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Parents & Families


Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms for parents of prospective, transfer, current, or senior students.

  • USF offers three admission options for first-year incoming students:

    Applying Early Decision shows us that USF is your first choice and you feel confident where your academic record stands at the start of your senior year. Early Decision is binding, which means that if you are admitted to USF, you agree to enroll and to withdraw all other college applications.

    Consider Early Action if you’re enthusiastic about USF and you feel confident about where your academic record stands at the start of senior year, but you'd like more time to weigh other admission offers before you decide.

    If you apply Regular Decision, you can include your grades from your first semester senior year, so you have more time to prepare a stronger application.

    Find Out Which is Best For You

  • The Net Price Calculator provides an estimate of what a new first-year, undergraduate student may be expected to pay to attend the University of San Francisco.

  • USF does not require students to submit standardized test scores when applying for undergraduate admission. Being test optional means we can better align our admission process with our institutional values.

    Info on Test Optional Admissions

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