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University of South Florida-Main Campus

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Introduction

The University of South Florida (USF) was founded on the site of a defunct World War II airstrip in 1956. It grew enormously in just a few decades and today, with a student population exceeding 47,000, it is the third largest university in the state of Florida and the ninth largest university in the United States. The school has an excellent reputation for academics, reflected in the nickname “Harvard of the South”.

The main campus is situated in North Tampa, although there is also a campus in St. Petersburg and branch educational centers in downtown Tampa, Lakeland (USF Polytechnic) and Sarasota (USF Sarasota-Manatee). There are two university hospitals at USF, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Psychiatry Center. There are six libraries at USF: the main library is the Tampa library on the main campus, where the Shimberg Health Sciences Library and the Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library are also located. The other three libraries are located on the St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Lakeland campuses.

Academics

USF has been denoted as a “very high research” institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is internationally recognized as a research hub for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. The university continues to push into new areas of research, with recent initiatives to create new biofuels, form an international conference on ecological immunity, and organize a nanotechnology science symposium.

The academic options at USF are as numerous and far-reaching as conceivably possible. The university offers 89 undergraduate degree programs, 97 master degree programs, 2 education specialist degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and 4 first professional degrees. The faculty/student ratio is 20 to 1, allowing for intimate classes and sub-communities within the larger university. There are thirteen colleges for undergraduates within the USF system: Arts & Sciences, Behavioral & Community Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Honors College, Marine Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, The Arts, and University College.

To give you an example of how each college is broken down into departments, consider this: The Arts College includes the School of Architecture and Community Design, the School of Art and Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance. The Arts College puts on nearly as many events in a year as there are days, creating a rich immersion in the arts for students and community members alike. Regular student art exhibitions are hosted by the William and Nancy Oliver Gallery and the Centre Gallery in the Marshall Center. When you pull back to reflect on the fact that this is just one of thirteen colleges—and that the other twelve are just as large and vibrant—you gain an understanding of just how culturally rich this school is.

Academic opportunities inside and outside of the classroom continue to grow. Like many other universities, this one is rapidly adding distance learning options to their course catalog. At present, it is possible to fully earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences online. Degrees that can be earned partially online include the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Two certificate programs are also available online: the Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate and the Children’s Mental Health Certificate.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

This university hosts all three existing ROTC programs: Army, Navy, and Air Force, with a combined enrollment of nearly 400 students. USF’s Joint Military Leadership Center (JMLC) develops military skills for students in all three programs.

Admissions

USF is a highly competitive institution. At present, roughly 58% of applicants are admitted.

Financial Aid

In addition to the usual assortment of grants and loans available to college students in America, there are over 400 scholarships specific to this school. Information about the many options is available through the school’s scholarship search tool. Many pay up to the complete cost of attendance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3022nd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Diversity on Campus

The student body at this school is fairly diverse. The student population is roughly 63% European American, 12% African American, 16% Latino American, 7% Asian American, and .5% Native American. There are nearly 1,500 international students from over 120 countries.

Student Residences

Approximately fifteen percent of the students live in dormitories; most students live in private residences, instead. The university is working to increase the number of students living in university-owned housing, however, by instituting a new rule stating that students under the age of 21 who are unmarried, do not have any dependents, and do not live with a parent or guardian must live in student housing and participate in a meal plan for at least their first year of college. There are three basic options for students living in the residence halls at USF: traditional, suite, and apartment-style. All residences are air conditioned with cable television, ethernet connections, and wireless internet service. Rates vary depending on the residence and room, suite, or apartment chosen. Living in the “Greek Village” also counts as an on-campus residence. Greek life is a major component of the culture here, with 29 active fraternities and 21 active sororities.

The traditional residences are Beta Hall, a coed first-year student-only residence with all double rooms, and Castor Hall, a first-year student building with both single and double rooms. Both dormitories feature cable television, ethernet connections for every resident, laundry facilities, kitchens, and proximity to Fresh Food Company, the main cafeteria for first-year students.

The majority of residence halls at USF offer suite-style living. Delta, Epsilon, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Theta, and Zeta are all part of a complex known as the Andros Complex. All of these residences feature suites with four bedrooms (some double and some single) connected by a shared bathroom. Halls outside of the Andros Complex include Cypress, Maple, Juniper, and Poplar. In these halls, suites consist of two double bedrooms and one bathroom.

Apartment-style residence halls are Cypress, Kosove, Holly, and Magnolia. Cypress, Holly, and Magnolia all contain apartments with 4 single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. Kosove contains a mix of single and double bedrooms in apartments that house 2-5 people each. Students in all four years are eligible to live in these residence halls. Magnolia contains family apartments for those students with children who wish to live on campus.

