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    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA - [USF], TAMPA, FLORIDA - ADMISSION

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    University of South Florida 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    University of South Florida has a student population of more than 50,000 and offers admissions across its 3 campuses in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee.

    In the fall intake season of 2018, out of a total of 35,043 applicants to the Tampa campus, 43% were selected. Admissions to all the three campuses of University of South Florida are highly competitive. Tampa is the most affordable public institution for international students studying in the USA.

    University of South Florida offers programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. There are around 85 undergraduate degrees, 107 graduate degrees, 4 professional doctoral programs and 44 research doctoral programs in a number of disciplines. The institution also offers graduate pathway programs for international applicants. Total international student enrolment at the Tampa campus is 4,620 making 10% of the student body of USF Tampa.

    Some important points to be considered before seeking admission to the University of South Florida Tampa are as follows:

    • The University opens applications for international students for fall, summer and spring semesters.
    • February 15 is the priority deadline for scholarship consideration for international applicants.
    • There is an application fee of 30 USD payable by all applicants.
    • The application fee is waived if SAT/ ACT application fee waivers are filled at the time of application.
    • International students must submit their transcripts with English translation preferably from American Translators Association.
    • Admission to graduate programs is only possible if the applicant has a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • The University offers financial aid in the form scholarships, grants, waivers, loans and work study.
    • 91% of the students receive financial aid in any form.
    • As a response to COVID-19, in addition to extending the admission deadlines, the University has shifted to an online teaching-learning format and has adjusted the 2020 fall semester calendar.
    • The updated international student application deadlines are: Fall Semester- June 1; Spring Semester- October 1.

    Highlights

    Application portal Online Application
    Application fee 30 USD
    Acceptance Rate 44%
    Graduation Rate 58.6%
    Retention Rate 89%
    Average high school GPA 4.13
    Average SAT score 1286
    Average ACT score 29
    Academic calendar Semester based
    Intake season Spring and fall for international applicants
    Work study program Yes
    Financial Aid Available
    Work experience Recommended for MBA program

    Application deadlines

    All applicants are required to follow the set deadlines as late applications are not entertained by the institution. International applicants are requested to apply one year prior to their term of entry. 

    The deadlines for undergraduate admissions for the enrolment seasons are given below: 

    Desired Term of Entry Application Deadline Term Start Date
    Spring 2021 October 1, 2020 January 11, 2021
    Fall 2021 June 1, 2021 August 23, 2021

    Freshmen taking admission in the Fall intake are advised to submit the required documents for Scholarship consideration by February 15, 2021.

    The deadlines for graduate admissions for the enrolment seasons are given below: 

    Fall Priority Application June 1
    Summer Priority Application January 15
    Spring Priority Application October 15

    Deadlines for some of the graduate programs may also vary depending upon the choice of course. Check Here

    International Student Admissions

    The University accepts international students given that they meet a set of deadlines, fulfill the appropriate requirements and provide the required documents. Requirements for both domestic and international students are similar.

    Application Portal- Online application

    Application Fee- 30USD or submit a SAT/ ACT application fee waiver 

    Admission requirements- In order to be eligible for University of South Florida Admission, international applicants must submit the following documents:

    • Completed Application Form
    • Official transcripts of high school or college
    • English language proficiency score 
    • Standardized exam scores required to study in the USA. such as ACT/SAT/ GRE/ GMAT scores
    • Copy of passport
    • Immunization documents
    • International Student Health Insurance Agreement Form
    • Financial Statement showing funding support worth one year or 2 semesters at the University

    All official and evaluated transcripts can be mailed to the following address:

    University of South Florida

    Office of Admissions 

    4202 E Fowler Avenue, BEH236

    Tampa FL 33620, USA 

    English Proficiency Test Scores

    All international applicants from countries whose native language is not English must submit scores of English proficiency tests. There are several options of tests accepted by the University.

    International applicants are required to furnish proof of English language proficiency through any one of the following test scores: 

    English Proficiency Test Score Minimum score for undergraduates Minimum score for graduates
    TOEFL (IBT) 79 79
    TOEFL (PBT) - 550
    IELTS 6.5 6.5
    PTE Academic 53 53
    ACT 17 (English)
    19 (Reading)
    -
    SAT 24 (Reading)
    25(Writing and Language)
    -
    GRE Verbal - 153

    The TOEFL school code is 828. Scores of IELTS and PTE must be sent from the testing agency and PTE respectively.

    Requirement of English language proficiency test scores may be waived if

    • Applicant has a minimum score of 153 or 500 on the GRE Verbal test.
    • Applicant has graduated from a U.S. university.
    • Applicant belongs to an English-speaking country.

    Visa Process for International Students

    International applicants are required to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa to study in the USA and require 1-20 forms and DS-2019 forms from the University to become eligible for applying for student visas.

    • In order to receive the I-20 or the DS-2019 Form, following documents need to be submitted:
    • Copy of passport
    • Bank statement of the applicant or his sponsor
    • Affidavit of support
    • Certificate of Finance stating availability of funds worth one year’s full expenses at University of South Florida
    • After receipt of the eligibility documents, the SEVIS fee must be paid.
    • An interview then must be scheduled with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The following documents must be carried when going for visa interview to study in the U.S.:
      • I-20/ DS-2019 Form
      • Original Bank Statement
      • Admission letter to the University of South Florida 
      • Official Academic records
      • Certificate of finance

    University of South Florida, Tampa: Undergraduate Admissions 

    University of South Florida offers undergraduate programs with more than 180 majors and concentrations in a number of disciplines including business, arts and science, medicine, nursing, public health, behavioral and community sciences, engineering and many other disciplines.

    The requirements for University of South Florida undergraduate admissions are given below:

    Where to apply- Online Application

    Application Fee- 30 USD 

    Admission Requirements- Applicants are required to submit the following documents at the time of admission:

    • Completed Application 
    • Original or certified copies of academic records of high school – sealed and translated into English
    • GED test scores are accepted in place of high school diploma
    • Official SAT scores- Minimum total score of 1100; or ACT scores- Minimum total score of 22 (SAT code: 5828; ACT code: 0761)
    • English Proficiency Test Scores 

    University of South Florida, Tampa: Graduate Admissions

    University of South Florida offers around 107 graduate degree programs in clinical psychology, nursing, environmental health engineering, public health, criminology, audiology, health care management, library and information studies and many more disciplines. 

    Where to apply- Online application for graduate programs through 'Office of Admission Application Portal'

    Application Fee- 30 USD 

    Admission Requirements- Applicants are requested to adhere to the following requirements and submit the following documents at the time of admission:

    • Completed Application 
    • Official transcripts of college 
    • Minimum GPA of 3.00
    • English Proficiency Test Scores 
    • GRE or GMAT scores (if required)
    • Current resume
    • Statement of purpose
    • Recommendation letters

    Specific admission requirements for some popular Masters courses are given as follows:

    Requirements Master of Science in Biology MBA in Business Administration Masters of Public Health Masters of Science in Finance
    Application Deadlines Fall: November 30
    Spring: July 1
    Summer: Not Offered
    Fall: June 1
    Spring: October 15
    Summer: Not Offered
    Fall: May 1
    Spring: June 15
    Summer: November 15
    Fall: June 1
    Spring: October 15
    Summer: February 15
    Standardized Exams GRE scores of 155 Verbal Reasoning (69th percentile), 150 Quantitative Reasoning (38th percentile), 4.5 Analytical Writing 3.50 cumulative undergraduate GPA;
    Valid GMAT or GRE score;
    University Admission English Proficiency requirements
    GRE or equivalent (GMAT, MCAT, DATE, or PCAT) required. LSAT is not accepted in lieu of the GRE. ;
    University Admission English Proficiency requirements
    GMAT score of 550 or higher (or equivalent GRE score) with a 4 year Bachelor’s degree;
    Minimum GMAT score of 650 with a minimum score of 25 on the verbal portion, or a minimum GRE score of 321 with minimum score of 150 on verbal reasoning- with a 3 year Bachelor’s degree.
    Interview Maybe Required Not required Not required Not required
    Letter of Recommendation 3 Letters of Recommendation from faculty 3 Letters of Reference with one professional reference Not required Not required
    Essay A brief essay stating your intended field of research and professional goals. Statement of purpose Not required Not required
    Résumé/ Work Experience Resume with previous teaching experience to be considered for a teaching position Minimum 3 years professional or managerial work experience and a Resume Not required Not required

    Applications are mostly reviewed on a rolling basis. Students must not wait for the deadline to apply and complete the process as early as possible because at times applications to this coveted institute of the US Education System are closed before deadlines if seats are filled. International applicants are requested to apply one year prior to their term of entry. All applicants are required to check the status of their application on a regular basis through the University of South Florida’s Online Access Students Information System.

    With an acceptance rate of around 44 percent, University of South Florida admissions are highly competitive. Applicants are considered individually and consideration is given to factors like grades, standardized test scores, rigor of curriculum while granting admission. Selected applicants are notified via the Admission letter.

    FAQs

    Ques. What SAT and ACT scores are required for admission into University of South Florida?

    Ans. In order to become eligible for University of South Florida Admissions, an average SAT score of 1100 and an average ACT score of 22 is required. The fall 2019 batch of USF has ACT scores in the range of 26-30 and SAT scores in the range of 1220-1340. It is not necessary to include Essay parts of both the tests.

    Ques. Is there an application fee for applying to the University of South Florida?

    Ans. Yes, both undergraduate and graduate applicants for University of South Florida must pay an application fee of 30 USD.

    Ques. When is the best time to apply to University of South Florida for international students?

    Ans. The University of South Florida accepts applications for the spring and fall semesters. International students are advised to apply one year prior to the desired year of admission at the university.

    Ques. Can I track my application status at University of South Florida?

    Ans. Yes, application status can be checked at the University of South Florida’s Online Access Students Information System after 48 hours of submission of application. The first time you open OASIS, you will have to retrieve your University ID and Net ID.

    Ques. What is the cost of attendance at University of South Florida?

    Ans. For an undergraduate international student at University of South Florida, the estimated cost of attendance is 23,446 USD and for a graduate international student the estimated cost of attendance is 25,698 USD.

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