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University History

In 1956, University of South Florida was founded. It is a public research University. The university is one of 12 members of the State University System of Florida. The university was guided under the leadership of John S. Allen, who served as university’s first president (1956-1971). In 1970, M. Cecil Mackey became the university's second president, during his time at university, he opened the university's medical school, School of Nursing, and first-ever PhD program. In January 1994, Betty Castor became the university's fifth president and first female president. She served as USF president for six years until 1999, during her time, USF grew to be one of the largest universities in the nation in terms of enrollment. The University of South Florida is 11th largest public university in the United States by enrollment, with 50,830 students from over 145 countries, 50 states, all five U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia as of the 2020–2021 academic year census.

University Programs, Courses and Schools

The University of South Florida’s 14 schools and colleges are located in its three campuses- Tampa Campus, Petersburg Campus and Sarasota-Manatee Campus, these campuses and centers offer wide learning opportunities and challenges to the students. The 14 school and colleges the University of South Florida are;

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
  • Muma College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Patel College of Global Sustainability
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • Judy Genshaft Honors College
  • College of Marine Science
  • Morsani College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • Taneja College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • College of The Arts

University Notable Alumni

The University of South Florida Alumni has expert alumni from different backgrounds who are there to serve based on their common passion and responsibility towards University of South Florida. The alumni of USF include renowned personalities like Athletes, Businessmen, Entertainers, Writers, Military, Politicians and Scientists. Some of the alumni members of University of South Florida are-

  • Jamal Nassar, MA 1974, Dean of California State University, San Bernardino
  • Seth Kalichman, 1983, Professor of Social psychology, known for research into HIV/AIDS treatment and HIV/AIDS denialism
  • Lee Kump, 1986, Dean of Penn State University
  • Michael Rao, 1987, President of Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Amine Bensaid, 1990, MS 1992, PhD 1994, President of Al Akhawayn University, expert in machine learning, neural networks, and genetic algorithms
  • Tonjua Williams, MA 1996, president of St. Petersburg College
  • Richard Oppel, 1964, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, director of American Society of Newspaper Editors
  • Lobo, 1965, singer/songwriter, three Billboard top-10 songs
  • Robert Stackhouse, 1965, artist and sculptor
  • James Carlos Blake, 1969, MA 1971, author, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction
  • Jack E. Davis, 1983, MA 1989, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
  • Gallagher, 1970, comedian
  • Heather Graham Pozzessere, 1975, best-selling author

University Infrastructure & Services

Campuses

Tampa Campus-

 The University of South Florida’s Tampa campus is the main campus, serving more than 41,000 students. The university is home to 14 colleges and it is the only doctoral degree granting campus of the university. The University of South Florida Office of Graduate Studies in the Tampa campus, serves as the center of leadership for graduate education. The Tampa campus is situated in North Tampa east of the University neighborhood, about seven miles from north of downtown. It is the largest of the three campuses, covering over 1,562 acres of land. The campus is separated into different districts, most of the housing facilities located in the northeast, athletics and recreation in the east and southeast, research in the south and southwest, USF Health facility center in the west, northwest and north, and undergraduate classes and student services in the central area of the campus. The campus is known for having over 19,000 trees, and since 2011 it has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. 

St. Petersburg campus-

In 1965, University of South Florida first occupied the site of the USF St. Petersburg campus, taking over the former U.S. Maritime Training Center along with Bayboro Harbor in downtown St. Petersburg. It is situated next to Albert Whitted Airport and just less than a mile away from the Salvador Dalí Museum and Al Lang Stadium. University of Florida’s St. Petersburg campus was a satellite campus from 1965-2006, and later it was accredited as a separate campus from the USF’s Tampa campus within the University of South Florida System by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This campus serves around 4,500 students every year and offers 33 undergraduate and graduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and education as well.

Sarasota-Manatee campus-

In 1975, Sarasota-Manatee was established as a branch campus of University of South Florida. It initially shared a campus with New College of Florida.  University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee built its place as a member institution in the University of South Florida system, but USFSM and New College continued to share a campus until a new campus was completed for USFSM across the street in 2006. Nearly 2,000 students take classes at this campus each year. The campus offers 43 academic programs and certificates in arts and sciences, business, education, and hospitality.

