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Office Hours

Academic Advisement Center
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Study Hall
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

(summer hours may vary)

Academic counselors are assigned in the Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence by sport. Counselors will assist student-athletes in such areas as class advisement, tutoring, mentoring, career development and selected petition processes.

Also, counselors are a resource tool for students in such problematic areas as test anxiety, personal counseling and time management.

Until student-athletes are accepted into the college of their selected major, and Hawkins Center counselor guides students through class selection and registration.

Once students are in upper division student (accepted in a college) then class selection and registration is a combined effort between the college advisor and the Hawkins Center counselor.

This double-team effort will assist students until graduation is completed. The partnership between the college advisor and the Hawkins Center academic counselors have resulted in a degree plan that allows a number of student athletes to earn the bachelors degrees in 3.5 years and compete in their final year of athletics eligibility as graduate students

Degree Plan

  Summer Fall Spring Summer Total
* Most degrees require 120 credit hours to graduate

Academic Support

  • Structured Study Hall
    • 8 Hours per Week
    • Structured daily schedules
    • Individual & Group Sessions
    • Test Reviews
    • Day and Evening availability
    • Unlimited resources
  • Communication with Coaches
    • Daily updates for class attendance
    • Weekly meeting


Academic mentors are upper division or graduate students employed by the Otis Hawkins Center to assist student-athletes in their transition from high school or community college to UF. Academic mentors meet weekly with their assigned student-athletes to monitor their plan of action for the semester. Calendars, assignment trackers, academic notebooks and time management strategies are utilized to plan a student-athlete’s academic responsibilities. Student-athelets are also introduced to the various programs and resources in the campus and surrounding community.

New Student Orientation

The Otis Hawkins Center’s new student orientation program is held the week prior to the start of Summer B, Spring and Fall terms. Attendance is mandatory for all new freshmen and transfer students. Orientation is a week long program that covers a variety of topics including: study skills, time management, university regulations, NCAA rules, the Life Skills program, diversity and sexual responsibility.

Students meet with the Hawkins Center staff, get settled in their residence halls, and work with UF’s Sports Health staff to complete all UF and Athletic Association medical requirements.

Parents are welcome for the first two days of orientation and are encouraged to attend the Parent Session.

Special Assistance

Academic Special Assistance

The Hawkins Center has developed a comprehensive program of policies and procedures to assist student-athletes who are identified as being academically at-risk at the University of Florida. All at-risk students are required to meet with their Hawkins Center counselor to analyze the circumstances that lead to their at-risk status and to develop a game plan or prescription to get back on track academically.

Learning Disability Program

The University Athletic Association (UAA) operates a comprehensive program that provides services for student-athletes with disabilities.

During the recruiting process and orientation, the Hawkins Center gathers information on any student-athlete previously diagnosed with a learning disability or attention deficit disorder. These students are automatically referred to the Learning Specialist assigned by the Disability Resource Center to the UAA. All other incoming students are given a basic academic screening exam in order to start the process of developing an individual learning profile.

Upon completion of the initial screening, the Learning Specialists determine if the student-athlete is to be referred for a complete educational evaluation. Feedback sessions can be attended by the student-athlete, the Learning Specialist, the student-athlete’s academic counselor, and if requested the student-athlete’s coach, to discuss the results and determine a plan for appropriate accommodations.

To receive the appropriate classroom accommodations, the student-athlete is required to register with the University of Florida’s Disability Resource Center. In addition, the Learning Specialist will contact and schedule appointments with the appropriate professionals if further services, (medication, personal counseling, etc.) are warranted.

Finally, the student-athlete is matched with a personal strategy tutor trained in methods for instructing and remediating students with disabilities. The Learning Specialists monitor the tutoring relationship and works as a liaison between the tutor and the student-athlete’s academic counselor. These services are continued until all academic weaknesses are strengthened, areas of strength are fully utilized, and the student functions as an independent learner.

Personal Counseling and Assistance

The Hawkins Center provides personal assistance to student-athletes via a network of professionals, the Student-Athlete Assistance Program (SAAP), within the Department of Athletics, the University Counseling Center, the Student Mental Health Center, Shands Medical Center; Shands Psychology Clinic, the Division of Student Affairs, and the professionals in private practice in the Gainesville community.

Study Hall

Study hall is conducted in the Rex Farrior Academic Center and is an integral part of the support system.

Study hall not only functions as a supervised study time, but also serves as a way to help students organize their time more efficiently. Study hall is a positive experience aimed at helping students become academically successful at UF.

Study hall is open to all student-athletes, however different criteria has been established to determine if a student is required to attend study hall.


Content Tutoring Program

Tutors are provided for all student-athletes at the University of Florida.

Tutoring may be done in an individual or group setting. Tutoring must be done on the second or third floor of the Hawkins Center unless other arrangements are made with Kelly Bradley, the tutorial coordinator.

Each semester, the Hawkins Center offers a math lab, English lab, chemistry lab, physiology lab and statistics lab, based on need.

These labs are open for questions with homework or questions on exam material.

Strategy Tutoring Program

The purpose of the program is to establish an individual learning profile for student-athletes in order to provide the best possible learning environment for the individual.

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