Sep 26, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Related Matters


Office of Admissions

Student Services Building (SVC) 1036
(813) 974-3350

USF St. Petersburg campus

The Office of Admissions assists prospective students with learning about the opportunities available to them at the University of South Florida. The Office is responsible for processing applications for admission for undergraduate students (first time in college - FTIC, transfer, and former students returning  - FSR, including international students). Admission to the University of South Florida requires evidence of ability to successfully complete academic work, the capacity to think creatively, and strong motivation. The minimum admission requirements are designed to help identify applicants whose academic background indicates the potential for success at USF; however, achieving minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance

The admission of new students at all levels is on a selective basis within curricular, space, and fiscal limitations. The selection process may include such factors as grades, test scores, date of application completion, the pattern of courses completed, educational objectives, past conduct, and portfolios. Preference for admission in any term will be given to those applicants whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success.

The University encourages applications for admission from all qualified applicants and does not discriminate based on race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information and gender identity and expression, or as otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, in the admission process. Students are offered admission to USF in accordance with the mission and goals of the University and within enrollment limitations established by the Department of Education, State University System of Florida, and the Florida Legislature.

Admissions Application

The Office of Admissions accepts either application below.  A $30 (in U.S. currency) nonrefundable application fee is required.   Only one application needs to be submitted from either:

When to Apply

Applications for admission are accepted as early as nine months before the requested entry term. Applications for admission and the non-refundable application fee should be submitted by the preferred deadline date for the requested entry term or by the application deadline for the requested degree program (see specific Programs (A-Z)  in this catalog), whichever is earlier.


  • July 1 – Application opens
  • November 1 – Priority admissions deadline
  • January 15 – Application completion deadline for students to qualify for admissions scholarships 
  • April 1 – Final application deadline
  • May 1 – Admissions deposit deadline


  • February 1 – Application opens
  • October 1 – Preferred admissions deadline
  • December 1 – Admissions deposit deadline


  • September 1 – Application opens
  • March 15 – Final application deadline
  • April 15 – Final Completion deadline


  • September 1 – Application opens
  • June 1 – Final application deadline
  • July 15 – Final Completion deadline


  • February 1 – Application opens
  • October 1 – Final application deadline
  • November 15 – Final Completion deadline


Please complete application no later than 20 business days prior to the first day of your desired term of entry 

Who Should Apply

The University of South Florida offers a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of the student body. You can apply if you are any one of the following:

  • A High School Senior or First Time in College (FTIC) seeking a Bachelor’s degree.
  • An Undergraduate student with some college credits seeking a Bachelor’s degree.
  • A non-U.S. citizen seeking an Undergraduate degree.
  • Seeking courses and programs for training, professional advancement, certification or personal growth.

An application for admission must be submitted by all students who have not been admitted to and enrolled in a USF degree program within the last three terms. Former or continuing USF degree-seeking students must file another application for admission when applying for a second-degree program, another level of study or readmission (see Readmission). Any previously enrolled student will be required to pay the $30 application fee. Documents submitted requesting a waiver of the $30 application fee are considered by the Dean of Admissions based upon the determination that the payment of this fee creates a documented severe financial hardship and serves as a deterrent from submitting the application.

Changing Requested Term of Entry

Applicants may update their application for admission for up to one year from the originally requested term of admission. All requests for changes of entry term must specify any academic work attempted that was not reflected on the original application and must be received by the appropriate published application deadline for the new term of entry or degree program specified, whichever is earlier. Additionally, any issues related to criminal or academic misconduct that was not reflected on the initial application must be reported in writing to the Office of Admissions. A new application and fee must be submitted when applicants wish to be considered for admission for a term that begins more than twelve months after the originally requested entry term.

An applicant who requests a new entry term must meet the admissions requirements in effect for the new term requested. Entry for some programs is limited to specified terms.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Apply early! Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis as applications are completed and all supporting documents are received. You may apply as early as August of your senior year. FTIC (First Time in College) applications are considered for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.

General Admission Policies

Transcripts and Other Admission Documents

All official transcripts, test scores, and any other required credentials must be received directly from the issuing agencies. It is the applicant’s responsibility to initiate the request for credentials to the issuing agencies and to assure their receipt by the Office of Admissions. (See “Minimum Requirements for Admission” for information concerning required documentation). Official transcripts from all previous institutions are required.

All credentials and documents submitted become the property of USF. The originals or copies of the originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution, agency, or person.

Provisional Admission

An applicant admitted on a provisional basis must submit the requested missing credentials, such as official final transcripts or test scores, which confirm eligibility for admission before a second registration will be permitted.

Conditional Offers of Admission

Some applicants may be offered admission to the University of South Florida with the condition that they enroll in an alternate term, campus and/or program that differs from that requested on the application for admission, or that they meet the conditions outlined in the acceptance offer. For example, a freshman applicant may be offered admission to the summer or spring term due to enrollment limits and/or admission criteria. Continued enrollment is contingent on meeting all conditions of admission.

Admission Denials

Any applicant - freshman or transfer - who does not meet minimum admission requirements and is denied admission may submit an appeal to the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions for reconsideration of the admissions decision.

Undergraduate applicants - freshman or transfer - who are denied admission as a degree-seeking student may not enroll as a non-degree seeking student. Please see information on Non-Degree Seeking Student.

Receipt of final official credentials that fail to substantiate eligibility will result in rescinding of admission and denial of continued enrollment in subsequent terms.

An application for admission or a residency declaration submitted by or on behalf of a student that contains false, fraudulent, or incomplete statements may result in denial of admission, further registration and/or degrees awarded.

The University may refuse admission to a student whose record shows previous misconduct not in the best interest of citizens of the University community.

See Florida Board of Governors (BOG) 6.001 General Admissions
USF Regulation 3.018

Required Proof of Immunity

All students must have proof of immunity as follows:

  • MEASLES: Poof of Immunity.
  • RUBELLA: Proof of Immunity.
  • HEPATITIS B: Proof of Immunity or signed waiver declining the vaccine.
  • MENINGITIS: Proof of Immunity or signed waiver declining the vaccine.

All students must complete and sign the USF Medical History & Immunization History Form or provide supporting documentation and electronic signature on their student OASIS account. For instructions see

For students that applied to USF using an international address, a Tuberculosis screening is also required. For details, see

For detailed information regarding USF’s Immunization Policy and Requirements, see

The USF Student Health Services Compliance Office administers state and USF mandates for the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses

For questions, contact 813-974-4056 or

Required Orientation

Office of Orientation
John & Grace Allen Building (ALN) 102
(813) 974-3060

St. Petersburg campus Orientation Office
Bayboro (BAY) 117B

Sarasota – Manatee campus Orientation Office
8350 North Tamiami Trail (SMC B130)

Orientation is required for all newly admitted students. All newly admitted students must complete Orientation for the campus to which they are admitted prior to beginning classes. 

The Orientation experience is designed to meet the requirements of a student’s home campus located in Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Sarasota-Manatee. Orientation provides an introduction to the campus community and facilitates a seamless transition into the academic and social environments unique to the identified home campus and the University of South Florida at large.

Primary facilitation of Orientation resides with the designated office(s) at each USF campus location. See USF Policy 10-035 Mandatory Orientation for New Undergraduate Students.

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Florida BOG 7.005 Residency for Tuition Purposes

Residency refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your rate of tuition. Most importantly, living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence for tuition purposes.

When you apply to the university, your initial residency classification is determined by the Office of Admissions. Failure to provide sufficient documentation in the residency section of the admissions application will result in a non-Florida or out-of-state residency classification for tuition purposes.

You have until the last day of classes in your first term to request that the Office of Admissions re-evaluate your residency status by providing sufficient documentation. However, if your residency status is listed as non-Florida at the time that classes begin, you will be assessed out-of-state tuition charges.

Once you have completed your first term at USF, you can request a reclassification of your residency status from the Office of the Registrar ( 

Limited Access Programs

Undergraduates seeking entrance to limited access degree programs must meet special program requirements in addition to requirements for admission to the University. The admission criteria and procedures for limited access programs at USF furnish equal access to A.A. degree holders from Florida public colleges, transfers from other SUS institutions and USF students of equivalent status. Transfer applicants with 60 or more transferable semester hours who are seeking admission to limited access programs must meet the grade point average requirement and pre-requisites specified by the program to be eligible for admission to USF. Transfer applicants with 30 to 59 transferable semester hours who are seeking admission to certain limited access programs such as Nursing may be required to meet a higher transfer grade point average requirement that would allow eventual admission to those particular degree programs.

USF, with approval of the Board of Governors and the Articulation Coordinating Committee, has established the following undergraduate programs as limited access:

  • AccountingStudent in lab
  • Advertising
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Analytics and Information Systems
  • Dance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Graphic Design
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physical Education
  • Social Work
  • All College of Education Teacher Certification programs
  • Nursing All degree programs in the College of Nursing

The admissions requirements for these degree programs may be found with other program information in appropriate sections of this catalog.

Foreign Language Entrance Requirement (FLENT)

USF Regulation 3.007
FL BOG Regulation 6.002
FL BOG Regulation 6.004

All applicants admitted to the State University System (SUS) are expected to have demonstrated competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher. A limited number of students not meeting the high school foreign language requirement may be admitted; however, these students must fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree. Satisfaction of the foreign-language admissions requirement by having two (2) sequential units of the same foreign language in high school, or eight (8) credit hours of the same foreign language in college, or documented equivalent proficiency. Satisfaction of the foreign-language admissions requirement by having two (2) sequential units of the same foreign language in high school, or eight (8) credit hours of the same foreign language in college, or documented equivalent proficiency.

Opportunities for Accelerated Progress toward Undergraduate Degrees

USF provides several options by which students may accelerate their progress toward completing the baccalaureate degree. These options recognize knowledge which has been acquired prior to or during attendance at USF and provide the opportunity to earn University credit. Options that may be utilized to accelerate progress include the following:

  • Recognition of satisfactory performance on standardized tests offered through recognized examination programs. See for a complete listing of exams and course equivalencies.
  • Recognition of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students who earn the IB Diploma will be awarded 30 semester hours of college credit and sophomore standing. Credit for standard level exams with a score of 4 or higher may be awarded to those students who do not earn the IB diploma.
  • Dual enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student at USF or a community college prior to graduation from high school (see [Public/Private High/Home School]). Florida College System students should follow eligibility criteria for non-degree seeking students (below).
  • Early admission for high school students (see Early Admission Freshmen).
  • Courses completed through USF Distance Learning. See:
  • Courses completed through the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. See
  • Courses completed through the State University System Correspondence Study program.

Credits may be earned through a combination of the above options. Students should contact their college advisors for further information concerning the application of this credit toward their degree requirements.

Internal processes (such as auditions, portfolio reviews, and placement tests) utilized in the various departments for the sole purpose of determining a student’s most appropriate area, level, or section placement in a program of study are not to be construed as examining mechanisms for the granting of credit.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Freshman Applicants

BOG Regulation 6.002
USF Regulation 3.018

Any freshman applicant who meets minimum admission requirements as stated in Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.002 is encouraged to submit an application. Each state university reserves the right under Florida BOG regulation to establish admission criteria that exceeds Florida BOG minimums.

To be considered for admission, freshman (FTIC – First Time in College) applicants must submit:

  • USF Application for Admission
  • Non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official GED scores if applicable
  • SAT or ACT scores

Although USF has minimum freshman admission requirements, meeting these minimum standards does not guarantee admission. Applicants selected for admission usually exceed the eligibility requirements; however, USF also considers applicants who do not fully meet minimum requirements but who have important attributes, special talents or unique circumstances that may contribute to a representative and diverse student body. These freshman applicants are considered for admission based on other appropriate evidence of ability to do successful academic work at USF.

The University sets admission requirements found on the Undergraduate Admissions web homepage. Please refer to for the current admission requirements. Admission to the University is selective; therefore, meeting requirements does not guarantee admission.

The institution reserves the right to validate any applicant’s admission materials including transcripts and test scores (via a testing agency) such as SAT, ACT, TOEFL, PTE-A or IELTS used in the admission process if, in the judgment of University officials, there is reason to warrant this validation. See

  • A diploma from a public or accredited high school or the state-approved General Education Development (GED) diploma is required for freshman admission. Early Admission Program students are exempted from this requirement.
  • For freshman applicants earning a high school diploma, the following college preparatory academic units (year-long courses or equivalents) normally offered in grades nine through twelve are required:
    • Four (4) units of English (three of the four must incorporate substantial writing requirements);Student in front of presentation display
    • Four (4) units of mathematics (Algebra I and above);
    • Three (3) units of natural sciences (two of the three must incorporate substantial laboratory requirements);
    • Three (3) units of social sciences (history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and geography);
    • Two (2) units of the same foreign language; and
    • Two (2) additional units of academic electives.
  • USF recalculates high school grade point average for admission that enhances credits for accelerated coursework with a grade of C or higher by adding one quality point for grades earned in Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate courses, AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) and dual enrollment courses; and one-half quality point for any grade earned in certain courses designated as honors or advanced by school districts or independent schools.
  • Official test scores from the College Board SAT or from the NRCCUA ACT exam must be submitted. When scores are provided from multiple administrations of an admission test, the combination of the highest individual subtest scores are used to determine eligibility for admission (i.e., super-scoring).
  • As a minimum, each freshman applicant must meet one of the following:
    a. At least a “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) as computed by USF in required high school academic units in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and foreign language; or
    b. A combination of admission test scores and a high school GPA equivalent to a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) as computed by USF in the required high school academic units in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and foreign language, and scores on the College Board SAT or NRCCUA ACT that meet college placement minimums per the Florida Board of Governors.
  • Applicants with a GED diploma must have an average score of 174 or higher on each of the five GED tests.

