University of Florida Innovation Academy

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.

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