From the School

The University of South Florida is a place where the unforgettable is part of the everyday -where intellectual, social and professional growth is the norm. With more than 45,000 students, USF is among America's largest and most dynamic national research universities. Located in the beautiful Tampa Bay region of Florida's Gulf Coast, USF offers nearly 200 degree programs at the bachelor's, masters, specialist and doctoral level, including the doctor of medicine. Undergraduate programs are offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Visual and Performing Arts and Nursing. USF creates a dynamic learning environment where students actively participate in the discovery of new knowledge. The university's faculty are world-class scholars and dedicated teachers who often provide research opportunities to undergraduates, including freshmen. With a 19:1 student to faculty ratio and a freshman class average of 37 students, USF students work side-by-side with professors in a dynamic learning environment as active participate in the discovery of new knowledge. USF is nationally recognized for its diverse student body and is ranked in the top 20 on the Diverse Student Population List for the last three years by The Princeton Review's The Best 361 Colleges. USF students come from every state in the U.S. and more than 125 countries around the world, and more than a third of USF undergraduate students are African American, Black, Asian American, Hispanic or Native American. While USF’s main research campus is located in Tampa, more than 11,000 students study at our three regional campuses located in Lakeland, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. Our regional campuses offer the atmosphere of a small college coupled with the resources and prestige of one of the country’s fastest-growing research universities. USF is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, a number of scientific, professional, and academic bodies confer accreditation in specific disciplines and groups of disciplines.

Overview

Applicants
28,512
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

64%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 620
SAT Math
550 - 640
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

The Honors College at USF is an extraordinary environment that nurtures exceptional students' talents and pushes them to live up to their tremendous potential. The Honors College at USF offers the only undergraduate research major in the country, a unique course of study that is based on the Ph.D. model. Students in the Honors Research Major spend an intensive year-and-a-half working with senior faculty members on individualized research projects. For students who plan to pursue an advanced degree immediately following their undergraduate years, USF offers several accelerated degree programs, including a seven-year medical degree, six-year doctorate in physical therapy, and five-year programs for master's degrees in public health and engineering. Honors College students enjoy classes that are never bigger than 25 students and intense debate and discussion is the norm. In addition to tangible research opportunities, accelerated degree programs and academic rigor, the Honors College is a close-knit community where students share ideas and form friendships with like-minded individuals -friendships that last much longer than their four years at the Honors College.
Conveniently located in Tampa, Florida, this top-tier state university attracts students for whom “price, diversity, and opportunities” are as important as a location that’s “close to home.” The University of South Florida “is all about community.” One student says, “It was close to home, offered the degree that I wanted, offered me the most financial aid, and had many ties to the community and surrounding areas culturally and academically.” USF may be huge, but this “does not affect the level of personal attention that students receive.” Many here laud the honors program: “Classes are almost always discussion-based.” In general, professors here “really want you to succeed.” Students universally cheer, “The campus is beautiful!” Most of the professors “have worked twenty plus years in the field and are not strictly academia experienced, which results in more content-related discussions.” Another adds, “Most professors, especially the business and philosophy related people, know their material and provide an open forum for learning.” The College of Education has a sterling reputation for building “a caring community that expects excellence.” With a large commuter population, there’s a great diversity in the student body, “not just ethnically or culturally, but older students that bring experience and students from all socioeconomic levels.” In addition, USF “is a top school for medical-related studies.” USF offers the total package: “Fair tuition prices, a great city/location, excellent professors and [an excellent] learning atmosphere.” USF is “doing everything within its capacity to provide the best education it can to every student, regardless of major, background, or ethnicity.” This is an institution “dedicated to enriching their students and communities lives through eclectic methods.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
24:1
Total Faculty
1,652
with Terminal Degree
1,169

878
Men
774
Women
622
Minority
77
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lincoln Diaz-Balart
U.S. Congress

Eddie Carpenter
Pres. Disneyland International

Gil Kerlikowshe
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Overview

At Florida's public colleges and universities, tuition is still among the lowest in the nation. For 2007-08, annual tuition costs were as follows: $3,340 for Florida residents and $16,040 for non-Florida resident undergraduate students attending full-time. Per credit hour tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, and location. Room and board costs are $7,590, which is based on a double occupancy room and mid-priced dining plan. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Costs are subject to change each academic year.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,550

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,979

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,778

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,719

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,951

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,559
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$15,474
Required Fees
$1,851
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,650
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

