Undergraduate

Transfer Requirements & Deadlines

Admission to USF is more competitive than ever, but the process of applying is not difficult. Learn more about transfer admission requirements, application deadlines and how to apply.

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. I-20 issuance for obtaining a student visa must be completed at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. 


Desired Term of Entry Application Deadline Term Start Date
Spring  October 15 January 8, 2018
Fall  June 1 August 21, 2018

NOTE: to receive priority consideration for admissions scholarships for the Fall term, you must apply by March 1st. 

Lower-Level Transfers: Application Requirements

If you have graduated from secondary school and earned 12 to 59 transferrable credits, USF considers you a lower-level transfer applicant.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67 percent of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. In addition, you must meet the Florida Board of Governors minimums. A 2.50 transfer or postsecondary transferrable GPA (3.20 for nursing) is required.

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application
2. Pay the non-refundable US $30 application fee 
3. Send original or certified copies of secondary transcripts/academic records and all post-secondary transcripts/academic records.

  • 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 only accept secure transcripts of secondary and post-secondary school records, mail transcripts in a sealed envelope via post to: 

University of South Florida
Office of International Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
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).

Submit 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).

Submit copies of immigration documents, if currently in the U.S. on a temporary visa (for example, H-4, L-2, E-2)

Upper Level Transfers: Application Requirements

If you have graduated from high school and obtained 60+ transferrable credits USF considers you an upper-level transfer student.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67 percent of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. A minimum transferrable GPA of 2.30 is required (except applicants with an AA degree from a Florida College System institution and a minimum transferrable GPA of 2.00). 

The following majors are selective admissions programs. This means upper-level transfer applicants must meet the stated GPA minimums to be admitted.

Programs of Study Minimum GPA Required
Architecture 3.0
Business 2.75*
Education 2.50
Mass Communications 2.75
Nursing (60+ credits) 3.20**
Social Work 2.75

*Students with a GPA of 2.5-2.74 are reviewed on a case by case basis
**2.50 for applicants with an A.S. in Nursing degree from the Florida College System.

Additional Requirements for the College of Engineering

Transfer students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of C or better (no C-) in each course (maximum two {2} attempts allowed to earn required grade and a withdrawal is considered an attempt):

  • Calculus I (MAC X281 or MAC X311 or equivalent)
  • Calculus II (MAC X282 or MAC X312 or equivalent), and
  • Calculus-based Physics I plus lab (PHY X048L or PHY X045L)

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application2. Pay the non-refundable US$30 application fee
3. Send original or certified copies of all post-secondary transcripts/academic records.

  • 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 in a sealed envelope 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 IELTS, TOEFL or PTEA scores to USF (only required for students from non-English speaking countries).

5. Submit 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).

6. Submit copies of immigration documents, if currently in the U.S. on a temporary visa (for example, H-4, L-2, E-2)

Academic Credentials Requirements

Post-Secondary Credentials

USF requires that you submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended. For institutions attended overseas, we do not require a foreign credential evaluation. We do, however, require that any transcripts that are not originally provided in English be accompanied by a literal English translation.

Please note that USF does not guarantee that all coursework attempted at the post-secondary level will be transferable. Transferability of courses is determined on a course-by-course basis.

Secondary Credentials (Required for Lower-Level Transfer Applicants only)

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. If you earned an IB diploma or certificate, you will need to submit an official International Baccalaureate transcript directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization.

SAT/ACT Requirements

USF requires Lower Level Transfer Applicants to submit official results of at least one college entrance exam (SAT or ACT), including essay. SAT Subject Tests are not considered for admission or placement. USF's code for SAT is 5828 and for ACT is 0761.

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.

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: Successful completion with a grade of "C" or higher in the equivalents of ENC 1101 Freshman Composition Skills I, as outlined on the Florida Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System, at a U.S. regionally accredited institution can be used to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA requirement. These course equivalencies are at the discretion of 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