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University of South Florida in Tampa, FL

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About the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL

The University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida is the main campus for the University of South Florida. The university is a top-tier research university, as named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2012, the university was ranked 50th in the nation by the National Science Foundation, due to its funding toward research. Recently, USF modernized over 80 classrooms and other learning areas, including a SmartLab in the main library.


The University of Southern Florida has 13 colleges offering 89 majors at the undergraduate level, and a total of 139 programs leading to graduate or specialist degrees. The university also has online learning programs, a non-traditional program for students wishing to complete a bachelor of general studies, a program for high school students during the summer and a learning institute.

USF has an honors college, study abroad programs and a variety of academic aid in the form of tutors, test preparation, workshops and a writing center. The campus has a contemporary art museum, an art gallery, a studio and botanical gardens, as well as career and leadership and civic engagement centers. The university also has a student newspaper and more than 400 student groups.


Students are admitted to USF in both semesters as well as in the summer term. Admissions are rolling, with applications accepted starting in August of the preceding year, and decisions beginning in October. The application deadline is January 2 of the preceding semester for scholarship consideration, March 1 for financial aid consideration and April 15 for all other applications. Along with the application form, applicants must provide the application fee, SAT/ACT scores and transcripts. There are separate requirements for the colleges of medicine, public health and nursing and the school of physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences.

Applicants are required to have 16 high school credits in the specified subject areas of math, natural science, social science, English and foreign languages, as well as two additional elective credits. Along with an applicant's grades and test scores, applications are evaluated based on an applicant's high school curriculum, optional personal statements or letters of recommendation and any other considerations noted in the space provided on the application.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The undergraduate tuition for the 2012-13 school year was $6,330 for in-state students and $16,260 for out-of-state students. Additionally, the university estimates students will spend $8,960 on housing and meals (for on-campus students), $1,000 on books and supplies and $4,100 on other expenses. In the same semester, in-state graduate students paid $10,410 while out-of-state graduate students paid $20,600 for tuition and fees.

USF offers students a variety of financial options, including federal and institutional grants, state grants, federal and institutional loans, federal work-study and scholarships. USF also has a credit union whose services, including accounts, personal loans and credit cards, are available to students.

School Type Public, four-year*
Degrees Offered Undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, specialty*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Urban, coastal*
Student Body 41,047 in 2012*
Student Housing Freshmen halls, suite-style halls, student apartments*
Schools and Programs 13 colleges; over 200 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Psychology (595)
Master's: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (224)
Doctor: Medicine (109)**
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in 2005) 25% in four years
52% in six years
54% in eight years**
Admission Rate 38% in 2011**
Entering Class 2,801 in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 88% for full-time students; 68% for part-time students**
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2012:
1209, SAT
27, ACT*
Application Due Date April 15th*
Decision Notification Date Rolling*
Tuition For 2012-13: $6,330 for residents; $16,260 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-11 (for full-time beginning undergraduate students):
Federal grants (43%)
State and local grants/scholarships (93%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (53%)
Federal loans (47%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% in 2010-11**

Sources: *University of South Florida; **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620
  • Phone: (813) 974-3350
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