Undergraduate

Freshman Requirements & Deadlines

Admission to USF is more competitive than ever, but the process of applying is not difficult. Each applicant is considered individually, taking into account grades, rigor of curriculum and standardized test scores. Learn more about how to apply, application deadlines and admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

International applicants living outside the U.S. may apply up to one year prior to the desired term of entry. Additional time is usually required for submission of academic documents, evaluation, and immigration related matters.

Desired Term of Entry      

Application Deadline

Term Start Date

Spring 2018

October 1, 2017

January 8, 2018

Fall 2018

June 1, 2018

August 21, 2018

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application
2. Pay the non-refundable US $30 application fee
3. Send original or certified copies of academic transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, diplomas or certificates, national standardized examination results, or other academic course work to USF 

  • Include a certified English translation for all documents not written in English. If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend using the American Translators Association to find a certified translator.
  • We can accept digital copies of these secondary and post-secondary school records e-mailed directly from an appropriate official at your school to international@usf.edu. Alternatively, mail your transcripts via post to:

University of South Florida
Office of International Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, BEH 236
Tampa, FL 33620
United States

4. Send official SAT or ACT scores to USF

5. Send official IELTS, TOEFL or PTEA scores to USF (only required for students from non-English speaking countries).

6. Send a financial statement that shows funding support based on the estimated cost of attendance for one academic year or two semesters (only required if an F-1 or J-1 visa is required).

Academic Credentials Requirements

If you completed secondary education in any country outside the US, USF requires that you submit the appropriate documents that are the equivalent of graduation from high school in the US. As a general rule, completion of secondary education will consist of 12-13 years of study and the awarding of a diploma or graduation certificate. Please include academic transcripts and exam results of all secondary work.

International Baccalaureate Students

Students in the IB diploma program may qualify for conditional admission and an initial scholarship offer to USF based on their predicted IB results. USF will take into consideration the anticipated grades in both individual subjects and additional points for the extended essay and TOK. Prior to enrolling, the final official IB results must be submitted directly from
International Baccalaureate to confirm admission and eligibility for a scholarship.

Please use this form to indicate your predicted scores. The form must be completed by each professor and confirmed by a secondary school official. 

Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

Students graduating secondary school with the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) will be evaluated for admission based upon the final BGCSE results and official SAT or ACT scores. USF will take into consideration the anticipated scores to make a conditional decision on admission and scholarships.

Prior to enrolling, the final official BGCSE results must be submitted directly by the Ministry of Education to confirm admission and eligibility for a scholarship. We understand that in most cases, final BGCSE results will not be available until June of the year you hope to enroll. For this reason, we are able to make a conditional decision on admission based on your predicted scores.

Please use this form to indicate your predicted scores. The form must be completed by each professor and confirmed by a secondary school official. 

SAT/ACT Requirements

USF requires freshman applicants to submit official results of at least one college entrance exam (SAT or ACT). USF does not currently require or consider the optional Essay section of the SAT or the ACT for the admission or scholarship review processes. Likewise, SAT Subject Tests are not considered for admission or placement. USF's code for SAT is 5828 and for ACT is 0761.

In Fall 2017, SAT and ACT scores for admitted freshman were:

SAT: 1220-1350
ACT: 27-30 

Superscoring


USF considers your highest submitted section scores across all SAT and ACT test dates. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest cumulative scores. Each time you submit test 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. 

Concordance and the Redesigned SAT


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. For admission and scholarship purposes we will concord any Original SAT scores to the Redesigned SAT scale; we will also superscore all administrations of the SAT. If you took the Original SAT and want to understand how your scores will concord to the new scale, please refer to the SAT Score Converter. 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.

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test) or 550 (written test) or PTEA score of 53. If you are from one of the English speaking countries listed below, you are not required to submit TOEFLIELTS or PTEA scores.

NOTE: Positive results on the SAT (480+ on Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) or ACT (English 17+ and Reading 19+) may be used to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA requirement. 

Please note that meeting the minimum scores to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA requirement does not guarantee admission to the University of South Florida.

Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement should contact INTO University of South Florida for information on its Academic English program for international students.

INTO University of South Florida also offers Undergraduate Pathways programs for international applicants. 

English Speaking Countries

  • Antigua
  • Australia 
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Belize 
  • Bermuda 
  • Canada except Quebec (French) 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Commonwealth Caribbean, Including Belize
  • Guyana 
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa (when English is the first language)
  • Kitts & Nevis
  • Lucia
  • Vincent & Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Kingdom

NOTE: To receive priority consideration for admission scholarships for fall 2018, you must apply by March 1, 2018.