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University of South Florida


The USF Experience

Located on Florida's sunny and warm Gulf Coast, the University of South Florida (USF) is one of the United States' top 50 public research universities. Serving more than 30,000 students from every state and more than 125 countries, USF offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and doctoral levels. Such a wide variety of programs means students have the freedom to choose and develop their precise academic passions.

No matter what courses of study students choose to pursue at USF, students find talented professors, extensive resources, and fascinating opportunities to conduct research and apply their classroom learning in real-world settings -- in the United States and around the globe. Research is conducted in all academic disciplines, allowing opportunities for students to work alongside many of the world's leading experts. USF faculty members and students make a difference in both the local and global community by finding solutions to problems, volunteering, and by partnering with organizations and agencies.

Outside the classroom, students can take part in more than 500 organizations and endless activities. USF fields 17 varsity athletic teams that compete in the exciting Big East Conference. The university's men's basketball team advanced to the 2nd round in the 2012 NCAA tournament, followed by the women's team in 2013, and the men's soccer team advanced to the Elite Eight in the 2011 NCAA tournament. USF also boasts an extensive intramural program, and the brand new campus recreation center was called "one of the highest tech fitness centers in the nation" by NBC's Today show.

With one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, USF is an excellent value. In addition, the university's location in Tampa means students have access to rich professional, cultural, and recreational resources. The city has been ranked by "Forbes Magazine" as 15th Best in the Nation for Business and Careers, and it is located in the 12th largest media market in the United States. USF has built internship partnerships with a number of Tampa businesses and organizations ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Tampa General Hospital.

Cultural and recreational opportunities include numerous musical venues, a thriving art scene, 3 professional sports teams, and world-famous beaches. Ybor City, an area of Tampa that reflects Cuban, Spanish, and Italian history, offers live entertainment, outdoor cafes, and great ethnic restaurants. The Tampa Bay area attracts millions of tourists each year who appreciate its mild winter climates, tropical summers, spectacular sunsets, and beautiful beaches.

USF Undergraduate Majors

The University of South Florida majors include:

- Accounting

- Advertising

- Africana Studies

- American Studies

- Anthropology

- Applied Sciences

- Architecture

- Art Studio and Art History

- Behavioral Healthcare

- Biology & Microbiology

- Biomedical Science

- Business Economics

- Chemical Engineering

- Chemistry

- Civil Engineering

- Classics

- Communication

- Communication Sciences and Disorders

- Computer Engineering

- Computer Science

- Criminology

- Dance

- Dance Studies

- Early Childhood Education

- Economics

- Electrical Engineering

- Elementary Education

- English

- Environmental Science and Policy

- Finance

- French

- General Business

- Geography

- Geology

- German

- Gerontology

- Health Professions (Pre-Health)

- Health Sciences

- History

- Honors College Research

- Hospitality Management

- Humanities

- Industrial Engineering

- Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations

- Interdisciplinary Natural Science

- Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

- International Business

- International Studies

- Italian

- Management

- Management Information Systems

- Marketing

- Mass Communications

- Mathematics

- Mechanical Engineering

- Medical Technology

- Microbiology and Biology

- Music

- Music Education

- Music Studies

- Nursing

- Philosophy

- Physical Education

- Physics

- Political Science

- Pre-Law

- Psychology

- Public Health

- Religious Studies

- Russian

- Secondary Education

- Social Work

- Sociology

- Spanish

- Special Education

- Theatre

- Women's Studies

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, Master&Apos;S, Doctoral, And First Professional
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studiesafrican American/Black Studies; American Studies; Women&Apos;S Studiesbiological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciences; Biomedical Sciences; Medical Microbiology And Bacteriologybusiness, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesaccounting; Business/Commerce; Finance; Hospitality Administration; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Management Information Systems; Marketing Related; Marketing/Marketing Managementcommunication, Journalism, And Related Programsmass Communication/Mediacomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer And Information Sciences; Information Science/Studies; Information Technologyeducationbusiness Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education; Education (Multiple Levels); Elementary Education; English/Language Arts Teacher Education; Foreign Language Teacher Education; Mathematics Teacher Education; Music Teacher Education; Physical Education Teaching And Coaching; Science Teacher Education; Social Science Teacher Education; Special Education; Special Education&Ndash;Individuals With Emotional Disturbances; Special Education&Ndash;Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities; Special Education&Ndash;Individuals With Specific Learning Disabilitiesengineeringchemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical And Electronics Engineering; Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Mechanical Engineeringenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglish; Rhetoric And Compositionforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsclassics And Classical Languages; French; German; Italian; Russian; Spanishhealth Professions And Related Programsathletic Training; Audiology And Speech-Language Pathology; Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology; Health/Health-Care Administration; Registered Nursing/Registered Nursehistoryhistoryliberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanitiesgeneral Studies; Humanitiesmathematics And Statisticsmathematics; Statisticsmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesbiological And Physical Sciences; Gerontology; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Relatednatural Resources And Conservationenvironmental Sciencephilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophy; Religious Studiesphysical Scienceschemistry; Geology/Earth Science; Physicspsychologypsychologypublic Administration And Social Service Professionssocial Worksocial Sciencesanthropology; Criminology; Economics; Geography; International Relations And Affairs; Political Science And Government; Social Sciences; Sociologyvisual And Performing Artsart; Art History, Criticism And Conservation; Dance; Dramatic/Theater Arts; Fine/Studio Arts; Graphic Design; Music Performance; Visual And Performing Arts Related


Admission: 28,544 applied; 12,331 admitted; 3,750 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.83

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission
Application fee: $30
Required: minimum 2 GPA
Required for some: high school transcript, 1 letter of recommendation
Application deadlines: 3/1 (freshmen), 3/5 (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
29,289 Undergraduate Students, 55% Women, 45% Men, 13% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
11% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 6% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 19% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.2% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 2% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
3% Representing 153 Other Countries
Housing Info
17% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required For Freshman Year
Coed, Men-Only, Women-Only, Cooperative, Disabled Students, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Radio And Television Station, Choral Group, Marching Band, Student Government, Campus Activities Board, USF Ambassadors, Student Admissions Representatives, National Fraternities, National Sororities
Most popular organizations
Student Government, Campus Activities Board, USF Ambassadors, Student Admissions Representatives
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Student Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service, Controlled Dormitory Access, Residence Hall Lobby Personnel 8 Pm To 6 Am
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling, Women&Apos;S Center, Legal Services
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, Double Majors, English As A Second Language, Freshman Honors College, Honors Programs, Independent Study, Internships, Off-Campus Study, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Student-Designed Majors, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (B), Navy (B), Air Force (B)School Calendar: Semesters


Member:Ncaadivision:All Division Iexcept:Football (Division I-A)


Total: 1,188Full-Time: 93% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 27 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:state resident $4559 full-time, $211 per credit hour part-time; nonresident $15,474 full-time, $575 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location
Required fees:$1851 full-time, $37 per credit hour part-time
Room and board:$9250; room only: $5750. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:senior citizens

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2012,24,408 applied for aid, 20,127 were judged to have need, 827 had their need fully met
In 2012,4379 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:47%
Average financial aid package:$9156
Average need-based loan:$4749
Average need-based gift aid:$5793
Average non-need-based aid:$2618
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$24,107



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