USF has more than 350 student organizations including national fraternities and sororities, multicultural organizations and honor societies. Students can also participate in intramural and club sports, community service and volunteer organizations or one of many special interest groups. USF's 18 varsity sports teams compete at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Big East Conference. USF students are provided with free tickets to all home athletic events. Theaters and concert stages provide venues for student performances, top-name entertainment, concerts, and a university lecture series. Recreational facilities include a multi-million dollar fitness center, 18 tennis courts, an indoor and several outdoor pools, a private riverfront park, an 18-hole championship golf course and an extensive outdoor recreation program featuring hiking, camping, kayaking and river rafting.
The USF student body is “a diverse mix socioeconomically, culturally, religiously, and racially.” As one returning student testifies, “I am a nontraditional student in my fifties, and [I] feel completely comfortable in classes with students half my age. It’s a very friendly school. All walks of life. I could not describe a typical student.” USF “is a huge university.” Every student “is completely different, so it’s impossible to describe a ‘typical’ one.” This makes for a welcome mix of professional and extracurricular interests; “So far, in every class it’s been incredibly easy to get along with other classmates and everyone is really accepting of each other, no matter your background.” As is often noted at many large universities with an active nightlife, “most people here have two personalities. One is extremely studious persona and the other is a party animal. Basically when it’s time to let loose we let loose.” On-campus students “are involved in campus and community activities, friendly, busy, and often have active social lives.” There’s “a strong sense of community fostered by club and organization involvement.” USF “offers plenty of places to gather on campus.” Despite the size of the school, social life is filled by “all sorts of activities and organizations that make it very easy to interact with people who share your views and interests.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
31,100
Out of State
7%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
155

Demographics

6.26%
Asian
11.40%
African-American
20.22%
Hispanic
56.78%
Caucasian
1.49%
Unknown
3.98%
International

55% female
45% male
7% are out of state
76% are full time
24% are part time

Overview

In addition to the cultural and recreational opportunities afforded by the university's residential campus, USF students benefit from myriad internship and employment options available in Tampa. The thriving metropolitan area is nationally recognized as a hub for cutting-edge technology and economic growth, as Tampa houses 60 percent of Florida's high-technology corridor and has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as "15th Best in the Nation for Business and Careers." While the Tampa area has hot professional contacts, its proximity to theme parks and the nation's top beaches is a popular choice for many USF students. The Tampa Bay region also offers a wealth of arts and leisure activities, a professional orchestra, Broadway theatrical series, world-class concert halls, art museums, big-city nightlife, and professional sports teams. The Gulf beaches are less than an hour from campus, with Atlantic Ocean beaches only two hours away.
Life at USF “strongly promotes building a cohesive, comfortable community.” The university enjoys “a diverse student population on a beautiful urban campus surrounded by a bustling city.” Tampa “has a lot to offer for students. USF has so many clubs that each have various events, there is always something going on.” Popular recreations include the “flea markets, poster sales, Patio Tuesdays (social event in the student center), clubs and organizations, free speech areas, residence hall parties, coffee houses, performances put on by the orchestras, bands, and theater, sports (Go Bulls!), guest speakers, etc.” Many students enjoy the bustling club scene in Ybor City, a historic-district-turnednight-clubbing-district in Tampa’s Latin Quarter where “there are a plethora of local bars and clubs to hang out at for fun.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
75
First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
78

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
591
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
40

7% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bulls)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Bulls)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
55

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Specials are available through the Campus Computer Store.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
David Lee Henry
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Address
Office of Admission
SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

Phone
813-974-4150

Email
dlhenry@usf.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marshall Center
The Tampa Campus Library
Contemporary Art Museum
Botanical Gardens
Sun Dome

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Busch Gardens (theme park)
The Tampa Museum of Art
Raymond James Stadium
International Plaza
Ybor City

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
813-974-4150

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11am and 2pm; plus 1st Sat of each month
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 10 AM and 1 PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Tampa International Airport is 15 to 20 miles from campus. Buses, taxis, shuttles, and rental cars are available at the airport. Central Florida Limousine (813-276-3730) provides limousine service. During peak tourist seasons, you should make car rental reservations. Most hotels provide courtesy vans for airport transportation. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses provide service to Tampa. City and suburban bus service is provided by Hart Line (813-254-4278).

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-275, I-75, and I-4 are the principal routes to Tampa. From I-275, take the Fowler Ave. exit (not Fletcher); turn east on Fowler to the university entrance, which is just past McKinley Blvd. From I-75 (north or south), take the Fowler Ave. exit; turn west to the university entrance. From the east on I-4, take the Columbus Dr./50th St. exit and proceed north on 50th for approximately 7 miles. (Note that 50th becomes 56th after half a mile.) Turn west on Fowler Ave. to the university entrance. From other routes U.S. Rte. 41 S., Florida Highway 60 S. and W., U.S. Rte. 92 N. and E. take 40th or 50th St. or Nebraska or Florida Ave. to Fowler Ave. and the university's main entrance.

Local Accommodations
There are a number of hotels in a 5-minute radius of the University that offer special rates to USF visitors, including La Quinta Inn (800-687-6667), Wingate Inn (813-979-2828) and the Embassy Suites (813-977-7066) located on Fowler Ave. In addition, located on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. are the Amerisuites (813-979-1922) and Quality Suites (813-971-8930).
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Key Stats

28,512
Applicants
31,100
Size
45%
Acceptance Rate
1170
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists