School and Ranking Information
Tampa has one non-profit 4-year school among a few for-profit 4-year schools and a 2-year non-profit institution offer IT programs. Due to school type, programs offered and rankings, this school is considered the best in the area for an IT education:
- Winner: University of South Florida is a public 4-year school right in Tampa with educational offerings in the discipline. This school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in IT.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of South Florida|
|Rankings||Tied at #161 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$6,410 (in-state), $17,324 (out-of-state)**|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||62**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2013||Bachelor's (60 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||63%**|
|Noteworthy||USF has an Association for Computing Machinery chapter as well as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IT student group***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***USF website
University of South Florida
- The computer science and engineering department has multiple labs, including ones for robotics and networks
- The bachelor's program in IT is available online
- There are teaching and research assistantships available to graduate IT students
University of South Florida is among the most sizable public institutions countrywide. Very few of USF's over 2,000 faculty members do not have a terminal degree in their discipline. This institution has greater than 600 different student groups.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, housed within the College of Engineering, offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology and a Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology. The BS program includes courses on algorithms for IT, programming concepts and information networks, and students are allowed 15 credits of IT electives. The MS program does not include a thesis. Students pursuing the MS without an IT-related degree are required to take a number of prerequisites such as database systems and program design.