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INTO Student Questions

Progression is an exciting and busy time. You are in your final semester of your Pathway program and you probably have many questions about how Progression will work. We have put together a list of our most commonly asked questions about the Progression process for you. If you still cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us at international@usf.edu or +1 813-974-8884.

Q: Will I progress to a degree program at USF?

A: Yes. INTO USF students are guaranteed to progress into a USF degree program upon successful completion of a Pathway.

Q: What are the Progression Requirements?

A: You can discuss the requirements with your INTO Academic Advisor, but the basic requirements are as follows:

Q: What do I need to do to be cleared to register for Orientation?

A: Students are cleared for Orientation registration around mid-term of their final Pathway semester. In order to be cleared for Orientation you will need to do the following:

You cannot be cleared for Orientation registration until you have completed all of the above requirements.

Q: When do I submit my official documents?

A: Students must submit official, original and final academic credentials (i.e. transcripts, diplomas, graduation certificates, exam results) at INTO Orientation or in advance of arrival, as part of satisfying USF's Admissions Requirements. Academic Credentials submitted to an education counsellor during the application process are expected to be mailed to INTO USF as part of the admissions process. When this does not happen, official documents are required at Orientation during the Credential Evaluations session and then reviewed by a credential evaluator. Students are notified via their USF e-mail if they receive clearance or if there are any pending issues needed to be resolved.

Q: How do I know if my documents are considered official versus unofficial?

A: Academic documents are considered official or original when they have been issued by an educational authority and official signatures and seals are provided. Credentials issued by the school or ministry of education must be submitted to INTO USF in a sealed and unopened condition and within the originally issued envelope, unless forwarded to INTO USF from the approved education counsellor. Academic Credentials are required in original language and documents not in English must include certified translations.

Q: Which academic credentials may be returned to me?

A: Official and unofficial transcripts are not returned to students, including any certified English translations and exam results. After the evaluators have finalized a review of the credentials, students are notified by e-mail when their Graduation Certificate or Diploma is available for pick-up.

Q: What happens if I do not submit official and original final academic documents to USF?

A: You will have an Academic Credentials Hold placed on their account, blocking registration. This hold also will prevent admission as a degree-seeking student upon completion of the Pathway program. Undergraduate Pathway students must submit all official high school/secondary final transcripts including any college coursework.

Q: I have been cleared for Orientation. When will I receive my admission letter?

A: While you have been cleared to attend Orientation and to register for your next term's courses, you will typically not receive your admissions letters until after you have completed your current term and all of the grades are posted and visible in OASIS.

Q: Can I earn university credit for my exam scores?

A: USF allows students to receive up to 45 semester hours of credit towards the baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE) and General Certificate of Education (GCE), International Baccalaureate (IB), General and Subject College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE), German Abitur, Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) and Excelsior College examinations. Performance levels necessary to achieve credit have been established and are listed on this site by exam. Credit earned through one examination program may not be duplicated by another examination or course.

Q: As an INTO Progressor, am I eligible for an Admissions Scholarship?

A: Unfortunately INTO Progression students are not eligible for Admissions Scholarships. There are many other different types of scholarships available for which you may qualify. Please see the Financial Aid website to search for other scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.