University of South Florida

Also known as USF Main Campus

4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL

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The University of South Florida is located in Tampa. It is part of the State University System of Florida and is a public research facility.


The University of South Florida was established in 1956, on the site of Henderson Air Field. It was not named until 1957 and students didn't attend until 1960.

Between 1957 and 1970, the University expanded quickly, due to the fact that graduate degree programs began in 1964. Today, the University of South Florida has been dubbed the Harvard of the South. It takes great pride in advancing as a research university.


The University of South Florida has eighteen colleges, institutions and schools, including:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • Honors College
  • College of Marine Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • The Confucius Institute
  • School of Music
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Theatre and Dance
  • School of Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


The University of South Florida has three satellite campuses. They are:

  • University of South Florida, Lakeland, established in 1988. It offers more than twenty graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • Sarasota-Manatee, established in 1975. At that time it shared a campus with New College of Florida. A new campus opened in August 2009.
  • St. Petersburg Campus, established in 1965. It is located in downtown St. Petersburg.

Student Life

13% of students that attend the University of South Florida live on campus. Most find it more cost efficient to live off campus in apartments for students. As of 2009, the University of South Florida requires that all freshmen live on campus for the first year of their education. Students who live with parents or guardians in certain counties are exempt, as are students who are 21 years old when the fall semester begins and those who are married or have dependents.

Fraternities and Sororities

The University of South Florida is comprised of a large Greek community. Fraternities and Sororities include:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Teta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Lamba Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

There are numerous other fraternities and sororities as well.


In 1961, the first student newspaper was the Campus Edition of the Tampa Times. When that newspaper became defunct, The Oracle took its place. On September 6, 1966, The Oracle was first published as a weekly. Presently it is published four times weekly. The University of South Florida also has a student radio station. WBUL is located in the Phyllis P. Marshall Center.


The Bulls are the University of South Florida's athletic teams. They include:

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross country
  • Sailing
  • Volleyball

The University of South Florida joined the Big East Conference in 2005. Herd of Thunder is the athletic band of the South Florida Bulls. It was founded in 1999.


The University of South Florida is at the hub of the Tampa community and strives to make the area of Tampa Bay a better place to live, play and work.

For animal lovers, Busch Gardens is a paradise. Visit the Serengeti Plains, thrill to the wind blowing in your hair as you ride the roller coaster or stop by the Brewmaster's Club. Lowry Park is another must-see for animal lovers.

If you enjoy great entertainment or a night on the town, be sure to visit Channelside entertainment district. Enjoy nightclubs, a 10-screen IMAX Theatre, tasty cuisine at a wide variety of restaurants or do some shopping at the local retail stores.

Be sure to visit Ybor City, northeast of downtown. This historic district was the hub of Tampa's pre-Depression cigar trade and there are many National Historic Sits and Landmarks within its boundaries.

Other activities include golf, mini golf, bowling, swimming, bike riding, botanical gardens, museums, manatee viewing and more. No matter what your interests, you will find something to your liking in Tampa.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the candidates USF Main Campus accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of South Florida is about 42,000. The student body is made up of 74% undergraduate students and 10% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $11,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $4,600-$5,500
    • Out-of-State: $15,000-$18,570
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $210-$250 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $580-$690 per unit
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid90%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships82%$7,845
Receiving Student Loans42%$8,236

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of South Florida may provide services including:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of University of South Florida is approximately 63%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years36%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: University of South Florida

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program (more info)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Campus: USF Tampa (USF Health)

  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
    • * Accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (since 2006)

Intercollegiate Athletics

USF Main Campus is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (372)
  • Basketball (372)
  • Track and Field (372)
  • Football (372)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Sailing

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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