The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering is committed to providing accessible, consistent, and accurate academic advising to all students regardless of major. Our professional advisors and college life coaches are continually developing new strategies that contribute to the success of our Gator Engineers and the UF community.
Gator Engineering at State College of Florida students will have a Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE) academic advisor as well as a State College of Florida (SCF) academic advisor dedicated to their needs. The SCF academic advisor will be housed in the Gator Den on the SCF Venice campus and the HWCOE academic advisor will have a presence on both the University of Florida (UF) and SCF campuses. Once students begin the program, they will also have access to the HWCOE Center for Student Excellence which is home to award winning first year advisors and career coaches for the college. All of these advisors will play a large role in offering academic guidance. They are knowledgeable, highly trained, and serve as an important resource for finding internships and leadership opportunities.
From the beginning, soon after confirmation, students are in touch with the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida advising team to begin planning their course plans. Students will be required to attend the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program orientation during the summer which will be combined with a traditional State College of Florida (SCF) orientation so that students can take advantage of the expertise of SCF advising staff and the University of Florida (UF) program coordinator at the same time. Students are also encouraged 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 State College of Florida students are SCF students taking SCF courses.
Contingent upon meeting the critical tracking course requirements for the program, students are admitted to 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 SCF 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 State College of Florida 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 online UF Fundamentals of the New Engineer course taught by a UF faculty member. Once students begin taking both UF and SCF courses, they will have a bill for tuition and fees from both schools. Students will pay SCF tuition and fees for SCF courses and UF tuition and fees for UF courses.
All Gator Engineering at State College of Florida students are required to complete the A.A. degree from SCF. Most students complete all A.A. degree requirements while at UF, and the credits earned at UF towards this degree are reverse transferred to State College of Florida for degree completion and certification.
Students in the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program have access to UF student resources, and are encouraged to participate in activities linking them to prospective employers and internship opportunities, research opportunities at UF, and study abroad opportunities.
- Engagement with the Sarasota region (e.g., employers, internships, job shadowing, mentoring): UF Innovation Station Sarasota County
- Internships: University of Florida Career Resource Center
- Undergraduate research: University of Florida Center for Undergraduate Research
- Engineering study abroad programs: HWCOE International Engineering Programs
- Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering student organizations: Benton Engineering Council