Sep 25, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions and Related Matters

Office of Admissions

Office of Admissions
Student Services Building (SVC) 1036
(813) 974-3350

Students taking a picture near the stampeding bullsTThe 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, school recommendations, personal recommendations, 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:

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.

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 - Summer/Fall Application opens
  • November 1 – Preferred admissions deadline
  • January 1 – Priority deadline for financial aid consideration
  • January 15 – Application completion deadline for students to qualify for admissions scholarships 
  • March 1 – Final application deadline
  • May 1 - Admissions deposit deadline


  • February 1 - Spring Application opens
  • October 1 – Preferred admissions deadline
  • November 15 – Application completion deadline for students to qualify for admissions scholarships 

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 or Graduate degree.
  • An Undergraduate or Graduate student interested in Biomedical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy or Physical Therapy.
  • 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

For current deadlines, please visit Office of Admissions at

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

Summer/Fall Semester Start

  • July 1 - Summer/Fall Application opens
  • November 1 – Preferred admissions deadline
  • January 1 – Priority deadline for financial aid consideration
  • January 15 – Application completion deadline for students to qualify for admissions scholarships 
  • March 1 – Final application deadline
  • May 1 - Admissions deposit deadline

Spring Semester Start

  • February 1 - Spring Application opens
  • October 1 – Preferred admissions deadline
  • November 15 – Application completion deadline 

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.

USF System Change of Institution Process

The University of South Florida System consists of three separately accredited institutions - USF, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each institution has unique policies as well as unique admission, degree and residency requirements. A student wishing to change from one USF institution to another after enrollment should refer to the procedures listed on the Undergraduate Studies website at

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 in writing within 30 days of notification 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.

Receipt of final official credentials that fail to substantiate eligibility will result in rescission 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 System Regulation 3.018 (pages 11-12).

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 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

For questions, contact 813-974-4056 or

Required Orientation

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

Prior to beginning classes, all new undergraduate students (first year and transfer) are required to participate in Orientation at the USF campus to which they are admitted. Orientation sessions are designed to assist new students with their transition into the University. During the University Orientation students are made aware of the following: college overviews and requirements for their degree program; general University policies and services; and student activities and campus life. In addition, academic advising and registration for classes are all part of the orientation process.

All new students will receive Orientation information after admission. It is in the best interest of the student to schedule their Orientation as early as possible. Also, it is important to remember that a student will not be permitted to attend USF without having attended an Orientation session prior to the first day of classes. Orientation sessions are tailored for First Year, Transfer, and International 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. While many limited access programs admit students only at the junior level, some programs admit students for the freshman or sophomore years. 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 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:

  • Mass Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
  • All degree programs in the College of Business
  • Exercise Science and Physical Education in the College of Education
  • All degree programs in the College of Nursing
  • B.F.A. and B.A. in Dance in the College of the Arts
  • Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering

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 3.018
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.

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:

  1. Recognition of satisfactory performance on standardized tests offered through recognized examination programs. See for a complete listing of exams and course equivalencies.
  2. Recognition of satisfactory performance on tests offered through Advanced Placement Programs of the College Entrance Examination Board.
  3. 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.
  4. Dual enrollment as a non-degree-seeking student at USF or a community college prior to graduation from high school (see Dual Enrollment [Public/Private High/Home School]). Florida College System students should follow eligibility criteria for non-degree seeking students (below).
  5. Early admission for high school students (see Early Admission Freshmen).
  6. Courses completed through USF Distance Learning. See:
  7. Courses completed through the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. See
  8. 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 System Regulation 3.018

Two students with skateboards walking past the bull marketAny 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 (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

  • IELTS or TOEFL scores, if applicable.

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 request the testing agency to validate any applicant’s admission materials including transcripts and test scores 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

  1. A diploma from a public or regionally 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.

  2. 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);

    • 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.

  3. USF System institutions recalculate 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.

  4. Official admission test scores from the College Board SAT administered by the Educational Testing Services or scores from the 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.

  5. 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 the USF System in required high school academic units in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and foreign language; or

    b. A combination of high school GPA and admission test scores equivalent to a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) as computed by the USF System in the required high school academic units in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and foreign language, and scores on the College Board SAT of 500 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 500 on Mathematics or comparable sub-scores on the ACT of 18 on Reading and 19 on Mathematics as indicated by the Florida Board of Governors.

  6. Applicants with a GED diploma must have an average score of 580 or higher (58 on the old GED exam) with a minimum score of 500 on each of the five tests (50 on the old GED exam), and a total score of at least 1070 on the SAT (Critical Reading, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics) or 21 on the ACT.

  7. Any freshman applicant who does not graduate from a regionally accredited secondary school, including those applicants who are home schooled or those who have earned a GED, must provide official results from the SAT Subject examinations in mathematics (Level II-C), foreign language, science and social science. This requirement may be waived if the student provides an official secondary or postsecondary transcript or official AP or CLEP examination results demonstrating college readiness in each of the four core subject areas above. For the purposes of the admission decision, the USF System will use the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores or ACT Reading and English sub-scores if the applicant has completed no senior-level or postsecondary coursework in English. Please refer to the International Applicants section for additional requirements for international applicants.

