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International students who are non-native English speakers are typically required to provide evidence of their English abilities before they are admitted into a US college or university. «IELTS» provides a fair, accurate and reliable measure of language skills, and is trusted by organizations worldwide as a proof of English proficiency.

About Santa Fe College

Santa Fe College is a dynamic, innovative learning community committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity and equity. With a growing community of international students on our campus, we strive to provide an environment that inspires our students to seek their highest potential, and ignites passion to pursue social and global responsibility.

Located in North Central Florida, just six miles from the University of Florida in Gainesville, SF maintains a strong relationship with the University of Florida and transfers more graduates to UF than any other college in the state. SF also maintains direct articulation agreements with the University of North Florida, University of West Florida, University of South Florida, Florida A & M University, New College of Florida and the University of the Virgin Islands.

Performance Rates:

  • 84% Current SF Overall Student Success Rate
  • 97 % Current SF Vocational Student Job Placement Rate

Santa Fe College

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Gainesville, Florida
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Students whose native language is not English can satisfy the English language proficiency requirement by one of the following means:

  • TOEFL iBT: 32
  • IELTS: 4.5 overall band score
  • Duolingo: 65.
  • SAT and ACT can be used to satisfy the English language requirement, but are not required for admission. Students who score 24 on Reading and 25 on Writing on SAT or 19 on Reading and 17 on Writing in ACT satisfy the English language requirement.

Student Life & Support Services

Student Life is committed to creating and supporting opportunities for involvement, leadership, and service on campus and in the community. SF has a Student Health Care Center, Fitness Center, and Reflection Space open to all currently enrolled students. Student Life also has calculators for students to rent and maintains a Food Pantry open to the SF community. The LGBTQ + Resource Center on SF’s Northwest Campus provides a welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ students. Additionally, there are many ways to get involved on campus, including with Student Government or by joining a Student Club or Organization. With more than 50 clubs to choose from, including the International Student Culture Association, joining a student organization is a great way to become more involved at the College and make friends along the way!

SF has a proud athletic tradition with five intercollegiate athletic teams, offering basketball and baseball for men and basketball, softball, and volleyball for women. Students also have a variety of opportunities to get involved with intramural sports in flag football, basketball, soccer, and more!

International Student Support & Advising supports international students as they transition to Santa Fe College, connects them with the local community, and keeps them on track through graduation. ISSA offers workshops every semester on Health Insurance in the United States, Transferring from SF to a University, Resumé Building and Job Applications, and Mastering Canvas and Online Courses, and more!

Transfer Tracks

UF ELI Program

Santa Fe College has partnered with The University of Florida English Language Institute (UF ELI) to create a pathway for F-1 students allowing them to start at UF ELI for a semester or two and then transfer to SF for their A.A. degree (Students who complete Level 40 or higher in all sections at the UF ELI do not need to take TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate English language proficiency). After earning an A.A. degree students can transfer back to The University of Florida to earn their bachelor's degree. UF ELI offers intensive English programs that prepare students for using English in the real world. With more than 60 years of experience teaching English to international students at the University of Florida, faculty and staff are committed to excellence in providing quality service and education.

2+2 Program

Santa Fe College is an excellent choice for students who want to earn their A.A. degree at SF and then transfer to a Florida public college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree. SF offers small class sizes, lower cost of tuition than universities, and guaranteed transfer to bachelor programs at Florida public colleges and universities.

Santa Fe College maintains several direct articulation agreements with:

  • University of Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • Florida A&M University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of West Florida
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • New College of Florida

Student Ambassador Program

Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for dedicated students who provide campus tours, represent SF and have responsibilities at various SF campus and community events.

What are the benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador?

  • Receive a full, in-state tuition scholarship covering six (6) credits in the Summer and twelve (12) credits each in the Fall and Spring
  • Develop a wide range of transferable skills
  • Gain leadership skills that will help build their resume, university and scholarship applications
  • Earn letters of recommendation, connect and serve their campus

Honors Program

The SF Honors Program is dedicated to academic excellence and extracurricular enrichment among highly motivated, high-potential, creative students who represent the full diversity of SF.

What does The Honors Program offer?

  • Santa Fe College and university transfer scholarships
  • Smaller classes
  • Engaging learning environment
  • Personalized academic advising
  • Early registration for all your Santa Fe College courses
  • Opportunities to prepare for transfer, graduate and professional school and early workshop success
  • Accolades at graduation
  • Honors program graduates enroll at the colleges and universities of their choice, including the University of Florida Honors Certificate graduates, on average, earn better GPAs after transfer than their non-honors classmates

The Diplomat Program

The Diplomat Program is a leadership opportunity based out of the SF International Center and is open only to international students in F-1 status. Each year, International Student Services hires two Diplomats to work part-time in the department, develop promotional materials, help manage ISS social media efforts, and assist in the preparation of events such as the New International Student Orientation program and the International Center Workshop Series.

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