Next Steps

Alternate Start Term Options | Freshmen Students

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Congratulations on your admission to USF as a freshman! Your qualifications were strong, and you should be proud of your achievements! While you may have initially applied for fall entry, admission to the fall term is very competitive. Because of this, we have admitted you to an alternate term (summer or spring) as we believe you will be successful at USF.  We would love to have you join us in Bulls Country and have several options for you to consider. Please explore the opportunities listed below for your admitted start term to find the best choice for you.

Summer Options:

  • Option 1: Arrive at USF and take two classes in-person in the 6-week summer B session starting June 26, 2023.
  • Option 2: (Out-of-State Students Only) Engage in the Summer Academic and Cultural Engagement (ACE) Program
  • Option 3: Start online at USF during the 6-week summer B session starting on June 26, 2023. 
  • Option 4: (Out-of-State Students Only) Attend the USF-Verto study abroad program in the fall and arrive at USF in Spring 2024.

Spring Options:

  • Option 1: Arrive at USF for the spring semester starting on January 8, 2024.
  • Option 2: Take 11 or fewer credits hours a local university or college in the fall. 
  • Option 3: Attend the USF-Verto study abroad program in the fall and arrive at USF in Spring 2024.

Summer Term Admits

If you want to start classes in the summer at USF:

Option 1: Arrive at USF and take two classes in-person in the 6-week summer B session starting June 26, 2023.

  • Take six (6) credits of academic coursework to begin completing your general education requirements for a seamless transition into the Fall semester.
  • Get to know USF prior to your fall semester-- you will be a pro at navigating campus before the fall semester even begins!

Complete your next steps towards enrollment:

Next Steps

 

Option 2: Summer Academic and Cultural Engagement (ACE) Program - Out-of-State Students Only:

Out-of-state students admitted to qualifying majors are automatically admitted to the Summer ACE program, which begins July 10, 2023. The Summer ACE program allows you to engage in six (6) credits of academic coursework during a 5-week session.

  • Take six (6) credits of academic coursework to begin completing your general education requirements for a seamless transition into the Fall semester.
  • Get to know USF and the Tampa Bay area prior to your fall semester-- you will be a pro at navigating campus before the fall semester even begins!
  • Engage with the Tampa Bay community through community-focused activities built into the ACE program so you can get to know your home away from home!

Get more information:

Summer ACE Program

If you are an out-of-state student admitted to Summer ACE and would prefer to partake in another option listed, please email admissions@usf.edu and request to opt out of the Summer ACE program.


Option 3: Start online at USF during the 6-week summer B session starting on June 26, 2023. 

If you are interested in completed your courses online for Summer B, you must inform USF to ensure courses are available:


To start classes in the fall prior to enrolling at USF in the spring:

Option 4: Attend the USF-Verto study abroad program in the fall and arrive at USF in Spring 2024 Out-of-State Students Only: You must earn a 2.50 GPA or higher in the fall to maintain your offer of admission at USF. Here's how it works:

  • Attend a fully transferable, globally focused semester abroad at one of several international Verto locations to have a more rewarding first year of college*.
  • Enroll in a curriculum (12-16 credits) that sets you up for unforgettable experiences and academic success in an increasingly global marketplace.
  • Stay on track to graduate from USF on time while exploring the world with students bound for USF and other institutions*.

Apply to enroll in Verto:

USF-Verto Program

For questions about USF-Verto Study Abroad Program, contact vertoeducation@usf.edu

*Your major may limit your location choice and affect your graduation timeline, as certain majors require the completion of pre-requisites to maintain your admission to USF under your desired major. Please visit our USF-Verto webpage for important details regarding your major/major selection and requirements.


Spring Term Admits

If you want to start classes in the spring at USF:

Option 1: Arrive at USF for the spring semester starting on January 8, 2024. You will not take classes in Fall 2023 and begin in Spring 2024 at USF. Complete your next steps towards enrollment:

Next Steps


To start classes in the fall prior to enrolling at USF in the spring:

If you want to start earning credits in the fall semester before attending USF in the spring, there are two options to explore:

Option 2: State or Community College: Take 11 or fewer credits hours a local university or college in the fall. You must earn a 2.50 GPA or higher to maintain your offer of admission at USF for the spring semester.

Option 3: Attend the USF-Verto study abroad program in the fall and arrive at USF in Spring 2024. You must earn a 2.50 GPA or higher in the fall to maintain your offer of admission at USF. Here's how it works:

  • Attend a fully transferable, globally focused semester abroad at one of several international Verto locations to have a more rewarding first year of college*.
  • Enroll in a curriculum (12-16 credits) that sets you up for unforgettable experiences and academic success in an increasingly global marketplace.
  • Stay on track to graduate from USF on time while exploring the world with students bound for USF and other institutions*.

Apply to enroll in Verto:

USF-Verto Program

For questions about USF-Verto Study Abroad Program, contact vertoeducation@usf.edu

*Your major may limit your location choice and affect your graduation timeline, as certain majors require the completion of pre-requisites to maintain your admission to USF under your desired major. Please visit our USF-Verto webpage for important details regarding your major/major selection and requirements.


If you have any questions or need assistance on completing your next steps, check out our Next Steps pages for your campus or contact us at admissions@usf.edu. We are excited to welcome you to USF!