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University of South Florida - Main Campus Overview

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

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

10,651 Undergraduate Awards
$26,026 Avg Cost After Aid
49% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at USF Tampa have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at USF Tampa.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 75% 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.
  • It takes the average USF Tampa student 4.3 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of South Florida - Main Campus Rankings

USF Tampa is ranked #11 out of 89 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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Computer Systems Analysis Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Criminology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Communication Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Communication Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Value Ethnic, Culture & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Value Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Value Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Value History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Best Value Computer & Information Sciences 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
#1 Best Other Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Schools College Factual
#5 Best Computer Systems Analysis Schools College Factual
#10 Best Homeland Security Schools College Factual
#86 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#143 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#170 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual

Where Is University of South Florida - Main Campus?

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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 considered but not required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USF Tampa?

49% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
74% 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 49%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 74% 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 590 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 590 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800
USF Tampa received ACT scores from 26% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 24 to 31 )
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ACT Math Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 23 to 28 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Florida - Main Campus  ( 25 to 30 )
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36

Can I Afford University of South Florida - Main Campus?

$26,026 Net Price
26% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USF Tampa is $26,026. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USF Tampa, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $7,839 a year. That adds up to $31,356 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USF Tampa is 4.5%. 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

29,650 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 38,582 undergraduate students at USF Tampa, with 29,650 being full-time and 8,932 being part-time.

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There are also 12,044 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,650 full-time undergraduates at USF Tampa, 43% are male and 57% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,272
Black or African American 2,595
Hispanic or Latino 6,303
White 13,852
International Students 2,287
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,341

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

24,202 Took All Classes Online
45,596 Took At Least One Class Online
82.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 26 master’s degree programs available online at USF Tampa. In 2019-2020, 45,596 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of USF Tampa

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of South Florida - Main Campus was $6,410 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $17,324. The following table shows how USF Tampa is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Homeland Security #1 #16
General Engineering #1 #7
Gerontology #1 #6
Criminology #1 #10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #1 #40
Sustainability Science #1 #19
Computer Systems Analysis #1 #1
Communication Sciences #1 #7
Psychology #4 #43
Human Services #4 #15
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #4 #10
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #4 #1
Engineering-Related Fields #4 #19
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #4 #1
Allied Health Professions #4 #10
Medical Illustration & Informatics #4 #7
Social Work #7 #25
Information Science #10 #16
Computer Information Systems #13 #29
Library Science #13 #25
Library & Information Science #13 #25
Engineering #13 #37
Public Administration #16 #55
Social Sciences #16 #46
Engineering Technologies #16 #34
Public Health #16 #13
Public Administration & Social Service #19 #67
Teacher Education Grade Specific #22 #76
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #22 #58
Curriculum & Instruction #25 #71
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #28 #113
Business, Management & Marketing #50 #287
Business Administration & Management #63 #303
Liberal Arts General Studies #70 #154
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #70 #154
Computer & Information Sciences #73 #98

Online Affordability Rankings of USF Tampa Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at University of South Florida - Main Campus was $6,410 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $17,324. The following table shows how USF Tampa is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #1 #7
Medical Illustration & Informatics #1 #13
Human Services #1 #25
Library & Information Science #1 #1
Criminology #1 #4
Gerontology #1 #4
Information Science #1 #70
Social Sciences #1 #28
Library Science #1 #1
Psychology #4 #50
Computer & Information Sciences #4 #74
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #4 #44
Engineering-Related Fields #4 #8
Accounting #4 #189
Health Sciences & Services #4 #41
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #4 #4
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #4 #43
Social Work #4 #19
Homeland Security #5 #30
Communication Sciences #6 #8
General Social Sciences #7 #32
General Education #7 #39
Public Health #7 #49
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #7 #4
Engineering Technologies #10 #17
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #10 #88
Curriculum & Instruction #10 #72
Liberal Arts General Studies #10 #88
Instructional Media Design #11 #67
Criminal Justice & Corrections #13 #67
Business, Management & Marketing #16 #102
Educational Administration #16 #130
Business Administration & Management #19 #145
Nursing #48 #160

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 82.2%. This is the #476 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
Accounting 40%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 16%
Business Administration & Management 36%
Business, Management & Marketing 29%
Communication Sciences 18%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 50%
Criminology 34%
Curriculum & Instruction 14%
Education 26%
Educational Administration 60%
General Social Sciences 38%
Gerontology 23%
Health Professions 1%
Health Sciences & Services 4%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 1%
Liberal Arts General Studies 1%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 21%
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16%
Psychology 22%
Public Health 3%
Social Sciences 21%
Special Education 25%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11%

