First-Year Students

Spring Admission

If you’ve been offered admission to the spring 2023 semester, please review the information below and respond to the “Reply to Waitlist Offer” form in your Dons Status Page by April 1.

Interested in starting in the spring? Great. As long as you remain in good academic standing and progress accordingly, you will be on track to graduate in December of 2026. USF holds full formal commencement ceremonies in both May and December.

Want to graduate sooner? If you want to accelerate your timeline and graduate in May 2026 with the rest of the students who start in the fall term, you can take classes at a community college this fall.

In this scenario, you should plan to enroll in at least 12 units of coursework at a community college. If you are enrolling at a California community college, we have a list of credit acknowledgements to help you choose courses that will satisfy USF’s core requirements. For students outside of California, your USF admission counselor can work with you on selecting courses at your local community college.

You can enroll at a four-year institution this fall instead of a community college. However, your agreement with most four-year institutions precludes you from committing to more than one college or university. It is advised that you not move forward with attendance as a full-time degree-seeking student at another four-year college or university, as that violates your enrollment commitment at that institution.

Financial Aid

In order to receive a financial aid offer, you must have submitted a FAFSA — so please make sure you’ve submitted one if you haven’t already. If you have indicated your interest in spring 2023 admission, you will receive a financial aid offer by the end of April. The offer will include any merit scholarship(s) and need-based aid you are eligible for.

Housing

USF has reserved a limited number of spaces for first-year spring 2023 admits. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and guaranteed for one semester only. You’ll apply for housing starting in October 2022 (you’ll get more info via email when it’s time to apply). You’ll find out if you were offered a housing assignment by mid-December. If you were not offered an assignment immediately, you’ll be placed on a waitlist. Should spaces become available, you will be notified via email and have three days to accept the room offer made. If you are not assigned on-campus housing, or if you’d prefer to live off campus, you can connect with USF’s Off-Campus Living team. They can support you with finding an apartment, roommate searches, and moving in.

Your Next Steps

  1. Submit the “Reply to Waitlist Offer” form in your Dons Status Page to indicate your interest in spring admission by April 1. Completing the form does not indicate your commitment to enroll at USF. Instead, it allows us to process your application and prepare a financial aid offer for you to review.
  2. Submit your enrollment deposit and confirm your spot at USF by May 13.
  3. Decide if you’ll take community college classes in the fall semester. Your USF admission counselor can help you choose the classes to stay on track. You do not have to take classes this fall, and you would still graduate in December 2026. The option to take classes this fall is available to help you stay on track for a May 2026 graduation, if that’s your preference.

Important Dates

April 1 Indicate your interest in spring admission. Completing the form does not indicate your commitment to enroll at USF. Instead, it allows us to process your application and prepare a financial aid offer for you to review.
End of April If you’ve submitted a FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid offer by the end of April.
May 5 If you have been offered a spot on the fall 2022 waitlist, we’ll provide a final waitlist update by May 5.
May 13 or deposit deadline listed in your admission letter Submit your enrollment deposit and confirm your spot at USF.
October If you’d like to apply for on-campus housing, you will apply in October.
Mid-December If you have applied for on-campus housing, you’ll find out if you were offered a housing assignment.
January 20, 2023 Orientation begins
January 23, 2023 Classes begin

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You should indicate your initial interest in spring 2023 by responding to the “Reply to Waitlist Offer” form in your Dons Status Page by April 1. Completing the form does not commit you to attending in spring. It simply lets us know you are interested in spring admission and allows us to process your application.

  • No. The option to enroll in college classes is intended to help you stay on track for a May 2026 graduation, if that’s your preference.

  • First-year students starting in the spring will register for classes beginning in early January. You will receive more information about this process later in the fall.

  • Please contact your admission counselor with any additional questions.

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San Francisco, CA 94118
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