Florida College System

High school graduates planning to start their college education at a Florida College System institution should confer with the guidance counselor and ask that their academic program be planned with the assistance of the USF Undergraduate Catalog that is available at This catalog, prepared by the USF Office of Undergraduate Studies, explicitly describes the undergraduate program requirements and Florida’s common prerequisites that should be followed to ensure maximum ease of transfer into the student’s upper-level programs on a par with their native USF counterparts.

Admissions Deposit

Freshmen admitted to the University of South Florida are required to submit a $200 non-refundable admission deposit by May 1 for either Summer or Fall, or by December 1 for Spring admission.

The admission deposit will be credited to the student’s account and applied toward their first-semester tuition. The admission deposit will be waived for admitted freshmen who demonstrate significant financial need on a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submitted by USF’s priority deadline.

Admitted freshmen are encouraged to pay the deposit online via OASIS (USF’s Online Access Student Information System). Online payment is the University’s preferred payment method. Checks and money orders submitted to the Cashier’s Office (SVC 1039) are also acceptable forms of payment.

Early University Programs (Earning USF Credit While Attending Public High School, Private High School, or Home School)

USF Regulation 3.018

Highly capable, mature high school students enrolled in a strong college-preparatory curriculum may apply during their Junior year for early admission dual enrollement. To be considered for early admission, students must meet this criteria:

Have minimum scores on one of the following tests:

  • SAT: 1300, with at least 580 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing.
  • ACT: 29, with at least 29 in English.

Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.8 as calculated by USF.

Early admissions students complete their high school senior year by attending USF fulltime as regularly enrolled, degree-seeking students.   Students in the early admission program must take courses that are creditable toward the high school diploma and the associate or baccalaureate degree.  For more information about Early Admission  qualifications, policies,  and application procedures, see   

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment in USF classes is open to academically qualified students currently enrolled in public/private high schools and home schools who are recommended by their guidance counselor or principal and meet the university’s criteria.

Have proof of one of the following sets of test scores:

  • SAT: 560 Evidence-based Reading and Writing and 530 Math
  • ACT: 21 Reading, 21 English, and 21 Math
  • PERT: 123 Math, 106 Reading and 103 Writing

Have a 3.5 weighted grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Dual enrollment students are non-degree-seeking students at USF and may only take courses which are creditable toward their high school diploma. Per F.S. 1007.271. USF offers dual enrollment courses on its three campuses and online for courses not accessible from institutions of the Florida College System. By special agreement with specific school districts, USF offers some courses on high school campuses. For more information about Dual Enrollment qualifications, policies, and application procedures, see

Credit by Examination

The University of South Florida awards credit-by-examination based on the minimum guidelines as established by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) available on, pursuant to Florida Statute 1007.27 (, and approved by the State Board of Education and Board of Governors.

Students may receive up to 45 semester hours of credit towards the baccalaureate degree upon successful completion of any of the examinations listed below. For more information, see USF Policy 10-017 ( Performance levels necessary to achieve credit have been established and are listed under each exam. Credit earned through one examination program may not be duplicated by another examination or course.

  • Advanced Placement  (AP)
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE)
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams  (CAPE)
  • College Level Examination Program  (CLEP)
  • DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)  
  • Excelsior  (EXCEL)
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • German Abitur
  • Global Assessment Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate  (IB)

The University of South Florida evaluates all credits earned and grades received for admitted undergraduate students in college-level courses at other accredited institutions. Credits earned at international institutions or during study abroad are also evaluated for transfer. Please contact the Office of Admissions ( or International Studies for admission requirements (

USF Testing Services accommodates USF and non-USF customers.  For more information, see

Additional information on exam credits is published by the Florida Department of Education at

First Year Academic Programs

Tampa campus - Student Services Building (SVC) 2002Engineering students working on project
(813) 974-4051

The goal of First Year Academic Programs is to equip students for academic and personal success at University of South Florida and beyond. Making the transition from high school or from another institution to a major research university is both exciting and challenging. We offer a number of academic courses designed to support students during this time of adjustment and acclimation. The elective credit earned from these courses can be applied to any undergraduate degree program. For more information about our course offerings for First Year Students and Transfer Students, visit our website at

Student Services Building (SVC) 2002
(813) 974-4051

Fuse is transfer program between the University of South Florida and eight Florida state colleges.  This partnership provides a seamless academic pathway for students to complete an associate degree with guaranteed admission to USF.   

Students admitted to the Fuse Transfer Program must follow an academic graduation pathway  (, which provides a seamless transition from one of our eight FCS partner schools to USF.  Adherence to the graduation pathway allows for timely completion of both the Associate of Arts (AA) and bachelor’s degrees.  Students admitted to the program have guaranteed admission to their selected major, offered in the Fuse Transfer Program, provided they meet all requirements of the program upon completion of their AA.

Students seeking admission into limited or restrictive access majors will have to meet additional requirements such as prerequisites, GPA, and/or test scores.

Community Scholars:  The Community Scholars initiative is an alternative admission opportunity for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students who apply to the University of South Florida.  Created by the Regional Chancellor at the St. Petersburg campus, the Community Scholars program grants select FTICs who are not immediately admissible for the Summer or Fall the opportunity to attend institution accredited by either the Higher Learning Commission, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the New England Commission of Higher Education, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or the WASC Senior College and University Commission during Fall where they must successfully complete at least 12 transferrable credit hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA.  During the Fall, they will have access to St. Petersburg campus academic advisors who will provide course recommendations.  Upon successful completion of these academic requirements in the Fall, participants in the program transfer to the St. Petersburg campus the following Spring semester with a one-time transfer award.  For questions about Community Scholars, please contact the Office of Admissions at 727-873-4142.

Pinellas Access to Higher Education: PATHe is a collaborative partnership between the St. Petersburg campus and St. Petersburg College (SPC) that aims to provide equitable, flexible, and attainable pathways to higher education for Pinellas County, FL students.  Pinellas County first-time-in-college (FTIC) applicants who are not immediately admissible to USF and selected St. Petersburg as their home campus may be eligible for PATHe.  With the joint support of PATHe counselors, students afforded this opportunity will receive academic advisement to help them earn an Associate in Arts degree from SPC before they transition to the St. Petersburg campus to complete their baccalaureate degree.  For questions about PATHe, please contact the Compass Student Experience Office at 727-873-4003.

