- I want to become part of the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program! What do I do now?
To accept your invitation to the program and to reserve your spot, go to the confirmation page on the website.
- What makes this program special?
This program is the first of its kind in the region – it is a result of a collaboration between the University of Florida (UF), the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering (HWCOE), and State College of Florida (SCF) and made possible by a generous gift from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. This program allows a cohort of students to take their critical tracking courses at SCF Venice, with smaller class sizes and more personal attention, while pursuing a UF Engineering degree.
- What extra opportunities will I be given?
Gator Engineering at State College of Florida students will be given specific programming opportunities only afforded to those participating in the program. This may include undergraduate research, specialized programming, early connections with UF faculty, special visits to UF, and one-on-one advising from both SCF and UF.
- How is this program different from a student transferring from a two-year college?
Students are invited to participate in this program in response to their application to UF for freshman admission. Gator Engineering at State College of Florida students will enroll as SCF students during the first fall semester and will be admitted to UF based upon meeting specific GPA and critical tracking course requirements as set by the HWCOE. After the first fall semester, students will continue taking classes at SCF Venice, but they are actually UF students. This is unlike a traditional transfer program wherein students are required to apply and are admitted based on meeting the pre-requisites and only if there is space in their desired major. Traditional transfer students are not guaranteed admission.
- What are the critical tracking course requirements and policies for the program?
The critical tracking course requirements and policies 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. For example, a student must take at least one critical tracking course during the first fall semester and earn a 2.5 grade point average in the critical tracking course(s) in order to be admitted to UF for the following spring semester. The critical tracking courses for each major are listed below.
CpE ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ CSE* ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ DAS ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ EE ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
Major Codes: Computer Engineering (CpE), Computer Science Engineering (CSE), Digital Arts and Sciences (DAS), Electrical Engineering (EE)
*CSE also requires COP 3502 as a critical tracking course. COP 3502 will be taken once the student begins taking classes on UF’s campus.
- Will I be a UF student or a SCF student?
You will be considered a SCF student during your first fall semester of study. Students who meet the critical tracking course requirements during that semester will become a UF student in their second semester of study. If critical tracking course requirements are not met after the first fall semester, those students will be reevaluated at the end of the spring semester; UF admission will be granted based on adequate progress through critical tracking courses.
- If I accept my invitation into this program, why am I not considered a UF student during my first semester?
This program was developed in recognition of the fact that UF is forced to turn away many hard working, and obviously gifted, pre-engineering freshman applicants each year due to space restrictions. This program gives select students the chance to take their critical tracking courses at SCF Venice, in a smaller class setting with more one-on-one attention and the opportunity to be UF admitted as soon as their first spring semester based on their performance in those courses. Due to the student’s admission to UF being based on their first fall semester performance, they are unable to be considered a UF student during their first semester.
- Do I have to complete a separate application?
No. When you confirm your participation in the program, you will submit a consent form giving UF permission to share your application data with SCF. This will serve as your application to SCF.
- Will I have to reapply to UF?
As long as you successfully meet the critical tracking course requirements, you will be admitted to UF without having to reapply. However, if you do not remain in the program but you still wish to pursue a degree at UF, you will have to reapply to UF as a transfer student once you complete the traditional transfer requirements at SCF.
- Will my courses count for both SCF and UF?
Yes! Pending successful completion of critical tracking courses, the courses taken at SCF Venice will be applied to your UF degree. The courses taken at UF will be shared with SCF so that you will be awarded you’re A.A. degree from SCF.
- Do I have to get an AA?
Yes! Upon completion of the requirements for the Associate’s degree, you will earn an AA degree from SCF.
- Can I move through the program quicker than the proposed course outline?
Students in tracks that do not have a summer semester built in can take courses during the summer in order to move faster through the program. Students may also have the opportunity to begin courses before the first fall semester.
- Where will I go for academic advising?
Students will have advising available to them from both SCF and UF. The Gator Engineering at State College of Florida academic advisor is housed at SCF Venice and will be readily available to students throughout their entire time at SCF. The HWCOE Undergraduate Student Affairs office has a dedicated staff member who will be available for advising and will have a presence on both the SCF Venice and UF campuses. In addition, once students are admitted to UF, they will have access to the first year advisors and career coaches in the HWCOE Center for Student Excellence
- Besides the Fundamentals of the New Engineer course, can I take other UF courses while I am still a student at SCF?