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
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) #1
Criminology #7
Medical Illustration & Informatics #9
Communication Sciences #10
General Social Sciences #10
Library Science #10
Library & Information Science #10
Human Services #14
Gerontology #16
Homeland Security #16
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #16
Information Science #16
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #16
Engineering-Related Fields #25
General Education #27
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #28
Social Work #33
Health Sciences & Services #35
Curriculum & Instruction #37
Public Health #42
Engineering Technologies #44
Instructional Media Design #53
Special Education #58
Social Sciences #62
Psychology #64
Educational Administration #64
Teacher Education Subject Specific #73
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #78
Public Administration & Social Service #78
Accounting #80
Criminal Justice & Corrections #87
Liberal Arts General Studies #97
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #97
Computer & Information Sciences #112
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #126
Nursing #153
Education #220
Business Administration & Management #246
Business, Management & Marketing #328
Health Professions #356

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 1,184 0 21 1 1,206
Health Sciences & Services 0 969 0 0 0 969
Nursing 0 464 0 301 67 832
General Psychology 0 758 0 9 14 781
Liberal Arts General Studies 277 260 0 27 0 564
Finance & Financial Management 0 466 0 55 0 521
Public Health 0 244 0 248 23 515
Communication & Media Studies 0 461 0 19 8 488
Marketing 0 419 0 47 0 466
Criminology 0 425 0 19 5 449
Accounting 0 322 0 89 0 411
Business Administration & Management 0 69 0 315 22 406
Computer Information Systems 0 340 0 12 0 352
General Business/Commerce 0 271 0 33 0 304
Communication Sciences 0 200 0 67 21 288
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 234 0 34 0 268
Mechanical Engineering 0 208 0 48 6 262
Electrical Engineering 0 116 0 95 16 227
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 158 0 63 0 221
Social Work 0 79 0 128 0 207
Management Information Systems 0 204 0 0 0 204
Political Science & Government 0 196 0 6 0 202
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 185 12 197
Economics 0 182 0 11 1 194
Civil Engineering 0 130 0 44 9 183
General English Literature 0 166 0 7 9 182
Medicine 0 0 0 0 173 173
General Social Sciences 0 153 0 0 0 153
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 150 0 150
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 13 74 62 149
Chemical Engineering 0 136 0 6 5 147
Natural Resources Conservation 0 131 0 16 0 147
History 0 128 0 7 2 137
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 27 95 122
Industrial Engineering 0 80 0 31 4 115
Chemistry 0 84 0 3 27 114
Homeland Security 0 0 0 114 0 114
Anthropology 0 88 0 15 8 111
Fine & Studio Arts 0 94 0 16 0 110
International Relations & National Security 0 94 0 0 5 99
Computer Engineering 0 65 0 9 21 95
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 83 0 83
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 82 0 82
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 82 0 82
International Business 0 80 0 0 0 80
Public Relations & Advertising 0 80 0 0 0 80
Educational Administration 0 0 4 69 7 80
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 66 11 77
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 74 0 74
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 32 42 74
Human Services 0 60 0 12 0 72
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 59 0 10 1 70
Mathematics 0 44 0 7 11 62
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 28 0 14 15 57
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 56 0 56
Physics 0 41 0 3 12 56
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 14 0 37 0 51
Sociology 0 42 0 3 4 49
Computer Science 0 0 0 45 0 45
Hospitality Management 0 34 0 8 0 42
Music 0 11 0 28 3 42
Special Education 0 18 0 22 0 40
Statistics 0 28 0 8 0 36
Drama & Theater Arts 0 35 0 0 0 35
General Architecture 0 0 0 34 0 34
Philosophy 0 22 0 2 10 34
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 28 0 4 0 32
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 32 0 32
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 31 0 31
Geography & Cartography 0 25 0 3 2 30
Public Administration 0 0 0 28 0 28
Writing Studies 0 16 0 8 0 24
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 22 0 22
Gerontology 0 14 0 5 3 22
Information Science 0 0 0 21 0 21
Dance 0 20 0 0 0 20
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 14 5 19
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 19 0 19
Design & Applied Arts 0 18 0 0 0 18
Biomedical Engineering 0 1 0 12 4 17
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 7 0 10 0 17
Journalism 0 0 0 15 0 15
Student Counseling 0 0 0 14 0 14
Ethnic Studies 0 11 0 3 0 14
Other Visual Art 0 14 0 0 0 14
Business/Managerial Economics 0 13 0 0 0 13
Biotechnology 0 0 0 12 0 12
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 7 4 11
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 10 0 0 0 10
Biological & Physical Science 0 10 0 0 0 10
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 9 9
Religious Studies 0 6 0 3 0 9
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 8 0 8
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 7 7
Insurance 0 7 0 0 0 7
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 6 0 6
Romance Languages 0 0 0 6 0 6
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 5 5
General Education 0 0 0 4 0 4
Area Studies 0 0 0 4 0 4
Environmental Design 0 0 0 3 0 3
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 1 1
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
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 277 10,374 17 3,422 772 14,862

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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