Program Overview

The program is currently undergoing changes. For the most current information on how to apply and a list of the full benefits, please email or call (415) 422-5983 to be directed to the correct office.

Transfer to USF

Applications are available only to current Foothill and De Anza Humanities Mellon Scholars. To transfer to USF, complete the USF application.


To transfer as a Mellon Scholars you should complete the following in order to have enough credit to graduate in 2 years from USF:

Minimum 2.7 GPA

Foothill Students

Foothill students must have eligibility for ENGL 110, ENGL 1A, ESL 25 or ESL 26 and MATH 105.

De Anza Students

De Anza students must demonstrate eligibility for LART 211, READ 211 + EWT 211, ESL 5 or ESL 6 and MATH 114 based on the regular college placement assessment.

De Anza and Foothill Students

The equivalent of 64 semester units (96 quarter units) comprised of the following:

A combination of 30 semester units (45 quarter units):

  • USF Core Area B - Math and Sciences
  • USF Core Area F and C - Arts and Humanities
  • USF Core Area E - Social and Behavioral Sciences

A combination of 14 semester units (21 quarter units):

  • USF Core Area A - Public Speaking
  • USF Core Area D - Philosophy, Theology/Religious Studies and Ethics

8 additional semester units (12 quarter units):

Courses in the core or major as pre-approved by USF departments. Current pre-approved pathways:

2 semester units (18 quarter units)

Complete up to level three in language equivalency as evaluated by USF, or additional courses towards the major pre-approved by USF departments.

PDF icon De Anza - USF core areas and corresponding courses

PDF icon Foothill - USF core areas and corresponding courses


Is USF a quarter or semester school?


Is there a minimum number of units required before applying to USF?

You can apply before completing all required coursework, however, you will need to complete 96 quarter units of required/approved coursework before starting at USF.

See our Transfer Applicants page for more information on non-Mellon transfer requirements.

Who should I contact about the nursing program?

The USF Nursing Program is not one of the guaranteed admission majors for Mellon Scholars. However, should you be interested you may contact Abigail Jelavich,, for more information about Nursing Program transfer admissions.

How can Mellon Scholars learn more about scholarships?

Once a Mellon Scholar applies to USF they will receive a full financial package within 2 weeks. USF scholarships are merit based and are often awarded to students with a 3.25 GPA or higher. Need based financial aid is considered through FAFSA.

Will USF accept all California community college courses for all USF majors?

Most community college courses are considered for credit, however, vocational and remedial courses units are not accepted and there is a cap on how many P.E. units can be applied.

If Foothill or DeAnza Community College accepts units from another school will they be accepted by USF?

Not necessarily, USF evaluates all courses taken in house.

How do I get more information about majors?

In general it’s best to start with the program you’re interested in, but can also contact the Mellon Scholar Coordinator to get more information.