State and Community College Relations

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I finish my Associate of Arts degree before I transfer?

A student can transfer to USF with or without their Associate of Arts degree. However, there are clear benefits to transferring with the AA degree. Benefits include guaranteed acceptance into USF, a lower GPA requirement (2.0), and automatic completion of all general education coursework, Gordon Rule writing requirements, and summer attendance requirements. In addition, the transfer student with an AA degree is guaranteed that at least 60 credits will transfer in and apply towards their baccalaureate degree.  

Don't I have to wait until all my community college course grades are posted before I begin the transfer process?

No, a student does not have to wait for final grades to be posted before applying for admission. In fact, it is recommended that a transfer student apply to USF two semesters before they intend to enroll. Then you can send us a college transcript as it stands at that time and order a final transcript once all grades and the degree from the Florida college institution posts.

When is the best time to transfer?

The best time to transfer can differ depending on each student. Before making the decision, a student should consult their Florida college institution advisor and a major advisor at USF. In general, the best time for a student to transfer to USF is after their Associate of Arts degree is complete. 

Are there different admission requirements for transfer students?

Yes. If the student is a lower-level applicant (with less than 60 credits) or an upper-level applicant (with 60 or more credits) the requirements for admission will be different. They will also be different for a student transferring with an Associate of Arts degree or without. Please visit the USF Admissions website and click on the tab for transfer students to find out the different admissions requirements. 

How do I apply to USF?

Visit the USF Admissions website, click on the transfer student tab, then click on start application. Remember, it will take 30 minutes to complete the application.

How long does it take to get admitted?

The admissions timeline differs for each student depending on how long it takes to finish the USF application and send in any supporting documents such as transcripts and test scores. 

How will I know if I've been accepted?

You will receive an email first and then a paper acceptance letter will follow around a week later. 

What transcripts do I need to order?

A lower-level transfer applicant with less than 60 credits must submit transcripts from each college or university they attended, their high school transcripts, SAT or ACT test scores, official examination results (AP, CLEP, etc.), and TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable. 

An upper-level transfer applicant with 60 or more credits must submit transcripts from each college or university they attended, official examination results (AP, CLEP, etc.), and TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable. They would also need to order high school transcripts if they completed two years of the same foreign language in high school. 

What does being an accredited institution mean?

Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities.

In a more simplified way, an institution's accreditation will determine if credits from that institution will transfer and be accepted by other institutions. The University of South Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Will my credits transfer?

The first step in determining if a student's credits will transfer is the accreditation of the institution the student is transferring from. In general, USF will accept credits from any regionally accredited institution. Regional accreditation includes the Southern Association of Colleges of Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the Higher Learning Commission.

Once the USF Admissions office determines the accreditation of the institution they will transfer the applicable credits into your USF account. Please keep in mind that credits transferring to USF will not always be the same as credits that apply towards your degree at USF. Sometimes courses need to be review by Colleges and Departments within your major before they can be applied to your degree. 

What if a course is accepted from my previous institution, but it is not fulfilling a requirement on my DegreeWorks?

This could be a situation in which a specific College or Department within USF needs to review the course before it can fulfill a requirement for the degree and populate correctly on DegreeWorks. This can happen frequently with transfer credits from private or out of state colleges/universities. The student will most likely need to submit a syllabus from the course to the appropriate department. While the syllabus is being reviewed, DO NOT take any courses that sound similar to ones taken previously. 

How can I find help paying for college?

Always start by checking with the USF Scholarship and Financial Aid Services department. They will recommend filling out the FAFSA application to determine eligibility based on financial need. Then they will recommend filling out the Scholarship Tracking Application & Review System (STARS) to search for scholarships based on academic merit, extracurricular activities, special talent, and demographics. 

What will happen to my financial aid when I transfer?

Financial aid packages are awarded on a yearly basis for fall, spring, and summer semesters. Each year students need to renew their financial aid by filling out their FAFSA application and reapplying for scholarships when needed. When a student leaves their Florida college institution and transfers to USF they need to make sure to fill out their FAFSA early (ideally by the financial aid priority deadline) and include the USF school code (001537). Doing this ensures that your financial aid information will be sent to USF and evaluated. 

Are scholarships available for transfer students?

Yes. There are many scholarships available to transfer students. USF offers transfer scholarships which can be searched for through the Scholarships Tracking Application & Review System (STARS). USF also houses the Office of National Scholarships with other opportunities for high achieving students. Their website is located here

If a student was a member of Phi Theta Kappa at their two-year Florida college institution, they might be eligible for PTK transfer scholarships. Lastly, there are a host of other scholarships for transfer students that are offered through other private or public entities. Check out USF's Scholarship and Financial Aid Services website for a listing here.

How do I apply for housing?

Living on the USF campus can be a very memorable and rewarding experience! Please visit the housing website for more information. 

How does parking work on campus?

Parking can sometimes be difficult for students if they drive to campus unprepared. Always make sure that before you travel to campus you check the USF parking website for maps on where students can park. Every parking space is labeled for a type of permit (visitor, student, employee, etc.). You are only allowed to park in the appropriate labeled space. Parking is never free!! 

What different majors are offered at USF?

USF offers over 100 different majors! Check out our undergraduate major listing here

What if I'm still unsure of my major?

If a student is unsure about their major they need to visit the career resource center located at their Florida college institution. They should be able to help you explore different careers and the majors that best complement them. There are also a lot of resources available online to help students explore different careers and majors. For example, What Can I Do With This Major is a great resource.

USF also has a plethora of degrees which are very broad in nature and allow a student to explore as widely or narrowly as they like. Our Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences, and Communication degrees could be some friendly options. 

How do I make an appointment with an advisor?

Appointments will differ depending on what major advisor the student wants to meet with. Please reference our Contact Us page to see how to proceed. Most advisors can be reached through our non-USF student eScheduler link.

What do I need to do before registering for classes?

So much! Please visit our Transfer Student Checklist page to stay on track! 

How do I get involved on campus?

This is a great question! Students who are involved on campus succeed better in their classes and enjoy their college experience greatly! New transfer students can get involved by taking advantage of programs offered through New Student Connections such as Week of Welcome and First Fifty Days. After that students can get involved with Student Government, Student Organizations, Leadership and Civic Engagement opportunities, athletics, and much more. Check out this page for more information!