Pathway to Campus Enrollment
In 2015, UF launched a new enrollment program called PaCE, Pathway to Campus Enrollment to meet the growing demand of qualified freshman applicants. Simply put, applicants that apply to UF and get accepted to the PaCE program begin their freshman year online and then transition to campus. A student accepted to this program determines their own pace thus the name) and can take their online classes in Gainesville or their home or anywhere they can access UF online. The transition over to residential status at UF requires a minimum enrollment in their online program of two semesters.
Initially, some students (and less face it, their parents) may be disappointed in not being offered an on-campus admission. But, if going to UF was your student’s first choice, then this may be a perfect alternative.
If your student wants the entire Gator experience, they can move to Gainesville and they can participate in many of the student activities and programs by paying an optional user fee package.
PaCE students pay reduced tuition and fees (for Florida residents it is a 25 percent reduction) and they are not required to pay the majority of student fees and they may not live on campus. But, have U heard there are some great off-campus housing alternatives for PaCE students. For those who are checking off the box that they are interested in the PaCE program when applying to UF, absolutely fill out the Freshman Contingency Addendum when signing the housing contract. When applying to UF, reserve your room at either Windsor Hall or Ivy House, both considered off-campus Luxury Residence Halls of UF students. Many PaCE students and students opting to not live on campus make these two alternatives in high demand.
Since acceptance comes out on February 9, 2018, by reserving your room ahead of time, should you have a student who gets accepted to the PaCE program, you will have practically guaranteed yourself one of these sought after residence halls. If your student is not accepted, you have one week to cancel the room and any pre-paid deposits will be refunded, PROVIDED you have signed the Freshman Contingency and provide proof of non-acceptance. Caveat: If your student gets accepted but chooses to attend another school, they will be responsible for the housing payments outlined in the contract so, and here’s a big so, if UF is not your student’s first choice (including the PaCE program) and they do not intend to move to Gainesville, do not reserve a room.
For the class of 2021, University of Florida accepted 2,420 students. Ultimately, do not rule out this program provided it offers your student’s major. And do consider paying the optional user fee package if your student wants to live in Gainesville and be fully immersed in the many student activities that residential students participate in.
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