SAO

The Student Admissions Officers (SAOs) are a select group of diverse and motivated UF students chosen to officially represent the University of Florida Office of Admissions. SAOs enhance the experience of new and prospective Gators via a variety of programming designed to prepare students to apply to the University of Florida as well as share how UF can help newly admitted Gators achieve their future goals.

SAOs make a significant impact on the lives of students from across the country as they begin their journey to the University of Florida. Multiple SAO programs are designed to provide equity and access to applicants and newly admitted students, and SAOs work closely with targeted groups of prospective and admitted students to increase diversity at the University of Florida and ensure that it is a welcoming place for all.

Apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 recruitment cycle will open at the start of the Fall 2021 semester. The application consists of a personal information section, five short essay prompts, and one 30-45 second video response. Following the successful submission of a complete application, the executive board and the Office of Admissions will review your responses. If candidates are chosen to move on to an in-person interview, they will be contacted by email within a week of the submission deadline.

If you have any questions about SAO recruitment, please e-mail sao@admissions.ufl.edu.

Following the successful submission of a complete application, the executive board and the Office of Admissions will review your responses. If candidates are chosen to move on to an in-person interview, they will be contacted by email within a week of the submission deadline.

Follow us on Instagram @uf_sao.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University
  • Be an enrolled UF student

Programs

The Student Admissions Officers assist in a variety of outreach and recruitment programs for the Office of Admissions.

Group Tours

The SAOs assist the Welcome Center in providing campus tours to schools and community-based organizations. If you are interested in having the SAOs provide a campus tour for your school or community-based organization, you can schedule your group tour on our visit page.

Phone Blitz

SAOs and other student volunteers reach out to both prospective and admitted students to share their own experiences of student life at UF and encourage students to join the Gator Nation. If your UF student organization is interested in volunteering for this event, contact the Office of Admissions.

Gator for a Day

Gator for a Day gives high school seniors the opportunity to experience what it's like to be a student at the University of Florida. While shadowing an SAO, participants may sit in on classes, learn about our numerous campus organizations and activities, and explore the many opportunities UF has to offer.

Gator for a Day registration will open in October 2021 for high school seniors who have submitted a UF freshman application and have a UFID. This program occurs in the fall semester and may operate on an invitation-only basis depending on interest. Invited students will be contacted in Fall 2021.

Students wishing to participate in Gator for a Day must be 18 years of age or older on the date of their shadow visit.

The Gator Experience

The Gator Experience is an invite-only program for admitted students that runs during the spring semester with the goal of providing an authentic student experience for prospective Gators. SAOs will lead admitted high school seniors through a day of activities including a meal in a campus dining hall, a private tour of favorite student spots on campus and a tour of a residence hall. Eligible students will be contacted after decisions are released.

Gator Tracks

Gator Tracks is a virtual program that provides newly admitted Gators with an opportunity to hear what it’s like to be a student in some of UF’s programs. SAOs host sessions about their favorite parts of their major, program or track, discuss how they get involved, and cover how their program is preparing them for a future in their chosen career fields. SAOs highlight how their overall experience at UF is helping them acquire the tools they need for their next steps, as well as respond to questions from newly admitted students.

Ask a Gator!

Ask a Gator! is a virtual opportunity for prospective students to learn about our application process and gather tips and advice to assist you along the way. SAOs host virtual sessions where they provide a presentation about an element of the application followed by an opportunity to ask questions of the SAO and an admissions officer.

There are three session topics:

  • Acing the Application – Want to know the ins and outs of applying to UF? These sessions provide an overview of the application process and applicant profile, as well as tips and advice for the UF supplemental questions.
  • Conquering the Essay – Unsure how to craft an impactful essay? Our SAOs will guide you through the process of creating an essay that tells the story of you.
  • Tackling the SSAR – The Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) is an important element of your academic review. This session will give you the rundown of how to fill this out correctly no matter your school background!

