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University of South Florida - Main Campus Overview

Located in Tampa, Florida, University of South Florida - Main Campus is a public institution. Tampa is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of South Florida - Main Campus Known For?

9,046 Undergraduate Awards
$26,009 Avg Cost After Aid
45% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at USF Tampa is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at USF Tampa.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 77% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from USF Tampa with a bachelor's degree make about $43,500 a year. That's 7% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus Rankings

USF Tampa is ranked #24 out of 126 schools in Florida.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

USF Tampa has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USF Tampa.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Systems Analysis Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Computer Systems Analysis Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Information Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Communication Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards USF Tampa has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#29 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#46 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#69 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is University of South Florida - Main Campus?

Location of University of South Florida - Main Campus

Contact details for USF Tampa are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620-9951
Phone: 813-974-2011
Website: www.usf.edu
Facebook: http://facebook.com/USouthFlorida
Twitter: http://twitter.com/USouthFlorida

How Do I Get Into USF Tampa?

You can apply to USF Tampa online at: https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/

Admission Requirements for USF Tampa

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USF Tampa?

45% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
59% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to USF Tampa. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 45%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 45%, and the acceptance rate for women is 46%.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to USF Tampa submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 650. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 580 to 650 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 570 to 660 )
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800
USF Tampa received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 23 and 27. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 23 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 23 to 27 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 24 to 29 )
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36

Can I Afford University of South Florida - Main Campus?

$26,009 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USF Tampa is $26,009. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USF Tampa, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $7,678 a year. That adds up to $30,712 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USF Tampa is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of South Florida - Main Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

25,457 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 32,684 undergraduate students at USF Tampa, with 25,457 being full-time and 7,227 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  USF Tampa

There are also 11,562 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 25,457 full-time undergraduates at USF Tampa, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USF Tampa

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of South Florida - Main Campus students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USF Tampa Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,932
Black or African American 2,384
Hispanic or Latino 5,242
White 11,685
International Students 2,165
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,049

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Florida - Main Campus. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 148 countries are represented at USF Tampa. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of South Florida - Main Campus

5,468 Took All Classes Online
23,785 Took At Least One Class Online
4.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 27 master’s degree programs available online at USF Tampa. In 2017-2018, 23,785 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USF Tampa has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 15th most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of USF Tampa

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Florida - Main Campus was 4.1%. This is the #1,733 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USF Tampa regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USF Tampa majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 66%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 83%
Communication Sciences 16%
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
Computer Information Systems 12%
Health Professions 10%
Homeland Security 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 3%
Information Science 62%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 3%
Liberal Arts General Studies 3%
Library & Information Science 9%
Library Science 9%
Nursing 14%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 5%
Psychology 12%
Public Administration & Social Service 7%
Social Sciences 2%
Social Work 18%
Sustainability Science 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USF Tampa ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USF Tampa.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Systems Analysis #3
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #4
Sustainability Science #11
Medical Illustration & Informatics #20
General Engineering #28
Library & Information Science #34
Engineering-Related Fields #39
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #40
Information Science #43
Library Science #46
Homeland Security #51
Public Administration #74
Public Health #79
Engineering #87
Curriculum & Instruction #108
Engineering Technologies #120
Computer Information Systems #133
Special Education #151
Teacher Education Subject Specific #152
Public Administration & Social Service #167
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #169
Teacher Education Grade Specific #212
Computer & Information Sciences #304
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #361
Liberal Arts General Studies #399
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #399
Education #499

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of South Florida - Main Campus Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Biology 0 941 0 14 1 956
Health Sciences & Services 0 933 0 0 0 933
Nursing 0 555 0 282 81 918
General Psychology 0 540 0 9 17 566
Liberal Arts General Studies 362 187 0 8 0 557
Communication & Media Studies 0 494 0 15 5 514
Public Health 0 260 0 221 21 502
Finance & Financial Management 0 352 0 72 0 424
Marketing 0 328 0 35 0 363
Computer Information Systems 0 316 0 20 0 336
Criminology 0 289 0 6 3 298
Mechanical Engineering 0 197 0 83 11 291
Business Administration & Management 0 39 0 178 42 259
General Business/Commerce 0 230 0 20 0 250
Accounting 0 196 0 50 0 246
Communication Sciences 0 142 0 75 18 235
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 216 13 229
Electrical Engineering 0 94 0 119 16 229
Social Work 0 87 0 138 0 225
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 145 0 52 0 197
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 189 0 189
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 151 0 31 0 182
General English Literature 0 170 0 6 6 182
Economics 0 150 0 16 4 170
Medicine 0 0 0 0 169 169
Civil Engineering 0 92 0 60 11 163
Political Science & Government 0 152 0 11 0 163
Chemical Engineering 0 132 0 7 2 141
Management Information Systems 0 135 0 0 0 135
Homeland Security 0 0 0 133 0 133
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 12 74 42 128
International Relations & National Security 0 111 0 0 3 114
History 0 92 0 13 5 110
Industrial Engineering 0 72 0 32 3 107
Natural Resources Conservation 0 98 0 7 0 105
Fine & Studio Arts 0 92 0 13 0 105
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 11 91 102
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 82 19 101
Chemistry 0 80 0 7 9 96
General Social Sciences 0 95 0 0 0 95
Human Services 0 77 0 18 0 95
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 94 0 94
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 92 0 92
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 45 44 89
Computer Engineering 0 66 0 7 11 84
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 37 0 25 20 82
Anthropology 0 58 0 11 11 80
Sociology 0 68 0 6 3 77
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 70 0 70
Mathematics 0 48 0 9 11 68
International Business 0 65 0 0 0 65
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 65 0 65
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 48 0 48
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 39 0 6 1 46
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 41 0 41
Physics 0 27 0 7 6 40
General Architecture 0 0 0 38 0 38
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 38 0 38
Music 0 9 0 27 2 38
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 32 0 3 0 35
Statistics 0 30 0 5 0 35
Philosophy 0 23 0 2 10 35
Information Science 0 0 0 34 0 34
Educational Administration 0 0 3 21 8 32
Computer Science 0 0 0 30 0 30
Special Education 0 10 0 20 0 30
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 23 4 27
Ethnic Studies 0 23 0 4 0 27
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 17 4 21
Public Administration 0 0 0 21 0 21
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 7 0 13 0 20
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 0 0 20
Romance Languages 0 8 0 10 0 18
Geography & Cartography 0 10 0 3 5 18
Gerontology 0 8 0 6 3 17
Dance 0 17 0 0 0 17
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 16 0 16
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 16 0 16
Religious Studies 0 7 0 8 0 15
Other Visual Art 0 15 0 0 0 15
Public Relations & Advertising 0 13 0 0 0 13
Student Counseling 0 0 0 13 0 13
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 12 0 12
Writing Studies 0 0 0 10 0 10
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 8 0 8
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 8 8
Biological & Physical Science 0 8 0 0 0 8
Area Studies 0 0 0 7 0 7
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 7 0 0 0 7
Environmental Design 0 0 0 5 0 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 5 0 0 0 5
Biotechnology 0 0 0 4 0 4
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 4 4
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 3 3
General Engineering 0 0 0 3 0 3
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 362 8,684 15 3,266 752 13,079

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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