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Transfer Application Process

Application Types & Deadlines

Spring Semester 2021

Regular Action – November 1, 2020

To be considered for Spring 2021 admission, you must apply by November 1, 2020, and all of your supporting materials must be received no later than December 1, 2020.

Fall Semester 2021

Regular Action – march 1, 2021

Your Regular Action Application is the standard way for Transfer Applicants to be considered for admission. Regular Action applicants should submit all required documents by March 1, 2021. If you are currently enrolled in a college or university, required documents include your Fall 2020 (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. You will then have until June 1, 2021 to accept or decline our offer of admission.

Applications completed after March 1, 2021 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Application Form & Fee

You may apply online through the Common Application.  Your Common Application requires submission of the Supplementary Materials listed below.

It is extremely important that you fill in your Application Form as accurately and completely as possible, so that your application is not delayed because of unclear or missing information.

Application Fee

You must also submit a non-refundable application fee of $70. When applying through the Common Application, you will be prompted to submit payment electronically.

A check or money order in U.S. dollars made payable to the University of San Francisco may be mailed to:

University of San Francisco
Office of International Admission Records
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1088

Be sure to include your name and date of birth in your mailing to ensure that your payment is properly associated with your application.

Supplementary Materials


In order for us to assess your intellectual ability and achievements, we will need to review your college or university transcripts and standardized test scores.


You must submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. Authenticated (notarized or certified) translations should accompany any records issued in a language other than English.

Please Note: If you have not yet successfully completed one year (24 semester or 36 quarter units) of transferable academic coursework at the university level, you must submit your secondary school records, as well as your college records. Please See the Freshman Application Process: Official Academic Records section for details.

When applying through the Common Application, your Registrar, Recommender or other School Official may upload your transcript and attach it to your Application.

Your Registrar, Recommender or other School Official may also e-mail your transcript to The transcript must be sent directly from the sender’s school e-mail address in order to be considered official.

A paper copy of your transcript must be sent directly from each school’s Records or Registrar’s Office in a sealed envelope to:

University of San Francisco
Office of International Admission Records
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1088

Failure to submit all transcripts may result in a change of your admission status or incomplete awarding of transfer course credits.


Your Personal Essay gives you the opportunity to tell us more about you, your interests and achievements, and how you will contribute to the academic community at USF.

Completion of the Common Application includes submission of your Personal Essay.


Transfer Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide Course Descriptions and Course Syllabi, in English, for any courses completed outside the United States. These materials will aid in the evaluation of courses for possible awarding of transfer course credits.

University Evaluators will review your college transcripts, determine USF course equivalencies, and award the appropriate number of Core Course, Elective Course, and Introductory Course transfer credits.

Faculty Evaluators in your major will determine whether college-level courses taken at another institution have met one or more of your Major Course requirements, and ensure that the appropriate number of transfer credits have been recorded.

To assist the University and Faculty Evaluators to award your transfer course credits, you are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the Course Descriptions and Course Syllabi related to the courses listed on your transcripts that you believe are eligible for transfer credit.


If you are applying to enroll as a Transfer Student in Fall 2021 (August 2021), and are not currently enrolled in a college or university, please provide an explanation describing your education, employment, or other significant activities during this “Gap” between your last college attendance and your USF enrollment. This information will help us not only to learn more about you, but also to determine what type of USF I-20 should be issued to you, if any.

You may supply this information either by describing your “Education Interruption” in your Common Application, or by submitting a separate “Gap Statement” to


Please arrange for the relevant testing service to send your official test scores directly to USF. Although photocopies of your score reports may be submitted initially to assist us in assessing your application, they must be followed by official test score results.


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) or of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of your English language competency.

Please See the English Language Proficiency section for details.


Transfer Applicants may choose to submit the optional Letter of Recommendation, but are not required to do so.

The Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or professor, academic adviser, or other school official who knows you well will assist us in our appraisal of your personal character and contributions to your community, academic ability and accomplishments, and your potential to succeed in college.

Your Recommender may choose to submit the Common Application Teacher Evaluation or Common Application Academic Evaluation For Transfers.


All international applicants intending to study on an F–1 Student Visa must submit a Certification of Finances (Spring 2020 or Fall 2020) showing that sufficient funds are available to pay for tuition and fees, housing and meals, health insurance, books, and personal expenses during their studies at USF.

You, your parent or sponsor, and relevant bank official must complete and sign the Certification of Finances Form. In addition, a bank letter or bank statement must be submitted to verify that the required amount of funding is available.

The Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents must be submitted in order for your application for admission to be considered, and before your Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20) can be issued.


Your name must appear in your USF student record and on your Form I-20 exactly as it appears on your passport. You must submit a copy of your Passport Data Page (face or photo page) to be considered for admission, and before your immigration documents can be issued.

Please submit a copy of your Passport Data Page, along with the Certification of Finances, to aid in the issuance of your immigration documents. Both the Certification of Finances and Passport Data Page can be uploaded through the USF application portal.

Transfer Credit


Transfer Applicants may be eligible to receive credit for college-level courses taken at regionally accredited universities or colleges in the United States or abroad. The number of credits awarded varies and will be determined by the University based on the nature of the specific course. Non-college-level coursework will not transfer to USF.

Once admitted, you will receive access to your online Degree Evaluation, which will detail how your previous course work meets your USF graduation requirements. The time needed to complete your degree will depend upon the total number of credits transferred and the number of USF degree requirements met.

Although there is no limit to the total number of credits that can be transferred to USF, you must meet the Loading... in order to earn a degree from USF.

Check Your Application Status

The USF Applicant Web Portal provides access to your Personal Applicant Status Page. Your Personal Applicant Status Page displays your Application Checklist, which shows whether and when we have received your Required Supplementary Application Materials. Reminders of upcoming deadlines and other important messages also will be posted to your Personal Applicant Status Page.

Your International Admission Counselor will send you an e-mail message acknowledging receipt of your Common Application for admission. This e-mail will provide you with unique and personalized log-in credentials with which to access the USF Applicant Web Portal. The message also will give you instructions on how to create your Personal Applicant Status Page and to view your Application Checklist.

We recommend that you check your application status regularly to ensure that all required application materials have been received. Please Note that documents can take a few extra days to be processed around the November 1 (Early Decision/Early Action) and January 15 (Regular Action) Freshman application deadlines.

The academic merit of your application will be reviewed once we have received the relevant application materials: Application Form, Academic Records, and Test Scores. An offer of admission will not be made until the Certification of Finances, if required, has been received.

An admission decision will be issued approximately three to four weeks after your application becomes complete. An official decision letter will be mailed soon after to the current mailing address you have provided on the Common Application Form.



All paper documents should be mailed to:

University of San Francisco
Office of International Admission Records
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1088

We strongly encourage you to use a mailing service that will allow you to track the progress and receipt of your shipment to USF.


In most cases, all documents — except official English Proficiency results — may be sent in PDF form via electronic mail to International Admission Records at, to International Admission at, or to your International Admission Counselor.