Second Bachelor’s Degree Applicants

A student who has already graduated from an accredited four-year institution must earn a minimum of an additional 30 semester hours of USF undergraduate courses to apply toward their second baccalaureate degree. Students must also meet the University’s regular graduation requirements, as well as, the requirements of the college awarding the degree and the residency requirements.

A second bachelor’s degree applicant is any degree-seeking undergraduate applicant who has earned a bachelor’s degree at USF or another institution and wishes to earn an additional bachelor’s degree. A college graduate seeking to earn an additional bachelor’s degree is considered a second bachelor’s degree student.

For more information on requirements, please see the information on the Office of Admission’s website at

Readmission (Former Student Returning) (see item 8).

A former student returning (FSR) is any degree-seeking undergraduate student who has not earned their bachelor’s degree, who has not been enrolled at USF in any of the last three terms, and who wishes to re-enroll in the University. In order to be considered for readmission, a former student should file a new application for admission with the Office of Admissions ( at least 20 business days prior to the start of classes for the term of requested re-entry. A new $30 application fee is required.

Undergraduate students returning to seek a baccalaureate degree must:

  • Be in good academic standing and eligible to return to USF as well as the last institution attended as a degree-seeking student. For all college-level academic courses attempted at any institution since last enrolling in USF , the applicant’s transfer GPA must meet or exceed the GPA required of new transfer students at the time of readmission.
  • Former students who have attended one or more institutions since their last enrollment must request official transcripts of all work attempted at the other institution(s) be sent to the appropriate Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Acceptability of transfer credits toward completion of degree programs will be determined by the college of the student’s major.
  • The Academic Regulations Committees (ARC) have the Power to Approve (PTA) petitions for undergraduate or non-degree seeking students that fail to maintain a 2.0 GPA and are Academically Dismissed (AD) from USF. (Refer to the Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal Policies in the Undergraduate Catalog.) Academic Regulations Committees also may approve the readmission of students who qualify for Academic Renewal to have portions of their academic record not counted in the determination of the GPA for graduation purposes. (Refer to the Academic Renewal Policy in the Undergraduate Catalog.)

Transient students and non-degree-seeking students are not considered former students returning. Former or continuing USF degree-seeking students must file another application for admission and pay the non-refundable $30 application fee when applying for a second degree program, another level of study or readmission.

The Office of Admissions will evaluate the acceptability of transfer of credits taken at other accredited institutions since last enrolled at USF. The college of the student’s major will determine which courses are applicable for the student’s major. In some instances, exact course equivalents will also be determined by other colleges that offer the same or similar course(s) as a part of their programs of study.

A Former Student Returning is any degree-seeking undergraduate student who:

  • Has not earned his/her degree,
  • Has not been enrolled at USF in any of the last three consecutive terms, and
  • Wishes to re-enroll in the University. Otherwise, you are considered a continuing student and can still register.

Non-degree seeking students are not considered Returning Students and are not required to submit an application through the Office of Admissions at

Change of Campus

New FTIC and Transfer Admits and Former Student Returning:
Any newly admitted student or former student returning who wishes to change campus BEFORE the beginning of their admit term must do so via the Office of Admissions by updating their admissions application. Please note that these requests may NOT be granted due to defined enrollment constraints by campus or college. New students will pay fees according to a consolidated fee structure and will NOT experience any impacts when changing campus.

Continuing Student:
Previous restrictions on movement between campuses have been officially REMOVED from USF Regulation 3.007. There are no current policies or regulations that restrict or govern when or why an undergraduate student can change campuses between Sarasota-Manatee, St. Petersburg, or Tampa. In the absence of prescription, change of campus for continuing students will be processed like the change of major, in that, decision-making is decentralized within the academic colleges.

If an undergraduate student wishes to change their campus of record in Banner:
As of July 1st 2020, it is no longer necessary to receive approval from the Office of Undergraduate Studies to process a change of campus (i.e., the change of institution form is discontinued). Due to ongoing SACSCOC reaffirmation, students are REQUIRED to change campuses if they choose to change to a major/program that is not affiliated with their current campus. Please remember students do NOT need to change campuses to register for courses on a different USF campus; they are NOT prohibited from registering for courses on any campus based on their declared campus.

Process Guidelines

  1. Change of campus requests should ONLY be processed for future terms and not the student’s current active term (this is the same as major changes).
  2. Students changing campus BUT program/major remains unchanged: Advisors are permitted to change campus IF the student’s program/major is offered on that campus.
  3. Students changing program/major AND campus: The student’s selected major MUST be offered on that campus to change majors and campus. If it is a multi-campus program/major, then it is within the College’s discretion to determine which campus is the campus of record in the Student Information System (e.g., Banner).


  • Student Fees: Consolidation governance allows continuing students to grandfather in the localized fees they paid PRIOR to consolidation. If a continuing student decides to change campuses (either in conjunction with a major change or independently), they will experience a change to fee amounts charged. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
  • Scholarships: If a student has a campus-specific scholarship, it may be impacted by a change of campus (whether connected to a major change OR made independently), including but not limited to adjusted award amounts or loss of eligibility.
  • International Students: Students are issued an I-20 based on their home campus and are only eligible for on campus employment at the campus listed on their I-20. Students should take at least ½ the courses at the campus listed on their I-20. In the event an international student changes campus, ISS has an alert that is triggered by the change in Banner and they will be issued a new I-20. No action needed by the Colleges or Undergraduate Studies.
  • Housing: Changing campus does not automatically move housing assignments. If a student’s change in campus prompts a desire to change their on-campus housing assignment, the student should contact the Housing & Residential Education office of their current campus to inquire about the process and options available ( for Tampa campus or for St. Petersburg campus).

Undergraduate Transfer Applicants

BOG Regulation 6.004 - Admission of Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking Transfer Students
USF Regulation 3.018

For more information, please visit the Office of Admissions website at:

Applicants with fewer than 60 transferrable semester credits are considered lower-level transfers (12-29 credits) and mid-level (30-59 credits); upper-level transfers are those with 60 or more transferrable semester credits (see below). Regardless of category, grade point averages (GPA) for purpose of admission will be computed based only on grades earned in courses that are acceptable for transfer credit and as calculated by USF.

