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USF System Regulation USF3.018 Admission to Baccalaureate Programs of University of South Florida System Institutions

USFSM Office of Admissions assists prospective students with learning about the opportunities available to them at the University. The office is responsible for processing applications for admission for new undergraduate students, former students returning, and reviews transfer credit completed at other regionally-accredited institutions for determination of transferability.

Admission to USFSM requires evidence of ability to handle academic work, capacity to think creatively, and strong motivation. The minimum admission requirements are designed to help identify applicants whose academic background indicates potential for success at USFSM; however, satisfaction of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The admission of new students at all levels is on a selective basis within curricular, space, and fiscal limitations. The selection process may include such factors as grades, test scores, pattern of courses completed, class rank, educational objectives, past conduct, school recommendations, personal recommendations, and portfolios. Preference for admission in any term will be given to those applicants whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success. The University encourages applications from qualified applicants of both sexes and from all cultural, racial, religious, ethnic, and age groups.

Requests for waiver of the $30.00 application fee are considered by the Director of Admissions if payment of this fee creates severe financial hardship and serves as a deterrent to application.

Students are admitted to USF Sarasota-Manatee in accordance with the mission and goals of the University and within enrollment limitations established by the Department of Education and the Florida Legislature.

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Admission Criteria

General Admissions Requirements

USFSM includes the minimum admissions requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog and the Florida Board of Governors’ website (6.002 Freshmen and 6.004 Transfer Students). Satisfaction of these requirements does not guarantee admission. USFSM gives preference to applicants whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success and graduation. USFSM considers applicants for admission using the same criteria and minimum admission requirements in effect for the term of entry. No pre-admission consideration is given to an applicant with a disability (USF System Policy 0-108 Disability and Accommodations).

Applicants must submit a completed application for admission that is available on-line, a nonrefundable $30 application fee payable in U.S. dollars and, if English is not the applicant’s primary or native language, scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). USFSM waives the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if the applicant has an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree/certificate from a Florida public college/university with completion of English composition 1 and 2, or meets the Board of Governors’ minimum SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score or ACT scores in Reading and Writing.

Performance in course work at any of the USF System Institutions attempted as a non-degree-seeking student does not qualify an applicant for admission to USFSM’s undergraduate degree program except if completed as part of the approved Pathways programs offered through INTO USF or other approved program.

Prior to registration, each student accepted for admission must submit a signed medical history form, including documentation of appropriate immunizations as required by USF Policy 33-002. New undergraduates, including both freshmen and transfers, must complete the appropriate Orientation/Advising/Registration program before the first day of classes of their term of entry.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive and based on a variety of factors, including the strength of high school curriculum, record of academic achievement and ACT or SAT scores. USFSM also values special talents and abilities in and out of the classroom.

Applicants must also meet the State University System of Florida (SUS) minimum number of academic units of high school credit.

See website: http://www.flbog.edu/forstudents/ati/ftcs.php

To receive priority fall admissions consideration and to be considered for merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions, students must submit an admissions application by January 2 and have a complete application with official supporting documents by January 15. For additional information about the awarding process and requirements, please visit the Admissions website.

General Transfer Requirements

The Florida Statutes and Florida Board of Governors’ Regulation 6.004 govern transfer admissions.

1. Transfer applicants must be in good standing, have a 2.00 grade-point average, and be eligible to re-enroll at the last regionally accredited institution attended as a degree-seeking student.

2. All transfer applicants must meet satisfactory academic progress criteria as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. USF System Institutions have specific transfer admission requirements which may include a completion of specific percentage of courses attempted. An excessive number of course withdrawals and/or failed and repeated courses could negatively affect admissibility as a transfer to USFSM.

3. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and schools where credit was attempted and/or earned.

4. USFSM Admissions computes grade-point averages based on grades earned in courses acceptable for transfer credit; incomplete grades compute as failures.

5. Transfer applicants must have completed two credits of one foreign language or American Sign Language in high school, or the equivalent of eight to ten semester hours in the undergraduate institution(s) attended or demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence as described in BOG Regulation 6.004. USFSM exempts transfers from this admissions requirement if they received an Associate in Arts degree prior to September 1, 1989, or if prior to August 1, 1989, they enrolled in program of study leading to an associate’s degree from a Florida public college or university and have maintained continuous enrollment until they are admitted to a university. A student establishes continuous enrollment by taking a course at least one term in each twelve-month period beginning with the student’s first enrollment in the Florida College System and continuing until the student enrolls in a SUS Institution.