Student Dining

Dining options include a number of healthy cafeteria options including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan food, as well as many convenient and popular chain options such as Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Jamba Juice. There are several different meal plan options for both on-campus and off-campus students.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Athletics are a large part of student life here. The athletic teams are known as the Bulls (a far better name, history has agreed, than the early suggested choices of “Desert Rats” or “Florida Chicken”), and bull statues can be found all around campus. The mascot for the team is Rocky the Bull, a grey, longhorned bull who has been redesigned to get progressively cuddlier-looking throughout time since his birth in 1965. A dizzying array of Bulls paraphernalia in the bookstore, alumni store, and other shops on and off campus—you can even purchase the team’s fight song for your ringtone. The marching band for the football team is known as the Herd of Thunder.

Competitive teams include men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, baseball, golf, football, softball, tennis, volleyball, cross-country, track, lacrosse, and sailing. The South Florida Bulls compete in Division 1 of the NCAA and belong to the Big East Conference.

For those students who prefer playing non-varsity sports, USF organizes aikido, Australian football, badminton, bowling, capoeira, climbing, cricket, cycling, horseback riding, fencing, field hockey, fishing, flag football, hockey, ice skating, lacrosse, rugby, paintball, racquetball, rowing, scuba diving, skateboarding, swimboarding, skydiving, surfing, swimming, waterpolo, tennis, wrestling, and ultimate frisbee.

Alumni

There is a long roster of notable USF alumni—no surprise, given the size and academic reputation of the school. Some of the best known alumni include prizewinning novelist James Carlos Blake, Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning, California State Controller John Chiang, well-known comedian Gallagher, Detroit Lions cornerback Anthony Henry, Atlanta falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas, Florida State Senators Victor Crist and Charlie Justice, actress Lauren Hutton, artist Robert Stackhouse, composer Jeff Richmond, and screenwriter/film director Kurt Wimmer. One of the contestants from MTV’s Real World: New Orleans also graduated from USF, but the jury’s out as to whether that constitutes actual celebrity.

Additional School Information

There are over 400 student activity groups on campus, far too many to list. Suffice to say if you have an interest in a topic or activity, there’s a student group to fit. The mainstream student newspaper, The Oracle, is published four times a week. In 2009, a competitor paper named The Monocle began publication. USF has their own student radio station, Bulls Radio, as well as a National Public Radio affiliate station, WUSF. The university also runs a Public Broadcasting Service television affiliate station, WUSF-TV. Communication students intern at the stations for credit.

One of the most notable features on the USF campus is the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, a full 15 acres of green space open to the public. 7 acres of the gardens are developed and cultivated, while the remaining 8 acres consist of natural greenbelt. In all, the Gardens include over 3,000 plant varietals, 60 species of birds, and many animal and insect species. Popular collections include orchids, bromeliads, gingers, fruit trees, palms, carnivorous plants, and butterfly, herb, and scent gardens.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Florida and 241st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 8 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 50 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 10 0.03
Arrest 72 0.18

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,555 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 28 0.01
Forcible Rape 58 0.02
Robbery 587 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,718 0.80
Larceny 7,042 2.07
Vehicle theft 633 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tampa, FL 33620-9951
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population2,532 (2,532 urban / N/A rural)
Households5 (2.00 people per house)
Median Household IncomeN/A
Families1 (2.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1215

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1205th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,559 $4,559 $15,473
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,851 $1,851 $1,851
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $211 $211 $575
FT Graduate Tuition $8,350 $8,350 $19,047
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,079 $2,079 $2,079
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $431 $431 $877
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,760 $20,760 $31,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,760 $20,760 $31,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,510 $11,510 $22,424

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $29,175 $49,355
Medical Degree — Required Fees $4,551 $5,561
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $16,610 $34,355
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $3,295 $4,182

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,800 $6,334 $5,800 $6,334 $14,990 $16,257
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,190 $8,960
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $8,960
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $4,100
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $4,100

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 28,512 (12,506 male / 16,006 female)
Admitted 12,900 (5,518 male / 7,382 female)
Admission rate 45%
First-time Enrollment 3,904 (1,713 male / 2,191 female)
FT Enrollment 3,860 (1,689 male / 2,171 female)
PT Enrollment 44 (24 male / 20 female)
Total Enrollment41,428

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

ACT Test Admission

256th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 44%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

280th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 56%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 550 / 640
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1080 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,389
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,750
Board Fee$3,500

