Early Admission

Early Admission


Seniors in high school attend full time after applying using Degree-Seeking application. Application is done while a junior in high school with SAT 1300 or ACT 29.

MUST READ: For High School Students ONLY. The Admission Office CANNOT Help you with Early University Programs. Call or email dualenrollment@usf.edu for any Early Admission information. The Early Admissions process for students who are still in High School is different.  DO NOT call or email the USF admissions office.

Early Admission is a form of dual enrollment whereby eligible high school students are admitted to USF as fulltime students for fall and spring semesters of their high school senior year. They apply while a junior by March 1st, but attend full time while a senior in high school starting in the fall.

During the early admission year, students take 12-15 credits each semester.  The courses they take earn credit toward both a baccalaureate degree and completion of the high school diploma. 

Early admission is open to students from any high school setting: public school districts, charter schools, private schools, or homeschools.  Schools, School Districts, Homeschools with students interested in participating in early admissions can request an Early Admission Articulation Agreement with USF by submitting an electronic request. Use the hyperlink to submit a request.

Students seeking to attend Early Admissions at USF in their SENIOR year of high school must begin the application process in the fall of their junior year of high school.

Please Note: 

  • Before you begin, find your city and find your high school code here: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/k12-educators/tools-resources/k12-school-code-search
  • Be sure to follow the application procedure for Early Admissions. Make sure you fill out the Early Admission Approval Form 1, otherwise students may be charged for tuition. Early Admissions online applications must be completed by March 1st; there are no exceptions.  The USF Office of Admissions reserves the right to CLOSE the application early due to capacity. All test scores and unofficial transcripts must be in no later than March 1st.
  • While many of the policies and procedures for early admission are the same as for regular dual enrollment, early admission students have different qualifications. Please see requirements and deadlines.


Students interested in starting their post-secondary academic journey early may also be interested in applying to the Judy Genshaft Honors College (JGHC). Students who are interested must start applying to the Judy Genshaft Honors College in the summer before their junior year in high school. All requirements must be completed by March 1st. 

             Honors College is not required for Early Admission Dual Enrolled Students

NOTE:  Students who are only taking Dual Enrollment courses are not eligible for the Judy Genshaft Honors College.