  • Transfer applicants must be in good standing and eligible to reenroll at the last accredited institution attended as a degree-seeking student.
  • All transfer applicants are required to meet satisfactory academic progress criteria as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. USF has specific transfer admission requirements which may include a completion of specific percentage of courses attempted. An excessive number of course withdrawals as well as failed and repeated courses could negatively affect admissibility as a transfer to USF
  • Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and schools attended.
  • Grade point averages for the purpose of admission will be computed based on grades earned in courses acceptable for transfer credit; incomplete grades will be computed as failures.
  • Transfer applicants must have completed two credits of one foreign language or American Sign Language in high school or the equivalent to eight to ten semester hours in the undergraduate institution(s) attended or demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence as described in BOG Regulation 6.004.

Transfer of Credit to USF

USF will accept credits only from institutions accredited by one of the accrediting agencies/commissions recognized by USF. However, USF reserves the right to deny credit for specific courses. The receipt and evaluation of total transfer credit are the responsibility of the Office of Admissions ( The Office of the Registrar creates transfer course equivalencies and maintains transfer course catalogs. From these resources, the College of the student’s major will determine which courses are applicable toward a specific degree and will assign equivalent courses.

For students completing courses at a Florida State College or University, please review the Statewide Course Numbering System for course equivalencies (

USF subscribes fully to all of the provisions of the Statewide Articulation Agreement (Rule 6A-10.024) and strongly recommends that students complete the Associate of Arts degree or, in certain prior-approved areas, the Associate of Science degree, before transferring. Special details for students who do not plan to complete the associate degree requirements are available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions ( Also, all transfer students should refer to other entries about undergraduate transfers in the Admissions section of this catalog.

Additional information on the State University System of Florida and Board of Governors policies for transfer students is available at

Articulation Agreement

6A-10.024 Articulation Between and Among Universities, Community Colleges, and School Districts

It is the intent of the Board of Governors and the State Board of Education to facilitate articulation and seamless integration of the education system by agreeing to the provisions of this rule. The authority to adopt and amend this rule aligns with the Constitutional power given the Board of Governors for the state university system and the statutory authority given the State Board of Education for the district school boards, the community college system, and the Department of Education.

State universities and community colleges shall publish with precision and clarity in their official catalogs the admission, course, and prerequisite requirements of the institution, each unit of the institution, each program, and each specialization.

The agreement defines and establishes the Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public state or community college as the basis for all articulation rights. Among these guarantees, the following are central to the transfer process:

Admission into the State University System

  • A.A. graduates will be granted admission to a university within the SUS, but not necessarily to the university or program of choice.
  • A.A. graduates will have the same opportunity to enroll in a university limited access program or a program with selective admission requirements, as the native university student (i.e., students who entered the university as an FTIC).
  • Upon transferring to a state university, A.A. graduates will be awarded at least 60 credit hours towards the baccalaureate degree, exclusive of occupational courses and basic required physical education courses.
  • Credits that are part of the A.A. degree earned through articulated acceleration mechanisms, such as dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate, early admission, Advanced Placement, Advanced International Certificate of Education Program, and Credit by Exam, will be transferable to the state university.
  • As participants in the Statewide Course Numbering System, receiving institutions must accept all courses taken at the transfer institution if the courses at each institution have the same prefix and the same last three digits of the course number.
  • The university catalog in effect the year the A.A. degree student first enrolled at a Florida College System institution will remain in effect for the student’s entire program, provided the student maintains continuous enrollment as defined in that catalog.
  • Once a student has completed the general education core and this fact is noted on the transcript, regardless of whether or not an A.A. degree is awarded, no other state university or community college to which the student may transfer can require additional courses to the general education core.
  • A separate agreement establishes the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree for articulation into specialized programs.
  • Included in these transfer guarantees is the right of appeal. Students may appeal to the university and to the Statewide Articulation Coordinating Committee. Students who have questions or want more information about the articulation agreement should contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at (813) 974-4051 or

Credit for Online Coursework

USF Policy 10-071 Award of Credit for Online Coursework

BOG Regulation 6.020

Undergraduate students who are admitted to the University of South Florida and who have completed online college-level courses prior to initial enrollment in undergraduate education may request that the University evaluate that work to determine if credit might be awarded. Award of credit for that work must meet the following conditions:

  • USF faculty have determined the online course content and learning outcomes to be comparable to a course offered at the institution;
  • Online courses meet the quality and accreditation standards intended for a transfer course; and
  • The subject area faculty, have determined that the online course is relevant to the student’s intended program of study.

Students wishing to have such online coursework evaluated for the purpose of receiving credit should inform Office of Undergraduate Studies, or the Chief Academic Officer at their branch campus, upon being admitted but prior to enrolling in classes at the university. If credit for the online coursework was awarded by another institution of higher education the student must submit an official transcript reflecting the award of credit and the transferability of that work will be determined with the same processes and criteria for other transferred courses, including coursework recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

For more information regarding the process to have coursework evaluated and/or further information on the policy, please visit the USF Policy 10-071 (

Credit for Military Training

BOG Regulation 6.013

USF Regulation 6.0025

College credit will be granted to students with military training or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) subject to institution transfer practices and limitations on amount and level of transfer credit. Military training or coursework will be subject to the same treatment as any other transfer credit evaluated, with utilization of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services for determining equivalency and alignment of military coursework with appropriate University courses. If the coursework fulfills a general education or major course or degree requirement, the credit will be granted for meeting that requirement towards graduation. Appropriate course credit may include free elective course credit toward the degree.

Credit that was previously evaluated and awarded by another college-degree granting institution and that is appropriate to the transfer student’s major will be accepted, subject to institution transfer limitations. Credit awarded for military education and training will be noted on the transcript and documentation of the credit equivalency evaluation will be maintained. Credit awarded for military education and training will not count in the excess hours fee per BOG Regulation 7.003 ( Priority course registration will be provided for each veteran of the United States Armed Forces who is receiving the GI Bill.

