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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: What is the scholarship deadline?

A: To be considered for an Admissions Scholarship, all you have to do is apply for admission by the scholarship priority deadline. No additional applications are required! If you do so, then you will automatically be reviewed for our Admissions Scholarships. If you apply after that, you may be reviewed on a funds available basis.

Q: How do I pay my application fee?

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

Q: Can you waive my application fee?

A: We can waive your admissions application fee based on the receipt of an original ACT or SAT Request for Deferral/Waiver of College Admission Application Fee Waiver Form. Typically, you may secure this via your high school guidance counselor, who will send it to USF on your behalf. USF does not provide these forms.

If you do not have an original ACT or SAT Request for Deferral/Waiver of College Admission Application Fee Waiver Form, unfortunately we will not be able to waive the application fee at this time; in this situation you will need to submit the US$30 application fee prior to receiving an admissions decision.

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 and deposit.

Q: Can I email my test scores?

A: Official exam results for SAT, ACT, and TOEFL must be received directly from the testing service to be utilized to render an official admissions decision and for scholarship consideration. Please request that your official results for SAT or ACT, including writing, and, if necessary, TOEFL be sent to USF.

IELTS score reports may be emailed to us at international@usf.edu or sent via postal mail to our address listed below for verification.

Q: How should I send my transcripts?

A: Please send records from all secondary and 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 digital copies of these secondary and post-secondary school records e-mailed directly from your school to international@usf.edu in order to expedite the review process for your application. You can also have your school 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: Do I need to send my transcripts through a foreign translation/evaluation service?

A: The University of South Florida does not require credential evaluations for secondary school credentials. Documents that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal English translation provided by a certified translation service.

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.

Please note that once a decision is made on your application, you will be notified on your OASIS account, and it will be followed by a congratulations e-mail with a pdf copy of your admissions letter. Please continue to consult your OASIS account to track your application status.