Information for Prospective Students
Important Placement Information to Review before Orientation
During orientation (a.k.a. Preview), you will be working with an advisor to select classes. In some cases, additional placement information is required for students to get registered in the appropriate courses.
Please check all boxes that apply in Columns 1-3. If you have taken the SAT and/or ACT multiple times, please use your highest score.
|Do you need to take CPT or PERT
|Do you need to take CPT or PERT
|Do you need to take CPT or PERT
|– My highest SAT writing score is below 440 AND/OR…||– My highest SAT reading score is below 460 AND/OR…||– My highest SAT quantitative score is below 460 AND/OR…|
|– My highest ACT writing score is below 18||– My highest ACT reading score is below 19||– My highest ACT quantitative score is below 19|
|– I do NOT have college-level credit for composition or literature courses through dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE. *||– I do NOT have college-level credit for composition or literature courses through dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE. *||– I do NOT have college-level credit for mathematics courses through dual enrollment, AP, IB or AICE. *|
|If you have checked 2-3 boxes, you should take the PERT or CPT in this subject before coming to Preview (if you haven’t done so already). **||If you have checked 2-3 boxes, you should take the PERT or CPT in this subject before coming to Preview (if you haven’t done so already). **||If you have checked 2-3 boxes, you should take the PERT or CPT in this subject before coming to Preview (if you haven’t done so already). **|
|* Examples include and are not limited to ENC1101, ENC1102, AML2070, LIT2120.||* Examples include and are not limited to ENC1101, ENC1102, AML2070, LIT2120.||* Examples include and are not limited to MAC1105, MAC1140, MAC2311, MGF1106, MGF1107.|
* If you’ve taken these AP/IB/AICE subject tests but won’t have the results until the end of summer, we still strongly suggest that you take the CPT or PERT.
** These exams are administered by most state colleges.
|UF Guidelines to Test out of Remediation|
|Score CPT||Score PERT|
|Writing||83 or higher||103 or higher|
|Reading||83 or higher||106 or higher|
|Quantitative||72 or higher||114 or higher|
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the PROMISE Program require me to take any specific courses?
In general, PROMISE students will enroll in six credit hours (two to three courses) for summer B and 12-15 credit hours (four to five courses) for fall and spring. Placement in the summer courses is based on SAT or ACT scores. Advisors also refer to any AP/IB and/or dual enrollment credits. For the most part, students are enrolled in one English course and one mathematics course over the summer. Throughout the fall and spring, the typical curriculum continues to be English and math intensive in order to assist students in gaining confidence in these areas which are the most fundamental in any UF major. The course First Year Florida is also a requirement, which serves to further assist students in successfully maneuvering the UF campus.
In the event that students’ standardized test scores do not place them directly into college-level PROMISE classes, they will be assessed during Preview through the use of the CPT or PERT exams. Based on the results, students may first have to complete college preparatory courses, but will begin college-level work in the fall. The admissions letter from the PROMISE program should indicate whether or not a student will need to take the CPT or PERT. Students who take either exam beforehand (at a local community college, if possible) and bring the results with them to their orientation session will not have to take the exam again unless they choose to try to improve their original results.
PROMISE courses over the summer feature smaller classes and take into account the fact that these are usually the first college-level courses students are attempting. Students should be aware, however, that other courses that they will be taking over the fall and spring semesters can include 500 or more students, and the professors in those courses will assume students are ready for the challenges of a college-level curriculum. As a result, the learning experience can be very different from summer.
Are there any other requirements?
You will be required to meet with an PROMISE academic advisor to register for classes for each term in your first year. Students will also be expected to attend academic success workshops coordinated by OAS and the PROMISE academic advisors. More academic support materials and services are available to all students through resources such as the Broward Hall Teaching Center as well as the Counseling and Wellness Center.
What else do I need to know?
All PROMISE students start out in an “exploring majors” track when they first enter UF. Even though many students will know what majors they wish to declare initially, the “exploring” designation gives students the most flexibility to experiment with classes and catch up with pre-requisites when necessary. After you successfully complete PROMISE’s required curriculum (usually in the spring term), you will be able to change to the major of your choice, as long as you have met the minimum requirements for that college and major. In making course recommendations to students, PROMISE academic advisors refer to the program plans delineated for each major in the Undergraduate Catalog. As a result, students should be on-track or close to being on-track come time to declare their majors in the spring or the following fall semester.
What is Preview?
You will receive an invitation to attend one of several sessions of Preview, the university’s summer orientation program. During Preview, students will receive general information about UF’s campus, faculty, majors, activities, resources, etc. PROMISE students will meet as a group with academic advisors to learn specifically about the university’s academic requirements and PROMISE Program requirements. Each student will then also have an individual appointment with an advisor to plan and register for the summer B and fall semesters.
Before even attending Preview, you will be receiving in the mail (among lots of other things!) instructions on how to complete “Preview Prep,” a series of online exercises that help prepare you for your transition to UF. One of the tasks Preview Prep will guide you through is logging in to your student account where the university will be posting all information related to your record. If you notice any “holds,” this is the university’s way of telling you that it needs additional information before you will be allowed to register for classes. Each hold will include details as to what to do to resolve it. Also, to help your Preview experience run as smoothly as possible, please bring any available AP/IB and CPT/PERT scores (if applicable) and dual enrollment transcripts (if applicable).
Comments from Past PROMISE Participants
Students had this to say when asked…
“If I could do things over again since starting at UF, I would have…”
- asked more questions in class.”
- managed my time better.”
- become more acquainted with the academic resources.”
- researched my major of choice.”
“If I were helping the PROMISE advisors get ready for the next group of PROMISE students, I would tell the advisors to…”
- tell the upcoming students that college is nothing like high school and that they really have to work hard to get a good grade.”
- make students more aware of how easy it is to have a good relationship with their advisors.”
- let them know what to expect because the summer experience was nowhere close to fall.”