Transfer Credit

USF Regulation 3.018

  • The receipt and evaluation of transfer credit is the responsibility of the Office of Admissions ( The Office of Admissions will evaluate the acceptability of total credits transferable to the University. The college of the student’s major will assign equivalent courses in determining which courses are applicable toward a specific degree at the University. In some instances, exact course equivalents will also be determined by other colleges that offer the same or similar courses as part of their programs of study. Transfer students should be prepared with personal copies of their transcripts of all past course work to discuss advisement and placement with the appropriate academic advisor and should contact the college of their major soon after registration so that an official evaluation may be completed. Transfer students from non-Florida institutions should also be prepared to submit course syllabi to assist USF faculty in the official evaluation.
  • USF will consider credits from any accredited institutions at the time the credits are earned. Credits earned at an institution that is currently in “candidacy” status will not be considered for transfer credit until such time as the awarding institution receives full accreditation. Courses approved for transfer by the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS) from non-accredited institutions will be considered for transfer credits the same as credits from an accredited institution if the course is offered at USF.
  • Admitted students who wish to transfer courses from colleges or universities that are not accredited may request a review of those courses by contacting their academic advisors to initiate the process. Students will be asked to submit detailed information about the content and standards for each course to be reviewed, including, but not limited to a detailed syllabus that contains the course description, prerequisites and co-requisites, major learning outcomes, textbooks, and the academic qualifications of the instructor. These materials will be submitted to the appropriate department and the office of Undergraduate Studies for review by the faculty and the process make take some time, during which no credit will be awarded until the department review is completed. Only those courses that appear to match courses currently offered by the university will be reviewed for transfer.
  • USF reserves the right to deny credit for specific courses. USF does not award transfer credit from institutions that it determines to be occupational, college preparatory/remedial, or vocational in nature, or for other reasons as determined by the Office of Articulation, except for work that is specifically approved as part of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science program or approved by the academic department of the student’s major.
  • Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree holders from Florida public accredited institutions will be considered as having met USF general education requirements and are automatically awarded 60 semester hours of credit. A course-by-course transfer credit evaluation will be done for all out-of-state and private in-state A.A. degree holders.
  • All courses from a Florida College System Institution/University bearing the same State Common Course prefix and last three numbers as a USF course are automatically transferred and transfer students may not be required to repeat these courses, unless a college age-of-record policy is involved. That same automatic transferability of credits applies to courses completed at non-accredited institutions actively participating in the State Common Course Numbering System. Excluded are graduate courses, studio courses in art, internships, practicums, and performing arts courses such as dance, theater performance, voice, and instrumental music.
  • All undergraduate degree programs at USF require a minimum of 42 hours of upper-level work that would have been completed at a four-year college or university. This policy does not affect approved articulated programs based on the A.S. degree. For information regarding specific articulated A.S. degree programs, consult the Office of Undergraduate Studies, B.S.A.S. Program.
  • Credit will not be awarded for GED tests.
  • Military service-school courses will be evaluated with reference to the recommendation of the American Council of Education when official credentials have been presented. Such recommendation, however, is not binding upon the University.
  • For ROTC and military science courses taken after Fall Quarter 1975, the maximum credit will vary with each college. A student must confer with his/her college advisor to determine the acceptability for his/her major. ROTC and military science courses taken prior to Fall 1975 are not acceptable for transfer credit.
  • A maximum of 45 semester hours of College Level Examination Program (subject and general examinations) credits can be accepted for transfer credit.
  • A maximum of 30 semester hours of extension, correspondence, and military service education credits can be applied toward a degree.
  • Grades earned in transferred courses are not computed in the student’s USF GPA except for the purposes of admission to limited access programs, the awarding of honors at graduation, and class ranking of baccalaureate students.
  • International postsecondary credentials must be sent with a certified English translation, with associated costs to be paid by the student.
  • A continuously-enrolled USF degree-seeking student must obtain prior written approval from the college of the student’s major in order for courses taken at another accredited institutions to be applied to the USF degree program.

General Education Transfer Credits

Transfer students are under the Enhanced General Education curriculum. Please reference Enhanced General Education in the Undergraduate Catalog on USF Enhanced General Education requirements. Students should work with their advisor to have transfer credit evaluated for Enhanced General Education credit.

Lower-Level Transfer Applicants (12 to 59 transferable semester credits)

USF Regulation 3.018 (see item 4d)

To be considered for admission, transfer applicants with fewer than 60 transferable semester credits must submit a USF Admissions Application. Also, the applicant must submit a $30 non-refundable application fee, an official transcript from each previous college attended, an official high school transcript, official GED scores if applicable, official SAT or ACT scores, and a IELTS or TOEFL score if applicable.

Lower-level transfer applicants who will enter USF with 12-59 transferable semester credits must minimally meet the following requirements to be considered for admission in good standing; however, satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.  Some programs may have additional requirements including GPAs andcourse pre-requisites. For programs with selective criteria, see

  • Transfer applicants with less than 30 semester hours of transferable college credit (lower level) must meet all Freshman Admission requirements (see Sec. (4)(b)5.).
  • Applicants with 30 or more and 59 or less transferrable semester hours must have successfully completed (C or higher) at least one English Composition course and one college level mathematics course that consists of three (3) semester credit hours. High school transcripts are required to demonstrate completion of the foreign language admission requirement.
  • Lower level transfer students who do not meet the foreign language requirements must satisfy the foreign language requirement prior to admission to the upper division and may not exceed 5 percent of the number of freshmen enrolled in the prior academic year.
  • Please refer to the International Applicants section for additional requirements for international applicants.

Upper-Level Transfer Applicants (60 or more transferable semester credits)

USF Regulation 3.018 (see item 4e)

To be considered for admission, transfer applicants with 60 or more transferable semester credits must submit a USF application for admission, a non-refundable application fee, an official transcript from each previous college attended, and a TOEFL or IELTS score if applicable. Final transcripts with any degree awarded, or a minimum of 60 semester hours of transferable credit earned prior to initial enrollment at USF, must be submitted to determine final admissions eligibility.

Any transfer student with 60 or more semester hours who designates a desire for admission to a limited access undergraduate program must meet the overall admission GPA criteria of that program in order to be admitted to the University.  Some programs may have additional requirements including GPAs and course pre-requisites. For programs with selective criteria, see

For further information regarding Upper-Level Transfer admissions requirements, visit

  • Admission as a junior to the upper division of USF will be granted-within curricular, space and fiscal limitations to an Associate of Arts degree graduate of a state- approved Florida public college or university or a transfer applicant from an SUS institution who has received the AA degree/certificate. The admission of AA degree transfers from Florida public colleges and universities is governed by the Florida Articulation Agreement (BOG Resolution adopting Rule 6A-10.024) Articulation Between and Among Universities, Community Colleges, and School Districts).
  • Undergraduate transfer students who have not earned the AA degree/certificate from a public community/junior college or state university in Florida or who have attended another college after receipt of the AA degree/certificate from a public community/junior college or state university in Florida must have an overall 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college level courses attempted and acceptable to transfer.
  • Associate of Arts degree holders who are not exempt from the foreign language requirement and all other upper level transfer students admitted without meeting the foreign language admission requirement (see Sec. (4)(d)2.) must satisfy the foreign language requirement prior to graduation.

