State and Community College Relations

Transfer Policies


Choice of Catalog Students must meet all of the graduation requirements specified in the USF catalog of his/her choice. If you are transferring from a Florida public institution, you may want to consider changing your catalog year to when you first entered an SUS or FCS institution after high school graduation. If your USF catalog year has been set to 2015, it will require you to complete the current USF university-wide requirements. These requirements may be very different from the requirements at your previous institution. Additional information on choice of catalog is available on page 36 of the catalog.

Always make sure to discuss this decision with your academic advisor as changing your catalog year may also alter the requirements for your major. Some cohort based or externally certified programs cannot accommodate a change of catalog.

Drop Deadline
A student may drop a course(s) during the drop/add periods (first five days of classes) in order for the course(s) not to appear on any permanent academic records. No tuition or fees will be assessed for course(s) dropped within that period. Students have until the 10th week of the term, or the equivalent period in a shorter summer session, to withdraw from a course (see Withdrawals). However, tuition and fees will be assessed for any course dropped after the first week. Additional information is available here.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit The Office of Undergraduate Admissions evaluates the acceptability of total credits transferable to USF. The college of the student's major will assign equivalent courses when determining which courses are applicable toward a specific degree. An AA degree satisfies the general education requirement. Additional information on transfer of credit to USF is available on page 10 of the catalog

Excess Credit Hour Surcharge Students are allowed to take a maximum of 110% of the total hours required for the degree at the regular tuition rate. After that, students will be charged an Excess Credit Hour Surcharge. Failed, dropped, repeated, and degree applicable transfer courses are included in this total. Additional information is available here.

First Day Attendance Students are required to attend the first class meeting. The first day class roll is used by instructors to drop students who do not attend the first day of class. Students having extenuating circumstances beyond their control and who are unable to attend the first class meeting must notify the instructor. Students should not assume they have been dropped. To avoid fee liability and academic penalty, the student is responsible for insuring that he/she has dropped or been dropped from any course he/she does not intend to complete by the end of the 5th day of classes. Additional information is available here.

FKL Core Curriculum 
The Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Core Curriculum is a program of general education courses designed to provide the student with a diversity of ideas, concepts, and ways of knowing and acquiring new knowledge. Students with an AA degree from another State University System institution in Florida or from a Florida public college have met the 36-hour Core Curriculum requirement, but will need to satisfy the 6-hour FKL Upper Level Capstone requirements at USF. Students without an AA degree or who have not officially met General Education requirements at another approved institution should talk to an academic advisor about Core Curriculum courses still needed. Additional information is available at

Foreign Language Info-FLENT/ FLEX

FLENT (Foreign Language Entrance Requirement)

Students must have completed two academic units of the same foreign language in high school or two semesters of the same foreign language or sign language in college to be considered for admission. Refer to the following statements for methods to meet the requirement and possible exemptions. Students who have not met FLENT prior to admission must meet FLENT before graduation.

1. Two academic units of the same foreign language or sign language in high school (9th-12th grades).
2. Two passing semesters of the same foreign language ( e.g.,SPN 1120 and SPN 1121) or sign language in college, earning no less than 
4. Successfully passing the USF language placement test by placing into the third course or higher.
5. Subject CLEP for two semesters.
6. AP Credit for two semesters.

FLEX (Foreign Language Exit Requirement)

All students pursuing a B.A. degree must meet the foreign language exit requirement which for most students will require completing two semesters of the same foreign language or for some majors sign language. Students who already have knowledge of a foreign language may "place out" of the requirement. The following statements summarize the methods for completing FLEX.

1. Two semesters of the same foreign language ( e.g.,SPN 1120 and SPN 1121) or sign language for some majors with no less than a "D" in the first semester and no less than a "C" in the second semester. "S" or "P" grades may not be substituted.
2. Completion of the second semester or higher of a foreign language with no less than a "C". (The first semester was not taken because of placement).
3. Successfully passing the USF language placement test by placing into the third course or higher. 
4. Subject CLEP credit for two semesters.
5. AP Credit for two semesters .

Grade Forgiveness
USF's forgiveness policy permits undergraduate students to repeat a USF course and request to have the repeated grade computed in his/her GPA in place of the original grade, provided the repeat grade is posted as "D-" or higher (exception: see Honors at graduation) and is higher than the first grade. Students are limited to three (3) grade forgiveness opportunities. Courses taken on the S/U grade basis cannot be grade forgiven. Additional information is available here.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Your USF GPA consists of all courses taken at USF and is used to determine academic status such as probation and dismissal. There is also an Overall GPA which includes all college credit attempted at all institutions. This GPA is used for admission into limited access programs and graduate/professional schools. Both GPAs are used in determining graduation with honors and admission into honor societies. You must have a minimum 2.00 USF GPA and 2.00 Overall GPA to earn a baccalaureate degree. Additional information is available here.

"I" Grades The "I" grade indicates incomplete coursework and is awarded only when a small portion of the student's work is incomplete and only when the student is otherwise earning a passing grade. The time limit for removing the "I" is set by the instructor of the course. However, after two (2) semesters an "I" grade that has not been changed by the instructor will change to an "IF" grade and impact the student's GPA. Students are not required to re-register for the course in which they are only completing course requirements to change the "I" grade. Additional information is available here.

Upper Level Requirement All students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above) toward their baccalaureate degree.

USF Residency Requirement
Candidates for graduation must have completed at least 30 hours of the last 60 hours of their undergraduate credits in courses offered by the USF System Institution (home institution) from which the degree is to be conferred. Additional information is available in the catalog.

Withdrawals All undergraduate students are limited to a total of five (5) course withdrawals. The withdrawals are limited to three (3) course withdrawals for students with less than 60 semester credit hours, and two (2) course withdrawals for students with more than or equal to 60 semester credit hours. Additional information is available here.