Libraries

The Libraries at University of South Florida are an important part of the educational experience and an invaluable resource for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for the broad community. The libraries are located at each campus which also includes international campuses, they offer a wide range of books and other materials and services to support academic studies and enhance research work at University of South Florida. The libraries have a vast collection of books, e-journals and e-books etc. University libraries are focused to provide high-quality library resources, programs, and services to the students. The libraries provide flexible and well-equipped surroundings to everyone’s research and learning needs. They support the student learning experience, creation and administration of knowledge, and also contribute to advancements in teaching and research programs.

Housing services

On-campus- University of South Florida offers residential communities, where students from all over the country and the world live, learn and grow together. There are 39 residence halls on the University of South Florida Tampa campus in 14 complexes. Each of South Florida University’s residential halls offers support and convenience, as well as opportunities for personal growth, cultural exploration, and interaction with all facilities and staff. The university also offers specialized housing options such as family housing, female-only housing, graduate student housing, and 14 houses for fraternity and sorority members in the Greek Village of Tampa. The university has many residence halls for comfortable housing.  Students can select the room of their choice based on costs, hall facilities, location, availability. Through university’s affinity housing students can live in groups of like-minded students who share the same love for sports, literature, film and course. The various services offered in university’s residence halls are-

  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Large lounges with kitchens
  • All-inclusive utilities
  • Free Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Free laundry facilities

Off-campus-

The University of South Florida’s assists students in finding off-campus housing near the university's Tampa, St. Petersburg campus and Sarasota Manatee campus. They provide convenient housing to students, faculty and staff nearby university.

Medical services

 University of South Florida’s Health Services Centre at each campus provides medical services to students. The Health Services Center encourages students to live a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve their personal, academic and career goals. They also maintain an emergency response team which responds immediately to any accidents or injuries involving any person on campus. Primary and urgent healthcare, health clearances, routine women’s healthcare, emergency response and wellness education are all part of the services provided. The staff consists of certified physicians and nurses who are dedicated towards their work and provide high quality medical care to students. The medical services include preventive services, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic medical illnesses, pharmacy, dentistry, diagnostics and gynecologist to make life easier at University of South Florida. For scheduling online appointments or for telephonic health service students can call at 813-445-4976 or 813-974-2331.

Student’s clubs

University of South Florida’s ESPORTS, A DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION & WELLNESS offers 11 students’ clubs and organization which provide wide range of opportunities for students to engross themselves. The university offers everything students need to stay active on campus. Around 80% of students are involved in the students club.  Some of the clubs at University of South Florida are-

  • Call of Duty Club
  • CS: Go Club
  • Dota 2 Club
  • Halo Club
  • League of Legends Club
  • Overwatch Club
  • Rainbow Six: Siege Club
  • Rocket League Club
  • Super Smash Bros Club
  • Trading Card Games Club
  • Valorant Club

These clubs listed above are available to choose from. Joining a club is one of the best possible ways to get more out of your time at the University of South Florida.

University location

Tampa Campus- 4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620, USA

St. Petersburg Campus-

140 7th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, United States

Sarasota-Manatee campus-

8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, United States

International student’s info

Courses Offered-

The University of South Florida offers Undergraduate programs and Graduate programs. Some of the courses are-

  • Accounting B.S.  
  • Accounting (For Business Majors Only) Minor  
  • Addictions and Substance Abuse Professional Certificate 
  • Addictions Studies Minor 
  • Advanced Dance Studies Certificate 
  • Advertising B.S. 
  • Aerospace Studies Minor - Air Force ROTC 
  • Africana Studies B.A. 
  • Africana Studies Minor 
  • Aging Sciences B.S.‚Äč 
  • Aging Sciences Minor 
  • American Studies Minor 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with International Studies Concentration 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Concentration 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Mass Communications Concentration 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences Concentration 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Political Science Concentration 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Psychology Concentration 
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences B.A., with Public Administration Concentration 