International Student Admission Requirements

International Applicants (Non-resident Aliens)

USF Regulation 3.018 (item 7)

  • International undergraduate applicants who are not permanent U.S. residents (BOG Regulation 6.009) must submit applications for admission, application fees and all required supporting documents by the published deadlines. Applicants living outside of the United States are encouraged to submit required documentation no later than three (3) months prior to the date of desired entry to USF or the deadline for the degree program, whichever is earlier.
  • Supporting documentation includes the “Financial Support Requirements” form to show proof of availability of financial resources sufficient to cover all educational, maintenance, personal and travel expenses while attending USF without financial assistance from USF; all transcripts identifying subjects and grades from the first year of secondary work to the time of application or graduation when applying as an entering freshman or a transfer with less than 60 hours of transferable postsecondary credit; appropriate diploma(s), certificate(s), degree(s), mark-sheet(s) and/or examination(s) passed, from the home country, as evidence of United States equivalent qualifications and academic preparation for the degree program requested; and “Transfer Clearance Form” signed by the International Student Advisor, if currently enrolled in a U.S. Institution. Each International applicant must submit a signed health history form, including proof of immunizations as required by USF Policy 33-002, and proof of adequate health insurance coverage as required by USF Regulation 6.0162.
  • All transcripts must be in English. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have the transcript(s) translated before submitting them as part of their admission credentials. All transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English literal translation; foreign postsecondary transcripts must be evaluated by one of the credential evaluation services identified and published by the appropriate international admissions office. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English, from non-English speaking countries, or who have not earned a degree in the United States must provide, taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, a minimum PTE-A score of 53, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (written test), a minimum IELA score of 176 (with minimum subscores of 169) or a minimum FCE score of 176 (with minimum subscores of 169). Official Scores must be submitted to USF directly from the testing agency. See for more information.
  • The English Proficiency requirements may be waived for an undergraduate applicant, if the applicant has: completed successfully the equivalent of English Comp I; has submitted SAT or ACT test scores sufficient to validate English reading and writing proficiency as determined by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida; or successfully completed one year of study at a US institution of higher education
  • Applicants who earn a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction (for the institution and not just the major) may meet this requirement. However, other related factors (including test scores) will also be considered.

Some post-secondary international credentials may be evaluated by the Office for International Admissions (, while others may require an official course-by-course evaluation completed by an independent credential evaluation service, with associated costs to be paid by the student.

Language Requirements for International Students

If your English Proficiency falls below these published minimums, then please contact INTO USF for admission to our pathway programs or our English Language Programs.

INTO University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, FAO100
Tampa, Florida 33620 USA
P: +1 813 905 4686
FAX: +1 813 905 9686

Mandatory Health Insurance for International Students on F and J Visas

BOG 6.009 (6) student
USF Regulation 6.0162

International students must demonstrate that they have adequate health insurance coverage prior to enrollment. International students in J visa classes must also demonstrate that their accompanying spouse and dependents have adequate health insurance coverage prior to enrollment. Adequate health insurance for international students in F and J visa classes must include:

  • Coverage period for full academic year, including annual breaks
  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per person per accident or illness per policy year.
  • Basic medical benefits to include hospital and physician office visits.
  • Mental health care to include hospital and clinician office visits.
  • Female students must have maternity benefits covered as any other temporary medical condition.
  • Prescription drug benefits.
  • Medical Evacuation $50,000.
  • Repatriation of mortal remains $25,000.
  • Insurance carrier must have an “A” rating.
  • Medical claims must be paid in U.S. dollars payable on a U.S. financial institution.

To comply with this regulation, USF Student Health Services Compliance Office must receive adequate documentation a minimum of two weeks prior to enrollment. USF Student Health Services sponsors a medical insurance for international students that meets and exceeds the federal, state, and university requirements. Policy information, current costs, and enrollment process are available at

The USF Student Health Services Compliance Office administers state and USF mandates for the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

For questions, contact 813-974-5407 or

Other Admissions Information

Judy Genshaft Honors College

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALN 241
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-3087

Located on all three USF campuses, the Judy Genshaft Honors College offers educational experiences grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition, centered on creative interdisciplinary inquiry and the cultivation of practical wisdom, and intended for students regardless of major. The primary goals of the College are to develop superior critical thinking skills through intensive interdisciplinary seminars and undergraduate research, foster a nuanced global perspective on contemporary issues through an internationalized curriculum and study abroad experiences, and encourage a rich understanding of social concerns through structured community engagement.

First-Time-in-College (FTIC) students can join the Judy Genshaft Honors College by direct admission or admission by application. Students who reach our academic criteria through test scores and GPA will be directly admitted into the College.

Students can also be accepted through our application, which includes an essay and list of extracurricular activities. We employ a holistic review process and take into consideration more than test scores.

Enrollees Receiving VA and Social Security Benefits

VA Benefits

Located on all three USF campuses, the Judy Genshaft Honors College offers educational experiences grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition, centered on creative interdisciplinary inquiry and the cultivation of practical wisdom, and intended for students regardless of major. The primary goals of the College are to develop superior critical thinking skills through intensive interdisciplinary seminars and undergraduate research, foster a nuanced global perspective on contemporary issues through an internationalized curriculum and study abroad experiences, and encourage a rich understanding of social concerns through

Ten federal public laws currently provide education/job-training programs for VA-eligible students.

Five programs serve most students:

  • Chapter 30 for U.S. Military Veterans
  • Chapter 31 for Disabled U.S. Military Veterans
  • Chapter 33 for U.S. Military Veterans or dependents of veterans
  • Chapter 35 for Spouse and Children of Deceased or 100 percent (permanent and totally) Disabled Veterans (service connected), and
  • Chapter 1606 for personnel in the National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves.
  • Chapter 1607 for personnel in the National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. Members may be eligible after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty after September 11, 2001.

USF’s Office of Veterans Success (, located in the Grace and Allen Building (ALN 130), coordinates veterans services and specific program information. Eligible students must submit an Application for Educational Benefits and request certification for full-time or part-time educational benefits in accordance with VA rules and regulations.

This office also can provide confirmation of student status for VA health care or other benefits. Additionally, the University of South Florida provides military training to college credit evaluation and encourages all veterans to request this service from the campus veterans advocate.

A full-time Fall and Spring semester undergraduate load for VA benefits is twelve (12) credits per semester; a full-time Fall and Spring semester graduate load is 9 credits. Summer terms full and part-time enrollment requirements differ. Students should refer to the USF VA website for specific information about Summer credit requirements.

The Atlanta Regional Processing Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility based on official service records, evidence submitted by the student and applicable laws. Students with established VA program eligibility at another college or university must submit a Change of Program or Place of Training and a USF enrollment verification request to Office of Veteran Success. They can be contacted at 813-974-2291 or email

Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 program participants are required to verify attendance each month to the federal VA. Verification can be done on the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) page, or veterans can call 1.877.823.2378.