Lower-level Transfer Requirements:

Fewer than 30 Transferable Semester Hours

USFSM accepts lower-level transfer applicants who have earned at least 12, but fewer than 60 semester hours of transferable college credit following graduation from high school.  Applicants with less than 12 transferable credit hours are considered as freshman in the application process and must meet FTIC admission criteria. Lower-level and mid-level transfer applicants must meet all requirements explained below under the Mid-Level Transfer Student and Upper-level Transfer Requirements section.

30 or More, but Fewer than 60 Transferable Semester Hours (Mid-Level Transfer Students)

Lower-level transfer students with 30 or more but less than 60 transferable semester hours (AKA Mid-level transfer students) who have successfully completed (C or higher) at least one transferable English composition course and one transferable college level mathematics course that consists of three (3) semester credit hours are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores. Mid-level transfer applicants are required to meet the state foreign language requirement (passing two years of the same foreign language) prior to admission to USFSM, and are required to submit an official high school transcript if the foreign language requirement was completed in high school. Mid-level transfer applicants who do not meet the above requirements must submit an official high school transcript showing a minimum 2.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale recalculated by USFSM.  In addition, they must submit official SAT or ACT scores and meet minimum criteria.  The minimum SAT scores are 500 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing and 500 in Mathematics.  The minimum SAT scores on the SAT taken prior to March 2016 is a 460 in Critical Reading and 460 in Mathematics.  The minimum ACT scores are 19 in Reading, 19 in Mathematics, and 18 in English.

Upper-level Transfer Requirements

USFSM grants admission to graduates of state approved Florida public college or universities who hold the A.A. degree/certificate. Florida Administrative Rule 6A-10.024 (Articulation Between and Among Universities, Community Colleges, and School Districts) governs the admission of A.A. degree/certificate degree transfers from Florida public colleges and universities. Undergraduate transfer students who have not earned the A.A. degree/certificate from a public community/junior college or state university in Florida or who have attended another college after receipt of the A.A. degree/certificate from a public community/junior college or state university in Florida must have an overall 2.00 grade-point average on a 4.00 scale in all college-level courses attempted and acceptable to transfer.

Associate in Arts degree holders who are not exempt from the foreign language requirement and all other upper-level transfer students admitted without meeting the foreign language admission requirement must satisfy the foreign language requirement prior to graduation.

Undergraduate transfer students who have not earned the A.A. degree from a Florida public institution or who have attended another college after receipt of the A.A. must minimally meet the requirements below to be considered for admission; however, satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. Be in good standing, have a 2.0 grade-point average, and eligible to return to the last regionally-accredited institution attended as a degree-seeking student or a non-regionally accredited institution participating in the State Course Numbering System (SCNS) with SCNS approved transferable credits;

2. Passed two years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 to 10 semester hours of the same foreign language at a previous college or university. Students who entered a Florida College System institution prior to August 1, 1989 and maintain continuous enrollment until the time of their USFSM entry as degree-seeking students may be admitted without the required foreign language study;

3. Meet the minimum grade-point average required by the program if entering a limited-access program and transferring 60 or more semester hours;

4. Applicants whose native language is not English must present a minimum score of  79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the  IELTS.

Upper-level transfer applicants for admission to a limited-access major must meet program requirements prior to admission to the University. Please refer to the requirements listed in the College sections of the catalog.

USFSM also considers applicants who do not fully meet the minimum requirements as stated in #1 and #2 above but who have important attributes, special talents, or unique circumstances that may contribute to a representative and diverse student body.  A  committee considers these undergraduate transfer applicants for admission on the basis of other demonstrated evidence of promise for academic success.  These applicants should also submit appropriate alternative evidence of academic achievement, ability, motivation, and responsibility that indicates potential for academic success at USFSM.


