Early Admission

Application Procedure

Be sure to follow the application procedure for Early Admissions. Start by filling out the Early Admission degree seeking application follwed by the Approval Form 1. Approval Form 1 ensures you are not charged for tuition. If you do not have a NetID you will have to create one before you complete Form 1.  

Note: All applicants must follow the application process below starting with the online application and then filling out Form 1 or you may be charged for tuition.

Early Admission Enrollment Overview:
As full time USF students, all Early Admission students will be supported by their high school counselor and have access the learning resources available at the university.  They are University students and well on their way to completing a degree as long as they stay in good standing.  Academic Advisors will be assigned at a later date as they continue their educational journey. 

High School Counselors / Homeschool Parent Administrators will guide Early Admission students to select courses that complete their high school graduation requirement as well as serving the course of study for their intended college major. Students take 4-5 courses per semester as full time students starting in the fall (12-15 credits). 

What Students Applying to Early Admission Must Do:

First, ensure you have the GPA and the required test scores for admission. For students looking for Early Admissions they must meet the March 15 deadline and requirements no exceptions. 

Students must send official tests scores to USF from the testing company (College Board, etc.). To send scores to USF use 5828 as the school code for the SAT and 0761 for the ACT. It usually takes 3-5 weeks for test results to arrive.  Please plan accordingly for the March 15 deadline.  Students are encouraged, but not required to send unofficial high school transcripts and unoffical test scores to dualenrollment@usf.edu while waiting for official documents and scores to arrive.   

Students are responsible for requesting from their high school counselors to have their unoffical high school transcripts sent to USF Admissions. Students must also have their official test scores sent to USF  Admissions from the testing company to be considered for Early Admissions by March 15.

1.      Before beginning the application process, students should carefully read all the information below. Do not use your phone to apply!

2.      Students initiate the application process by completing the online USF “Degree Seeking” Application.  When completing this application they will select the Fall Semester of their high school senior year.  DO NOT PAY the application fee and tuition/admissions deposit. Both will be waivered.

3.      The student will select a USF Campus closest to them and finally, the student will select the degree seeking option and will declare a degree for their college major.  The campus selected is where students will attend orientation.  

4.      Degree seeking applicants must establish residency by the same process as all applicants, please work with your parents or guardians when filling out the application. All applicants must establish RESIDENCY.  (COMMON MISTAKE regarding the Driver’s License – put the ISSUE date NOT the renewal date of the Driver’s License). 

5.      All students must comply with the USF Immunization Policy 33-002.  You must complete the immunization forms and submit them for Early Admissions so that there are no holds on your account.  

6.       The Early University Programs cannot solve immunization issues, students and parents must contact Student Health Services immunization@shs.usf.edu. Additional information regarding USF Health and Immunization, including instructions on how to submit information online, can be found on the Student Health Services website. For tips on filling out the Medical History Form, click here. Students can scan or upload their Immunization records and any supporting documents along with a signed Medical History Form as one pdf file and send to immunization@shs.usf.edu. Or see the website. IMPORTANT: To DECLINE the Meningitis vaccine, check the "decline" box, or select you had it - do not leave it blank. All forms do require signatures, this applies to both the parent and student. If exemptions are being requested for Medical Reasons or Religious reasons please follow instructions on the Student Health Services website and email them at immunization@shs.usf.edu

 7.     Within 48-72 hours after submitting a complete and qualifying degree seeking application, students will use their email or an assigned USF number (U#) to set up a USF NetID (email).  If the student has already established a NetID (email) and has a U#, then the student may skip this stepNOTE: Students must set up their NetID and USF email immediately. USF communications will only be sent to their USF email account. Click here to set up a NetID/email: Activation of Student NetID

8.     Students must check "MyBullsPath" Portal and click on the "Commitment to USF" button that that will allow you to sign up for Fall Orientation.

