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

Academics: The professors are awesome. They know their stuff and they care about their students. They are always willing to help and have great flexibility. Also, there are so many resources on campus to get help for school work, jobs, and networking. There are so many places to go and relax, study, and hang out.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a dance major as well as psychology major makes you balance your life more so if you were in just one major. Dance is an already intense major with long hours of classes as well as added rehearsals. This on top of another major made for a need of great organization and time managment skills. Our studios are beautiful. They are some of the best ones I have ever worked in making class very enjoyable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have been liking the engineering program a lot. Reliable and good teachers, difficult academic classes and very informative too.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Its hard and demanding. But I enjoy the load. There are plenty of internship and wok opportunities. the facility is one of the best in the state .

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4 College Junior

Academics: From my understanding, USF offers a lot of programs and a lot of research within those areas. In my own personal field, I feel as though I am receiving a top notch education that I can't beat.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 229 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 26% Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants Player
  • 21% Plies - Rapper
  • 12% Chucky Atkins - NBA player
  • 9% Melissa Howard - reality TV personality
  • 9% Mark Consuelos - actor
  • 6% Eddie Carpenter - president, Disneyland International
  • 6% Kerry Sanders - NBC correspondent
  • 6% Leo Gallagher - prop comic
  • 3% Lauren Hutton - model, actress
  • 3% Drake Hogestyn - actor
  • 0% Elayne Boosler - comedian

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 230 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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