Overview

Applicants
30,386
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
3.94

GPA Breakdown

63%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
24:1
Total Faculty
1,734
with Terminal Degree
1,192

910
Men
824
Women
500
Minority
110
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

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

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • 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

  • Engineering

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

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • 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

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Gerontology

  • 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

  • Human Services, General
  • 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
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other


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."

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

Notable Faculty

Paul Spector, Ph.D.
Professor/Director, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Daniel Lim, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology

Robin Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor/Director, Engineering/Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue

Elizabeth Bird, Ph.D.
Professor/Chair, Anthropology

Bruce Lindsey, Ph.D.
Professor/Chair, Physiology and Biophysics

Prominent Alumni


Robert B. Carte
co-chief executive officer and chief information officer of FedEx

John Kirby
U.S. State Department spokesperson and assistant secretary for the Bureau o

Tony LaRussa
Member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and chief baseball executi

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,173

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,169

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,759

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,899

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,148

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
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,600

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,700
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)
No

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
31,111
Foreign Countries Represented
140

Demographics

11.84%
Asian
19.86%
African-American
38.66%
Hispanic
9.56%
Caucasian
2.63%
Unknown
9.66%
International

55% female
45% male
77% are full time
23% are part time

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."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
21%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

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."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
601
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
23
Number of Religious Organizations
48

6% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bulls)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Martial Arts
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Bulls)
10 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Golf
Softball
Squash
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.

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
36%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
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, 2016.

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
Yes

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).