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The Office of Admissions is standing by to help you and answer your admissions questions. Reach out to your assigned recruiter anytime, or contact Admissions by email:

Domestic Undergraduate Students
Email: admissions@usf.edu

International Undergraduate Students
Email: international@usf.edu

Domestic and International Graduate Students
Email: gradadmissions@usf.edu


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) - Updated 8/30/2020

General Admissions Questions

How is USF responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Please visit https://www.usf.edu/coronavirus/index.aspx for the lastest community updates on how USF is responding.

Is the Office of Admissions receiving (and answering) phone calls?

YES, call 813-974-3350

Is the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting the timeline for processing admissions decisions?

The Office of Admissions is currently operational and working at 100% capacity. We continue to review and process applications within our standard processing time

Can I submit unofficial transcripts?

No, please submit official transcripts from either your high school or college via an electronic means offered by the institution or have the institution send a hard copy to:

Office of Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036,
Tampa, FL 33620, USA
813-974-3350

Will my transcript/diploma be considered final if I submit them on my own?

If the transcripts are mailed to USF in a sealed envelope, or received electronically from the university or high school, they are considered official. To the best of our knowledge, all universities and high schools are still processing official transcripts.

Will my exam scores be considered final if I submit them on my own?

Testing companies, including AP, IB, AICE and Cambridge, will send official exam scores to the university.

What if I am unable to get my official final transcripts and/or exam scores before the start of the semester?

To the best of our knowledge, all universities and high schools are still processing official transcripts. Please note that AP, IB, AICE and Cambridge will send official exam scores to the university.

Can students still apply to USF, and is USF extending deadline?

Yes, we are still accepting applications, and we have extended deadlines. Below are our current deadlines:

  • Freshmen (Summer/Fall)
    • Application deadline: April 17, 2020
    • Completion deadline: April 24, 2020

  • Transfer Students (Summer)
    • Application deadline: April 17, 2020
    • Completion deadline: April 24, 2020

  • Transfer Students (Fall)
    • Application deadline: July 3, 2020
    • Completion deadline: July 17, 2020

  • Graduate Students
    • Please directly contact the department of your major

Will USF consider acceptance of S/U grades on my high school or university transcript as I apply for admission?

Yes, USF will accept S/U grades awarded in Spring 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) based on the following:

  • For high school transcripts an S/U grade awarded in Spring 2020 is not included in high school GPA calculation, but the S/U grade does satisfy the required units for Math, English, Social Science, Science and Foreign Language required units.

  • For transfer students with a college transcript, a course with an S/U grade awarded in Spring 2020 is transferrable credit and meets any pre-requisite grade requirements as long as the course fulfills the degree requirements of the student's major.

  • Because graduate admissions criteria differ by discipline, graduate applicants should contact graduate program directors with specific S/U grades questions as they relate to the criteria for admissions to a particular program.

As a student or family member, how can I get a better sense of what life at USF is actually like for my student so I can plan for when they go off to college?

How do I activate my Net ID?

Please visit https://netid.usf.edu/una or https://www.usf.edu/it/documentation/netid.aspx.

Students must use the email address that they used on their application to USF (non-USF email address). The only information needed is the email address that the student used while initially corresponding with the University. For OASIS applicants, this email address is identified as "Primary Email Address" in Oasis. This can be any email service provider (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook), but the user MUST still have access to this account.

I'm having trouble activating my Net ID, how can I get support?

If you have problems activating Net ID, please go to https://itchat.usf.edu/. You will be placed in a chat with an IT representative who can assist you with activating your NetID.

How do I access my USF email?

Please visit https://www.usf.edu/it/documentation/email.aspx to access your USF email.

How do I re-set my USF NetID password?

Please visit https://www.usf.edu/it/documentation/reset-your-password.aspx to perform a NetID password reset.

When will campus tours resume?

The timeframe for the resumption of campus tours is unknown. However, we will continue to monitor CDC guidance on group gatherings.

Can students defer their admission?

Students may update their applications for up to one year without submitting a new online application or paying a new application fee. However, it is not a true deferment. Admission to USF is term specific. We will reevaluate your updated application for admission consideration based on the requirements and competitive nature of the term to which you have updated. We will also reevaluate your scholarship eligibility for the updated term.

Can I defer my admission to a later term without losing my scholarship? 

Scholarships are awarded based on the term of entry.  If a student defers their admission to another term of entry, the scholarship will not be awarded.  

Unfortunately, I cannot retake the SAT because of the cancellations due to COVID-19. Are there any admissions scholarships I can apply for?

At this time, all merit-based scholarships require either an SAT or ACT score

Are admissions scholarships offered in the spring semester? 

