- What happens if I don’t meet Heavener School of Business tracking requirements?
If you don’t meet the tracking requirements for business majors, you will either be declared or predicted to be “off track” and will receive a hold on your student record that prevents you from registering for the next semester. You can be deemed off track if you do not complete the required number of tracking courses or earn the required tracking GPA, or both. You will also be declared “off track” if your UF GPA is below a 2.0 or if you do not complete your eighth, major-specific tracking course by the end of the fifth term. For a complete explanation of how the Universal Tracking system works, watch our tracking videos.
- What happens if I’m declared “off track?”
If you are off track, you will receive a tracking hold that prevents you from registering for the next semester. To have the hold removed, you must meet with an academic advisor in 333 Heavener Hall to discuss the grades and/or courses you need to get back on track. If you are off track for the first time, the advisor will remove your hold. If you are off track for the second time in a row, or predicted off track for the second time, your hold will not be lifted until your successfully complete all of your business tracking requirements. If you are unable to successfully complete your tracking courses, you must change your major to a non-business major.
- What's the difference between “off track” vs. “predicted off track?”
At the end of each tracking semester (terms 1-5), the Universal Tracking monitor checks to see if you earned the required tracking GPA and took the required number of tracking courses for your particular tracking term. If you did not meet both course and grade requirements for that term, you will be declared off track. The Universal Tracking monitor checks your record again at the beginning of each tracking term to verify that you are registered for the appropriate number of tracking courses and if you have the required tracking GPA for your tracking term. If you are not registered for the appropriate courses or if your GPA is below what is required for your tracking term, you will be “predicted off track.” In both cases, you will receive a registration hold.
- How many times can I be declared “off track?”
If you are off track (and/or predicted off track) two semesters in a row and you are not back on track by the end of the second semester, you will be required to change your major to a non-business major. Students who are declared off track for the second time at the end of spring (only), have until the end of summer to get back on track. If they are not back on track by the end of summer, they must change to a non-business major. Tracking is not cumulative—if you are off track or predicted off track, get back on track, and then are off track (or predicted off track) again, you will only be considered to be off track for the first time.
It is possible to petition for a tracking extension if you can document an extenuating circumstance that was beyond your control (i.e. personal injury or illness, a natural disaster, death in the family). See an advisor in 333 Heavener Hall for more information.
- Can I take tracking courses at another university or community or state college?
UF students are strongly encouraged to complete their tracking courses at UF; however, you are able to take tracking courses at other schools. The grades you earn for tracking courses at other schools will be used to calculate your tracking GPA, although they will not factor in to your UF GPA.
- Can I re-take a tracking course to boost my tracking GPA?
You cannot re-take a tracking course to boost your tracking GPA if you have already earned a C or better in the course. If you earned a C- or below, or if you earned credit for the course via AP/IB/AICE, you can re-take the course. If you choose this option, both your original grade and your new grade will factor in to your tracking GPA—the lower grade will not disappear, because UF does not offer grade forgiveness. If you re-take a tracking course you earned credit for via AP/IB/AICE, you will not earn additional credit for the course, but the letter grade you earn will replace the “P” (Passing) grade you earned via AP/IB/AICE.
- If I took a tracking course via dual enrollment in high school, will that course count toward my tracking requirements?
Yes. Tracking course(s) taken via dual enrollment (in Florida, and possibly out-of-state) will fulfill business tracking requirements and the grades you earned in these courses will factor in to your tracking GPA (but not your UF GPA). Reminder: You cannot re-take a tracking course to boost your tracking GPA (whether it was taken at UF or not) if you have earned a C or better in the course.