Admission Denial

Any applicant who does not meet minimum admission requirements and/or is denied admission to USFSM may submit an appeal in writing within 30 days of notification for reconsideration of the admissions decision for review by the Director of Admissions. The request must provide new reasons/evidence why this reconsideration is warranted based on extenuating circumstances and/or appropriate alternative evidence of academic achievement, ability, motivation, and responsibility that indicates potential for academic success. In addition to the admission criteria, other factors may be considered including, but not limited to, improvements in high school record, family education background, socioeconomic status, graduation from a lower performing high school, graduation from an International Baccalaureate program, geographic location, military service, special talents, and/or abilities, or other special circumstances. After a thorough review of the student’s profile by the appropriate committee, the committee may conclude that the applicant should be admitted if it is deemed that the student can be successful academically and graduate from USF System institutions. Student-initiated petitions that are denied by the Appeals Committee may be further appealed to the Dean who makes the final decision. Academic services and/or programs designed to enhance the success of any student admitted based on a profile exception must be outlined in the Committee’s recommendation for admission.

Undergraduate applicants—freshmen or transfers—who are denied admission as a degree-seeking student may not enroll as a non-degree-seeking student.

Applicants denied admission to USFSM who have a disability as defined by Board of Governors Regulation 6.018 and Section 1007.02, Florida Statutes may request a reasonable substitution of any requirement for admission in a letter of appeal of the decision as provided by the protocols of USFSM.  On appeal of a denial of admission, USFSM may provide reasonable substitution for any course or high school unit requirement for any person who has a documented disability.  The applicant may be required to provide documentation as detailed in Board of Governors Regulation 6.018 or Section 1007.264 Florida Statutes that the failure to meet the admission requirements is related to the disability, and USFSM may request other pertinent documents as needed to determine eligibility for substitution under this subsection.

USFSM may refuse admission to a student whose record shows previous misconduct that is deemed not to be in the best interest of the University community. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or designee, will review all applications in which prior legal or behavioral conduct issues are noted. When necessary, this officer will contact appropriate parties having knowledge of the applicant and/or the misconduct and make a decision as to whether admission of the applicant would be in the best interest of USFSM. Any applicant denied admission under this Regulation may submit a written appeal to the designated office within ten (10) days after the notification of the denial of admission.

A non-degree-seeking student dismissed from USFSM for violations of academic integrity or the USF System’s Student Code of Conduct is not eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student to USFSM. If a student dismissed from USFSM subsequently earns a degree from a regionally accredited institution, the student may apply as a degree-seeking student to USFSM. If extenuating circumstances contributed to the dismissal and the student meets current admissions requirements, the student may submit a request for waiver of this rule to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or designee, for an academic violation, or for a violation of the Code of Conduct.


Admission International

International undergraduate applicants who are not permanent U.S. residents (BOG Regulation 6.009) must submit applications for admission, application fees, and all required supporting documents by the published deadlines. Applicants living outside of the United States are encouraged to submit required documentation no later than three (3) months prior to the date of desired entry to USFSM or the deadline for the degree program, whichever is earlier.

Supporting documentation includes the “Financial Support Requirements” form to show proof of availability of financial resources sufficient to cover all educational, maintenance, personal, and travel expenses while attending USFSM without financial assistance from the USF System; all transcripts identifying subjects and grades from the first year of secondary work to the time of application or graduation when applying as an entering freshman or a transfer with less than 60 hours of transferable postsecondary credit; appropriate diploma(s), certificate(s), degree(s), mark-sheet(s) and/or examination(s) passed, from the home country, as evidence of United States equivalent qualifications and academic preparation for the degree program requested; and “Transfer Clearance Form” signed by the International Student Advisor, if currently enrolled in a U.S. Institution. Each International applicant must submit a signed health history form, including proof of immunizations as required by USF Policy 33-002, and proof of adequate health insurance coverage as required by USF Regulation 6.0162.

All foreign, post-secondary transcripts must be evaluated and/or translated, if applicable, by one of the credential evaluation services identified on the USFSM website and published by the appropriate international admissions office. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum test score requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as follows: 79 on the internet-based test (IBT) or a score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL or IELTS requirement may be waived for an undergraduate applicant, if the applicant falls into one of the following categories: has submitted SAT or ACT test scores sufficient to validate English reading and writing proficiency as determined by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, earned an Associate of Arts degree or higher from a domestic regionally accredited institution; has or will be graduating from a domestic high school; or English is the native language in country of origin, pursuant to approved list of countries posted on the USFSM website.


