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University of Florida Innovation Academy

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

University of Florida has radically changed the undergraduate college experience, understand the expert college counselors at International College Counselors.

New to the college is Innovation Academy (IA), a new enrollment model that operates on a spring-summer calendar. IA lets the popular UF admit more students than current capacity will allow.

Students enrolled in IA will take UF courses on campus during the spring and summer terms. They will not be allowed to take fall classes on campus for the entire undergraduate degree program.

By limiting students to spring and summer classes only, the University of Florida hopes to take advantage of the classroom space that becomes available when students graduate or drop out after fall semester or leave campus to study abroad.

During the fall, IA students are encouraged to take advantage of online courses, study abroad programs, internships, research, community service and/or employment.

IA students will be able to participate in fall semester activities available to all UF students. This includes access to all UF services and activities, all year long, including football and other events. In addition, IA students can live on campus, belong to any club, participate in student government and participate in Rush.

IA students will meet the same requirements and standards for their majors as all UF students. They will also receive the same academic advising as other UF students.

Students in IA will share the same undergraduate experience. UF describes this as a way to provide a small-college experience in combination with the opportunities available at a large, comprehensive research university.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Initially, the program will be limited to 500-800 freshmen and transfer students admitted to select majors. The long-term goal is a mix of 2000 students.

When Will the Program Begin?

The first group of students admitted to IA will enroll Spring 2013.

For more information about UF’s Innovation Academy, click here or contact an expert college counselor at International College Counselors, if you are a client or interested in becoming one.

To Expand Access, UF Prepares to Roll Out a No-Fall-Semester Option

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The following news came across our desks at International College Counselors this morning. Like you, we are working on finding out what this means for the class of 2012.

The University of Florida is planning to grow by enrolling 2,000 students in a spring and summer cohort. The students will be considered full-fledged undergraduates, but they will be allowed to live and take classes on the campus only during the spring and summer.

Those students could still participate in on-campus activities in the fall like getting football tickets, and would be able to enroll in fall online courses if they wanted to move more quickly through school. There is also the option to study abroad, work, or do internships away from campus in the fall.

Currently, the university plans to enroll the first spring-summer students in January 2013.

Applicants will be able to apply for both regular fall admission and the spring-summer option. Students will only be offered spring-summer admission if they have expressed interest in it. While university officials plan to eventually serve 2,000 students with the new schedule, they hope to enroll between 500 and 1,000 in the first year, depending on the mix of freshmen and transfer students.

Florida state universities have been struggling with public demand that doesn’t often align with public support. The budget passed in Florida earlier this month reduced appropriations for the University of Florida by about $54-million, and this is following years of deep cuts.

The University of Florida had received 29,000 applications for 6,400 slots in next year’s freshman class. The university has already increased the number of freshmen it admits in the spring to 400, from about 100 less than five years ago. It also brings in about 1,000 transfer students in the spring.

This month, lawmakers changed the rules for Florida’s Bright Futures scholarship to allow students to use it in the summer, but only if they opt for Florida’s spring-summer schedule. The elimination of the year-round federal Pell Grant isn’t a problem because students can use the grant in the summer as long as they have aid money left.

Read the full article here.


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