Application Requirements

GPA & Test Requirements

GPA Requirements

Competition for space in the freshman class is rigorous. High school GPAs for the middle 50 percent of freshman admitted in Fall 2015 were between 3.81-4.40.

For determining admissibility to USF, we will recalculate your high school GPA based on grades earned in high school only in core academic subject areas, as well as specified AP and IB fine and performing arts courses. USF will add the quality points outlined below for approved AP, IB, AICE, Honors and Dual Enrollment courses provided you earn a "C" or better. 

Course Type Quality Point
Advanced Placement 1.0
International Baccalaureate 1.0
Dual Enrollment 1.0
AICE 1.0
Honors 0.5        

Taking weighted courses can have a positive impact on your recalculated GPA as long as you are reasonably successful in these advanced-level courses.

Test Score Requirements

USF requires freshman applicants to submit official results of at least one college entrance exam (SAT or ACT). SAT Subject Tests are not considered for admission or placement. USF's code for SAT is 5828 and for ACT is 0761.

At USF, we consider your highest section scores across all SAT and ACT test dates that you submit. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest scores. Each time you submit scores to USF, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT or ACT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT or ACT can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.

In Fall 2015, SAT and ACT scores for admitted freshman were:

SAT(2-part): 1150 - 1300 
SAT(3-part): 1690 - 1910
ACT: 26 - 30

For students applying for the Spring 2017 or later:

The Redesigned SAT was launched by the College Board in March 2016. USF will accept both the Original (Pre-March 2016) SAT and the Redesigned (March 2016 and later) SAT for admission for the Spring 2017 semester and later. We will not superscore the Original SAT with the Redesigned SAT, but will superscore multiple administrations of the Original SAT and multiple administrations of the Redesigned SAT.

Beginning in Spring 2017, USF will not require the writing section of any standardized test and will not consider a writing score in the admission or scholarship review process.

For more information on the Redesigned SAT, visit the College Board website.

Testing Recommendations

Because the SAT and ACT measure college readiness through different means and formats, we strongly encourage you to take each exam once during the spring of your junior year in high school. You are likely to prefer (and even to perform better) on one test over the other, which would allow you to focus on that test during the fall of your senior year. Except in rare cases, you should not take either test more than three times, as significant improvements on performance are unlikely at that point.