Merit-based admissions scholarships are only awarded for a fall semester start.

Will fall semester courses and services be delivered online?

USF has every intention of resuming face-to-face instruction, services and certain activities during the fall, with modifications and precautions designed to support and encourage high-quality academic instruction, student success and health and safety. These precautions will include but may not be limited to: requiring face coverings, limiting the number of individuals gathered in any one area, enhanced cleaning, and leveraging available testing and contact-tracing resources. We will also likely continue to provide some instruction or operations remotely. We will provide more details as soon as we have them. Please check usf.edu/coronavirus for the latest updates.

If there is an unexpected uptick in COVID-19 cases in the fall, does the university have a contingency plan?

As USF develops a framework for resuming campus-based activities, including face-to-face instruction, part of the planning includes being prepared to adapt as circumstances change. We will continue to monitor data on COVID-19, we will institute measures as necessary to mitigate transmission and we will follow established guidelines and protocols in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus.

If there is an unexpected uptick in COVID-19 cases in the fall, will the university continue to offer face-to-face courses? If so, can I complete my courses remotely?

USF will continue to be prepared to adapt as circumstances change. We will continue to monitor data on COVID-19, we will institute measures as necessary to mitigate transmission and we will follow established guidelines and protocols in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus. While the university has every intention of resuming face-to-face instruction in the fall, should conditions prevent us from doing so, we will have contingency plans in place to transition more courses to remote instruction in order to allow students to maintain their academic progress. The health and safety of our campus community will continue to be our priority.

Why is USF requiring ACT/SAT for FTIC Application in 2021, especially when it is so difficult to take a test in the midst of the pandemic?

USF, like all public universities in Florida, is following the Board of Governors regulation that requires FTIC Applicants to submit an ACT/SAT score for admission consideration. We understand the hardship and challenges you face at this time especially because Florida is just one of three states that hasn’t moved to “test optional” admissions for the high school class of 2021.

If you have questions, please contact the Florida Board of Governors (at 850-245-0466 or https://www.flbog.edu/contact/) and/or your elected officials in Tallahassee, https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

New Freshman (FTIC - First Time in College after High School Graduation) - Updated 8/30/2020

Is the Office of Admissions receiving (and answering) phone calls?

YES, call 813-974-3350

How do I pay my deposit?

Sign in to MyUSF. Once signed in, hover over the MY RESOURCES tab and select OASIS (Student). Once you access OASIS, click the Student tab, then click Admissions, and finally select Pay My Admission Deposit to pay the non-refundable $200 deposit.

Will USF be extending the deposit deadline that is currently May 1?

USF has not made a decision yet.

How will AP, IB and AICE credits be assessed if the exam is shortened or not delivered?

USF will accept the score provided by AP, IB or AICE regardless of how the exam is administered.

Will USF offer an admissions deposit refund if I decide not to attend?

The admissions deposit is non-refundable; however, USF will refund the deposit until May 1 as a result of financial hardship due to COVID-19. Student must show documented proof of financial hardship. Documented proof can include, but is not limited to, letter from parent’s employer regarding termination or reduced work, approved claim of unemployment, impact on family-owned small business, etc.

Can a student defer admission from summer to fall?

It may be possible for students to defer admission from summer to fall. However, please refer to the following circumstances:

  • If a student applied for fall and was admitted to summer, the student can’t change their term of admission.
  • If a student was admitted to fall and updated to summer, the student can update back to fall.
  • If a student applied for summer and was admitted to summer, they may update to fall provided academic requirements are met.
  • If a student requests to update their term, it does not impact the original term they were admitted to.

To request a change in your semester of admission, please download and complete the Application Update Form and send the completed form to admissions@usf.edu.

Will Orientation be held online or on-campus?

USF has not made a decision yet on the orientation mode of delivery for future semesters.

Will the Summer ACE program still take place?

Yes! For Summer ACE details, please contact the ACE program directly at summerace@usf.edu.

Will USF accept a deposit waiver based upon a change of financial situation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Yes. Please document your change in financial situation and send a detailed email to admissions@usf.edu.

I've paid my deposit, but my family has experienced a change of financial situation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Will USF offer a refund under these circumstances?

The admissions deposit will be refunded and a COVID-19 deposit waiver will be given until May 1 if student can show documented proof of financial hardship. Documented proof can include, but is not limited to, letter from parent’s employer regarding termination or reduced work, approved claim of unemployment, impact on family-owned small business, etc.

Can students defer their admission?