Admission Process

Admission is granted for an entry term and program as designated in the Official Acceptance Notice from USFSM. Students must enroll for the term to which they are admitted to validate their admission. Official notification is considered a hard-copy acceptance letter on official letterhead that is addressed to the student.

Deferment of Admission

Students who do not enroll for the admitted term may request a Deferment of Admission for a new entry term that starts within 12 months of the originally requested term. Applicants who request new entry dates must meet the admissions requirements and selection criteria in effect for the new term requested. Entry into selected degree programs may not be available for every term.

Provisional Admission

An applicant receiving a provisional admission as a degree-seeking student must submit any missing admission credentials, such as official transcripts or test scores required to substantiate eligibility for admission before the beginning of the second term of enrollment. Undergraduate applicants—freshmen and transfers—who do not meet the applicable institutional admissions requirements may be admitted through a profile assessment by a committee under authority delegated by the Florida Board of Governors when there is evidence that the student can be expected to be academically successful. This alternative review may be utilized for applicants who have important attributes, special talents, or unique circumstances that will contribute to a representative and diverse student population.

Students admitted to USFSM through a profile assessment because they do not meet the BOG admission requirements (BOG Regulation 6.002, (2)4.(b)) must be reviewed annually by the Director of Student Success, or designee, to ensure that their rates of retention, academic success and graduation remain near or above USFSM’s average. USFSM is responsible for required reports regarding students admitted under this section. The success of students admitted under the profile assessment process shall be reviewed by the Board of Trustees.


Admission to Limited-Access Degree Program

USFSM has established limited-access undergraduate degree programs of study, which are approved by the Florida Board of Governors and the State of Florida Articulation Coordinating Committee. USFSM offers limited-access degree programs in the College of Business, School of Education, and in partnership with the USF Tampa College of Nursing (http://health.usf.edu/nursing).

Upon admission to USFSM, transfer students, especially those from Florida’s public colleges and universities, shall have equal opportunity to enroll in limited-access baccalaureate programs.

In addition to the minimum requirements for admission, applicants seeking entrance to limited-access programs must meet additional requirements published and announced by each limited access program. The USFSM School of Education requires a 2.5 overall GPA and the USFSM College of Business requires a 2.75 overall GPA.

All applicants who seek direct admission must meet the criteria of the requested limited-access program including the overall GPA to be eligible for admission.


Application Process

The USFSM application for admission is available on-line and is required for the following:

  • First time in college applicant for admission to a baccalaureate degree program;
  • Transfer applicant pursuing a baccalaureate degree program;
  • Former USF System institution student who has not been enrolled in a USF System institution during the twelve (12) months or three consecutive terms prior to the new term of admission;
  • Student who has been academically dismissed from the institution;
  • Continuing or former USF System student applying for a second degree or another level of study, i.e. graduate degree program, if required by an institution within the USF System;
  • Graduate applicant; or
  • Non-degree seeking.

When to Apply

Applications for admission and non-refundable application fees for USFSM must be submitted by the published application deadline for the requested term of entry or the degree program, whichever is earlier. (see Academic Calendar) USFSM may begin admitting students as early as 12 months prior to the requested date of entry. If the application, fee, or application materials are received after the published application deadline, or after the enrollment limits or program limits are achieved for the requested term of entry, USFSM reserves the right to process the application for the next available semester.

Application Fee

A $30.00 non-refundable application fee must be included with the application.

Immunity Proof Requirement

Prior to registering for classes, all students born after 1956 are required to present documentation of proof of immunity to MEASLES (Rubeola) and RUBELLA (German Measles). It is further required that all students must present proof of immunity to Hepatitis B and Meningitis or decline immunization by signature. Students living in USFSM housing must be vaccinated against meningitis. The option to decline immunization is not permitted. (See Immunization Policy) Temporary medical exemptions must be submitted by the attending physician and include reason for exemption and duration of exemption.

  • For religious exemption applications, contact Student Health Services.
  • For off-campus term exemptions, contact Registrar.

