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Academics

The University of South Florida provides undergraduates with a “beautiful campus,” a strong “sense of community,” and “great financial aid,” so it’s easy to understand why students clamor to attend. From the moment you step onto the grounds, it’s clear that the university is “committed to [your] success and [that] there are countless opportunities and support programs” available. This is showcased everywhere from the “many unique study abroad programs” to “tutoring [resources] for a variety of subjects.” Academically, students are quick to highlight USF’s “strong STEM programs” and note the abundance of “nursing/medical opportunities,” which are courtesy of the university partnering with the “incredible [number] of hospitals in the vicinity.” However, undergrads here have decidedly mixed reviews for their teachers. Indeed, they generally witness “less enthusiasm from [general education] professors.” Fortunately, when it comes to their core major classes, students happily report that instructors are truly “passionate about what they teach.” As one eager undergrad shares, “[Professors] go above and beyond to make their class lectures interesting and understandable.” Students also enjoy the “blend of lecture and discussion” in courses. Another thrilled undergrad simply concludes, “My professors are the best [because they] encourage me not only with my work … but also … in my overall life.”

Student Body

Undergrads at USF proudly proclaim that their school is “very diverse” and “like a minicity.” Indeed, you’ll find “many cultures and … tons of international students.” “I have met such a variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds, religions, abilities, talents, ideologies, sexual orientations, gender expressions, interests, and life experiences,” says a student. The age of students also varies widely on-campus, with one undergrad sharing, “I’ve seen students with grey hair, students who look fresh out of high school, and everything in between.” Importantly, it’s not hard for these Bulls to find common ground. That’s because USF students are all typically “helpful, accommodating, and kind.” Another student further explains, “My peers are very personable, smart, and caring. Everyone I met has helped me in some way and has been very pleasant to be around.” And a fellow undergrad concurs by stating, “Everyone has an aura about them that makes you feel comfortable and welcomed.”

Campus Life

Admittedly, the University of South Florida has “a lot of commuters,” but that doesn’t mean the campus transforms into a ghost town once classes are finished! In fact, there are numerous activities and events of which to take advantage. For example, you can always find students enjoying “movies on the lawn, international fairs, [and] artistic presentations.” Every Wednesday is “Bull Market, [which consists of] a collection of various student orgs and off-campus vendors … giving away freebies … or selling baked goods or raffle tickets to raise money.” Need something a little more active? Well then you will be delighted to learn that “USF recreation ... has its own park where you can rent kayaks and go down the Hillsborough river.” Of course, many undergrads simply love “lounging in a campus hammock” or kicking back in “the student commons [with some] foosball, video games, or pool.” And when you need a respite from collegiate life, downtown Tampa also offers a good deal of excitement. There’s a wide array of bars and restaurants as well as Busch Gardens, which is only “five minutes from campus … [and] a popular hangout.” The pristine beaches of St. Pete’s and Walt Disney World are within driving distance as well.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Evan Jaynes
Conference and Event Planner

Address
4202 E Fowler Avenue SVC1036
Tampa, FL 33620

Phone
813-974-3350

Email
admissions@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
813-974-3350

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

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).

Admissions

Applicants: 36,986
Acceptance Rate: 48%
Average HS GPA: 3.98







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