Prospective Students

Early Admission

At the University of South Florida, we recognize that some students want to start the next step of their academic career early. Coordinated by and housed in the Honors College, USF provides an Early Admission program to meet the needs of highly capable, mature high school students. Under the Early Admission program you may enter the University of South Florida (Tampa) as a regularly enrolled (matriculated), degree-seeking student prior to graduation from high school.

Early Admission applicants must meet minimum Honors College eligibility criteria (see Honors College admission requirements). We limit participation in the Early Admission program to students who have completed a minimum of six semesters of full-time secondary enrollment, including studies undertaken in the ninth grade. In addition, Early Admission applicants should be enrolled in a strong college preparatory curriculum.

In accordance with Florida statutes (F.S. 1007.271 §10), students who are enrolled in the Early Admission program must enroll in at least 12 credits per semester and must take courses that are creditable toward the high school diploma and the associate or baccalaureate degree.

Early Admission students are not provided financial aid (e.g., Admissions scholarships, Federal Grants, etc.) until the first year post-high school. As participants in a Dual Enrollment program under Florida statutes (F.S. 1007.271), Early Admission students have tuition and instructional materials covered by the student's school district. This does not include some fees (e.g., ID, transcripts, parking, etc.) nor does it include room and board; these costs are the responsibility of the student.

Early Admission students are typically offered financial aid in April of their first-year at USF for subsequent years; should a student decide to attend another college, they will receive a funding package according to that school's timeline.

For more information please contact Arnaldo Mejias, Early Admission Coordinator, at:
Phone: 813-974-3087
Fax: 813-974-5801


Applicants who wish to be accepted as Early Admission students must:

Mr. Arnie Mejias is available for live questions from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Thursday mornings (unless otherwise noted) via Facebook (as "Arnaldo Mejias" with the Honors College logo as his icon) and Skype.