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University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

The University of South Florida, founded in 1956, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and the School of Architecture. Its 1,931-acre campus is located 10 miles from the center of Tampa.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students31,111
   Women16,973 (54.6%)
   Men14,138 (45.4%)
Graduate Students10,956


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate45% of 30,386 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineMarch 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.94
SAT Math540-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading530-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing510-600 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite24-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $21,410
Out-of-state: $32,324
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $6,410
Out-of-state: $17,324
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met65%
Average Freshman Award$11,935
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Tampa Population347,645
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 78% of freshmen, 21% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.8% Asian
11.3% Black/African-American
21.9% Hispanic/Latino
4.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
54.1% White
1.5% Unknown
International Students6.0% from 139 countries
First-Year Students Returning88.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.50 4.05 573 598 26
Low 2.20 2.40 200 200 15
High 4.00 5.00 790 800 35
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• USF's "Whitehatters" is a cyber security team that enters competitions to defend computer networks from mock hackers.

• Scientists at USF's College of Marine Science discovered the deepest coral reef off the U.S., 250 feet deep, three miles wide and 20 miles long, in the Gulf of Mexico.

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