Requirements & Deadlines

ACT/SAT

USF requires freshman 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.

SAT ACT
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 500+ Reading 19+
Math 500+ Math 19+
    English 17+

In Fall 2016, SAT and ACT scores for admitted freshman were:

SAT1190 - 1320*
ACT: 27 - 31
*range based on the new SAT Scale that debuted in March 2016

Superscoring
The University of South Florida 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.