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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I am a transfer from another college. What events do I need to go to?

The Welcome, I AM USF, Dons Fest, Orientation to Your Major and the transfer student reception. In other words, everything in the schedule except Welcome Week events which are optional, but highly encouraged so that you can meet your new classmates and have some fun!

Isn’t orientation for freshmen?

No, the majority of students admitted for the spring semester are transferring from another college so you are in good company.

Where do I go for assistance with my transfer credit?

They may be able to answer your question at the Orientation to Your Major session during NSO. If not, you should visit the Transfer Center, Lone Mountain campus, room 200.

When do I get to meet my advisor?

You will be able to meet with your advisor at the Orientation to Your Major session. If not, you can arrange a meeting once classes begin. To view your advisor’s name and contact information, log onto USF connect, click on the student tab, then click on registration. Then click on registration status and advisor information. You should be able to view your advisor’s name and email address.

I haven’t registered yet? When do I do that?

Go to the Orientation to Your Major session during NSO, then go to make up registration in the afternoon in Parina Lounge (A&S and Nursing majors) or Malloy hall (Business Majors). Make sure you have taken care of immunization requirement first!

How do I change my major?

Go to the Orientation to Your Major session for the major you want to switch to. Then, complete a change of academic program form the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA), University Center 3rd Floor.

I took the math placement test through Webtrack but I did not like my score. Can I take it again?

Unfortunately, no. The score is used to place you in appropriate courses in the USF curriculum so that you will be most likely to succeed.

Can I get credit for my AP/IB exams that I completed while in high school?

Yes, you should have your official score report sent to the Office of Admission for review. We award credit for most AP exam scored of 3 or higher. We require a 4 or higher for English Language and composition, Chemistry, Calculus, US history, European History and World History. We award credit for scores of 4 or higher on higher-level IB exams.

Why did I not receive credit for major courses?

The Transfer Center only awards credit for the Core Curriculum, electives and clear USF course equivalencies. You should meet with your faculty advisor if you think some of your previous courses should apply toward major requirements. He or she can approve major credit through the course substitution process.

Should my parents attend New Student Orientation?

Yes, there are sessions designed just for them! They will have a separate program after the Welcome, as outlined in the schedule. You can meet up for campus tours in the afternoon.

I registered but I still have a lot of questions about my major.

Most of your questions will be answered at the Orientation to Your Major session.

Are there any courses offered specifically for transfer students?

Yes, there are rhetoric and composition and other courses designed specifically for transfer students. Some meet USF core requirements. Ask about them at Orientation to Your Major!

My fall semester courses are not included in my degree evaluation. How can I get these classes reviewed for transfer credit?

You should send all updated transcripts to the Office of Admissions. They will review your most recent coursework for additional transfer credit.