COVID-19 Admission Updates

Last updated 3/26/20

During this time of uncertainty as we all grapple with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re taking steps to protect the health and safety of our admitted 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.

Spring events canceled

Although there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campus, we are following the guidance of state and local authorities and canceling all campus visits and admitted student events through April 30 to help reduce further spread of the virus.

Canceled events include Destination USF (4/18), our Students of Color Experience (4/17 and 4/24), Admitted Nursing Day (4/16), all Meet USF events and Admitted Transfer Days through the end of April, as well as all off-campus Admitted Student Receptions.

Online events

While we’re disappointed we won’t be able to meet you in person at our on-campus events, we’re determined to create meaningful ways to welcome you to our community and celebrate your admission. We’re a small university, and the close, personal relationships you’ll find here will make a huge difference in your USF experience.

To keep those connections thriving, we’re hosting a series of virtual events this spring including group calls, live texting with students, video presentations, and 1:1 video and phone appointments. We’ll post updates to this page as soon as we have more details, so please check back for regular updates.

For now, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time for our first group call, where you’ll have a chance to hear from current students about their USF experience.

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.


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.