Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
Size: 30,725 undergraduates
Percent Women: 55
Tuition (One year): $20,760
Most Popular Majors: Finance, Criminology, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Nursing, Mass Communications.
Greek Life: USF is home to 9 sororites governed by Panhellenic Association, 8 sororities governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council and 14 sororities governed under the Unified Greek Council.
Acceptance Rate: 43.2% as of 2012
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit USF's website at http://www.usf.edu/admission/apply.aspx.
Why Choose USF?
"USF has a beautiful, open campus. There are so many unique places to hang out on campus."
"USF is in a great location. It's close to the beach, but you also have the proximity to downtown Tampa. It's great because anything that you're in the mood to do isn't more than 30 minutes away."
"The diversity on campus is amazing. There are students here from all over the world. You never know who you're going to meet or where they're going to be from. Having that exposure to new cultures is a priceless opportunity."
"The Marshall Student Center is the best part of campus. All of the campus resources are there and it's a central part of campus. The food court is a great place to study or meet up with friends and there is always an event happening upstairs that you can pop into."
"One of my favorite traditions is the one about the seal. There are so many USF seals on campus and if you step on any, there's a superstition that you won't graduate. I don't know if I believe it, but it's fun to keep an eye for them all around campus."
"Homecoming is the BEST tradition ever! All of the events throughout the week are so much fun and definitely get me hyped for the game at then end of the week. The parade is the most exciting and the Homecoming concert and fair are the most fun."
"The housing the Andros area isn't the best. Now that they've closed the Bulls Den Cafe, we have to go even further and wait even longer to eat. Hopefully they'll complete renovations soon. Although it's definitely a part of the college experience to live in a crappy dorm the first year, Andros is so far from everything and tiny."
"Since USF is a commuter school, a lot of people drive to campus. That makes parking a nightmare! Everyone is in a rush, so you have to be careful when walking or driving around campus."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Freshman orientation was so much fun! I'll never forget it. I learned so much about our campus and had fun at the same time. The USF Orientation Team Leaders really want to instill their sense of green & gold pride in all of the new baby bulls!"
"New Student Connections is a great resource for students. Whenever freshman have a question about USF or need to get in touch with a certain resource, they can just head up to the Marshall Center, be greeted by a friendly face and get just want they need."
"Living with other freshman students in Juniper was the best experience. Living in the newest residential area on campus is awesome. Especially since there's a dining hall right downstairs."
All About Academics
The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and over 130 degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine.The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at USF and is home to the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Majors within CAS include Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Mass Communications, Psychology and Women and Gender Studies.
"Making advising appointments is so easy. We just go online and book our appointments at our convenience. Some of our advisors even have walk-in hours. They've first come, first served, but they happen pretty regularly so if you need to see them during a busier time, there will always be a day where you can stop in."
"Registering for classes is usually pretty easy. I always make sure to see my advisor before I need to register to make sure I'm on track. I list all my classes and course reference numbers beforehand too. That way all I have to do on the morning of my registration day is get online type in the CRNS and submit them."
Learn From the Best
"My professors are all really knowledgable. Some of them even wrote the textbooks for our classes. It's great to be surrounded by scholars from all over the world."
"Since USF is a research university, there are lots of opportunities to learn from professors who have extensive experience in their fields. Undergrads can even participate in research. It's great because it gives you the opportunity to get some real experience and build relationships with professors."
Interests & Involvement
"Each Wednesday, all of the student organizations and some local businesses get together and have an open air market! There is music and free food. It's awesome!"
“There are over 600 registered student organizations at the University of South Florida! From academic and professional organizations and special interest groups to fraternities and sororities and multicultural student organizations, there are so many ways to get involved!”“My experience as an Orientation Team Leader has really helped me connect not only with our campus, but with our students, faculty and staff as well.”“I love being a residential assistant. I get to help others transition into college living and learn valuable lessons every day.”“Being involved with Campus Recreation, I have had the opportunity to get healthy and help others get healthy too. I have learned the right way to eat and exercise. I was doing it all wrong before.”
"Even though we don't have a football stadium, it's pretty cool that we get to head out to Raymond James (Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) to cheer on our boys."
