Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Fees – The program fee for Humanities and the Sunshine State is $350. The program fee includes all program-related costs, including housing, staffing, program materials, fieldtrips, 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 fill out and return a financial aid form. 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.  Upon acceptance to the program, students will be provided with a detailed packing list and additional information for their stay during the program.

The Humanities and the Sunshine State is a residential program- all students are required to live on campus.  A commuter option is not available.

Program Staff – The Humanities and the Sunshine State 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 paired with the academic theme of the day, and catered meals.  Many special dietary considerations may be accommodated during the program, including vegetarian, vegan, and Kosher.  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 year in high school.  Students in all high school course concentrations are eligible; only an interest in exploring the humanities and learning beyond the classroom is 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 application includes:

– Online application form

– One 300-500 word essay:

– Prompt 1: Describe your interest in attending Humanities and the Sunshine State and what you hope to learn through your participation.

– One teacher/mentor endorsement:

– Endorsers may be from any subject area. We encourage you to ask a teacher or mentor who knows you well in a humanities subject area (such as english, history, human relations).

– 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 current  report card:

– Submit a current report card (must include all for your first semester grades) or transcript to UF CPET via hard-copy or FAX (352-392-2344).

Humanities and the Sunshine State / UF CPET

334 Yon Hall, PO Box 112010

Gainesville, FL 32611