USF System Regulation USF3.007
All students entering USFSM with fewer than sixty (60) hours of credit are required to earn at least nine (9) hours prior to graduation by attendance in one or more summer terms in courses offered by a USF System Institution or any one of the State University System of Florida institutions.
The University may waive the application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship. A student who wishes to have the rule waived must complete a “Request for Waiver of Mandatory Summer Enrollment Form” available in the USFSM Office of the Records & Registration. After submission of the form to the Office of the Records & Registration, the student will be notified by email of the action taken.
Students are exempt from the summer requirement provided they have earned 9 or more credits from one of the acceleration mechanisms listed below prior to matriculation at an SUS institution. There is no provision for partial credit that would allow students to complete in summer enrollment only the difference in credits between the required 9 semester hours and the number of credits less than 9 that they completed prior to matriculation. (Approved acceleration mechanisms include: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit, Early Admission, Advanced International Certificate of Education, and credit from the Florida Virtual School.)
The requirement may be fulfilled only by attending one of the universities in the State University System: University of South Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, University of West Florida, and Florida Polytechnic University.