How to Apply

You must show evidence of academic achievement (at least a 3.5 GPA), leadership, and service during high school. In addition, you must also demonstrate a commitment to serving under-resourced communities. Currently, only incoming first-year students from the U.S. are eligible to apply.

Students from all majors (including undeclared) are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Feb. 2022

How to Apply

You will be invited to apply to the Black Scholars Program upon admission to USF. To be able to consider you for an invitation, we will need to have a complete admission file to review, so be sure to submit your supplemental USF application materials (part of your regular application to USF) no later than Jan.2022. This includes:

  • Unofficial high school transcripts
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (unless you applied test-optional)

If you are invited to apply to the Black Scholars Program, you will be asked to complete a separate online application by Feb. 2022 where you will:

  • Write two short (300-word) essays
  • Provide a letter of recommendation

Your letter of recommendation should come from someone who is knowledgeable about your experience, character, and qualifications, and who can speak to why you’d be a good fit for the Black Scholars Program. Please do not submit a letter of recommendation from a relative or peer.

Test-Optional Applicants

You can be considered for the program if you apply test-optional. If you are invited to apply to the Black Scholars Program, we will not ask you to provide your standardized test scores as part of the BSP application this year.

Virtual Interview

Finalists are required to participate in virtual interviews in mid-April with our selection committee.

When should I expect to hear a decision?

Final decisions will be made shortly after the interviews.

Contact Info


BASE Program Manager, Clarke-Lauren Richard

University Center 3rd Floor, 309
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 422-2503