COVID-19 Admission Updates

Last updated 7/22/20

As we all grapple with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re taking steps to protect the health and safety of our enrolled and prospective students and their families, as well as our staff.

We’ll be updating this page as we monitor developments and recommendations from public health authorities. Please follow our Roadmap to Reopening for the latest updates about the fall semester.

Our fall plans for enrolled students

As of July 14, the university has determined that classes will be primarily remote for the fall 2020 semester. Learn more about this announcement.

While we had hoped to reopen campus for in-person instruction, we do not know when we will receive clearance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health to do so. In order to keep our community safe, we’ll be working together to provide an excellent remote academic experience this fall, with the same levels of personalized support and engagement you’d expect from your professors.

Summer & fall campus visits

Take a virtual campus tour to see the most beautiful spots on campus. Then, sign up for a virtual info session to meet our Admission team and learn about your next steps.

Until our campus is ready for in-person visits, we’ll be getting to know you online — and we’re looking forward to it. We’re a small university, and the close, personal relationships you’ll find at USF will make a huge difference in your college experience.

Deferring Your Enrollment

We understand that circumstances change. If you are unable to join us this fall, we would love to save a future spot for you at USF.

Learn more about our deferral process

Standardized Testing

If you are impacted by closed testing centers (e.g. for the SAT or ACT), please reach out to us at Remember, we are a test optional university. You don’t need test scores to apply to USF, although you will need them when you enroll for class placement.

Learn more about our test optional policy

For international students, we are also temporarily accepting Duolingo’s English test in place of the in-person TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE English exams.

AP/IB Exams

We understand you may not be able to take your scheduled AP or IB exams this spring or summer as you had planned. If you are unable to take these exams, your admission to USF will not be impacted in any way. If you take these exams at a later date, we will award credit for these scores/exams as appropriate.

Learn more about AP/IB/College credit


For transfer students, we are temporarily accepting unofficial transcripts, which can include a screenshot or copy of your transcript.

If you’re having difficulty with anything else, please reach out to us at, and we can sort it out together.

Pass/Fail Classes

Some schools have moved to a pass/fail or credit/no credit system for courses this spring. There will be no impact on your admission to USF if you receive a pass or credit grade instead of a letter grade for classes taken in spring 2020.

We’re Here for You

During tough times like these, we need our USF family more than ever. We hope you will connect with us, lean on us, and take advantage of these opportunities to imagine your future as a Don. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach us at or (415) 422-6563.

Please take care of yourself and others, and follow all of the recommendations of your school and community. More than anything, we want to be able to welcome you here, healthy and ready for your next chapter, in the fall.

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