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.

See USF System Regulation 4.0107

Early Admission (Public High School, Private High School, or Home School)

USF System Regulation 3.018

Through early admission, highly capable, mature high school students enrolled in a strong college-preparatory curriculum may enter the University as regularly enrolled, degree-seeking students prior to graduation from high school.

Students in the Early Admission program must take courses that are creditable toward the high school diploma and the associate or baccalaureate degree. More information is found at

Prospective applicants:

  1. Have completed the equivalent of the junior year of high school, requiring one more year to complete requirements for the high school diploma;
  2. Typically have a 1360 on the Mathematics and Critical Reading sections of the SAT, with no less than 580 on either section; or a 29 on the ACT with no less than a score of 29 on English, 21 on the Reading, and 21 on Mathematics; and a 3.8 weighed high school grade point average (computed by USF); and a TOEFL score, if applicable;
  3. Meet regular USF admission criteria for degree-seeking undergraduate students;
  4. An interview may be requested by the Early Admissions Coordinator.

Dual Enrollment (Public High School, Private High School, or Home School)

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. Dual enrollment students are non-degree-seeking students at USF and may only take courses which are creditable toward their high school diploma. For more information, see

Students wishing to be accepted as Dual Enrollment students at the University of South Florida must:

  1. Be at least 16 years old at the start of term, unless enrolled in a special summer program initiated by USF or a special course section involving only dual enrollment
  2. Have proof of a minimum of 550 SAT EBRW  (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) and 550 on SAT Mathematics; or appropriate placement test scores; and a TOEFL score, if applicable;
  3. Have :

a. completed the equivalent of the sophomore year
b. students typically present a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by USF)
c. satisfied any course prerequisites

    4. Provide courses and the number of credits necessary to complete a high school diploma/program from the school counselor or principal on school stationery or district form;

    5. Need college-level courses that are not offered at the local community or state college.

Early Admission (for High School Seniors who wish to have degree-seeking status at USF) applicants must meet Honors College eligibility criteria ( Participation in the Early Admission program is limited to students who have completed a minimum of six semesters of full-time secondary enrollment, including studies undertaken in the ninth grade. In addition, Early Admission applicants should be enrolled in a strong college preparatory curriculum. Students interested in these opportunities should contact the Honors College at or Dual Enrollment at

Second Bachelor’s Degree Applicants

A student 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. Former College of Education majors must contact the College of Education Advising Office for additional readmission requirements -

Applicants seeking to be classified as a Florida resident must complete the residency declaration and residency status will be reassessed.

Undergraduate students returning to seek a baccalaureate degree must:

  1. Be in good academic standing and eligible to return to the USF System institution 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 the USF System institution, the applicant’s transfer GPA must meet or exceed the GPA required of new transfer students at the time of readmission.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 a USF System institution. (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 regionally-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

Credit by Examination

The University of South Florida System 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 System 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)

  •  International Baccalaureate  (IB)

The University of South Florida evaluates all credits earned and grades received for admitted undergraduate students in college-level courses at regionally 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, and delivers more than 1,000 exams per month. For more information, see

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

Undergraduate Transfer Applicants

BOG Regulation 6.004 - Admission of Undergraduate, Degree-Seeking Transfer Students
USF System Regulation 3.018 (see item 4c)

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

Applicants with fewer than 60 transferrable semester credits are considered lower-level transfers; 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.

  1. Transfer applicants must be in good standing and eligible to reenroll at the last regionally accredited institution attended as a degree-seeking student.

  2. All transfer applicants are required to meet satisfactory academic progress criteria as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. USF System institutions have 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 the USF System.

  3. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and schools attended.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. Transfers are exempt from this admissions requirement if they received an Associate in Arts degree prior to September 1, 1989, or if prior to August 1, 1989, they enrolled in a program of study leading to an associate degree from a Florida public college or university and have maintained continuous enrollment until they are admitted to a university. Continuous enrollment will be established if the student enrolls in at least one term in each twelve-month period beginning with the student’s first enrollment in a community college and continuing until the student enrolls in a university.

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 Undergraduate 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 as the native university student.

  • 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 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 System Policy 10-071 Award of Credit for Online Coursework

BOG Regulation 6.020

Undergraduate students who are admitted to the University of South Florida System (“USF System”) 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:

  1. USF System faculty have determined the online course content and learning outcomes to be comparable to a course offered at the institution;

  2. Online courses meet the quality and accreditation standards intended for a transfer course; and

  3. 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 regional institutions, 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 System 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 System Regulation 3.018

  1. 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.

  2. USF will consider credits only from those institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies/commissions* at the time the credits are earned. (See * below for agencies recognized by USF.) 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-regionally accredited institutions will be considered for transfer credit the same as credits from regionally accredited institutions if the course is offered at USF.

