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USF Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to USF, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is May 1 and the application fee is $30.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than November 15.

USF Admissions Stats at a Glance

USF 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 74%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 26%
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Applying Early to USF?

University of South Florida does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

What's Most Important to Get In to USF?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at USF

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

USF 2021-2022 Application Requirements

Double check with USF's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into USF?

Students admitted to USF have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 67% submitted a class rank. At USF 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 66% were in the top 25% and 91% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of South Florida, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 67%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 14%
3.25 and 3.49 9%
3.00 and 3.24 3%
2.50 and 2.9 0%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

USF considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

USF does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 74% of USF's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 26% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for USF?

To be competitive with other USF applicants, you should strive to earn between 1170 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At USF 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of USF students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of USF students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for USF?

To be most competitive at USF, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for USF's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for USF students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of South Florida

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Applicants should hear back by December 1.

Transfer students can enroll in USF during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

USF Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to USF?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to USF.

Does USF accept transfer credits?

USF accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. USF accepts:

  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does USF accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

USF accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to USF?

USF is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is USF's acceptance rate?

USF's acceptance rate is 49%.

Want To Learn More About USF?

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USF Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

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USF Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to USF is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USF is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

USF ACT Scores

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ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

25 to 30

Avg

25 and Less

Low

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USF SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1310

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Math SAT Range

570 - 660

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Reading SAT Range

590 - 660

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USF GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

4.01

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At USF, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.01. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

50,613

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

49%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,410

Out-of-State

$17,324

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