Grit Pathway

The UWF Grit Pathway is for first-year students who demonstrate potential for success in college, but who the university feels would benefit from transitional support in order to maximize their achievement at UWF.


Program Timeline

  • Participants are offered the Grit Pathway for Fall 2021 by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 
  • Participants will attend a Grit Pathway breakout session during New Student Orientation to meet other participants, learn more about the program, and discuss questions with the Grit Pathway team. 
  • Grit Pathway students will enroll in up to 11 credit hours during the fall semester, including the 1 credit hour Foundations for Academic Success Seminar. In addition, Grit Pathway students will have access to Grit Success Coaching, Academic Success workshops, updates and communication about UWF opportunities, a Fall kick-off banquet and an end of the semester celebration.
  • Grit Pathway participants are able to enroll as full-time students for the Spring 2022 semester.

Grit Pathway Requirements

  • Enroll in a maximum of 11 credit hours for the Fall 2021 semester. 
  • Enroll in and complete the Foundations for Academic Success Seminar (SLS 1109) for the Fall 2021 semester. *See information about exemptions from this requirement below.
  • Participate in New Student Orientation and attend the Grit Pathway breakout session. Students should register for New Student Orientation by June 15, 2021 or within 2 business days after submission of the Grit Acknowledgement form.

Benefits

The Grit Pathway features and requirements are designed specifically to help students start strong and set themselves up for long-term college success. Grit students will be among the most informed students on campus, and Grit Pathway team members are here to support them throughout their first year at UWF. Grit Pathway students will also have opportunities to earn campus life perks, UWF merch, and more.

 

Confirmation Process

By submitting the Grit Acknowledgement Form, you confirm your acceptance to the Grit Pathway and acknowledge the requirements as described above. The Grit Pathway has a limited number of seats, so students should reserve their spots as soon as possible. Students who submit their Grit Acknowledgement Form by May 1, 2021 will be guaranteed a place in the program. After this deadline, space in the program is not guaranteed. Grit Pathway enrollment will end when the program reaches capacity or by July 30, 2021. Please complete all fields and allow 3 to 5 business days to process your acknowledgment form. Once received, your formal intent to enroll will then be reflected in your  MyUWF portal.

Grit Acknowledgment Form

 

Points of Contact

Questions about the admission process or steps to enrolling:
Ethan Henley
ehenley@uwf.edu


Questions about the Grit Pathway activities, support resources, etc.
Shelby Robinett
srobinett@uwf.edu


General FAQs

Why was this my admissions decision?
Students offered admissions to the Grit Pathway have demonstrated potential success in college, but overall GPA and ACT/SAT test scores suggest they most benefit from transitional support to maximize their achievements at the University of West Florida. 

Do I have to participate in the Grit Pathway?
For students offered admission via the Grit Pathway, the program is required to enroll at UWF for the fall semester.

Are students able to submit new academic information and be admitted without the Grit Pathway requirement?
Students can submit new ACT/SAT test scores or transcripts and be reviewed by the Admissions Decisions Committee for an updated Admissions Decision. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions regarding any new academic information. The deadline for reconsideration is July 1, 2021. After this date, the original offer of admission will stand.

What is a student’s option if they decide not to enroll in the Grit Pathway?
Students who decide not to attend the GRIT Pathway Program can be considered for an admission deferral to Spring 2022.

How long do students have to confirm/reserve a spot in the Grit Pathway?
The Grit Pathway has a limited number of seats, so students should reserve their spots as soon as possible. Students who submit their Grit Acknowledgement Form by May 1, 2021 will be guaranteed a place in the program. After this deadline, space in the program is not guaranteed. Grit Pathway enrollment will end when the program reaches capacity or by July 30, 2021.

How do students confirm/reserve a spot in the Grit Pathway?
Students can access their MyUWF account and search Grit Acknowledgment Form. From there, they will be able to complete and submit the acknowledgment form to complete their intent to enroll and agree to the required terms and conditions of the program. 

When is Orientation for Grit Pathway students? Is there a specific session for Grit Pathway students?
Students admitted into the Grit Pathway will select from any open freshmen orientation session during the summer. Registration can be found in the Next Steps checklist in their MyUWF account.

 

Academic Details FAQs

What courses will I be taking?
In addition to the Foundations for Academic Success Seminar, students will be registered for courses that will apply to their desired degree program. Students will meet with their First Year Advisor during new student orientation in the summer to register for courses. 

Are students limited to a maximum of 11 credit hours beyond Fall?
Students will be free to register as full-time students beginning in the Spring semester.

Financial Aid and Bill Payment FAQs

Can Grit Pathway students receive financial aid?
GRIT students can receive financial aid in order to help them cover the costs of the program. Students must complete the 2021/2022 FAFSA to receive aid in the 2021/2022 academic year. 

 

What if the Foundations for Academic Success seminar does not fall on a student’s degree plan and is not covered by certain forms of financial aid?
In very limited cases, some degree programs may not allow for outside electives such as the Academic Foundations for Success course. Some forms of financial aid may not cover this course if it falls outside of a degree plan. Since this course provides the foundation of the Grit Pathway and offers a variety of unique and exceptional benefits, students are encouraged to make the necessary financial arrangements to ensure the cost of the course is covered. In some rare cases, the Foundations for Academic Success Seminar requirement may be waived. Please see the information provided below.

Students are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA, as some forms of aid can be used to cover this cost.

 

When do students participating in the Grit Pathway pay the bill for the semester?
All fees for Fall 2021 will be due no later than August 13, 2021.

Military and Veterans FAQs

Can I use my VA benefits while in the Grit program?
Degree-seeking students are eiligible to use VA benefits. For certification information, please contact the at mvrc@uwf.edu or 850.474.2550.

 

How will the 11 credit hour maximum requirement affect my VA stipend?
The 11 credit hour maximum will place your VA Certification at 3/4 time for your living stipend and use 3/4 time of a month.
The following spring semester, when enrolling in 12 credit hours, term 1 (NOTE: credit requirements change with terms and semester), your VA Certification will be full-time for your living stipend and use one month of benefits.

 

Are Grit Pathway students required to stay on campus?
No. However, living on campus is highly encouraged for all first year students. Previous Grit Pathway participants have elected to join one of the Living Learning Communities when choosing to live on campus. Joining a community comes at no additional cost and gives students a chance to engage in a high impact practice within their first year at UWF. 

 

Are Grit Pathway students required to have a meal plan?
If a student lives on campus their first year, a meal plan is required. If a student is not living on campus, a meal plan is optional.

Housing and Meal Plans FAQs

Are Grit Pathway Program students required to stay on campus?

No. However, living on campus is highly encouraged for all first year students. Previous Grit Pathway participants have elected to join one of the Living Learning Communities when choosing to live on campus, particularly our ArgoFirst Community. Joining a community comes at no additional cost and gives students a chance to engage in a high-impact practice within their first year at UWF.

Are Grit Pathway Program students required to have a meal plan?

If a student lives on campus their first year, a meal plan is required. If a student is not living on campus, a meal plan is optional.