The BSW program is limited access. Even if all requirements are met, there are no guaranteed admissions. To be admitted to the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and School of Social Work at the junior level, a student should follow a pre-social work program leading to the Associate of Arts degree at a Florida public community college, and:
- Admission to the University and a minimum USF/Overall GPA of 2.75.
- Completion of 15 semester hours of common program prerequisites with a minimum "C" grade in each course.
- Complete an application in the semester in which he/she is enrolled in foundation courses. (Consideration in the admissions process includes GPA, letters of reference, essay and volunteer/paid work related to Social Work).
- Achieve the minimum GPA required in the foundation courses noted on the webpage.
Students are admitted to begin the BSW program twice yearly. They may be admitted for Fall or Spring semester. The application deadline for Fall semester is July 1st. The application deadline for the Spring semester is October 15th. There are no summer admissions.
When enrolled in the Foundation course (SOW 3203) the Advisor from the School of Social Work will speak with the class about the eligibility requirements, the admissions procedure and the BSW program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you might have. The application will be emailed after her class presentation. You may submit it via e-mail as an attachment or it can be printed and turned in.
Application Review Process
The application review process is comprehensive. Consideration is given for Overall and USF GPA's, essay, volunteer hours in human services, paid hours in human services, reference from the SOW 3203 Professor, and the grade from SOW 3203. When there are more qualified applicants than spaces a score based upon the combination of these requirements is used to determine which applicants are offered spaces in the BSW Program. When there are available spaces for the qualified applicants, all are admitted.
There is a maximum of 2 semesters application reviews for admission in the BSW Program. If a student applies and is denied admission, they may be reviewed for the following semester. If denied for a second time, they will need to declare a new major. Applicants are notified by email and regular mail post of their status: admitted, denied (with reason for denial) or final denial.