"Playing intermural sports are so much fun. It's a great way to meet people and play a sport you love."
“I’d say there are about 5 women for every 4 men here at USF. The gender ratio is pretty equal, which is nice.”
“I love that there are so many empowering clubs on campus geared completely towards women. From Her Campus USF to the Feminist Student Alliance, there is always a club for women based on your individual interests.”
“Girl on campus have tons of different styles; I wouldn’t say there is just one in particular. Everyone dresses comfortably, but in their own ways.”
Food & Drink
“There’s three dining halls now. Fresh Food Market at Argos, Champion’s Choice near the gym and the Sun Dome, and Juniper Dining in Juniper-Poplar dorms. There used to be Bull’s Den in Andros, but they closed it down after someone ate uncooked chicken. Generally, though the food is good. They have salads, sandwiches, a protein at every meal, veggies, some fruit, and desserts.”
“Freshman living on campus are required to have some sort of meal plan. Luckily the dining halls aren’t too shabby and there’s always one pretty close to wherever you are. It’s pretty awesome to never have to cook.”
“My favorite place to eat is Fresh Food. They have lots of vegetarian options and seem to have fresher food.”
“I love how many Starbucks we have. on campus. I’m never too far from a delicious caramel frappuchino.”
“We have lots of non-dining hall options on campus. I get Chik-Fil-A like three days a week. It’s also nice to get a yummy smoothie from Jamba Juice on those extra hot Florida afternoons.”
“I was so excited when Pollo Tropical opened up. It’s so much better than the Burger King that was there.”
“The Marshall Center has a bunch of places to grab food. Subway, Chic-Fil-A, Moe’s, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Jamba Juice, Beef O’Brady’s and Einstein’s.”
“One of my favorite things to do as a freshman was to get midnight ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s at Argos and then grab a bag of candy from the little convenience store there.”
“If you’ve got a car, there’s tons of places to eat near campus. There’s Panera, Firehouse Subs, Five Guys, Jason’s Deli, fast food joints, CDB’s and Chipotle, just to name a few.”
“I think there’s a party to be had almost every weekend, especially if you know the right people. My friend is an avid party-goer. If I ever want to party I hit him up and he always has a handful of parties lined up for the night for me to join.”
“I really like going to Ybor. Sure, it’s not the safest place, but as long as you’re careful it can be so much fun. Czar and Prana are my favorite clubs to hit. It’s kinda far though. You definitely need a car or a taxi to get you there. It’s probably 20 minutes away.”
“I’m not too social of a person. I don’t like drinking or parties. I don’t feel pressure to do those things though. I like that about USF.”
“The apartments north of campus are party central. Every weekend there are people walking down 46th Street from apartment complex to apartment complex partyhopping. I wouldn’t take the walk alone, but it’s easy to find a party within walking distance.”
“I always feel comfortable going to parties around here. It seems everyone wants to socialize and make friends. It’s easy to talk to people.”
“There’s three styles of dorm. There’s traditional style where you share a room with another person and there are community bathrooms. There’s a crappy kitchen on every floor, but no one uses them. It’s the cheapest option. Then there’s suite style. Some have roommates, others don’t. You share a bathroom with suitemates, so there could be up to 8 people to a bathroom. There’s usually two toilets and a shower stall. Then there’s apartment style. You usually have your own room, but you can share. You and your roommates have your own kitchen and bathroom (or two) and a furnished living room.”
“I lived in Castor freshman year. I was nervous because I would have no personal space, but I really loved it. I met my two best friends in the universe there. I’m a senior now and I can say that the year I lived on campus was my favorite year. My horizons really grew and my social life bloomed. I really came into my own.”“It’s so convenient to live on campus. You can walk everywhere and don’t have to worry about parking. But it is also so expensive. Apartments off campus are even cheaper than living in tradition halls where you have a roommate and no bathroom, living room or kitchen.”
"Ybor isn't far from campus. It's full of clubs and unique restaraunts and it has a really nice Bourbon Street feel to it."
“Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are like two miles away from USF. I love having the option to go to an amusement or water park any weekend.”
“USF is situated in a poor part of Tampa. There are a ton of restaurants and stores around, but there’s lots of homeless people too.”
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