Invited Students

Welcome to Gator Engineering at State College of Florida!

Congratulations on your invitation to the Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program, a collaboration between the University of Florida (UF), 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. Your application was reviewed by a team of HWCOE faculty and staff who recognized the hard work and dedication that you have demonstrated towards your chosen field. Gator Engineering at State College of Florida was developed as a way to provide deserving and committed students with a direct pathway to the UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and to an engineering degree from the only Top 10 Public University in the state of Florida.

This innovative B.S. engineering degree program has a focus on information technology/computer science related degree programs and brings Gator Engineering right to your backyard. Gator Engineering at State College of Florida allows a cohort of students to begin their coursework at SCF on the Venice campus, gain admission to UF as early as their first spring semester, continue coursework at SCF for approximately two more semesters (or until completion of all critical tracking courses), and then move to the UF campus to complete their courses in their major. This program includes an element of promoting live-learn-work experiences (e.g., co-ops and internships) with companies in Sarasota and surrounding regions to increase the pipeline of local residents into the HWCOE computer science and information technology programs and then back into the community’s innovation ecosystem.

Where do I get more information?

We know that deciding where to attend college is a major life decision and we want to make sure that you have the information you need and your questions answered. In the next several days you should receive an information packet from us in the mail. As you wait for that to arrive, please read through our website, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and feel free to call or email us! We will be conducting information sessions for invited students and we have a number of dates scheduled during the next several weeks.

We hope that you will join us for the opportunity to learn more about the program, meet other invited students, interact with current students in the program, and have your questions answered by key representatives from the University of Florida and from State College of Florida. You will also have the chance to tour the newly renovated Gator Den on the State College of Florida Venice campus that serves as the hub of the program. Dates and registration information can be found here. If you can’t make it to one of the scheduled dates, let us know and we can come to you! We are available in person or via email and we are just a phone call away.

Join us on Monday, April 16th for a Gator Engineering at State College of Florida Open House from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Gator Den at SCF Venice! This event will feature Will Cirioli (Retired Senior Vice President, Global Technology at ExxonMobil) as a guest speaker and will allow students who have been invited into the program the opportunity to see what Gator Engineering is about! Pizza will be served and representatives from both the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and State College of Florida will be present. This event is open to all current Gator Engineering at State College of Florida students and their families and to all students who have been invited into the program or have confirmed their participation and their families. We hope to see you there!

Please click on the events below for more information and to register.

No events are currently scheduled.


New Student Orientation

The Gator Engineering at State College of Florida New Student Orientation will be held at the SCF Venice campus in August prior to fall classes starting. The orientation is divided out into several parts designed to meet the needs of both the student and their families. All incoming Gator Engineering at State College of Florida students are required to attend and their families are invited. Sessions will include information about;

  • financial aid,
  • academic policies and resources,
  • the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),
  • important deadlines,
  • and other topics and resources necessary to ensure a successful transition into college.

More information as well as a registration form will be posted once the orientation is scheduled and finalized.