State and Community College Relations

Advising and Credit Evaluation


Setting Up a Smooth Transition

The following are the state-approved limited access programs for USF:
Mass Communication
Exercise Science
Social Work
Dance (B.A. and B.F.A.)
General Business Administration
Global Business
Business Analytics & Information Systems
Management & Organization

The following colleges are "restrictive" access. 


Florida Public Institution Credit and the Statewide Course Numbering System

Students transferring from Florida State or Community Colleges as well as Florida public universities will have coursework transferred as part of Florida's Statewide Course Numbering system. This operates with courses equating by having the same 3 letters of the prefix and last 3 numbers of the course number. Find more information here: Statewide Course Numbering System

Regional Accreditation

Courses from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted by USF. If the institution is accredited by one of the following, then coursework is transferable:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Middles States Commission on Secondary Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning
New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Post-Secondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing)
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Oklahoma Board of Career and Technical Education
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education
Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Post-secondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior college and University Commission

*Out of State/Private Institution courses ARE NOT guaranteed to meet program specific requirements and may count differently than at the previous school. These courses will need to be assessed on a course-by-course basis by the academic department to determine how they apply towards both general education  and major requirements

 Evaluation of transfer credit is a multi-step process:

 Course Substitution Process

Each of USF's colleges determines which transfer credits meet requirements for its degrees. For example, a chemistry course that counts toward the graduation requirement for a chemistry major in the College of  Arts and Sciences may not fulfill a graduation requirement for majors in the College of Engineering. It is recommended that students: 

Many colleges perform pre-advising appointments for students registered for Orientation. This is unique opportunity to meet early with an advisor and complete requirements for course substitutions. 

Please find the link to the college/department of the course to initiate the course substitution process. If the college/department of the course is not listed below, please contact the advising office in the department to arrange a meeting regarding the substitution process. 


College of Education