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Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment in USF classes is open to academically qualified students who are currently enrolled in public/private high schools and who are recommended by their guidance counselor or principal. This program is also available to home schooled students.

Since the Florida State College system is the primary agency for Dual Enrollment, only courses not offered at the student’s local State or Community College will be approved for dual enrollment at the University of South Florida.

The University of South Florida has articulation agreements with several county school boards to allow public high school students to enroll in classes at USF. In accordance with State statutes, students must be enrolled in postsecondary instruction that is creditable toward the high school diploma to be classified as dually enrolled.

Students who wish to be accepted as dual enrollment students at USF must:

  • Be at least 16 years old at start of term, unless enrolled in a special summer program initiated by USF or a special course section involving only dual enrollment students.
  • Have proof of a minimum of 500 on SAT Critical Reading Test and 500 on SAT Quantitative for a total minimum of 1000; or a score of 21 on EACT English, 18 on EACT Reading and a score of 21 on EACT Mathematics for a minimum composite of 21 and a TOEFL score, if applicable. All test scores must be submitted to USF by the testing agency electronically.
  • Have completed the equivalent of the sophomore year, achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by USF), and satisfied any course prerequisites.
  • Send proof of prerequisite(s) to the appropriate academic department (e.g., Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, etc.) and request a permit, if necessary. A permit allows a student to enroll in a course; it is not automatic enrollment or registration.
  • All documentation must be received in the dual enrollment office by the deadline for the semester in which the student wishes to enroll and must be approved by the dual enrollment coordinator. Deadlines are: Fall - August 1st; Spring - December 1st; Summer - May 1st.
  • All students must also complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student application (see below) four weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student wishes to enroll.
  • Submit a list of approved courses EACH TERM of enrollment. Courses taken without appropriate authorization EACH TERM of enrollment will not be considered as Dual Enrollment and thus charged to the student. For public high schools, this should be on the appropriate authorization form (i.e., Form B or Form C). For private schools, this information should be on school letterhead and signed by the school counselor or principal. For home schooled students, this information should be identified on the Dual Enrollment Application by the instructor of record/education supervisor. Forms or letters without approved courses will be denied.

Note: Only courses not offered at the student’s local State or Community College will be approved for Dual Enrollment (DE) at the University of South Florida. While students may take up to nine (9) credits each semester, first time DE students are typically approved for no more than six (6) credits. Please read and complete all forms carefully.

STEP1:  Application Process  (Apply to USF as a Non-Degree Seeking Student - $30);you are responsible for becoming familiar with the Guide for Non-Degree Students.

STEP2:  Complete & forward supplemental documentation

Private/Home School Application Public School Application
  • County Dual Enrollment Authorization Form--Mandatory (Available from your Guidance Counselor.)
  • Immunization Forms--Mandatory

STEP 3:  Approximately one week before the semester begins, register for approved courses. While we are happy to answer your questions regarding registration, the student is responsible for registering for courses. For instructions on how to register for courses, go here.

STEP 4:  Public high schools only: F.S. Section 1007.271(14), specifies that your school district will pay for "instructional materials." However, you must obtain a voucher from USF's Dual Enrollment Coordinator before the 5th day of classes. Once the textbook voucher has been processed, you may order appropriate textbooks online for pickup at the following website: All other Dual Enrollment students must purchase instructional materials.

STEP 5:  If necessary, purchase a parking decal (USF Parking and Transportation Services).

Any questions or problems should be addressed immediately to avoid academic or economic penalty at a later date. This includes being unable to attend class due to medical or other documented reasons. All dual enrollment students are required to maintain good academic standing at USF which is defined as a minimum 2.0 grade point average at all times. Failure to maintain this academic standing will immediately terminate a student's dual enrollment status. Grades of D, F or W may not be repeated through the Dual Enrollment Program.

For more information please contact Arnaldo Mejias at:
Phone: 813-974-3087
Fax: 813-974-5801

Completed Supplemental Forms should be mailed or faxed to:
USF Honors College
Attn: Arnaldo Mejias
4202 E. Fowler Ave., ALN 241
Tampa, FL 33620

NOTE: Prior to registration for classes that meet on campus, all students who are younger than 40 years of age must submit acceptable proof of immunity to rubella to the Student Health Service. Students who were born after December 31, 1956 must also submit proof of immunity to measles. (See Immunization Policy).

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