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 388 1,122 1,604 590 42 6,266 173 10,328
Accounting 6 20 39 27 169 7 271
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 7 3 17 30
African-American/Black Studies 3 1 4
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 8 9
Anthropology 5 15 3 79 3 105
Architecture 1 6 29 36
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 7 1 19 1 28
Art/Art Studies, General 1 3 3 4 35 46
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 1 20 25
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 14 26 5 161 4 214
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 3 4 6 1 14
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 1 1
Bioinformatics 1 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 5 35 43 42 1 141 5 283
Biological and Physical Sciences 5 70 56 28 2 150 4 318
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 9 43 21 164 8 254
Biomedical Sciences, General 5 44 70 101 1 175 12 413
Biotechnology 4 2 4 3 8 1 22
Business Administration and Management, General 41 20 35 13 161 4 275
Business/Commerce, General 6 21 43 15 3 156 4 250
Business/Managerial Economics 4 1 3 1 39 1 50
Chemical Engineering 6 5 17 4 33 1 66
Chemistry, General 4 3 8 7 49 2 73
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 3 4
Civil Engineering, General 7 9 17 5 95 134
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 8 8
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 3 3 7
Computer Engineering, General 11 4 14 10 32 2 75
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 18 5 2 3 1 16 1 46
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 5 8 6 1 57 2 81
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 3 6 30 40
Creative Writing 1 5 7
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4 2 1 18 25
Criminology 4 82 77 10 241 5 424
Curriculum and Instruction 6 11 15 1 84 2 122
Dance, General 2 2 11 1 17
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 5 2 37 46
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5 2 1 14 23
Economics, General 3 10 13 6 56 3 92
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 9 9
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 1 1
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 1 1
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 1 6 7
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 10 7 59 1 79
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 40 15 16 13 45 3 135
Elementary Education and Teaching 26 43 8 2 232 3 316
Engineering, General 1 1 2
English Language and Literature, General 1 22 26 11 141 2 209
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 6 5 1 42 58
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 8 3 3 1 28 44
Environmental Design/Architecture 1 1
Environmental Science 5 1 7 2 81 1 97
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 4 6 1 13
Finance, General 36 26 51 19 4 151 4 295
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 9 1 34 1 49
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 3 4 8
French Language and Literature 2 3 2 3 1 12
General Studies 1 19 29 9 3 82 2 148
Geography 3 1 25 1 30
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 1 14 19
German Language and Literature 1 2 6 9
Gerontology 18 7 3 24 52
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 1 2
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 3 7 2 11 24
History, General 1 3 18 1 2 125 4 155
Human Services, General 1 1 2 4
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 5 19 1 26
Industrial Engineering 18 5 18 4 1 38 3 87
Information Science/Studies 1 2 10 13
Information Technology 7 7 6 40 2 62
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 6 19 6 19 1 52
International Relations and Affairs 2 12 30 7 1 80 5 137
Italian Language and Literature 2 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1 9 11
Latin American Studies 1 2 1 4 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 22 38 6 1 88 2 159
Library and Information Science 1 5 11 4 93 2 117
Linguistics 3 1 5 9
Management Information Systems, General 1 8 18 13 1 72 1 116
Marketing, Other 1 7 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 20 26 51 5 3 160 2 271
Mass Communication/Media Studies 4 27 38 5 173 1 251
Materials Engineering 2 1 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 1 3 22 29
Mathematics, General 5 4 6 3 38 56
Mechanical Engineering 16 8 20 8 1 87 3 144
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 3 10 7 28 48
Music Performance, General 4 4 34 1 44
Music Teacher Education 2 17 19
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 7 7
Philosophy 1 2 12 1 24 1 41
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 6 10 2 44 1 63
Physics, General 6 3 17 26
Political Science and Government, General 1 24 33 7 100 2 169
Psychology, General 11 79 130 26 2 414 11 687
Psychology, Other 2 1 13 16
Public Administration 5 3 17 25
Public Health, General 11 97 65 38 2 195 9 427
Public Health, Other 1 1 1 7 10
Reading Teacher Education 4 3 1 18 27
Real Estate 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 7 59 85 17 4 381 13 574
Religion/Religious Studies 1 5 19 25
Rhetoric and Composition 1 36 24 3 1 120 1 190
Russian Language and Literature 1 1
School Psychology 2 1 2 2 7
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 1 15 18
Social Science Teacher Education 3 5 2 35 1 47
Social Sciences, General 1 27 28 3 1 60 5 127
Social Work 1 22 20 1 1 64 1 113
Sociology 3 28 20 3 1 45 3 110
Spanish Language and Literature 1 14 1 13 1 30
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 4 5 36 1 47
Statistics, General 6 1 1 1 6 15
Sustainability Studies 2 1 7 10
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 2 1 11 14
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 6 1 2 22 31
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 3 5 3 42 53
Women's Studies 2 2 3 18 1 27

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 700th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,504 ($86,946 male / $67,860 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,367 (759 male / 608 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,460
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $41,021,371
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