Academics

Location
Tampa, FL
Undergrads
23,773
Tuition (in-state)
$16,257 ($6,334)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Some professors act like they are the only one you have to care about but the majority will take time and work with you.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: You have to stay in touch with many people to know what there is actually out there.

4 College Junior

Academics: lots of study locations and opportunity

3 College Junior

Academics: so far it is ok have yet to start

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They offer tutoring, have a smart lab, and tons of study rooms. Professors are always willing to help as well.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 57th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 350th
    Best Course Variety
  • 603rd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 688th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Professors at USF are generally knowledgeable about subject matter, willing to work with students, and intent on helping students pass. However, there is always the chance that students will end up with a graduate student professor who can barely speak English, or an 80-year-old science professor that makes Ben Stein look like Robin Williams. While these kinds of classes can seem unbearable, students must sometimes force themselves to suffer through them because the class with the horrible professor just happens to be the only class that meets the credit requirement. On the other hand, during their time at USF, most students will be lucky enough to come into contact with at least a few professors that will have an incredible impact on their lives.

Because of recent budget cuts, classes are sometimes crowded, which can be intimidating. USF is aiming to expand the University so that it may get more funding and offer more classes, but the school still has a long way to go. Some departments are faring better than others, but some have been exhausted by an overabundance of students. Although USF offers a variety of majors, clubs, and resources for its students, the hectic environment can sometimes make classes more difficult and confusing than they normally would be.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
24:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,077
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
101
Total FT Faculty
1,423
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$78,164
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Transfer-Out Rate
6%
Graduation Rate
57%
Programs/Majors Offered
126
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 25%
  • 20 to 49 students: 61%
  • 50 or more students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of The Arts
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Marine Science
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Honors College
  • Patel School of Global Sustainability
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Medicine: 2%
  • Criminology: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Honors research major
  • Internships
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
USF offers a wide variety of distance learning courses through ECampus. Full degrees are even available online. Most online courses are delivered through the Blackboard system. There is an extra fee for taking online courses ($35), and many require on-campus meetings. Online courses can be found through the normal course schedule search.
Best Places to Study
  • Back hallways of Marshall Student Center
  • Library
  • Outdoor areas
  • Study rooms in Marshall Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Do assigned readings (freshmen are exempt from this one).
  • Don't blow all of your money on junk.
  • Don't procrastinate.
  • Don't sleep through your classes.
  • Get involved with campus activities.
  • Hangovers suck on class days, so avoid them.
  • Know how to negotiate your grades.
  • Make friends with your professors.
  • Manage your time wisely.
  • Use the free services at USF. . .there are a ton of them!
Did You Know?
The University is one of only three Florida public universities ranked in the top tier of research activities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 29 responses

  • 24% Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants Player
  • 16% Plies - Rapper
  • 14% Chucky Atkins - NBA player
  • 10% Melissa Howard - reality TV personality
  • 6% Kerry Sanders - NBC correspondent
  • 6% Leo Gallagher - prop comic
  • 6% Mark Consuelos - actor
  • 6% Hulk Hogan
  • 5% Eddie Carpenter - president, Disneyland International
  • 3% Lauren Hutton - model, actress
  • 2% Drake Hogestyn - actor
  • 2% Tony LaRussa
  • 0% Elayne Boosler - comedian

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 231 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 232 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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