  3. Admitted students who wish to transfer courses from colleges or universities that are accredited by organizations and associations other than regional accrediting associations 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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-regionally 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Credit will not be awarded for GED tests.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. A maximum of 45 semester hours of College Level Examination Program (subject and general examinations) credits can be accepted for transfer credit.

  12. A maximum of 30 semester hours of extension, correspondence, and military service education credits can be applied toward a degree.

  13. 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.

  14. International postsecondary credentials must be sent with a certified English translation, with associated costs to be paid by the student.

  15. 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 other regionally-accredited institutions to be applied to the USF degree program.

*Accrediting Agencies/Commissions: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning; Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on Higher Education; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges; Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Accrediting Commission for Junior Colleges.

General Education Transfer Credits

A teacher helping a young studentFor the 2019-2020 academic year, transfer students will be under the Enhanced General Education curriculum. Please reference Enhanced General Education in the Undergraduate Catalog on USF Enhanced General Education requirements.

For an overview, see

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

USF System 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.

  1. 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.).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Please refer to the International Applicants section for additional requirements for international applicants.

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

USF System 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.

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

  1. Admission as a junior to the upper division of the USF System will be granted-within curricular, space and fiscal limitations to an Associate in 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).

  2. 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 system in all college level courses attempted and acceptable to transfer.

  3. Associate in 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 System Regulation 3.018 (item 7)

  1. 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 System institutions or the deadline for the degree program, whichever is earlier.

  2. 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 System institutions without financial assistance from the USF System; 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. The English Proficiency requirements may be waived for an undergraduate applicant, if the applicant has completed successfully the equivalent of English Comp I or 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.

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

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 one of the following taken within 2 years of desired term of entry:

  1. Minimum TOEFL score of 79+.
  2. Minimum IELTS score of 6.5+.
  3. Minimum PTE-A score of 53+.
  4. Minimum IELA score of 176+ (subscores of 169+).

Official Scores must be submitted to USF directly from the testing agency. See for more information.

The TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-A or IELA requirement shall be waived if the applicant has an Associate in Arts (AA) degree/certificate from a Florida public college/university or if, immediately prior to the 5 entry date, the applicant has spent four consecutive years in a school where all courses are taught in English or if the applicant meets the Board of Governors’ minimum SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing or ACT scores in Reading.

The English Proficiency requirements may be waived for an undergraduate applicant, if the applicant has completed successfully the equivalent of English Comp I or 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. 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. Medium of Instruction must be documented on the transcript or on an official Certificate of Medium of Instruction from the Institution.

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)                                                                                       
USF Regulation 6.0162

International students in F or J visa classes 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

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

The Judy Genshaft Honors College on the Tampa campus is primarily designed for high achieving First Time in College students (FTICs); however, Honors also accepts continuing USF and transfer students. Honors College experiences are grounded in the liberal arts tradition and are intended for students regardless of major. The primary goals of the Honors College are to develop superior critical thinking skills through intensive research and interdisciplinary learning, foster a nuanced global perspective on contemporary issues through an internationalized curriculum and meaningful study abroad experiences, and encourage a rich understanding of social concerns through structured community engagement projects. (See complete description under “Honors College .”) Many scholarships are available exclusively to Honors College students.

Admission to the Honors College is determined by the Dean of the College.

  • FTIC students are invited to join the College if they present at least a 4.0 USF recalculated weighted academic high school GPA, and a 1400 two-part SAT or a 30 composite ACT score.
  • FTIC students presenting a 3.8 and either a 29 ACT or 1360 two-part SAT will be invited to apply for admission to the College.
  • Students not admitted as FTIC, as well as transfer students, may apply for admission after completing 30 college credits with a 3.5 GPA.
  • Students may also be admitted by petition to the Dean.

Departmental Honors opportunities are available in select departments; requirements vary according to department. Students may enroll in both the Honors College and Departmental Honors programs.

Students who satisfactorily complete the Honors College requirements and graduate with a USF GPA of 3.25 or above shall be identified as Honors College graduates on their diplomas and transcripts and at the Honors College Graduation Ceremony

Applicants Receiving VA and Social Security Benefits

The University of South Florida is approved by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to educate and train veterans, their spouses or their dependents (100 percent permanent and totally disabled or deceased service connected).

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 System Policy 10.001

An undergraduate transient student is one who comes to the University from another regionally accredited institution and wishes to take courses at USF for one term only before returning to the parent institution. Transient students may enroll at USF as non-degree-seeking students and are required to complete 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

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 System. 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 in the USF system 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

Non-degree seeking student enrollment is 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 are examples of those eligible to enroll as non-degree seeking. Senior citizens only are absolved from paying the $30 non-refundable application processing fee.

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 Registrar ( 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 a regionally 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 webpages ( Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive University honors or participate in the USF/Florida College System 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 the Office of Academic Advocacy ( 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.