Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Fees – The program fee for the Florida Youth Institute is $350. The program fee includes all program-related costs, including housing, staffing, program materials, field trips, program-sponsored social activities, and daily meals. Participants may bring personal spending money for extra snacks and souvenirs. Transportation to and from Gainesville is the responsibility of the student and family.

Scholarships – Regardless of your financial situation, we encourage you to complete an application by the submission deadline. Applicants are considered for admission regardless of ability to pay. If you have been selected to attend and will need financial assistance, please visit our financial aid application page. The information you provide on your application will be cross-referenced with any possible scholarships available and you will be notified as soon as possible as to the outcome.

What about housing and supervision?

Housing – Program participants and residential staff live in the Hume Residence Hall on the UF campus. Each suite has two double-occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Please visit the highlighted link above for more information on this residence. Upon invitation to participate in the program, students will be mailed detailed information on the kinds of items they will want to bring with them for their stay during the program.

The Florida Youth Institute is a residential program- all students are required to live on campus. A commuter option is not available.

Program Staff – The Florida Youth Institute provides staffing throughout the entire program including faculty supervisors, instructors, residential counselors, and program coordinators. Program staff support the academic learning, leadership development, and social well-being of the participants.

Where do we eat and what types of food can I expect?

Meals will be provided from a variety of campus and off-campus restaurants, including the UF dining hall which is cafeteria style, on-campus restaurants such as Panda Express or Subway, local restaurants, and catered meals. Many special dietary considerations may be accommodated during the program. Special dietary requests and food allergies should be noted on paperwork distributed to program participants.

Who is eligible, and how do I apply?

Eligibility – Applicants must be entering junior or senior in high school. Students in all high school course concentrations are eligible. Only an interest in exploring Florida agriculture, life sciences, and natural resources and learning beyond the classroom are required.

Application – Eligible students should apply as soon as possible through our online application portal, which will launch in January.  In the meantime, feel free to begin working on and collecting your application materials to submit through the online portal once it opens.

A complete FYI application includes:

  • Online application form
  • One essay:
    • Choose a developing country and an issue relating to food security in that country. In 400-500 words, share your thoughts on that issue (cause and effect, governmental influences, availability of food, quality of food, and possible solutions). Include a bibliography in APA or MLA format.
  • One teacher/mentor endorsement:
    • Endorser must be current or former STEM, computer science, or research mentor or teacher. We encourage you to ask a teacher or mentor who knows you well in a subject area you would like to pursue while you are here.
    • Once you enter your endorser’s information in our online application portal, they will be sent an online endorsement form.  Contact endorsers directly to request their support prior to filling out your online application.
  • A copy of your unofficial transcripts:
    • Submit your unofficial transcripts (must include all for your first semester grades) to UF CPET via hard-copy or FAX (352-392-2344)


334 Yon Hall, PO Box 112010

Gainesville, FL 32611