Undergraduate Student

International Status

Any student applying for admission to USF is considered international if they are:

  • Not a citizen of the United States
  • Not a permanent resident alien, asylee or refugee
  • Pending permanent resident alien status

If offered admission, international applicants will need to submit additional documents.

Once you have determined whether you are an international student, decide whether you are freshman or transfer status. This is important to do before you get started on your application.

Freshman Status

If you have not graduated from secondary school or completed your secondary school examinations, the State of Florida considers you a freshman, regardless of the amount of college credit you may have earned through dual enrollment, AP or IB coursework or external examinations while in secondary school.

Even though you may have sophomore or junior college standing once you enroll and your credits are transferred, USF will review your application for admission as a freshman and consider you for all freshman admission scholarships. You also are considered a freshman if you have completed your secondary school studies and have attempted fewer than 12 college credits.

Learn more about international freshman admission:

Transfer Status

If you have graduated from high school and earned 12 to 59 transferrable credits, USF considers you a lower-level transfer applicant. You are an upper-level transfer applicant if you have obtained 60+ transferrable credits. Before you apply, please determine whether you are a lower-level or upper-level transfer applicant and be sure to review the appropriate application requirements.

Learn more about international transfer admission: