History/Description of the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, also known as USF, is a member institution of the State University System of Florida and a public research university located in Tampa, Florida, USA. USF is the fifth largest in the state of Florida, with a total enrollment of 40,111 as of 2013. Some of the original proposed names included "Citrus State University," "Sunshine State University," "The University of the Western Hemisphere," and "The University of Florida at Temple Terrace". It was built on the site of Henderson Air Field, a World War II airstrip. Although located in west-central Florida, at the time of its establishment USF was the southernmost public university in the State of Florida, a geographic situation that lent USF its sometimes confusing name.
The University of South Florida System has four institutions: University of South Florida, USF St. Petersburg, USF Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic. There is also a downtown center in downtown Tampa. A fourth satellite campus, in Fort Myers, was in operation from 1974 until 1997 when campus operations were folded into the new Florida Gulf Coast University. The Fort Myers campus was at the time shared with Edison College, and Edison now controls the entire campus. Application Materials
Freshman Applicants: To be considered for admission, freshman applicants must submit an SUS Application for Admission, a non-refundable application fee of $20.00, an official high school transcript, official GED scores if applicable, SAT or ACT scores and a TOEFL score if applicable. Although USF has minimum freshman admission requirements, meeting these minimum standards does not guarantee admission. Applicants selected for admission usually exceed the eligibility requirements. However, USF also considers applicants who do not fully meet minimum requirements but who have important attributes, special talents or unique circumstances that may contribute to a representative and diverse student body. These freshman applicants are considered for admission by a faculty committee on the basis of other appropriate evidence of ability to do successful academic work at USF. USF assigns additional weights to grades earned in honors, advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses. The University normally requires a diploma from a Florida public or a regionally accredited high school or the state-approved General Education Development (GED) diploma. Other minimum requirements are outlined below. * Freshman applicants must submit an official test score from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).
For freshman applicants earning a high school diploma, the following college preparatory academic units (year-long courses or equivalents) normally offered in grades nine through twelve are required: four units of English (three of the four must incorporate substantial writing requirements); three units of mathematics (algebra I and above); three units of natural sciences (two of the three must incorporate substantial laboratory requirements); three units of social sciences (history, civics, political science, economics, sociology, psychology and geography); two units of the same foreign language; and four additional units of academic electives. Substitution for any high school unit requirement may be provided for applicants who are hearing impaired, visually impaired or who have a specific learning disability.
* Freshman applicants must minimally meet one of the following to be considered for admission in good standing; however, satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission: a. At least a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), as computed by USF (an SAT or ACT score must be submitted but no minimum is required) b. A combination of high school GPA (as computed by USF) and admission test scores equivalent to a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and an SAT I verbal and quantitative...
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