Less than half of all applicants to the University of South Florida are admitted. Successful applicants will need solid standardized test scores and grades. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who got in had high school averages of "B" or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1500 or better, and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. Your chances of being admitted improve significantly with higher grades and test scores.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue on the left side of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that seemed to be on target for USF did not get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because USF looks at more than numbers. The admissions folks want to see that you have taken sufficient college-preparatory classes. The rigor of your high school courses matters, not just your grades. AP and IB classes, extra math and language classes, and strong scores on the writing component of the SAT and ACT are all positive predictors of your success at USF. The university also looks at your grade trend. If your grades are improving junior and senior years, that's far preferable to a decline.
To learn more about the University of South Florida, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- USF Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?