University of South Florida
Bright, talented students hailing from over 128 countries come to the University of South Florida to experience everything the institution has to offer: student access, innovative research opportunities, and a rigorous, interdisciplinary academic environment. USF graduates enter the workforce as thoughtful, dedicated, innovative citizens ready to change the world.
Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a major metropolitan research university located in the heart of Tampa Bay. USF is dedicated to empowering students to maximize their potential for lifelong success.
Get to know University of South Florida
Students are encouraged to seek out research opportunities as early as their freshman year. As one of the top research institutions in Florida, USF offers students rich, challenging opportunities to further their studies. From proposals to presentations, the Office of Undergraduate research is proud to assist students in every stage of the research process.
USF students are encouraged to participate in one or more service-learning opportunities during their time on campus. Students provide direct community service while also learning about the context in which the service is provided, the perfect way to connect academic coursework to real-world purpose.
USF is proud to offer students and faculty the opportunity to learn abroad. Students can participate in semester exchanges, dual degree programs, summer and short-term programs, international internships, and service-learning in over 25 countries. The Education Abroad office works closely with students to help them prepare for their trips.
“At USF, a fundamental principle of our student success initiative is the belief that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, can and will succeed if given the opportunity to do so.” – Paul Dosal, Vice President for Student Success and Student Affairs
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 10%
White, non-Hispanic: 48%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE & LEARNING
All University of South Florida students must satisfy the requirements of the Foundation of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Core Curriculum. These general education courses are designed to provide students with a diversity of ideas, concepts, and ways of acquiring new knowledge. The FKL Core emphasizes the importance of inquiry as a means of developing complex intellectual skills. Students who are undecided are encouraged to use the core as an opportunity to explore various disciplines.
English Composition is one of the FKL Core’s key components. This six-credit requirement is designed to develop and hone a student’s written communication skills. Composition I address academic writing and textual interpretation with an emphasis on rhetorical analysis and synthesis. Composition II focuses on persuasive writing, library research, and writing as a process.
EMERGING LEADERS INSTITUTE
This inspiring weekend retreat prepares 50-60 first-year students to take on leadership roles at USF. Students learn to enhance their understanding of leadership, explore personal values and interests, and meet other aspiring students to make lasting friendships. The retreat is led by a team of successful student leaders who routinely make a major impact on campus themselves.
With over 600 diverse student organizations, there is something for everyone. From Greek life to academic, religious, service, or multicultural organizations, there are plenty of opportunities for students to make a difference as they integrate into their USF community.
Living-Learning Communities are residential communities with a special emphasis on academic majors or areas of interest. LLCs are wonderful opportunities for students to live, learn, and connect with other students, faculty, and staff who share similar goals.
FINAL EXAM REVIEW SESSIONS
Final Exam Review sessions are a great way to prepare for success and connect with classmates and professors. Sessions are discipline specific and offered throughout the week leading up to finals.
The University of South Florida is centrally located in the major metropolis of Tampa Bay. The region enjoys plenty of sunshine, arts and entertainment, shopping, dining, and a rich, diverse culture.
CAMPUS RECREATION & SPORTS CLUBS
Men’s sports: baseball, cross country, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis
Women’s sports: softball, track & field, basketball, golf, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball
Students who want to stay active but aren’t drawn to NCAA Division 1 sports are encouraged to participate in the numerous club sports USF has to offer. Fun intramurals span all the way from rugby to Quidditch.
At USF, students are not prepared only to find the first job, but also to pursue a career that is inspiring and fulfilling. The Career Services Department is ready to help students in every stage of their career planning process. From the first day on campus to graduation day and beyond, students are encouraged and supported in their journey toward a meaningful career.
The dedicated staff help students create the perfect résumé, prepare for the job-winning interview, and learn how to network. Students have access to a five-part career module with videos covering a wide range of career-focused topics. The online Handshake job board also has incredible resources to connect with employers and seek job and internship opportunities.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 580 | 75th Percentile: 650
25th Percentile: 570 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 29
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 30
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $4,559
Tuition (out-of-state): $15,473