UF Online Welcomes PaCE #UF22

UF Online is ready to welcome a talented and passionate group of new Gators into the PaCE program!

Launched in spring 2015, Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE) provides freshmen with the opportunity to start their UF degree online and then transition to campus in order to complete an undergraduate degree. Our campus has limited physical space to accommodate the many qualified students who desire a UF education. Students are able to complete their deadline-based coursework on their own schedule and from wherever they wish to study. PaCE also provides some distinct benefits through the UF Online format.

Flexibility of PaCE Experience

As students in UF Online, PaCE freshmen have a greater ability to design their college experience, because they are enrolled in online classes. Students have the option of moving to Gainesville if they want to immerse themselves in the Gator Nation, or they can stay in their hometown (or anywhere else in the world for that matter) and complete the transition requirements needed to finish their degrees on the UF campus.

Cost Savings in UF Online

PaCE students also have the benefit of the reduced tuition and fees of UF Online. Florida residents in UF Online receive a 25 percent reduction in tuition. Additionally, to make their UF degree as affordable as possible, UF Online students are not required to pay the majority of student fees.

On Campus Experience Option

While PaCE students take all of their classes online (prior to their campus transition) and do not have to pay certain fees, those who want a robust campus experience can move to Gainesville and participate in a variety of student activities and programs by opting into the Optional User Fee Package. By opting into this package, PaCE students have all of the same privileges of residential students, with the exception of attending live lectures (all classes are online) and living in on-campus housing. The UF Off Campus Life office is available to assist PaCE student needs.

Same degree, same faculty

As a UF Online student, you are a Gator through and through. You earn the same degree as students who attend classes on the University of Florida campus. That’s because you are learning from the same world-renowned faculty who teach on-campus students. UF Online faculty are taking the lead on developing innovative courses, such as physics lecturer Dr. Shawn Weatherford, who teaches a rich and engaging online physics class with a virtual lab. Learn more about Dr. Weatherford’s unique approach by watching this video.

A top-ranked program

UF Online, the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s degree program, is ranked No. 12 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs in the country, up eight places from its previous spot at No. 20 in 2017. This makes the University of Florida the top-ranked public university for online undergraduate programs in Florida, according to the U.S. News list.


There are a variety of resources to help students and parents learn more about the PaCE program. Here are links to some of those resources:

Important Dates

As students go through the acceptance process, here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • PaCE Preview (orientation) Information Available:
    Mid February
  • Financial Aid Information Available:
    Early March
  • Signed PaCE Contract and $200 Tuition Deposit Deadline:
    May 1
  • Final High School and College Transcripts Deadline:
    July 15
For more information

Additionally, parents and students can reach out to UF staff directly or participate in online and live events:

Online Chats & Webinar

New Student and Family Programs is hosting online chats and optional fee package webinars. For details on how to sign up for these events or to obtain answers to student-life questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at newstudentinfo@dso.ufl.edu or (352) 392-8396

Online Chats

  • Mon, Feb 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Feb 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Optional Fee Package Webinars

  • Wed, April 18, 12 p.m.
  • Wed, August 6, 12 p.m.

UF Florida Days

Students and parents are welcome to visit campus during the UF Florida Days event. This program offers multiple sessions and provides an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and current students. Invitations to this are emailed directly to students, and registration is required. These events fill up, so we encourage you to register early. Here is the schedule:

  • Mon, March 12
  • Mon, March 19
  • Mon, March 26
  • Fri, April 13

Once again, welcome to UF Online. We look forward to being part of your academic journey. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at pace@ufonline.ufl.edu.