At the end of the term, if an undergraduate student’s cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0 (C) average, the student will receive an academic warning. If at the end of the next term of enrollment, the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0, the student’s educational benefits will be terminated and the DVA will be notified of the student’s unsatisfactory progress for VA pay purposes. Students must meet the conditions for USF readmission to become eligible again for VA educational programs.

Social Security Benefits

Inquiries related to Social Security benefits should be directed to the student’s local Social Security Office. The Office of the Registrar ( will complete enrollment certificates after the Add/Drop period for the applicable academic term issued by the Social Security Administration for students eligible to receive educational benefits, as long as the student is a full-time undergraduate.

A full-time undergraduate load for Social Security benefits is twelve (12) credits per semester; a full-time graduate load is nine (9) credits.

Transient Students

USF Policy 10.001

An undergraduate transient student is one who comes to the University from another accredited institution and wishes to take courses at USF for one term only before returning to the parent institution. Transient students from other Florida State University or Florida State Colleges may enroll at USF by completing the Transient Student Admissions Application available at All other Transient Students must apply as non-degree-seeking students.

See Non-Degree-Seeking Students for more information.

Cross Enrollment/Transient Student - USF/Florida College System

For current USF students wishing to study at another institution: A transient student form is used when a USF student wishes to take courses at a Florida public institution outside of the University of South Florida. Students wishing to take courses at public institutions in Florida must complete the Transient Admissions Application ( This application is used to request approval for courses taken as cross enrollment (enrollment at USF and the other institution) or transient enrollment (courses taken only at another institution). Completed applications are automatically sent within three business days to the student’s advisor/college office and to the Office of the Registrar and typically processed within three business days.

Students interested in taking courses at a private or out-of-state institution must complete the Transient Form located on the Office of the Registrar’s website at

Please keep in mind that transient or cross enrollment in courses that are available at USF during Fall and Spring semesters will only be approved in very extenuating circumstances. However, transient enrollment in the Summer will be approved if the student resides and the courses are offered at institutions outside of Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. First term, first time in college freshmen are not eligible for USF awarded financial aid if granted transient student status.

For more information, visit Undergraduate Studies website at:

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-degree seeking student enrollment is offered on a space-available basis and has been established for those individuals who, while not interested in earning a degree, would like to enroll in all levels of University courses. Teachers needing to take courses for certification purposes, high school students (with the permission of their respective guidance counselor), individuals interested in taking courses for self-enrichment, and senior citizens who audit are examples of those eligible to enroll as non-degree seeking. Senior citizen auditors only are absolved from paying the $30 non-refundable application processing fee; more information on the Senior Citizen Audit registration process may found under Student Tuition and Fees in this catalog. Former USF undergraduate degree-seeking students may only enroll as non-degree seeking students if they have completed their previous degree program or earned an equivalent degree at another institution. Should the latter be the case, an official transcript (reflecting the degree) from that institution must be sent to the Office of the Admission prior to registration.

Applicants denied undergraduate admission to USF as degree-seeking students will not be permitted to enroll as non-degree-seeking students, unless the degree-seeking admission denial was more than five years prior to the application to be a non-degree seeking student. In this case, the hold will be overridden to allow a potential non-degree seeking student to enroll. Any applicant denied undergraduate, degree-seeking admission who currently attends a Florida State University System institution, will have the hold overridden, providing an approved transient application from the current Florida State University System institution is received by USF.

Performance in courses taken as a non-degree seeking student will not qualify an applicant for admission as a degree-seeking student. Similarly, courses taken as a non-degree-seeking student will not be utilized in determining an applicant’s grade point average for purposes of admission.

A non-degree-seeking student who has been dismissed from USF is not eligible for admission to USF as a degree-seeking student at the undergraduate level and may not petition using the ARC Reinstatement process. If extenuating circumstances contributed to the academic dismissal and the student meets other admissions requirements, a request for waiver of this rule may be submitted to the Faculty Committee on Student Admissions. This rule does not apply to a student who has earned a degree from an  accredited institution subsequent to academic dismissal.

Individuals enrolling as non-degree seeking students who plan to make formal degree-seeking application to the University may not apply more than 14 semester hours toward an undergraduate degree unless enrolled in a Pathways program offered through INTO USF or other approved programs. Students earning a second baccalaureate degree or enrolling in an approved program may request an exception for transfer of additional USF non-degree credit hours through the Dean’s Office in the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Non-degree seeking students who have not enrolled in USF within three terms of admission must file another non-degree application and pay another non-refundable application fee when applying for readmission.

Non-degree-seeking students are subject to the same academic policies as undergraduate degree-seeking students and must adhere to deadline dates published on the Office of the Registrar’s Important Dates and Deadlines webpage ( Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive University Honors or participate in the USF/Florida College cross-registration program. Non-degree-seeking students also are not eligible to live in University housing or receive financial aid. Non-degree seeking students are subject to the academic probation and dismissal policy listed in this catalog. Non-degree seeking students who are academically dismissed from the University may appeal to the Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) through the ARC representative in Undergraduate Studies ( or through the ARC representative at the appropriate branch campus. Potential non-degree seeking students should also refer to the section of the catalog of the college(s) offering the course(s) of interest to them to determine whether any special college requirements exist which must be met prior to enrolling.

Senior Citizen Tuition Fee Waiver

Florida residents who are 60 years of age or older as of registration day, and have lived in Florida for the last 12 consecutive months, may enroll on a space available basis in certain undergraduate and graduate courses without paying fees. For more information, visit A parking permit, purchased from Parking Services (, is required.

The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver covers a maximum of 12 credit hours per term and is applicable only if the student registers for these courses on the designated registration day. Due to the non-degree seeking status, academic credit is not awarded, examinations are not required, and grades are not assigned. The student’s status for that class is an audit, and his/her presence in the classroom is as a listener. For more information see, (page 5-6).

Senior Citizen registration requests are processed on the sixth day of the term. Students need not be present in order to register; the application and registration worksheet may be submitted by mail, fax, or email. Forms submitted after the registration deadline will not be processed.

Many courses require departmental approval, prerequisites, or have other restrictions which may limit registration. You must acquire the necessary permits in advance of registration on a Senior Citizen Audit Registration Worksheet:

Additionally, the permits must be submitted electronically in OASIS by the issuing department ahead of registration.

Students may not pre-register for courses in which they plan to use the Senior Citizen Tuition Fee Waiver. The waiver will not be processed if a senior citizen pre-registers and then submits a Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver application for those courses (

It is the student’s responsibility to complete and submit the waiver application, allowing sufficient time for the application to reach the Office of the Registrar by the registration deadline.