program will take the UF Engineering Design and Programming course taught at Santa Fe by a UF faculty member in the newly renovated and redesigned Gator Design Den. This course provides opportunities for students to not only learn fundamentals of engineering design and programming, but, more importantly, to actually design, build, and test, to be introduced to their chosen fields of engineering study, and to have fun! Once students begin taking both UF and Santa Fe courses, they will have a bill for tuition and fees from both schools. Students will pay Santa Fe tuition and fees for Santa Fe courses and UF tuition and fees for UF courses.


All Gator Engineering at Santa Fe students are required to complete the A.A. degree. Most students complete all A.A. degree requirements while at UF, and the credits earned at UF towards this degree are reverse transferred to Santa Fe for degree completion and certification.