Admission Information

Transfer Admission Requirements

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Admission to USF is more competitive than ever, but the process of applying is not difficult. Unless otherwise noted, our transfer requirements and deadlines are consistent across all three campuses: Tampa campus, St. Petersburg campus and Sarasota-Manatee campus.

Terminology

  • Lower-Level (LL) Transfer = 12-29 hours of transferable credit including in-progress
    • Must have some completed post-secondary work
  • Mid-Level (ML) Transfer = 30-59 hours of transferable credit including in-progress
  • Upper-Level (UL) Transfer = 60+ hours of transferable credit including in-progress
  • Second Bachelor’s Degree = you have already completed and been awarded a Bachelor's Degree
  • Former USF Student Returning (FSR) = you have previously attempted or completed for-credit courses at the University of South Florida 

Lower-Level (LL) Transfers: Application Requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67% of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. In addition, you must meet the Florida Board of Governors minimums. A 2.50 transfer or postsecondary transferrable GPA (3.20 for nursing) is required.

  • Transfer post-secondary GPA ≥ 2.5
  • High school GPA ≥ 2.5
  • High school units: 4 English, 4 math, 3 natural science, 3 social science, 2 foreign language
  • Test score requirements:
    • SAT overall: 1100
      • SAT Reading ≥ 24, SAT Writing  ≥ 25, SAT Math ≥ 24, OR
    • ACT overall: 22
      • ACT Reading ≥ 19, ACT English ≥ 17, ACT Math ≥ 19

You will need to submit:

  1. Application to USF
  2. Application fee
  3. Official high school transcripts
  4. Official college transcripts
  5. Official SAT or ACT scores

You can find full details on how to apply to USF as a lower-level transfer student on our How to Apply page.

Mid-Level (ML) Transfers: Application Requirements

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67% of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. In addition, you must meet the Florida Board of Governors minimums. A 2.50 transfer or postsecondary transferrable GPA (3.20 for nursing) is required.

  • Transfer GPA ≥ 2.5
  • 2 years of foreign language in high school and/or 2 semesters at the collegiate level
  • C or better in college-level English composition course
  • C or better in college-level math course

You will need to submit:

  1. Application to USF
  2. Application fee
  3. Official high school transcripts
  4. Official college transcripts

You can find full details on how to apply to USF as a mid-level transfer student on our How to Apply page.

Upper Level (UL) Transfers: Application Requirements

If you have graduated from high school and obtained 60+ transferrable credits USF considers you an upper-level transfer student. It is important to note that students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 (for students in a 120-hour degree program) or 110 percent in excess of the hours required. Students who have attempted 180 credit hours are no longer eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate (including federal student loans).

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67% of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. A minimum transferrable GPA of 2.30 is required (except applicants with an AA degree from a Florida College System institution and a minimum transferrable GPA of 2.00).

  • With an Associate of Arts (AA) from a Florida College System institution
    • Transfer GPA ≥ 2.0
  • Without an Associate of Arts (AA) from a Florida College System institution
    • Transfer GPA ≥ 2.3

You will need to submit:

  1. Application to USF
  2. Application fee
  3. Official college transcripts

You can find full details on how to apply to USF as an upper-level transfer student on our How to Apply page.

 

Second Bachelor’s Degree Applicants

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67% of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions.

  • With a USF bachelor’s degree
    • Bachelor’s GPA ≥ 2.0
  • Without a USF bachelor’s degree
    • Bachelors GPA ≥ 2.5

It is important to note that second bachelor’s degree applicants are expected to take only those courses necessary to complete a degree within three terms. Students will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 (for students in a 120-hour degree program) or 110 percent in excess of the hours required. In addition, students who have attempted 180 credit hours are no longer eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate (including federal student loans).

You will need to submit:

  1. Application to USF
  2. Application fee
  3. Official college transcripts

You can find full details on how to apply to USF as a second bachelor's degree seeking student on our How to Apply page.

Former USF Student Returning (FSR) Applicants

  • USF GPA ≥ 2.0
  • Overall GPA ≥ 2.0
  • In good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended
  • Minimum GPA for the declared major, prerequisites met, if applicable 

You will need to submit:

  1. Application to USF
  2. Application fee
  3. Official college transcripts
  4. ARC Petition

You can find full details on how to apply as a returning USF student on our How to Apply page.


Additional Requirements for Selective Majors

Students must meet the minimums based on student type, but also must meet pre-requisites for their intended degree.

Nursing programs are limited access. Please visit the College of Nursing website for more information. 

Foreign Language Entrance Requirements (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.

FLENT Requirement List

Foreign Language Waiver

USF requires that students have completed two units (two years) of instruction in a foreign language to be considered for admission. However, you may document proficiency in a second language to meet this requirement.

In Florida, the course number that is designated to indicate a foreign language waiver is 0791920 and has a course title of "Bright Futures Foreign Language Proficiency Waiver." For a listing of ways to document proficiency in a second language for a foreign language waiver, see the Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook. In the event you meet waiver requirements, you are encouraged to work with your guidance counselor to document the waiver on your transcript or via letter to the Office of Admissions.

 

NO ESSAY REQUIREMENT

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. 

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