Student Support-

 The Office of International Services at the University of South Florida provides international educational exchange via its services. It serves as the primary administrative, programming, and advising office for the international community. The office provides various services like-

  • Immigration assistance and support to international students and exchange visitors through advising, programs, workshops and events.
  • Serve as a guide for academic and administrative units in the collaboration, hiring and sponsorship of international students and exchange visitors.
  • Provides on-going orientation and support services in a welcoming environment designed to help students in cultural adjustment.
  • F-1 Student Visa – I-20 Information
  • Show Transferring F-1 Status from Another US Institution
  • Show Change to F-1 from Another Non-Immigrant Visa Status
  • Show J-1 Student Visa – DS-2019 Information
  • Show Other Visa Status Information (Non-F-1/J-1 Visa Holders)

International Student Contact-

Office address

Tampa campus

Office of International Services, USF World
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, BEH 255
Tampa, Florida 33620

Telephone: (813) 974-5102
Fax: (813) 974-0491

St. Petersburg campus

Office of International Services, USF World 
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 7th Ave South, PNM 102
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Telephone: (813) 974-5102

Sarasota-Manatee campus

Global Engagement Office
8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Mail Stop B-222
Sarasota, FL 34243

Telephone: (813) 974-5102

Student life

Student Society-

Student organizations or clubs are one of the best ideas to get involved in the campus. Organizations are assembled under an arrangement of causes, identities, and interests. Student organizations at the University of South Florida put on some of the most highly awaited campus events and offer a wide range of opportunities for involvement and leadership every year. The University of South Florida has over 11+ student organizations, so there is something for each student.

Health & Wellbeing-

Health and Wellness at the University of South Florida is to highlight the active process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the phase of provocations. It is the initiative dedicated to help students incorporate in an overall well-being experience across campus. They allow students to actively indulge in well-being activities that provide support to a holistic lifestyle. Through this initiative, students will learn and understand resources and they will also learn how to help others in need.

Food & Drink-

The University of South Florida has a variety of food options. University’s open dining plan gives students access to food. The plans are designed to fit the busy schedule of students, the plan assists all dietary preferences by providing a wide range of dining options and healthy food options. Students can opt for anything they want at a diverse variety of restaurants and cafes available on-campus.

Short term getaways-

There are many short-term getaways near the University of South Florida to have fun like-

  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
  • Big Cat Rescue.
  • Tampa Riverwalk.
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park.
  • The Florida Aquarium.
  • Busch Gardens.
  • Lettuce Lake Regional Park.
  • Ybor City.

 and there are many other options also available to spend holidays and weekends.

Student Safety

University of South Florida keeps safety a priority. University’s Police Department provides 24/7 assistance to deter crime, and to increase personal safety and building security. A security desk is located in the lobby of each residence hall, which assists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure the safety and identification of those entering and leaving the campus buildings.  The SAFE Team of the university also provides thousands of student’s safe travel from one campus location to another, via escort, between the hours of 6:30 pm and 2:30 am daily. The University of South Florida is committed towards providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Famous courses

The famous courses at University of South Florida are-

  • Social Sciences
  • Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Accounting
  • Application Requirements
  • Create a new account
  • Completed Application Form
  • Submit required support documents
  • Academic Records
  • Pay the application fee 
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test Scores

Deadlines

Fall admissions- April 15

Spring admissions- October 1

University of South Florida Programs

Program
Duration
Format
Tuition Fees
Deadlines
Standard Test

University of South Florida Application Requirements

3
GPA
33
IB
85
Percentage
45%
Acceptance Rate

IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in United States of America. To be able to get a successful admission in University of South Florida in United States of America students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.

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University of South Florida Cost of studies

Fees

Undergraduate: USD 17,325

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

University of South Florida Deadlines

Undergraduate: Spring-October 1, Fall-June 1

Graduate: June 1

Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines. 

University of South Florida Rankings

Global

298
US News
581 -590
QS
201 -300
Shanghai
201 -250
Times Higher Education
256
GTU Rank

Regional

United States of America
104
US News
67 -94
Shanghai
71
Times Higher Education
324
Forbes
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4202 E. Fowler Avenue,United States of America

(813) 974-3350