MUST READ: The Office of Admissions CANNOT Help you with Early University Programs - ONLY call or email email@example.com for Early Admission information. Do not call or email the USF Office of Admissions. The Early Admissions process for students who are still in high school is different.
Be sure to follow the application procedure for Early Admissions. Start by filling out the Early Admission degree seeking application followed 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:
Early Admissions students need to send all their Dual Enrollment transcripts to USF. This is a process, not a form called "Dual Enrollment Disclosure Form." Students will order and pay for transcripts to be sent to USF from all institutions that they attended. If the student only attended USF, this process can be skipped. The cost is not included in dual enrollment funds, dual enrollment funds only cover only tuition and textbooks.
Next, ensure you have the GPA and the required test scores for admission. For students looking for Early Admissions they must meet the March 1st 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 unofficial test scores to firstname.lastname@example.org while waiting for official documents and scores to arrive.
Students are responsible for requesting from their high school counselors to have their unofficial 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. Per USF Policy 33-002, it is mandatory for Early Admissions High Students to submit all required immunization documentation and sign the official Medical History Form prior to course registration. A hold preventing registration will remain on your account until you have fulfilled the requirements listed on Immunization Compliance Overview page. https://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-health-services/immunizations/non-degree-seeking-students.aspx
6. For a medical history form click here. (Print, scan, and upload required for students under the age of 18). You may submit/upload
your documents via Web Submission. For a guide on electronically acknowledging and removing IM and MH holds via OASIS only if you are 18 and over, click here.
7. The Early University Programs cannot solve immunization issues, students and parents must contact Student Health Services by phone at 813-974-4056 or by Fax at 813-974-5888. For tips on filling out the Medical History Form, click here. IMPORTANT: If you are under 16 or are declining the meningitis vaccine you must check the box and both minor and parent must sign the form. All forms do require signatures from both the minor and the parent. (Print, scan, and upload required for students under the age of 18). For more information and web submission click here.
8. For Medical or Religious Immunization Exemptions please contact Student Health Services by phone at 813-974-4056 or by Fax at 813-974-5888.
NOTE: Students under 18 years of age must submit Medical History Form by web submission, and cannot sign on DocuSign.
9. 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 step. NOTE: 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
10. Before a student can register for courses, they must sign-up for orientation, pay their $35.00 per person sign-up fee, and then attend the orientation at the home campus they selected on the application. Once orientation is completed, students will be given their registration time.
11. All Early Admission students must attend orientation to be able to register for classes. Please use the website below to start the reservation process for Orientation and make sure it is for the campus you chose as your home campus. https://secure.vzorientation.com/usf/ssosignin.aspx
https://www.usf.edu/orientation/reservation/index.aspx If you scroll down you will see the “Reserve Now” button. Once you click this it will ask for your NetID and password. This should take you to the reservation site and the first page of the questionnaire.
12. Should you have any questions or concerns about Tampa orientation, please contact the orientation office by emailing email@example.com or by calling 813-974-3060.
OTHER USF CAMPUS CONTACTS:
St. Petersburg campus Orientation Website
Phone: (727) 873-4754
Sarasota-Manatee campus Orientation Website
Phone: (941) 359-4342
12. Before a student can register for courses, they must sign-up for orientation, pay their $35.00 per person sign-up fee, and then attend the orientation at the home campus they selected on the application. Once orientation is completed, students will be given their registration time.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Early Admissions students need to send all their Dual Enrollment transcripts to USF. This is a process, not a form called "Dual Enrollment Disclosure." Students will order and pay for transcripts to be sent to USF from all institutions that they attended. If the student only attended USF, this process can be skipped. The cost is not included in dual enrollment funds, dual enrollment funds only cover only tuition and textbooks.
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 established, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Unofficial 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.
4. Students must also check their schedules to ensure their are no classes that they do not want on their schedule. If classes are present, students should drop those classes during drop/add week to avoid holds in billing. This applies to all students who have decided not to attend USF for that term as well.