After your first semester, you will take one UF online course during the spring and the second fall semester. During your first spring semester, you will enroll in UF’s Fundamentals of the New Engineer. During your second fall semester you will enroll in UF’s Professional Communications for Engineers. With the approval of your advisor and contingent on your critical tracking progress, you may be able to take other UF courses offered by distance learning.
- What about Financial Aid?
You will need to either submit or adjust your FAFSA to include the FAFSA codes for both UF (001535) AND SCF (001504).
- Will I have two bills for tuition and fees?
Yes, once you begin taking courses at both institutions you will have a bill for tuition and fees from both SCF and UF. Both SCF and UF have cost of attendance websites to help you estimate what your bills will be. You will pay SCF tuition and fees for SCF courses and UF tuition and fees for UF courses.
- Is there any scholarship funding available for me?
You can visit http://www.scf.edu/StudentServices/FinancialAid/Scholarships/ for scholarship information while you are a student at SCF Venice. Once admitted to UF, students are eligible to apply for HWCOE scholarships.
- What happens if I don’t meet the critical tracking course requirements during the first semester?
If you do not meet the critical tracking course requirements, you will be placed on probation and will remain an SCF Venice student during the first spring term. If at the end of the spring term you remove yourself from probation, you will then be admitted as a UF student. If you are not able to remove yourself from probation by the end of the second fall semester, you will have the option to complete you’re A.A. degree and apply to UF as a traditional transfer student.
- What happens if I want to change to a different Engineering major?
If you decide that you want to pursue a different Engineering major offered within the program, you may do so. If this happens while taking classes at SCF Venice, you must notify the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida academic advisor as well as the program coordinator. If you decide to pursue an Engineering major not offered within the program, you must leave the program and pursue courses at SCF or elsewhere with the intention of applying to UF through the traditional transfer admissions process. If you wish to change to a different Engineering major after you have been admitted to UF, you must consult with your intended major to determine their admissions policies as it is at the department’s discretion, some majors will allow it and some won’t. It is extremely important that you discuss these decisions with your advisor and the program coordinator prior to making any changes to your program of study.
- What happens if I decide that Engineering isn’t for me?
If you decide that Engineering isn’t for you while taking classes at SCF Venice, you can switch into any other degree program that SCF offers. However, this will revoke your UF admission through the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program, and you must go through the traditional transfer application route for your program of choice.
- How do I get more information?
- Are all engineering majors offered in this program?
No. Computer Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Digital Arts & Sciences and Electrical Engineering are the only majors that are a part of this program at this time.
- What if I want a different engineering major (for example, Mechanical engineering)? Can I still be a part of this program?
If a student wants to study a different engineering major (for example, Mechanical Engineering) and indicates that on their application, they will never be considered for the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program. Only students who have indicated one of the majors offered as part of this program and are invited to participate in the program can be a part of Gator Engineering at State College of Florida.
- Can I double major with another engineering major?
Once you have fully matriculated to UF, you can pursue a double major contingent upon the requirements of the two majors.
- Does SCF have housing?
No. SCF does not have residential facilities. However; there are several local apartment complexes available for rentals.
- Can I take courses at SCF or my local two-year college in the summer?
Yes! Students can take courses at SCF or any other two-year college during the summer. Connect with your program advisor for details on transient status and impacts for financial aid.
- Am I guaranteed admission to UF?
Students are evaluated at the end of the first semester to see if they have met the first semester tracking requirements for their major. If they have, they are guaranteed admission to UF at the end of the first semester. If a student has not met the first semester tracking requirements for their major, they are placed on probation in the program. They continue as a SCF student for the spring semester and are then re-evaluated at the end of the spring semester. If a student has not removed themselves from probation by the end of the third semester (second fall semester), they have the option to remain at SCF as an SCF student complete their AA degree and then apply as a transfer student if they wish to do so.
- What if I have credit by examination such as AP, IB or AICE? What about dual enrollment?
You will earn the same credits for these types of courses/tests as any other State College of Florida or University of Florida student. Both institutions have websites that show the credit awarded for the various courses and test scores.
- Will I have the opportunity to intern/shadow engineers in the field?
Yes! Job shadowing and internship opportunities will be available through the program. The first experiences for students will begin while attending SCF. Students will work with the Innovation Station representatives who have various points of contact in the community to establish partnerships and opportunities for student.