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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Tracking Progress Toward a Degree

Universal Tracking is the University of Florida's academic monitoring system that provides students with an assessment of progress toward degree requirements. There is a recommended eight-semester plan for each major. This plan is the optimal path for completing the degree in four years.

Students' progress toward their degrees is monitored each semester to ensure that they are on track. Summer terms are not included in tracking and may be used by students to ‘catch up’ and get back on track. Each fall and spring semester students are reminded via their GatorLink email account to review their degree audit on ISIS before advance registration the next term. The audit fits a student’s courses and grades into the degree requirements for the major to show the student what is met and what the student still needs to complete.

Minimum Academic Progress

  • Students do not have to complete all of the recommended courses to remain on track; they simply have to meet certain minimum requirements known as critical-tracking criteria.
  • Critical-tracking criteria usually include a minimum GPA (UF or overall, depending on the college), completion of certain courses toward the major (critical-tracking or preprofessional courses) and a minimum GPA in the critical-tracking courses (tracking or preprofessional GPA). The critical tracking criteria for each major appear just before the eight-semester plan for that major; for many majors, critical-tracking courses are bolded in the semester plan. In the degree audit, critical-tracking criteria appear near the top of the audit.
  • All students admitted as freshmen are monitored for Semester 1 critical-tracking criteria, regardless of the number of hours earned by the student through dual enrollment and credit by examination.
  • A student who is off-track will have a hold placed on his/her registration to ensure that the student meets with an adviser to discuss his/her progress. The student must meet with an adviser before registering for the next term in order to determine what is necessary to get back on track, or to change to a more appropriate major.
  • If the student is off-track for two consecutive terms, the student must change to a major more appropriate to the student’s goals and performance. Once the student selects a new major, he or she should contact the college offering that major to schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss changing the major.
  • The Academic Advising Center in 100 AAC can help students identify potential majors and can refer them to the appropriate college(s) for information about specific majors.