Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently-Asked Questions About the Bachelor of General Studies

I previously attended USF. Do I have to reapply to undergraduate admissions?
If you have not been enrolled for three or more consecutive semesters (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer) you must submit a new undergraduate admissions application.

I submitted my admissions application but have decided not to attend this semester. What do I do?
You need to submit an application update form to Undergraduate Admissions. For questions about your admissions application, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at 813-974-3350.

How do I check my undergraduate admissions application status?
You can check your application status at the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Can I start/complete courses at any time?
No. Courses are scheduled on the traditional semester time frame (approximately 16-week sessions). They start in January (Spring), June (Summer) and August (Fall).

I'm unsure which major I want to pursue. Should I just select the BGS?
We recommend that students who are unsure of which major to pursue select undecided/undeclared and review their options before choosing which academic path will help them meet their goals.

I was academically dismissed and need to submit an ARC petition for readmission. Can the BGS supply me with an academic plan?
No. As the BGS is a limited access program, we cannot guarantee admission for any student and so encourage students who need to submit an ARC petition to get an academic plan from the major that you would pursue if you were not admitted to the BGS program.

Am I required to attend an orientation?
All students who have never attended USF are required to attend an orientation. For more information about orientation sessions, contact the Office of Orientation at 813-974-3060. There is a time during the afternoon of the orientation session for academic advising. For more information about advising, please contact Carol Harneit at 813-974-7277 or

Can you let me know how many credit hours will be accepted by USF before I apply?
Undergraduate Admissions is the office that makes all decisions about which credit hours will be accepted. For more information about your previous credit hours, which ones and how many will be accepted by USF, please contact Chris Maltezos, Transfer Admissions Advisor, at 813-974-5597.

Do I have to be a student at the Tampa campus to be in the BGS program?
Yes. The BGS program is a Tampa campus program and all students must apply and be accepted to the Tampa campus.

I live closer to one of the satellite campuses (i.e. Sarasota, St. Petersburg). Can I be a Tampa campus student, but take courses at the campus closer to me?
Currently the campuses are going through an individual accreditation process, making each campus like its own institution. For this reason students cannot be a student at one campus but take courses on a different campus. Speak with your academic advisor for more information about your course options.

Does USF offer credit for life experience?
USF does not offer credit for life experience. However, if you feel that you have gained knowledge in a certain subject area, but have not taken a course for credit in that area, you can test for credit. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is offered through Testing Services. For more information, contact Testing Services at 813-974-2742 or

I missed the deadline to apply to the BGS. What do I do?
Students who have been accepted to USF but have missed the BGS application deadline should submit their BGS application as soon as possible. As an accepted USF student you can still take classes for your intended term of entry, even before you are accepted to the BGS program. For more information about courses, please contact Carol Harneit at 813-974-7277 or

Does the BGS allow me to complete a degree with only the credit hours I have already accumulated?
While the BGS is designed to help students complete their degree faster, every student is required to complete a concentration, the Foundations of Knowledge and Learning and exit requirements. For a full break down of the BGS degree, view the requirements page.

Who can I call to talk with someone before I apply to USF about what credit hours will be accepted, etc.?
Before you apply to USF, Undergraduate Admissions' Transfer Admissions Advisors are the best people to speak with about your previous coursework and the application process. You can contact a Transfer Admissions Advisor at 813-974-5597.


Frequently Asked Questions About the Osher Re-Entry Scholarship

How much funding do Osher Re-Entry Scholars receive?
Each grant recipient receives an award based upon the number of credit hours they have left until graduation and the number of credits they are taking each semester.

Osher Award Amount

When do scholars receive their award?
Osher Scholars currently receive their award after the semester starts but before the deferment period ends, which is approximately halfway through the semester.

Do students have to reapply every semester?
No, but students do have to apply annually.

Does the scholarship cover summer coursework?
The Osher Re-Entry Scholarship currently does not cover summer coursework.

Is there a financial need requirement?
Yes. Financial eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. For more information on your financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Can the scholarship be used for graduate level coursework?
No. The Osher Re-Entry Scholarship is designed to help students complete their first baccalaureate degree and does not cover graduate level classes.

Do I need to be a full-time (12 credit hours) student to qualify for the scholarship?
No, however financial aid requires that students be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours to be eligible for financial aid.

Are there other scholarships and/or financial aid options available to me?
You can search for other USF scholarships in the USF Scholarship Search.