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Accelerated Programs

Combined Bachelorís and Masterís Degrees

www.isis.ufl.edu/cdp1.html

UF has developed a program for undergraduates that allows those who qualify academically to obtain both a bachelorís and masterís degree. Minimum qualifications for many programs include a 3.2 GPA and an 1100 GRE for admission to Graduate School.

Combined-degree programs allow students to get a head start on their graduate education by taking graduate courses throughout the junior and senior undergraduate years. In most programs, 12 credit hours of graduate work also will count toward an undergraduate degree, thus reducing the time it takes to get both degrees. Able students should consult their department adviser to determine whether the department offers combined degree programs and whether they qualify.

Advantages of a combined-degree program include:

  • Qualified students can obtain an undergraduate and a graduate degree in much less time than two separate degrees.
  • The cost of both degrees is reduced, since at least 12 credits apply toward both degrees.
  • Students have time to decide whether to pursue further graduate or professional study.
  • Studentsí marketability is greatly enhanced; many professions now require a masterís degree for entry-level positions.
  • Program provides continuity between undergraduate and graduate studies.

There are a number of financial considerations students should keep in mind. The Bright Futures Scholarship Program will fund graduate tuition at the undergraduate level Ė students are responsible for paying the difference between undergraduate and graduate tuitions.

Florida PrePaid College Tuition Program participants will receive funding for the first 120 credit hours. The program will fund graduate courses taken toward the undergraduate degree at the undergraduate level. Financial aid may be available to assist with the graduate degree portion of the program.

The Graduate Catalog can provide additional information. A list of combined degree programs is available at www.isis.ufl.edu/cdp1.html. This Web site also provides a timeline and an application form for admission to the program.

New programs are being developed; refer to department Web sites for additional combined degrees.

Advanced Standing: Credit by Examination (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP Exams) and Dual Enrollment

Bright Futures Scholarship Program and Accelerated Mechanisms

A Florida law passed in the 2001 legislative session relating to the Bright Futures Scholarship Program pertains to 2002 high school graduates who earn Florida Academic or Merit Scholar awards and attend a public community college or state university in Florida.

Initial Florida Academic or Merit Scholars award recipients for the 2002-2003 academic year who enroll in a Florida state university or community college will be required to attempt at least five accelerated mechanisms from the following areas: English, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and/or social sciences.

The acceleration mechanisms that can be used include College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations taken before college course work OR Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Advanced Placement examinations (AP), International Baccalaureate examinations (IB) and approved dual enrollment courses completed in the above academic areas before high school graduation. A CLEP examination can be passed or failed and still satisfy one of the five acceleration mechanisms; however, for an AICE, AP or IB examination or a dual-enrollment course to satisfy one of the requirements, the student must earn college credit. For an acceleration mechanism to count, it cannot duplicate credit earned through other acceleration attempts.

The college credit awarded through passing AICE, CLEP, AP or IB examinations or dual enrollment courses should assist students in graduating early. For additional information:

www.advising.ufl.edu/clep.

Credit by Examination

A student may participate in several credit by examination programs to earn credit toward a degree. Credit received from one exam program may not be duplicated by another. A maximum of 30 semester hours may be granted by combining AICE, AP, IB and CLEP credit. Students beginning in the fall or spring term must have taken the exams (AICE, AP, IB) and have their scores reported to the university before enrolling or, at the latest, before the end of the first term of enrollment at UF. Students who begin in the summer must have taken the exam(s) and had them reported before the end of their first fall term.

CLEP examinations must be taken before registration for college courses for which credit may be earned through CLEP examinations and NO LATER than the studentís registration for the second semester of college (drop/add in August for summer B admits; drop/add in January for fall admits).

If the student submits appropriate scores, UF will grant credit and post approximate course equivalencies to the studentís UF transcript (course equivalency charts for AP, IB and CLEP are on pages 1-38 to 1-40). Credit (AICE, AP, IB, CLEP, dual enrollment transfer credit, or UF course credit) will be awarded only once for the same subject. UF course credit takes precedence over all other forms of credit for the same course. Credit awarded for dual-enrollment courses takes precedence over AICE, AP, IB or CLEP credit. If duplicate credit exists among AICE, AP, IB or CLEP, the exam yielding the most credit will be awarded.

Equivalent courses earned by examination may be used to fulfill the same requirements that the UF course fulfills. Students may determine which courses they will gain credit for from AP, IB and CLEP scores by consulting the Course Equivalency charts on page 1-38.

Information on General Education and Writing and Math Requirement (Gordon Rule) credit is also listed on pages 1-31, 1-32 and the charts on page 1-38.

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Program

Students completing AICE examinations should submit to UF official scores as evidence of completion of a college-level course taken in high school. Studentsí scores will be evaluated and, if they meet minimum requirements, the student will receive credit for approximate UF course equivalencies that will appear on the studentís UF transcript. For further information, consult the Office of Admission.

Advanced Placement Program

Students completing AP examinations should submit to UF official scores as evidence of completion of a college-level course taken in high school. The AP Score-Course Equivalency chart that follows indicates the approximate UF course equivalencies that will appear on the studentís UF transcript, and the appropriate General Education and Writing and Math requirement credit students will earn.

Scores of 3 or higher on AP French, German, Latin and Spanish fulfill the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language proficiency requirement.

International Baccalaureate Program

Students completing IB examinations should submit to UF official scores as evidence of completion of a college-level course taken in high school. Students receiving the IB diploma will receive up to 30 semester hours of credit for scores of 4 or higher on both higher level and standard level examinations. Students who do not receive the IB diploma will receive credit for scores of 5 or higher on higher- level examinations only. The IB Score-Course Equivalency chart that follows indicates the approximate UF course equivalencies that will appear on the studentís UF transcript, and the appropriate General Education and Writing and Math requirement credit students will earn.

Scores of 4 or higher in IB French B, German B, Classical Latin and Spanish B fulfill the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences foreign language proficiency requirement, regardless of whether the student has earned the IB diploma.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

www.advising.ufl.edu/clep

CLEP examinations cover material that is taught in introductory-level courses at many colleges and universities. For a list of CLEP examinations, credit earned and UF course equivalencies, please go to the charts at the end of this section. Information on the examinations can be found on the CLEP Web site at

www.collegeboard.com/clep.

If CLEP exams are chosen as one of the five Bright Futures acceleration mechanism requirement, they must be taken before registration for college courses for which credit may be earned through CLEP examinations and NO LATER than the studentís registration for the second semester of college (drop/add in August for Summer B admits; drop/add in January for fall admits).

For advice on which CLEP examinations to take, go to the UF CLEP Web site at www.advising.ufl.edu/clep.

 
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