Students Say

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.”

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
SAT Writing
510 - 610
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

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

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, Other


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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

The abundance of options and opportunities at USF all come at the fair price tag of a state university—less than $7,000 if a student is a Florida resident (and a bit over $17,000 for out-of-staters). The cost of living in Tampa is also relatively low, with room and board coming in just over $9,000. Nearly three-quarters of all undergraduates receive some form of aid. The size of the school and the range of academic departments corresponds to a large pool of varied scholarships on offer as well.

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-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Students Say

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

Students Say

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

Sustainability

An ACUPCC signatory, USF has incorporated sustainability into its strategic plan and coordinates its sustainability initiatives through a dedicated office of sustainability and Steering Committees. The USF Office of Sustainability implements and monitors sustainability initiatives on campus and engages in collaborative activities and events with the Tampa Bay community. USF organizes Green Job Fairs, annual Earth Day and Arbor Day events. USF is dedicated to ensuring that all new buildings achieve LEED Silver or better. The campus has five LEED certified buildings (two Gold certified), and there are several buildings in the design phase or already under construction that will pursue LEED certification. Undergraduates are taught sustainability as part of the university’s mandatory core curriculum. The Patel College of Global Sustainability offers an MA in global sustainability with specializations in water management, sustainable tourism, renewable energy and entrepreneurship. The College of Business at USF has recently added a green job component to the MBA Building Sustainable Enterprise track. The university is home to eighteen environmental student groups including Emerging Green Builders, Engineers for a Sustainable World, the Student Environmental Association, USGBC. In 2014, the students at USF approved to continue the student green fee for another 3 years. This is used to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and reduce the campus’ carbon footprint. The Student Green Energy Fund has so far allocated over $1.5 million for sustainable projects in the campus which include a smart GPS based bike share program, a smart parking guidance system, biodiesel generation and building monitoring systems. Students at USF get access to bike sharing program free of charge, free bus passes, universal access transit passes, and sharing rides through social networking (ZimRide), perks that save money and reduce single-driver car rides.

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
34%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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

Campus Visits 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