Freshman Requirements and Deadlines

Admission to USF is more competitive than ever, but the process of applying is not difficult. Each applicant is considered individually, taking into account grades, rigor of curriculum and standardized test scores. Learn more about application deadlines and admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

International applicants living outside the U.S. may apply up to one year prior to the desired term of entry. Additional time is usually required for submission of academic documents, evaluation, and immigration related matters.

Desired Term of Entry      

Application Deadline

Term Start Date

Spring 2023

October 1, 2022

January 9, 2023

Summer 2023

March 1, 2023

June 26, 2023

Fall 2023

March 1, 2023

August 21, 2023

Academic Credentials Requirements

If you completed secondary education in any country outside the US, USF requires that you submit the appropriate documents that are the equivalent of graduation from high school in the US. As a general rule, completion of secondary education will consist of 12-13 years of study and the awarding of a diploma or graduation certificate. Please include academic transcripts and exam results of all secondary work.


SAT/ACT/CLT Requirements

USF requires freshman applicants to submit official results of at least one college entrance exam (SAT, ACT and CLT). USF does not currently require or consider the optional Essay section of the SAT, ACT and CLT for the admission or scholarship review processes. Likewise, SAT Subject Tests are not considered for admission or placement.

USF's code for SAT is 5828 and for ACT is 0761. If you are submitting scores for the CLT test, please select University of South Florida on their website via the school dropdown.

Fall 2021 Profile

  • Average SAT 1230-1370
  • Average ACT 26-31

Language Requirements

Must meet SAT or ACT minimums:

  • SAT: minimum total score of 1100 (Writing=25, Critical Reading=24, Mathematics=24)
  • ACT: minimum total score of 22 (English=17, Reading=19, Mathematics=19) 


USF considers your highest submitted section scores across all SAT, ACT and CLT test dates. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest cumulative scores. Each time you submit test scores to USF, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT, ACT or CLT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT, ACT or CLT can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities. 

Testing Recommendations

Because the SAT, ACT and CLT measure college readiness through different means and formats, we strongly encourage you to take each exam once during the spring of your junior year in high school. You are likely to prefer (and even to perform better) on one test over the other, which would allow you to focus on that test during the fall of your senior year. Except in rare cases, you should not take either test more than three times, as significant improvements on performance are unlikely at that point.

Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (FLENT)

Students must have completed two academic units of the same foreign language in high school or two semesters of the same foreign language or American Sign Language (ASL) in college to be considered for admission.  If you already have fulfilled this requirement, submit official transcripts showing the foreign language or ASL courses completed. Refer to the following bullets for methods to meet the requirement and possible exemptions.  Students who have not met FLENT at point of admission are still admissible, but must meet FLENT before graduating from USF.

USF Does Not Require Essays or Personal Statements

No essay or personal statement is requested to be evaluated for admission to USF.  Any submission of an essay or personal statement will not be opened or reviewed