Transcripts and Other Documents

Official transcripts, test scores, and other required credentials must be received directly from the issuing institution or agency. The applicant is responsible for requesting all required credentials and ensuring that they are received by USFSM Office of Admissions. All documents and credentials submitted are the property of USFSM. Originals or copies of the originals will not be returned to the applicant nor forwarded to any third parties.

USFSM reserves the right to request the testing agency to validate any applicant’s admission materials including transcripts and test scores such as SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS used in the admission process if, in the judgment of University officials, there is reason to warrant this validation.

An application for admission, residency affidavit, or supporting documentation submitted by or on behalf of a student containing false, fraudulent, or incomplete information may result in the denial of admission, or future semester registration and/or rescission of admission, credit, or degrees awarded by USFSM.

Change Term of Entry

Applicants may request admission for a different entry term that begins within 12 months of the original date of application without submitting a new application or paying another application fee. Any request for changes of the entry term or change to another institution in the USF System must be submitted in writing, and must provide the names of any college(s) attended and/or college work attempted that is not reflected on the original application. Also, official copies of transcripts must be received by the application deadline for the new term of entry or the degree program, whichever is earlier. If the new term of entry begins more than 12 months after the original application, a new application and fee must be submitted.

Articulation Agreement

Statewide Articulation Agreements Website
Articulation Between and Among Universities, Community Colleges, and School Districts

An articulation agreement, in effect since April 13, 1971 and later adopted by the Florida Legislature in statute form as Florida law, governs an effective and orderly transfer of Florida college students into the State University System (SUS).

The agreement defines and establishes the Associate in Arts degree from a Florida public college as the basis for all articulation rights. 


Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment in USFSM classes is open to academically qualified students currently enrolled in a public high school in Sarasota County who are recommended by their principal or designee.  Dual enrollment students may take a limited number of courses at USFSM which are creditable toward their high school diploma.

Students wishing to enroll in the Dual Enrollment coursework at USFSM must:

  1. Have at least Junior standing at a Sarasota County public high school or approved entities at the start of the term in which they wish to enroll.
  2. Submit proof of a minimum of 560 on SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and a 530 on SAT Math, or a score of 21 on ACT Reading and 21 on ACT Mathematics, or a PERT score of 123 on Math, 106 on Reading and 103 on Writing.
  3. Have an unweighted, recalculated high school grade point average of 3.30 or better on a 4.00 scale and satisfied any course prerequisites. The GPA is recalculated from courses completed in English, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language.

Dual enrollment students who enroll in summer courses are required to pay for all costs for that term.

For additional information on dual enrollment and the application and approval process, contact the USFSM Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

FUSE Program

Freshman applicants who are not offered admission or transfer students with less than 30 transferable credit hours can apply to join the USFSM FUSE Program at one of the Florida College System (FCS) partner schools. Students admitted to the FUSE Program will be placed on an academic graduation path that provides a seamless transition to USFSM. Students on a defined academic path will be advised on course pre-requisites, GPA requirements, tests, and any other additional criteria necessary for admission into limited access majors. FUSE students will also have access to specific USFSM and USF System events and activities. For more information, visit http://catalog.usfsm.edu/fuse/.


Readmissions of Returning Former Students

A degree-seeking undergraduate who has not enrolled at USFSM during the last 12 months must complete a new Application for Admission and pay the $30.00 non-refundable application fee to USFSM by the deadline for the term of requested re-entry.

Undergraduate students returning to seek a baccalaureate degree must be in good academic standing and eligible to return to the USFSM as well as the last institution attended as a degree-seeking student. For all college-level academic courses attempted at any institution since last enrolling at USFSM, the applicant’s transfer GPA must meet or exceed the GPA required of new transfer students at the time of readmission.

Former students who have attended one or more institutions since their last enrollment must request official transcripts of all work attempted at the other institution(s) be sent to the Office of Admissions. Acceptability of transfer credits toward completion of degree programs will be determined by the college of the student’s major.

The Academic Regulations Committees (ARC) have the Power to Approve (PTA) petitions for undergraduate or non-degree seeking students that fail to maintain a 2.00 GPA and are Academically Dismissed (AD) from USFSM. (Refer to the Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal Policies.) Academic Regulations Committees also may approve the readmission of students who qualify for Academic Renewal to have portions of their academic record not counted in the determination of the GPA for graduation purposes. (Refer to the Academic Renewal Policy.)

