University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

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University of South Florida Student Essentials

University of South Florida Student Essentials
Region: Southeast
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Bulls (Rocky the Bull)
Nickname: USF
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $6,334
Out-of-State Tuition: $16,257
Retention Rate: 90%
Enrollment: 49,408
Year Established: 1956

About University of South Florida

University of South Florida, located in the beautiful city of Tampa, Florida, is dedicated to providing exceptional education to its students. At USF, students are challenged to discover pragmatic applications of their education to the global community.

University of South Florida offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees, as well as several dozen graduate and doctoral programs.

University of South Florida is proud of its research-driven academic environment, offering specific on-campus research institutions and even housing a patents and licensing division for the university’s breakthrough research findings.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research programs and internships in order to expand their knowledge and build their resume.

University of South Florida offers student support programs such as career advising and academic workshops to help keep students focused, while student organizations, athletics and the arts are available to provide healthy outlets for student development.

USF offers a lowered tuition rate for Florida residents, and also has a number of school scholarships available to eligible students in addition to accepting federal financial aid.

If you’re interested in an institution that strives for academic excellence and groundbreaking research, look no further than the University of South Florida. Contact the school today to find out more or visit the website for a virtual tour.

Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 11 Reviews

45% of students gave University of South Florida 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Overall the school is pretty good, and it should be, because it is in the top 50 for research universities nation wide. I was pleasantly surprised that USF offered their students scholarships to attend because other Florida universities such as UF do not offer any. By far the best experiences i have had so far with the university was meeting excellent professors and staff. My Arts & Humanities professor is a brilliant individual and simply because of him i am reevaluating my major in Engineering. He understands and has spent a lot of time researching how humans are impacting the earth and how the current life style is sustainable in the near future. He is trying to educate his students on this along with flourishing as an individual in the hopes that he can help people realize the reality that is coming so that they can attempt to fix it. This has made me question whether i should opt out of a Bio-medical Engineers life, where i could help people on a small scale; or go for a life that is in the pursuit of making the world a better place in all aspects so that humans can flourish. The effort would be extravagant, but it may be the only thing that keeps the human life style recognizable to what it is today and bring upon an age of flourishing to the people. I have also met with the Associate Dean of the Honors college on multiple occasions and he has told me that i should go backpacking in Europe because it is a valuable life experience not merely a tourist experience. So i am hoping that i can go this summer if i am able to have the money resources for it and find someone to go with. If you as a student get offered into the Honors College take it! I am in it and even though certain honors classes are required i have definitely learnt the most so far in it and would never take it back.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

The University of South Florida in my opinion, is a University that gives you the full college experience. First and foremost, in order to feel the college experience you must be active! I really enjoy the diversity that is at the college. The moment you walk into the student center you can see and feel diversity. The best thing about it, is that everyone enjoys the diversity and a lot of students try to take benefit from it. Meeting people from all around the world and learning something new everyday is something that is up for grabs if one is willing to put the effort. There are many student organizations that are available. And there is no doubt in my mind that each and every single student can find their selves in. You have to put in a little effort to receive some kind of satisfaction! I also believe the academics of the University are high in ranks and so much can be achieved. With a little bit of effort, one can go a long way, as long as they are determined and consistent. The rest comes on its own!

University of South Florida Map & Location

University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620

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Full-Time Undergrad Students 37,028
Freshman Class 2,951
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 49,408

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 18%
  • African American: 12%
  • Caucasian: 59%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Unknown and Other: 4%
Latino 18%
African American 12%
Caucasian 59%
Asian 6%
Unknown and Other 4%

Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%
Women 57%
Men 43%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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