9.     Before a sudent can register for courses, they must sign-up for orientation, pay their $35.00 per person sign-up fee, and then attend the orienation at the home campus they selcted on the application. Once orientation is completed, students will be given their registration time. 

10.    Students will provide their counselor / homeschool parent administrator their USF U#. Parents / Students / Counselors or / administrators can submit the Early Admissions Approval Form 1 using the USF U#. This form is only completed one time.

11.    Students will then use OASIS found under MyUSF at the top right of the USF Homepage located under resources. This will allow students to look up courses they are considering for their first and second semesters that will complete the remaining high school course requirements per their high school counselors.  Students should record these desired courses using a course planning sheet and include: the course prefix and course number and the five (5) digit CRN# for each course so that their counselors/ homeschool parent administrators can submit the Early Admissions Approval Form 2. Once approved and submitted, students can register for their approved courses.  Click here for a tutorial on how to look up courses in OASIS.  Note: without orientation students will not be able to register.

What the School Counselor/Homeschool Parent Administrator Must Do:

1.      The school Counselor/ Homeschool Parent Administrator submits the Early Admission Approval Form 2.  Submission is after confirming that the U# is establised, and verifying that the student’s standardized test score and GPA meet the requirements for Early Admission, and asserting the student’s overall readiness for academic success in college-level courses. Residency and Immunization will need to be confirmed as policy, counselors can assist students as needed. The Approval Form 2 is submitted for planning purposes for fall semester and spring semester that will list the remaining courses that are required for high school graduation. This approval form ensures that the student is not taking random courses but are courses needed for high school graduation as well as for the major degree of study.

2.      Only Homeschool Administrators/Parents are required to fill out the transcript form. Click here for the form, and then submit the completed form via email to  registration@usf.edu. Please include the student U# in the subject line of the email.

3.      Send the student's unofficial High School Transcripts to USF Admissions from their school district, charter school, or private school.  

4.      After meeting and conferring with the student, the school Counselor/ Homeschool Parent Administrator submits a list of required and approved courses with the desired modality for fall and spring semester.  For semester course planning, the course selections are verified for availability by the student in Oasis or using the Staff Schedule Search. This step is needed for USF online or USF Campus courses offered in the upcoming school year. The school Counselor/Homeschool Parent Administrator will then submit the Early Admissions Approval Form 2 once completed. For a full inventory of USF courses, with prerequisites click here

5.      Remind Students to follow the directions on the admissions application and request their official test scores and Unoffical High School Transcripts be sent to USF Admissions prior to the March 15 deadline.  (No exceptions!)

6.      Remind students to register for the campus orientation and to take the Canvas tutorial once they have access to the Learning Platform. This is found under MyUSF on the homepage under learning.  Note: without campus orientation students will not be able to register.

7.      Remind Students to log into Canvas the day of the first course meeting to ensure the course is available in Canvas. They must post something on the discussion board such as Hello! to be counted for attendance. If not available, the student must be added to the course. After Drop/Add week, students cannot be added or dropped from registered courses without penalty and it is the student’s responsibility to check their courses.

8.      Remind students that they can also log into Canvas one week prior to the course to ensure the course is available but this will not count toward attendance.

Students and Course Registration:

1.      Once Early Admissions - Approval Form 2 has been submitted.  Students should plan for course registration and procedures.  Students will be able to register themselves for courses; however, they should not take courses that are not approved by their high school counselor found on Form 2.  Taking courses that are not approved could jeopardize the student’s high school graduation requirements. Click here for tutorial for registering for courses. (PDF) or Video Tutorial on using OASIS for registration.

2.      The student should check their My USF Oasis, MyBullsPath, Canvas, to ensure everything is is completed to include the courses registered. Students should check their USF email regularly.

3.      Students must log into Canvas the day of the first course meeting to ensure the course is available in Canvas and they are not dropped from the course.  If not available, the student must be added to the course.  After Drop/Add week, students cannot be added or dropped from registered courses without penalty and it is the student’s responsibility to check their courses.