Summer Beginnings Program

USFSM’s Summer Beginnings Program is a transitional program, designed to offer a comprehensive and cohort-based summer experience prior to an incoming freshman’s first fall semester. Students in this program take college-level coursework during the summer term and engage with both student life and academic support initiatives designed to prepare them for success throughout their time at USFSM.




Transfer Credit Evaluation

The receipt and evaluation of transfer credits is the responsibility of the Office of Admissions, which will evaluate the acceptability of total transferable credits. The college of the student’s major will determine the transfer courses applicable toward the degree and assign equivalent courses to the transcript. In some cases, course equivalents may also be determined by specific colleges that offer the same or similar courses as part of their programs of study.

Transfer credits are accepted only from those institutions that are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies at the time the credits were earned. Credits earned at an institution when it is/was in candidacy status will be considered for transfer credit once the awarding institution receives full regional accreditation. If an applicant is applying from a non-regionally accredited school, courses approved for transfer by the Articulation Coordination Committee may be considered for transfer credit. However, the admission decision will be based on the student’s prior work, if any, at a regionally accredited institution. Students may submit a request in writing to the Director of Admissions for courses from non-regionally accredited institutions to be accepted for transfer credit; submission of course syllabi and other information will be required.

  1. Courses that are remedial, occupational, or vocational in nature are not accepted as transfer credit to USFSM unless specifically determined by the University. In addition, USFSM reserves the right to evaluate courses or deny transfer credit, if not applicable to the degree program.
  2. Associate in Arts (AA) degree holders from a Florida public accredited institution will be awarded up to 60 semester hours of credit and recognized as having completed the USFSM’s General Education and University Success Requirements. For AA degree holders awarded by an out-of-state or private in-state institution, the USFSM Office of Admissions will conduct a course-by-course transfer credit evaluation.
  3. Articulated Associate in Science (AS) degree holders from a Florida public accredited institution will be awarded 60 semester hours of credit toward an approved USFSM BSAS program including credit for appropriate transferable General Education Courses they have completed per Florida’s Statewide Articulation Manual. For AS degree holders awarded by an out-of-state or private in-state institution, the USF System institution’s designated office will conduct a course-by-course transfer credit evaluation.
  4. All courses from a Florida public college or university with the same State Common Course prefix and last three numbers as a USF System course are automatically transferred and the transfer student will not be required to repeat these courses unless a college minimum grade or age-of-record policy is involved. Excluded are graduate courses, studio courses in art, internships, practica and performing arts courses in dance, acting, vocal and instrumental music.
  5. Credit is not awarded based on GED test scores.
  6. Military service school courses will be evaluated with reference to the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) when official credentials have been presented. However, such recommendations are not binding upon USFSM.
  7. For ROTC and military science courses the maximum credit may vary with each college. A student must confer with his/her academic advisor to determine the credit for his/her major.
  8. USFSM awards credit-by-examination based on the minimum guidelines as established by the Articulating Coordinating Committee (ACC) available on the FACTS.org website, pursuant to Florida Statute 1007.27(2), and approved by the State Board of Education and Board of Governors. Per USF System Policy 10-017 (Credit by Examination), the USF System will accept a maximum of 45 credit hours earned through any combination of the examinations provided by the Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES/DSST, Excelsior College, CAPE, General Certificate of Education (GCE), German Aibitur, and Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) exams.
  9. A maximum of 30 semester hours of extension, correspondence, and military service education credits may be counted for the purposes of meeting transfer admission criteria and applied toward a degree program.
  10. Grades earned in transferred courses are included in the student’s grade point average for the purposes of admission to limited access programs, awarding of honors at graduation, and class ranking of baccalaureate students but transfer grades are not included in computing the student’s grade point average.
  11. A degree-seeking student must obtain prior written approval from the college of the student’s major for courses taken at another regionally-accredited institution to be applied to the student’s degree program.
  12. Credit earned from an institution outside of the United States (which is not accredited by an acceptable domestic regional accrediting body) must be reviewed for equivalency on a U.S. scale by one of the credential evaluation services identified on the USFSM website and published by the appropriate international admissions office.
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