University Of South Florida Essay Prompt 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions for the corresponding admissions application sections. When you’re ready, you may complete your admissions application.

Why is my Social Security information required?
Your Social Security number is required for application submission. This information is used to ensure that all of your application data is applied and tracked accurately. This information is also used in scholarships and financial aid awards, and is required by federal law for financial aid reporting, financial aid transactions and federal work study.

If I have completed dual enrollment work from another college, am I applying as a freshman or transfer student?
If you will have completed sixty or more transferable hours upon entering USFSP, you will be applying as an upper-level transfer student; fewer than sixty transferable hours, a lower-level transfer student.

How many USF System campuses can I apply to for a semester?
You may only apply to one campus of the USF System at a time, even if you’re applying for separate terms. If you have already submitted an application to another System institution and would like to update your application to USFSP, please submit an Application Update Form.

How do I find my school code?
If your high school (only required for those students entering USFSP with fewer than sixty transferable credit hours) does not appear when searched by name, the fastest solution is to visit the College Board’s code search. In the drop-down “Search by” menu, select High Schools. Enter the city and state of your school to retrieve the six-digit school code. Enter the code into the High School Information search on your Admissions Application.

If your post-secondary institution does not appear when searched by name, the fastest solution is to visit the following site: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx.

How do I complete the college-level coursework section?
Please be aware that any college-level coursework completed at your high school qualifies as dual enrollment. You must indicate the institutions from which all credit is being or has been earned. Including this information ensures the timely processing of your application.

Complete the current course list portion of the application to the best of your ability. If the course code or number is not known, fill it in with zeros. The most important information to provide is course title and duration.

Can I complete my application if I don’t know my ACT or SAT scores?
This portion is only required for those students entering USFSP with fewer than sixty transferable credit hours.

If you are not sure of your exact scores, fill in your best estimate. No action will be taken on your application until your official test results are received. Additionally, if you have not yet tested (or retested), we still strongly encourage you to proceed with application submission.  This way, your file will be ready for review once your test scores are received.

Whose information do I provide for the residency questions?
When completing the residency portion of the application, remember that if you are younger than the age of 24 the Federal Department of Education considers you to be a dependent, meaning that you are claimed on somebody else’s taxes. Therefore, the person who will help you complete the residency portion will be the person who claims you on taxes, like a parent or legal guardian.

Additionally, don’t forget that all residency documents you provide must be issued at least 12 consecutive months before the term for which you are applying. For example, if you’re applying to Fall 2014, all residency documents you submit must be dated or issued prior to August 24, 2013.

How do I check my application status?
Within 48 hours after you submit your application, you can check your admission status 24/7 by visiting OASIS, USFSP’s Online Access Student Information System.

The first time that you visit OASIS, you will retrieve your University ID number (or U Number) and NetID. After selecting the Login button, perform the following steps:

  • Under “Don’t have a USF NetID?” select “Create an account now”
  • After entering your name, select the USF ID# radio button
  • Next to the field “Enter USF ID #” will be a link for you to look up your USF ID number.
  • Once you have retrieved your USF ID, complete the Activation by USF ID# form.
  • After selecting Activate NetID return to the Sign-On page
  • In OASIS, select Student > Admissions > View My Undergraduate Application Status

If you have additional questions about your USFSP application, please call us at (727) 873-4142.  We look forward to receiving your application!

If you have graduated from high school and obtained 60+ transferrable credits. USF considers you an upper-level transfer student.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a minimum of 67 percent of all credit hours attempted at currently and previously enrolled institutions. A minimum transferrable GPA of 2.30 is required (except applicants with an AA degree from a Florida College System institution and a minimum transferrable GPA of 2.00).

The following majors are selective admissions programs. This means upper-level transfer applicants must meet the stated GPA minimums to be admitted.


Programs of StudyMinimum GPA Required
Architecture3.0
 Business2.75 
Education2.50
 Mass Communications 2.75
Nursing (60+ credits) 3.20** 
Social Work 2.75


**2.50 for applicants with an A.S. in Nursing degree from the Florida College System.

USF offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science (BSAS) for Associate in Science degree graduates from the Florida College System.  Detailed information on this degree program is available at www.ugs.usf.edu/academic/bsas.htm.

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application
2. Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee or submit a NACAC application fee waiver
3. Submit official college transcript(s) to USF from each college or university attended

  • Electronic transcripts transmitted to USF from the Florida College System do not include courses from other colleges/universities. It is highly recommended you have transcripts from any prior schools sent electronically to USF. This will expedite review of your application. If this option is not available, all documents should be sent to:

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
4202 E Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

  • Any college or university work that was completed at a non-U.S. institution must be submitted along with a course-by-course Foreign Credential Evaluation from a Credential Evaluation Service.

4. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY: Send official IELTS or TOEFL scores to USF

Please note: You will be charged double the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 132 (for students in a 120-hour degree program) or 110 percent in excess of the hours required. Additionally, students who have attempted 180 credit hours are no longer eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate (including federal student loans).

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