Students may update their applications for up to one year without submitting a new online application or paying a new application fee. However, it is not a true deferment. Admission to USF is term specific. We will re-evaluate your updated application for admission consideration based on the requirements and competitive nature of the term to which you have updated. We will also re-evaluate your scholarships eligibility for the updated term.

To update your application, please download and complete our Application Update Form and send the completed form to admissions@usf.edu.

Because the March SAT was cancelled and I may not be able to complete my community service hours, can you provide any guidance on changes to Bright Futures?

The awarding of the Bright Futures is determined by the State of Florida Department of Education.  USF has received many questions:

  • What if I am unable to fulfill community service hours due to stay-in-place orders as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • What will happen to my GPA if my high school issues S/U grades? Will only grades through 7th semester be used?
  • Will students be given more time after the regular deadline to earn this scholarship due to the test cancellations?
  • Will the test score requirement be lowered or waived?
  • If the June SAT/ACT is cancelled, will the July ACT be accepted?

Please contact Bright Futures directly at 1-888-827-2004 or via email at osfa@fldoe.org for answers to these questions.


Transfer Students - Updated 8/30/2020

Is the Office of Admissions receiving (and answering) phone calls?

YES, call 813-974-3350

Do students still need to attend transfer orientation?

Yes.

Is the Office of Admissions still accepting college transcripts?

Yes, the Office of Admissions is receiving (and processing) electronic transcripts from all sources, such as FASTER, SPEEDE, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, E-files, etc. Furthermore, the Office of Admissions is still receiving (and processing) hard-copy transcripts through USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.

Can a student defer admission from summer to fall?

Students may update their applications for up to a year without submitting a new online application or paying a new application fee. However, it is not a true deferment. Admission to USF is term specific. We will re-evaluate your updated application for admission consideration based on the requirements and competitive nature of the term to which you have updated. We will also re-evaluate your scholarships eligibility for the updated term.

To update your application, please download and complete the Undergraduate Application Update Form.


International Students - 4/10/20

If I am admitted to Fall 2020 will USF accept June SAT or ACT scores for scholarship consideration?

No, USF still requires either SAT or ACT tests.

If my admission for Fall 2020 is still pending, will USF accept June SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration?

Yes. However, students must elect to have their scores automatically sent to USF via College Board or ACT prior to taking either exam. Students should not wait until official scores are released to send scores to USF - this will significantly delay processing time, and scores received late will not be considered.

I am admitted to Fall 2020 with an admissions scholarship. If I am not able to start in the fall due to visa restrictions or other coronavirus (COVID-19) implications, will I be able to update my application to Spring 2021 and keep my Fall 2020 scholarship?

As this is a continually evolving situation, USF has not made any final decisions regarding honoring Fall 2020 scholarships for Spring 2021. At this time, we encourage students to make every effort to arrive in time for the Fall 2020 semester. We ask that students maintain open communication with their international admissions recruiter (international@usf.edu) regarding their situation.

I have not taken any SAT or ACT tests yet and I do not plan on taking either test in June. Can I still be considered for admission to USF?

Students who do not submit an SAT or ACT score that meets direct entry requirements may qualify for an International Year One (Pathway) program through INTO USF.

My final high school exams are being cancelled/postponed. Can I still be accepted to USF?

Yes, as long as you will be receiving a high school diploma confirming that you have graduated from high school. However, as this is a continually evolving situation, USF has not made any final decisions. At this time, we are encouraging students to submit any and all academic documents and exam certificates. We ask that students also maintain open communication with their international admissions recruiter (international@usf.edu) regarding their situation.


Graduate Students - Updated 8/30/2020

Is the Office of Admissions receiving (and answering) phone calls?

YES, call 813-974-3350

Can a student defer admission from summer to fall?

Yes. Please contact gradadmissions@usf.edu for details on how to arrange a deferment.

Will USF still require GRE and GMAT scores?

The Office of Admissions does not require the GRE or GMAT scores for official admission to the University; however, many of our graduate programs do have this requirement. If you are unable to take these exams due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the temporary closing of testing centers, please contact your proposed program of study. Some graduate programs are able to grant extensions to the submission of these scores and others have made these exam submissions optional for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.

How will GRE and TOEFL testing be impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

For the latest updates on how testing will be affected, visit the ETS website.

Can I take the GRE online? 

As of April 2, 2020 the GRE General Test at home is now available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is offered, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.  To learn more, visit the ETS website.

If I earned my undergraduate degree at USF, do I have to request and submit an official transcript?

No, you do not have to submit an official transcript if you earned your undergraduate degree at USF. You can retrieve an unofficial transcript at https://www.floridashines.org/succeed-in-college/check-your-progress and upload it to your application.