University of Souh Florida
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-6900
men 7,999/women 11,563
men 4,187/women 6,237
men 3,248/women 5,226
Number who applied:
Average SAT scores:
V 520 M 530
Average ACT score:
Freshman retention rate:
$136.95 per credit hour
$574.56 per credit hour
Room and Board:
Fees, books, misc.:
Freshmen receiving aid:
Average financial aid package:
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University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620
The University of South Florida library
The University of South Florida (USF) is among America's largest and most dynamic national research universities. Since opening for classes in 1960, USF has developed into one of the nation's major public research universities. USF is classified as Doctoral/Research Extensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked among the top 100 public research universities in the annual report "The Top American Research Universities." The University receives more than $200 million a year in external funding to support research and development projects.
With 39,000 students from all 50 states and 116 countries, USF awards more than 4,650 bachelor's degrees and 1,700 master's degrees annually on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Manatee and Lakeland. The University confers more than 160 doctorates in 31 fields, and more than 90 Doctor of Medicine degrees a year. In its short history, USF has awarded more than 180,000 degrees.
USF offers students a well-rounded education through a core curriculum of general education and liberal arts requirements. In addition, the University Honors College, Learning Communities and University Experience programs help to broaden a students horizons and expand their critical thinking skills.
USF is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, a number of scientific, professional, and academic bodies confer accreditation in specific disciplines and groups of disciplines.
The University awards the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences degrees and a variety of graduate and doctoral degrees through the Colleges of Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Marine Science, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Visual and Performing Arts. Specialized degree programs in Information Technology and Hospitality Management are available through Undergraduate Studies.
USF also offers Air Force, Army and Naval ROTC; a variety of Study Abroad opportunities; and is a member of the National Student Exchange which allows students to take classes at over 170 schools throughout the country.
Programs of Study
Undergraduate Majors and Pre-Professional Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Environmental Science and Policy
Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Architecture track in Community Design and Planning Arts
Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, Telecommunications
College of Business Administration
General Business Administration
Management Information Systems
College of Education
Business and Office Education
Early Childhood Education
Foreign Language Education
Athletic Training (non-teaching); Wellness (non-teaching); Elementary; Secondary
Social Science Education
Behavior Disorders; Mental Retardation; Specific Learning Disabilities
College of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Art History; Studio Art; Graphic Design (USF-St. Petersburg)
Dance Studies; Modern Dance; Ballet
Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education
Undergraduate Studies-these programs are for upper-level students only
Applied Science-Associate of Science degree required
College of Nursing
USF also has four graduate schools and colleges
School of Architecture
Masters in Architecture
College of Marine Science
Masters of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
College of Medicine
Medical Science-M.S.M.S., Ph.D.
College of Public Health
Public Health-M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Ph.D.
Campus Life / Campus Visit
USF has held a campus Homecoming since 1964. Early Homecomings were scheduled around the Golden Brahman's (later the Bulls) basketball games. 1997 marked the only year where two Homecomings were celebrated: in spring for the last traditional basketball Homecoming and October 18, 1997, - USF's first football Homecoming.
Building tradition is an on-going theme at USF. With more than 300 student clubs and organizations its easy to get involved. The University also has seventeen national fraternities and thirteen national sororities. The Campus Activities Board and the Offices of Student Activities and Residence Services schedule a wide array of extracurricular programs including concerts, movies, and a lecture series.
USF's Student Government is open to all students. Each College within the University and each regional campus elect its own Student Government representatives. Student Government is responsible for the allocation of all activity and service fees paid by student tuition. Student Government-sponsored events and services are free to students.
Facilities and Resources / Campus Map
As the founding president of USF, Dr. John S. Allen (1907-1982) designed the Tampa campus and the first curriculum. He epitomized the universitys early slogan Accent on Learning. Since then, USF has grown and grown. Located on 1,700 acres, the main campus in north Tampa has over 160 buildings, three hospitals, more than 65 research facilities, a private riverfront park and conservation land for wetland research.
USF also has three regional campuses in Lakeland, Sarasota and St. Petersburg. Each campus has its own unique architecture and charm. USF-St. Petersburg houses The U.S. Geological Survey's Center for Coastal Geology, the Florida Institute of Oceanography and the Florida Marine Research Institute.
Live the campus life on the main campus in Tampa! USF has a wide-array of housing options from traditional, to suites, apartments, fraternity and sorority houses, and a special place for students who are married or have families.
Athletics / Varsity Sports
USF is a member of the NCAA and Conference USA. The Bulls compete on the NCAA Division I level. USF's men's teams compete in intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track. The USF women's teams compete in intercollegiate basketball, cross-country, golf, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball. Coaches and Athletes are eagerly awaiting their new 100,000 square foot training facility to be complete in February of 2004.
Campus Recreation also offers club sports, intramural sports, and outdoor adventures. On the Tampa campus, there is an 18-hole championship golf course, four swimming pools, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art recreation center, indoor and outdoor racquetball courts, a private riverfront park and beach!
The University of South Florida awards $138 million in aid to assist students reach their educational goals. Financial aid is awarded according to each student's need, academic standing, and/or talents in relation to college costs and may include grants, loans, scholarships, and/or part-time employment. The priority application deadline is December 31 for academic scholarships and March 1 for federal and institutional aid. Programs based on need include Federal programs such as Pell Grant, Work-Study, and Stafford and Perkins Loans. State aid includes programs such as the Florida Student Assistance Grant, Florida College Career Work-Study Program, and the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship program. To qualify for federal and state aid, students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Admission Requirements / Application
For admissions purposes, USF computes a high school GPA based on grades earned in all college-prep academic courses. In computing a GPA, USF assigns additional weight to grades earned in honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses. The most important factors in determining admission to USF are the quality of the high school record and the performance on either the SAT I or ACT.
To be considered, freshman applicants must submit an application, a nonrefundable $30 application fee, an official high school transcript, official SAT I or ACT scores, and official GED or TOEFL scores (if applicable).
Transfer applicants with fewer than 60 transferable semester credit hours are considered lower-level transfers. These students must meet all freshman and transfer requirements and submit an application for admissions, a nonrefundable $30 application fee, an official transcript from each college or university they have attended, an official high school transcript, and SAT I or ACT scores. Upper-level transfer students are those with 60 or more transferable semester credit hours. These students must submit an application for admissions, a nonrefundable $30 application fee, and an official transcript from each college or university they have attended.
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