University of South Florida
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Overall Rating
B+ Good
Main Address
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620-9951
Overall Rankings
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
#10 of 957
Library Science
#15 of 70
#20 of 1,528
#37 of 1,513
Physical Sciences
#44 of 1,129
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
#45 of 1,225
English Language And Literature/Letters
#61 of 1,360
#67 of 1,243
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What makes University of South Florida unique?

Located in Tampa, Florida the University of South Florida, or USF, is a public institution that was founded in 1956. The total undergraduate enrollment for the class of 2021 was just under 50,000, making it one of the largest schools in the state. USF is in an urban setting on a campus that takes up over 1,600 acres with over 200 academic buildings that host classes, labs, and administrative offices. Students at USF take classes on a semester-based academic calendar, and tuition for in-state students is roughly a third of the cost that out-of-state students pay, making it a very attractive option for Florida residents. USF offers large undergraduate classes and provides a range of benefits to student veterans, an important aspect of school for former military members that are interested in getting a degree. 

USF students enjoy an array of on-campus activities including outdoor pools, over 100 student clubs, and a tropical campus with palms, idyllic brick walkways, and hanging Spanish moss. The university operates on an annual budget of over $2 billion and an endowment of approximately $690 million, making it one of the wealthiest schools in the state. USF honors its founding principles with the school crest, which symbolizes life, learning, broadened perspectives, and truth. 

Students at USF have a range of academic and career paths to explore, including over 80 bachelor’s and 100 master’s programs. Some top colleges within USF include the Morsani College of Medicine, the Muma College of Business, and the Patel College of Global Sustainability. Notable alumni include wrestler Hulk Hogan, baseball coach Tony La Russa, and news correspondent Kerry Sanders.

Contact Info
Contact & Location
Phone Number
(813) 974-2011
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620-9951
Large City
Key Info, Costs & Aid
Acceptance Rate (2020)
Completion Rate (2020)
Student Body
Total Enrollments (2020) 50,626
Women 58%
Men 42%
Total Enrollments (2020) 50,626
White 48%
Hispanic or Latino 20%
Black or African American 9%
International (Non-Citizen) 9%
Asian 7%
Unknown 4%
Multiracial 4%
Native American 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
In State Tuition (2020)
Out of State Tuition (2020)
On Campus Room & Board

* These statistics utilize the most recently released data from IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System)

Degree Overview
Total Awards (2020) 17,016
Bachelor's 69%
Master's 25%
Doctoral 5%
Associate's 2%
Certificate 0%
Total Awards (2020) 17,016
Healthcare 26%
Business 14%
Engineering 14%
Human and Social Sciences 13%
Education and Liberal Arts 13%
Mathematics and Science 7%
Computer Technology 6%
Legal and Law 3%
Communication and Media 2%
Art and Design 1%
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Sources for school statistics and data include U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.

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Accredited By
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized Accreditations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
  • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (University of South Florida Counseling Center)
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute)
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (USF Health Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology)
  • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (USF Health Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • English Language (English Language Program)
Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public Health (PHBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)

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Questions & Answers
Who are the notable alumni?
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USF alumni have landed big gigs with top companies. President and CEO of SeaWorld Jim Atchison, President of Disneyland International Eddie Carpenter, and Vice President of MasterCard WorldWide Ed McCraw are just a few of the grads that worked their way to the top in business. Actress Kissy Simmons, a 1998 graduate, has serenaded audiences for years as the lioness Nala in the Broadway production of The Lion King. More recently, Actress Grace Gealey found her claim to fame as Anika on Fox’s Empire. Green Bay Packers Linebacker Sam Barrington and Denver Broncos Cornerback Kayvon Webster both graduated from USF in the last decide. Several alumni have claimed impressive roles in politics, like Florida State Senate Member Charlie Justice, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows, and California State Controller John Chiang.

What is the campus setting like?
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Are you all about the beach, wilderness, or city life? USF is central to all three, so you don’t have to choose! The main campus is located in Tampa Bay, which has an average of 360 warm, sunny days per year. You’ll find lots of spots on campus to catch some rays or study under palm trees before class. There’s even a sandy beach outside of Castor Hall that’s complete with hammocks and lounge chairs. You’ll find the inside of the campus buildings are just as warm and inviting. The Marshall Student Center houses a zen chill zone called the Serenity Room. It’s ideal for escaping your busy college schedule. But if you’re craving action instead of quiet reflection, check out their poetry competitions, career fairs, and club gatherings. The Campus Recreation Center is another great place to get active alone or with friends. Along with fitness facilities and gyms it contains an indoor running track, indoor and outdoor pools, and bike rentals. As you can see, there is a little something for everyone at USF.

What are the online learning and extension/adult learning opportunities?
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USF provides over two-dozen online graduate program options. If you work in the field of education, you have the greatest number of online programs from which to choose. You can earn a graduate education degree in specialties like gifted education, special education, reading K-12, career and workforce education, and instructional technology. The College of Public Health also offers several programs online. If you’re passionate about improving health on a local or global scale, you can get a degree in epidemiology, global disaster management and humanitarian relief, public health administration, public health practice, or infection control. Students can choose from other online programs as well, so be sure to explore the complete program list. USF also offers online graduate certificate programs in areas like applied biostatistics, renewable energy, and children’s mental health. Many of the certificate programs require you to complete 12 or 15 credit hours, compared to the 30 or more credits hours required in most traditional master’s degree programs.

What are the athletic highlights?
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Football is one of the most popular varsity sports at USF. You’ll cheer on the Bulls wearing your green and gold at the Raymond James Stadium. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers even play their home NFL games here, hence the 100-foot pirate ship replica right in the stadium. The Bulls made six NCAA Bowl Game appearances and won four of those games. Also, the men’s golf and women’s sailing teams both took conference championships in 2015. Go Bulls! Along with joining or just cheering on USF’s varsity sports teams, students participate in club sports and intramurals. Make new friends and boost your teamwork skills by signing up for rugby, quidditch, roller hockey, fencing, judo, table tennis soccer, or even skateboarding.

What are the school's academic highlights?
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Enroll at USF and you’ll have many opportunities to get hands-on research experience. You can spend your summer helping faculty members conduct research on mental health, sustainable energy alternatives, globalization and community health, chemistry, and applied physics. Not only is USF a leading research university, it’s a major producer of new inventions. The university’s Technology Transfer Office helps employees and current students patent their inventions and protect their intellectual property. The university was granted 104 patents in 2014 for everything from a DNA biochip to a reclining chair. Actually, research and patents often go hand in hand at USF. In 2015, two professors and a graduate student patented their discovery of a potential cure for MRSA. If you’re the inventive type, USF can help you turn your ideas into a reality. Maybe someday you’ll be inducted into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame located at the USF Research Park!