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Applicant Questions

If you are stuck on the application or have questions about admissions requirements, don't worry, you're not alone. We have compiled a list of FAQs that are related to the USF application and admissions process. If you still cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us at international@usf.edu or +1 813-974-8884.

Q: How do I pay my application fee?

A: You can submit payment in one of the following ways:

Q: What is a NetID?

A: The NetID is your user ID at the University. Your NetID is your key to USF applications. It is also the name portion of your email address that you will have as a future student at USF. With its associated password, the NetID allows you access to a variety of online services offered at the entire University system; you will initially be using your NetID to view your application status online as well as to make your admission application payment.

Q: How do I submit my GRE results?

A: All applicants to programs requiring the GRE* must submit GRE test scores earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry. Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the Educational Testing Service, but applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from ETS are received. The institution code for USF is 5828 and applies to all tests administered by ETS.

*In special cases, the GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of individual graduate programs. Please contact your program of interest directly for additional information.

Q: How should I send my transcripts?

A: Please send records from all post-secondary schools attended, showing subjects taken and grades received as well as any national or government certificates earned. Please contact our office if you need clarification on what we need. We can accept uploaded digital copies of these post-secondary school records to your online application in order to expedite the review process for your application. You can also have your institutions mail us your transcripts via post to the following address:

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

It is important to note that any paper transcripts must remain sealed; otherwise, it will be deemed unofficial and not eligible for use in determining an admissions decision or scholarship consideration.

Q: Can you waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement?

A: The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

Q: What is the typical amount of time to review an application?

A: Unfortunately it is difficult to determine when a student will receive their decision. Each application is unique and, as a result, has its own processing time. Our admissions process is rolling in the sense that a student will receive a decision once the decision is made. Our typical evaluation period for an application is 4-8 weeks once all admissions materials have been received; however, it is not uncommon to experience a longer evaluation time period.

To view the status of your application, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Admissions Status page.