Options to Apply
Consider your options for applying to USF and select the one that is best for you.
- In the Early Decision option, you show us that USF is your first choice. Early decision is binding, which means that if you are admitted to USF, you agree to enroll and to withdraw all other college applications.
- The Early Action option is great if you are confident that your grades and test scores, as they stand at the start of your senior year, best represent your academic history.
- The Regular Action option includes your grades from the first semester of your senior year, so you have more time to submit strong academic credentials.
Submit a completed Common Application along with the application fee by the application deadline.
You may apply as soon as you begin your last year of secondary school, even before you take the required standardized tests. Applications for admission are available beginning in August of the year prior to the year in which you would enter USF.
Have all supplementary materials sent directly by your high school or testing agency. A completed application includes each of the items below submitted by the application deadline:
- High School Transcript: Showing grades from 9th through 11th grade.
- Fall Senior Grades: Required of any Early Decision or Early Action applicant who is deferred. Highly recommended for students applying Regular Action.
- Early Decision Agreement: Required only for Early Decision applicants. You must invite your parent and counselor to affirm the Early Decision Agreement.
- School Report
- Academic Recommendation: One recommendation from your school counselor or a teacher in a core academic subject.
- SAT or ACT: Required of all freshman applicants. These scores should be sent directly to USF by the testing agency. For 2017 applicants, we will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We require only two sections of the SAT for our review. For the old SAT, Critical Reading (CR) and Math (M). For the new SAT, Evidential Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M). The writing sections on the SAT tests are not used in the evaluation process. USF will continue to superscore the SAT. However, we do not superscore between the old and new SAT. We will consider both scores to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT for our admission review.
- English Proficiency: If English is not your native language, you are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic).