Blueprint | University of Florida Summer Program
BLUEPRINT’S PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM AT UF
University of Florida – Gainesville, FL 32611 | Open To High School Students Entering Grades 9 – 12
With an annual enrollment of nearly 50,000 students, the Sunshine State’s top university — and one of the largest in the nation — is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public universities. The individual is still prized in this institution of epic proportions, as illustrated by UF’s integration with the retirement community Oak Hammock, where students can work, complete health science internships in and find personal mentors. University of Florida summer programs for high schools students offer something for all types of interests.
In UF’s 108-year history, its varsity sports teams, known as the Florida Gators, have won some thirty-three national team championships, its athletes having claimed 267 individual national championships. Students and faculty alike show a contagious sense of community and spirit, which culminates during Homecoming Week in the student-run pep rally called the Gator Growl.
2019 UF SUMMER PROGRAM DATES
|1-Week: June 23 to June 29|
|2-Week: June 23 to July 6|
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PROGRAM ENROLLMENT
Enrollment in Blueprint Summer Programs at the University of Florida is limited. Online registrations are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is sold out. To reserve your space, we strongly recommend completing our online registration process as early as possible.
UF’s designated airport is Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) in Gainesville, FL. Students traveling to the program by plane may request Blueprint’s Pick-Up/Drop-Off service during the online registration process for an additional fee.
Blueprint Summer Programs for high school students at University of Florida offers courses that are both fun and rewarding. Each of our courses offer an overview of the subject in a 101 style course, with an introduction to career options within the field. All courses vary by campus.
- Our class sizes are carefully monitored, and small student-teacher ratios ensure that each student receives plenty of individual attention.
- Our instructors are of the highest caliber and come from across the country. Instructors are handpicked for each program.
- Each course is custom developed by Blueprint Instructors – the course descriptions are just examples of what can be covered in class.
- No tests. No homework. Students reconnect with the fun of learning through top-notch instruction in a stress-free setting.
Select a pre-college course and study it for one or two weeks! Course material doesn’t repeat, so the longer you stay the more you learn.
2019 UF High School Summer Program Courses
- Architecture (Available Only For Session A)
A career in architecture is truly the best of both worlds in one career! Are you an artist? You can showcase those skills as an architect. But do you also have a strong interest in science? That’s great! Science skills are also essential for architects. With a pre-college summer program in architecture, you learn more than just how to inhabit our world – you learn how to build it. Read more…
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own company or running a business? Learn some tricks of the trade this summer with Blueprint Summer Programs! Class topics can range from conceiving adventurous ideas, marketing and selling strategy, how to build strong business relationships and more! Students will be immersed in all that goes on in the fast-paced business world. Read more…
- Computer Science (Available Only For Session A)
PC gamers and gurus already know: our tech-driven economy (and entertainment, and environment) has given rise to entirely new opportunities in computer science. Forget endless hours of keying code. You’ll explore a little of everything! Software engineering. App development. Information technology. Web design. And so much more! Read more…
Engineers don’t just understand our world. They design it. If you have an inquisitive, analytical mind for math, engineering could be your perfect plan. This class will explore the different disciplines within engineering, from mechanical and marine to electrical and environmental. You’ll also learn about core requirements, the latest in engineering technology and some seriously cool opportunities. Read more…
- Forensic Science
Go beyond prime time television shows and take a closer look at the real-world professionals who make a career out of solving crimes. This hands-on course investigates the origins of forensic science and criminology, the impact of modern technology and the breakthroughs that are on the horizon. Oh, yeah – there’s also crime scenes, blood spatter and cases to solve. Read more…
It takes everyone within the legal system – lawyer, judge, bailiff, stenographer, police officer, prison guard and more – to help uphold the common good and ensure justice is served. Where might you fit in? This intensive class will provide an overview of our legal system. Even more importantly, though, it will provide you with insights and a plan for your future education and career. Read more…
Future doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants will love this hands-on pre-college course, covering everything you need to know to get started in the medical industry. You’ll earn first aid and CPR certification, tour local hospitals and meet with experts in a variety of medical fields. Read more…
- Psychology (Available Only For Session A)
Psychology is a favorite course for college students – and Blueprint students – for obvious reasons. (Serial killers! Body language! Experiments!) Students will spend time focusing on the ins and outs of behavioral science. Topics covered in this pre-college course can include the history of the field, advances in psychology and new theories that are changing the way we look at the brain and each other. Read more…
- Veterinary Science
Love animals? Discover the many areas of specialization (wildlife medicine, animal training and more) in both the public and private sector, plus learn from leaders in the field. This is a humans-only course – no animals will be making an appearance outside of field trips – but it’s an excellent first step toward all things fin, feather and fur. Read more…
YOUR UF SUMMER HOME
Blueprint Summer Programs will broaden students’ minds on UF’s fascinating campus and broaden their horizons through fun in the sun to match. Those who have yet to visit north-central Florida should prepare to be immersed in nature preserves dense with scaly reptiles, as well as a furious school spirit that’s a force of nature unto itself. The campus functions almost as a small town but works in tandem with the city of Gainesville, whose inhabitants gladly welcome UF students with open arms and traditional southern charm.
- Where You’ll Live
Enjoy convenience, life-long friendships, and an environment that fosters educational and personal growth living in the heart of the Gator Nation. The Department of Housing & Residence Education is responsible for maintaining facilities and programming that enhance the university’s academic mission for 7,600+ residence hall students and 1,900+ Graduate and Family Housing village residents.