Admissions Programs

SAOs have a unique opportunity to act as student leaders in a variety of Admissions programs throughout the year. SAOs are the go-to students for anything related to admissions and use their in-depth knowledge to support future Gators through the application and decision process

Examples of Admissions event opportunities:

  • Speaking on student panels at events
  • Opportunities to appear in Admissions publications, social media and videos
  • Hosting prospective students during our annual Open House
  • Acting as an authentic student voice for newly admitted Gators during our Florida Days events in the spring
  • Connecting with high school students at virtual college fairs

FAQ

Can I schedule a group tour directly with the Student Admissions Officers?

No. All group tours requests must go through the Welcome Center.

Do I have to be a senior and 18 or older to participate in Gator for a Day?

Yes, only seniors in high school who are 18 or older are able to register and participate in Gator for a Day.

Do I have to submit my application prior to registering for Gator for a Day? What if I haven't finished my application yet but I am going to submit it before the November 1 deadline?

You must submit your application for freshman admission prior to registering for Gator for a Day.

There are no more spots open for Gator for a Day or The Gator Experience! Will more spots open up?

Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate all the students who wish to participate in these programs. If you are unable to participate in Gator for a Day or The Gator Experience, we encourage you to participate in a campus tour or in one of our many events for admitted students in the spring.

May I bring a guest or a parent to my Gator for a Day experience or The Gator Experience shadow?

No. Guests will not be able to participate in these activities.

Where do I meet the Student Admissions Officers for my Gator for a Day or The Gator Experience shadow?

All participants will meet at the Welcome Center. For GPS purposes, please use the address below:

UF Welcome Center
737 Reitz Union Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611

What will my parents do while I'm participating in Gator for a Day or The Gator Experience?

Because we have an open campus, guests can explore at their leisure.

Do you provide lodging, travel, expenses, meals and parking?

No. Guests and participants are responsible for their own parking and travel expenses. Only student participants will be provided with a lunch voucher.

Where do I park?

Gator for a Day and The Gator Experience participants will meet at the Welcome Center. All-day parking spaces are available in the Reitz Union parking garage for $6.00 per day.

How do I register for The Gator Experience or Florida Days?

Admitted students will be contacted via email after decisions are released in late February with directions to register.

Meet Our Members

Student Admissions Officers are selected through a thorough application and interview process. Their mission is to guide, inspire and mentor future classes of Gators.

2020 – 2021 Executive Board Members

Evan Setley

Evan Setley

President

Lindsey Adams

Lindsey Adams

Vice President

Emma Ivantsova

Emma Ivantsova

Secretary

Isabella Touma

Isabella Touma

Special Programs Deputy

Nicolina Ingargiola

Nicolina Ingargiola

Special Programs Committee

Ana Sanchez

Ana Sanchez

Special Programs Committee

Brooke Bryant

Brooke Bryant

Public Relations Director

Annie Stockham

Annie Stockham

Recruitment Director

Rylea Trudeau

Rylea Trudeau

Membership Director

Brianna Riddle

Brianna Riddle

Tour Director

Michelle Cuppy

Michelle Cuppy

Tour Deputy

General Body Members

Aashna K., Abby J., Andrea K., Angelica R., Ashley B., Ashley S., Ava B., Avery L., Blinne B., Brandyn B.-W., Brittnie P., Brooke A., Caitlin B., Caroline D., Chloe P., Claire S., Clara C.-S., Codee K., Danielle S., Edwidge L., Elisabeth S., Erian P., Ethan C., Faith W., Gillian S., Haley L., Hannah H., Helen E., Ikenna E., Isabella L., Jacqueline S., Jacquelyn E., Jada C., Jailene R., Jana I., Jonathan D., Jordan H., Julia H., Kathleen C., Kelly V., Kiana S., Lara S., Madelyn H., Madison G., Makayla G., Maryanne B., Melanie Z., Mikayla J., Monet L., Natalia M., Nichole S., Nicole P., Olivia D., Payton D., Payton L., Peyton B., Prem P., Riley H., Samuel H., Sarina P., Shakeira S., Swati P., Teja T., Vanessa T., Xinyi (Emily) Z., Zariah B.