USF Updates Transfer Admissions Policies

TAMPA, FL (April 1, 2008) -- Beginning with Fall 2008, USF will require all transfers with 60+ transferable hours--including A.A. transfers from Florida community colleges--to meet the GPA requirement for their intended major.

Applicants for Athletic Training, Business, Communications, Education, and Engineering must have a 2.50 transfer GPA; applicants for Mass Communications must have a 2.75; applicants for Architecture and Liberal Studies must have a 3.00; and, applicants for Nursing must have a 2.50 with an A.S. in Nursing or a 3.00 with an A.A.  Applicants for Graphic Design at USF St. Petersburg must have a 2.50 transfer GPA.

USF no longer will admit transfers with fewer than 36 transferable hours, as national and institutional data suggests that students who transfer this early are less likely to succeed academically. For those with 36 to 59 hours, USF will require a 3.00 transfer GPA, again based on data related to transfer student success in the classroom.

For other transfers with 60+ hours (including FLCC transfers without an A.A. or A.S. degree), USF's regional campuses in St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland will continue to consider applicants with a 2.00 transfer GPA, while USF Tampa now will require a 2.50 transfer GPA. We expect this last requirement to increase on the Tampa campus to a 2.75 starting in Summer 2009 and a 3.00 in Summer 2010. As these changes in transfer criteria are implemented, USF will continue to assist transfer students in their efforts to identify the best academic fit within the USF system.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  It is one of Florida's top three research universities.  USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.  The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.  USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.