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  • The Gator Engineering at State College of Florida program, a collaboration between the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is an innovative way to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida (UF) and is made possible through the generosity of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.

    This program 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 Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering programs and then back into the community’s innovation ecosystem.

    What is Gator Engineering?

    Interested in Gator Engineering at SCF, but want to know more about the program, Gator Engineering, and engineering as a career? Click here to learn more.

    Degree programs participating in the 2019-2020 academic year:

    How to apply to Gator Engineering at SCF?

    Students are evaluated for this program after first being considered for freshman admission to UF. Only students who have applied through the freshman admissions process and who have met the published freshman application deadline (typically November 1st) are considered for invitation to this program. Students must declare one of the participating degree programs as their intended major on their freshman application and must be from one of the seven regional counties (Charlotte, Desoto, Hardee, Lee, Polk, Manatee or Sarasota) to be considered for the Gator Engineering at SCF program.

    Advantages for students participating in Gator Engineering at SCF include:

    • Guaranteed admission to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at UF (contingent on meeting the program requirements)
    • A close connection to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
    • A supportive cohort of fellow students in the program
    • Smaller class sizes
    • Access to a dedicated academic advisor from SCF and a dedicated academic advisor from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
    • Exposure to potential employers and engineering faculty through information sessions and seminars
    • Exposure to potential employers based in Sarasota and surrounding regions through co-ops and internships
    • Interaction with engineering faculty who present their research areas and opportunities to apply for and pursue undergraduate research
    • Access to many UF services once admitted as a UF student as early as the first spring semester
    • Participation in many of the UF student organizations (once admitted to UF)

    Who can I contact for additional information?

    As you are starting to think about applying to colleges and universities, it is essential that you gather as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision. We invite you to attend one of our information sessions for prospective students and their families. These information sessions are held during the fall semester and are open to anyone interested in applying to UF. Information session dates and registration information will be posted here at the beginning of the fall semester. For additional information about Gator Engineering at SCF, explore our website, read our Frequently Asked Questions section, and feel free to contact our program coordinator.

    Curtis R. Taylor, Ph.D.Curtis R. Taylor, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Tel: 352-392-6000
    312 Weil Hall, University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL 32611

    Jennifer Gove-CooperJennifer Gove-Cooper

    Coordinator, Gator Engineering at State College of Florida
    Coordinator, Gator Engineering at Santa Fe

    Tel: 352-294-7931
    203 Weil Hall, University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL 32611