San Francisco is one of the most globally connected cities in the world and, for many of you, parts of the City will feel just like home. Our students come from over 80 countries, and are essential members of our richly diverse campus community. Learning side-by-side with people who represent all of the world’s cultures will truly prepare you for life after USF.USF welcomes applications from prospective students from all over the world, and our international admission representatives travel to many countries to meet with prospective students and their families. Please consult our International Travel Schedule to find out when our representative will visit a city near you. We also invite you to visit us on campus, and encourage you to do so, if at all possible.
We hope our site offers you a glimpse of what it’s like to live, study, and be a part of our community at USF. And we’ve always got people to help when you need it.
Undergraduate admission decisions are based on a number of different factors. USF looks for students with a solid academic record, strong personal character, potential for future success, a desire to contribute to the global community, and who wish to further the University’s mission of creating a more just and humane world.
Admission to USF is selective, and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure that your application receives priority consideration and to allow adequate time to obtain a visa, if necessary.
Are you ready to Apply Now? Please visit our Required Documentation page to begin the application process.
We accept Freshman and Transfer candidates with demonstrated leadership in both their personal and academic lives and an eagerness to serve their communities.
A Freshman is a person who has completed secondary education and will enroll in the first year of university study.
A Transfer Student is a person who has completed some university-level coursework.
In order for us to assess your intellectual ability and achievements, we will need to review your high school or college academic transcripts, standardized test scores, and external examination results, if any.
Transfer applicants typically have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, or equivalent, to be competitive for admission and must be in good academic standing with their previous institution.
It is essential that you possess sufficient English language proficiency to successfully complete college-level courses, as well as to participate fully in all aspects of University life.
If English is not your native language, or if the majority of your education has not been taught in English, you are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA) as evidence of your English language competency.
Please see our Required Documentation page for details.
Submission of official test results of English language proficiency examinations may be waived if: You have achieved an SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or higher; your predicted IB Higher-Level English result is 5 or higher; you received a grade of B or higher on your English O-Level exam (GCSE, IGCSE, SPM, etc.); or you received a grade of B or higher in a college-level English composition course taught in the United States.
If you are an International Student intending to study at USF on an F-1 visa, you must provide proof that you have sufficient financial resources to attend USF by submitting the Certification of Finances (Spring 2015 or Fall 2015) and supporting bank verification.
If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, you are eligible to apply for financial aid at USF. You should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete your admission application no later than February 1, 2015.
You may begin your undergraduate studies at USF in either the Fall (Late August to Mid-December) or Spring (Late January to Mid-May) semester.
The priority deadline for Spring 2015 admission is November 1, 2014, and the priority deadline for Fall 2015 admission is February 15, 2015.
Applying by the posted deadline will ensure your priority consideration for both admission and on-campus housing assignment. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Please visit our Deadlines page for more detailed information.
Spring 2015 Semester
To be considered for Spring 2015 admission, you should apply by November 1, 2014, and all of your supporting materials should be received no later than December 1, 2014.
Fall 2015 Semester: Early Action
The Early Action program gives outstanding students the opportunity to receive an early evaluation of their applications. You must have a completed application on file with us by November 15, 2014 in order to be considered for Early Action admission. Early Action candidates normally will receive notification of our admission decision by January 15, 2015.
Fall 2015 Semester: Regular Action
Regular Action applicants should submit all required documents by February 15, 2015. These include your Fall 2014 (first-term or mid-year) grades, when available. We will make a decision on your application three to four weeks after all required materials have been received.
Should you have any questions, or require assistance in completing your application, please be in touch with your International Admission Counselor:
Asia (Except China), Oceania
Assistant Vice President for International Relations
Central and South Asia, Middle East
Director of International Admission
Africa, Americas, Europe
Associate Director of International Admission
Christina Mengchen Xu
Director, International Relations, China
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