- University of Florida’s Beautiful Campus
UF’s sprawling 2,000-acre campus is dotted with more than 900 buildings, many built before the turn of the century, in a Gothic architectural style, surrounded by Spanish moss. The large campus seems to meld with leafy Gainesville, known as “the City of Trees,” partly due to the unparalleled enthusiasm of student, faculty and local populations. Along with a massive alumni base, this combined army of spirited sports fans roars for the Gator Nation as part of the raucous good times of its football and baseball games.
- A Perfect Location | Gainesville, FL
Gainesville, which is in north-central Florida, is swathed in UF’s signature colors of orange and blue and carries a big-city feel but village-y charm, with most events taking place on campus. It can be quieter in the summer when students are away, but nearby Butler Plaza to the east offers up the largest retail center in the Southeast and should easily meet any young person’s shopping, eating and movie needs. The locals love UF and treat its attendees well, who in turn are a tremendous boon to their economy. There’s also quick access to local nature here, from sailing and canoeing in Lake Wauburg to buffalo- and alligator-watching in the Paynes Prairie Preserve and so much more.
- Top-Notch Facilities
With a terrific abundance of updated classrooms and labs, UF’s extensive capital improvement program now offers ideal facilities for 21st century academics and research. Impressive new additions to the landscape include the cancer and genetics research center, biomedical sciences building and business school. Multiple voluminous libraries are available, including Library West, open 24/7. With varsity teams in the SEC’s top five, UF’s athletic facilities are understandably state-of-the-art, especially in its top-of-the-line Southwest Recreation Center, offering recreational and workout activities galore.
UF PROGRAM STAFF
For each program, Blueprint hires a skilled crew of directors, teachers, resident advisers. Our directors oversee all aspects of program life and ensure that each student has the opportunity to become an active member of the community. Courses are taught by gifted teachers and talented professionals. We recruit only the brightest and most passionate teachers to connect with our students. Our resident advisers act as big brothers and sisters to students while they’re away from home. They help students acclimate to new settings and guide them through little challenges along the way.
UF ACTIVITIES + TRIPS
Welcome to the Sunshine State! It’s important to us that expanding minds in the classroom be balanced with broadening (sun-filled) horizons through outdoor adventures. Students participating in UF pre-college summer programs just may themselves cutting through overgrown swamps Indiana Jones-style and traipsing through the pristine nature preserves of northern Florida, plus take in a little local history in between.
- Optional Sunday Trip | Universal Studios
Your day at Universal is sure to be jam-packed with endless choices for thrills and entertainment! Get a behind the scenes look on set at a movie studio. Practice your magic skills at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Enter the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead. Or take the ride of your life at Jurassic Park’s thrilling river raft adventure.
- Road Trip Week 2 | UF Outdoor Team Challenge, Cade Museum & Harn Museum of Art
On of the best parts about being a Gator is you get to call Gainesville home. The perfect college town – cozy coffee shops, museums and culture and lots of options for outdoor activities! Spend a little time team building at UF’s Outdoor Team Challenge, then explore the town highlights.
- Signature Blueprint Summer Program Activities at University of Florida
- Sports and Gaming
Frisbee Golf, Basketball, Soccer, Yoga, Cross Country, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, Nintendo Wii, PS3, Ping Pong and much more
- Signature UF Events
Blueprint Curling, Gov-to-Go Geocaching, So You Think You Can’t Dance, Open Mic Night, Blueprint Amazing Race, Iron Chef: Dorm Edition, Blueprint Survivor, Ramen Noodle Relay
- Explore North-Central Florida
Butterfly Rainforest, Florida Museum of Natural History, Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, The Hippodrome State Theatre, University of Florida Bat House, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, The Thomas Center
- Sports and Gaming
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FAST FACTS
- Reputation For Excellence
UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities, ranked No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Public Universities” (2013) and 15 on Forbes’s list of best public universities (also 2013). More than 1,260 International Baccalaureate students were enrolled in UF in February 2014 – more than any other university in the U.S. The freshman retention rate of 96 percent is among the highest in the country. And perhaps most importantly, The Princeton Review ranked it number one in job placement services (2012) and SmartMoney ranked it No. 2 in graduates’ salaries versus tuition dollars (2012).
- Award Winning Faculty
UF has more than 4,000 faculty members with outstanding reputations for teaching, research and service among its sixteen academic colleges and 150+ research centers and institutes. The staff has drawn 34 Eminent Scholar chairs and 42 faculty elections to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, or the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. And their award list features a Fields Medal, two Pulitzers, NASA’s top award for research and the Smithsonian Institution’s conservation award.
- Outstanding Majors
The University of Florida offers more than 100 majors, with 1,200 freshmen and sophomores participating in its honors program every year, which in itself offers over 100 courses per semester. The University Scholars Program introduces undergrads to the exciting world of academic research, allowing them to work one on one with faculty on select projects.
A sample of currently offered majors includes:
Aerospace Engineering, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Biological Illustration, Botany, Dance, Forest Resources and Conservation, Landscape Architecture, Marine Sciences, Nuclear Engineering, Portuguese and Zoology.
- UF At A Glance
Enrollment: 49,042 students (Fall, 2013)
Sports: NCAA Division I
Mascot: Albert and Alberta (alligators)
Student Organizations: 975+
The best experience of my daughter’s life. Her words. Thank you!
By the second day we had each other laughing hysterically on our way back from the dining hall! I couldn’t believe how quickly we all became friends.
I would HIGHLY recommend Blueprint to any family looking for a personal, high-value summer college experience.
Blueprint was the best part of my summer. It gave me a taste of college and helped me discover the type of college I would like to attend. I would not pass up a chance to do this program.