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Competition for space in the freshman class is rigorous. High school GPAs for the middle 50 percent of freshman admitted in Fall 2017 were between 3.9-4.4.

For determining admissibility to USF, we will recalculate your high school GPA based on grades earned in high school only in core academic subject areas, as well as specified AP and IB fine and performing arts courses. USF will add the quality points outlined below for approved AP, IB, AICE, Honors and Dual Enrollment courses provided you earn a "C" or better. 

Course TypeQuality Point
Advanced Placement1.0
International Baccalaureate1.0
Dual Enrollment1.0
AICE1.0
Honors0.5

Taking weighted courses can have a positive impact on your recalculated GPA as long as you are reasonably successful in these advanced-level courses.

Test Score Requirements

USF requires freshman applicants to submit official results of at least one college entrance exam (SAT or ACT). USF does not currently require or consider the optional Essay section of the SAT or the ACT for the admission or scholarship review processes. Likewise, SAT Subject Tests are not considered for admission or placement. USF's code for SAT is 5828 and for ACT is 0761.

In Fall 2017, SAT and ACT scores for admitted freshman were:

SAT: 1220-1350
ACT: 27-30

Superscoring

USF considers your highest submitted section scores across all SAT and ACT test dates. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest cumulative scores. Each time you submit test scores to USF, we will update your record with any new high scores. We strongly encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT or ACT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT or ACT can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.

Concordance and the Redesigned SAT

The Redesigned SAT was launched by the College Board in March 2016. USF will accept both the Original (Pre-March 2016) SAT and the Redesigned (March 2016 and later) SAT for admission for the Spring 2017 semester and later. For admission and scholarship purposes we will concord any Original SAT scores to the Redesigned SAT scale; we will also superscore all administrations of the SAT. If you took the Original SAT and want to understand how your scores will concord to the new scale, please refer to the SAT Score Converter. For more information on the Redesigned SAT, visit the College Board website.

Testing Recommendations

Because the SAT and ACT measure college readiness through different means and formats, we strongly encourage you to take each exam once during the spring of your junior year in high school. You are likely to prefer (and even to perform better) on one test over the other, which would allow you to focus on that test during the fall of your senior year. Except in rare cases, you should not take either test more than three times, as significant improvements on performance are unlikely at that point.

If you have graduated from high school and obtained 60+ transferrable credits USF considers you an upper-level transfer student.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67 percent of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. A minimum transferrable GPA of 2.30 is required (except applicants with an AA degree from a Florida College System institution and a minimum transferrable GPA of 2.00). 

The following majors are selective admissions programs. This means upper-level transfer applicants must meet the stated GPA minimums to be admitted.

Programs of StudyMinimum GPA Required
Architecture3.0
Business2.75*
Education2.50
Mass Communications2.75
Nursing (60+ credits)3.20**
Social Work2.75

*Students with a GPA of 2.5-2.74 are reviewed on a case by case basis
**2.50 for applicants with an A.S. in Nursing degree from the Florida College System.

Additional Requirements for the College of Engineering

Transfer students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of C or better (no C-) in each course (maximum two {2} attempts allowed to earn required grade and a withdrawal is considered an attempt):

  • Calculus I (MAC X281 or MAC X311 or equivalent)
  • Calculus II (MAC X282 or MAC X312 or equivalent), and
  • Calculus-based Physics I plus lab (PHY X048L or PHY X045L)

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application2. Pay the non-refundable US$30 application fee
3. Send original or certified copies of all post-secondary transcripts/academic records.

  • Include a certified English translation for all documents not written in English. If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend using the American Translators Association to find a certified translator.
  • We can accept digital copies of these secondary and post-secondary school records e-mailed directly from an appropriate official at your school to international@usf.edu. Alternatively, mail your transcripts in a sealed envelope via post to:

University of South Florida
Office of International Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, BEH 236
Tampa, FL 33620
United States

4. Send official IELTS, TOEFL or PTEA scores to USF (only required for students from non-English speaking countries).

5. Submit a financial statement that shows funding support based on the estimated cost of attendance for one academic year or two semesters (only required if an F-1 or J-1 visa is required).

6. Submit copies of immigration documents, if currently in the U.S. on a temporary visa (for example, H-4, L-2, E-2)

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