About University of South Florida-Main Campus

Founded in 1956, University of South Florida-Main Campus. is a Public college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 31,461 full time undergraduate students, and 11,400 full time graduate students.

The University of South Florida-Main Campus Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 22:1. There are 1251 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of South Florida-Main Campus include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate46%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range1070-1250
ACT Range24-28

Admissions at USF are considered More Selective, with ,247% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 14 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

73% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 60% were in the top quarter, and 32% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of South Florida-Main Campus.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    432 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    344 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    520 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    551 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    550 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    549 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    550 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    551 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

University of South Florida-Main Campus REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of University of South Florida-Main Campus?

256 Students rated University of South Florida-Main Campus

Anh - 04/17/2024

I personally believe that the University of South Florida is a great institution. However, as a transfer student, I found their application process to be overwhelming due to the numerous requirements they have in place. Nonetheless, I understand that they have their reasons for doing so. Despite this, my overall experience with the school has been positive. Despite hearing negative reviews about it, I have found the staff to be responsive and helpful in answering my queries through email. They have been prompt in providing me with the necessary details to expedite their work.

Caitlin - 03/27/2024

I find being a student at the University of South Florida a regarding experience in many zones of life. You really get the traditional college experience with a big fan base for our sports and such an involved on campus community, and there is always something to do. I decided to join greek life at the beginning of my freshman year, and while it definitely isn't necessary at USF to find your place, I think the philanthropy opportunities and the connections I've made with alumni completely worth the effort and costs. The classes are generally very well rounded. My major isn't very big so most of my classes are not big lectures, and I appreciate the care all of my professors have taken one ensuring my educational success.

melissa - 12/09/2023

he University of South Florida (USF) stands as a dynamic and diverse academic institution, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of higher education. Boasting a comprehensive range of programs, USF excels in fostering an environment that encourages intellectual exploration and innovation. Academically, USF distinguishes itself with a faculty renowned for their expertise and commitment to student success. The university's robust research initiatives contribute to its reputation as a hub for cutting-edge discoveries across various disciplines. From the College of Arts and Sciences to the Muma College of Business, students benefit from a wealth of resources that prepare them for the challenges of the professional world. USF's commitment to diversity and inclusion is palpable. The campus is a melting pot of cultures, fostering a rich tapestry of experiences that enrich the educational journey. Moreover, the university's emphasis on community engagement and service-learning provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world settings, instilling a sense of social responsibility. The sprawling campus, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, offers a vibrant and conducive atmosphere for learning and collaboration. Student life is vibrant, with a plethora of extracurricular activities and organizations catering to diverse interests. While USF's ascent in the academic realm is commendable, like any institution, it faces challenges. Addressing issues such as class sizes and ensuring seamless transitions from academia to the workforce will further enhance the university's standing. In conclusion, the University of South Florida is a beacon of academic excellence and diversity, shaping the next generation of leaders and innovators. Its commitment to holistic education and research cements its status as a formidable institution in the realm of higher learning.

katy - 08/02/2023

This campus has a lot of different things! there is something for everyone to enjoy. The campus is very spacious therefore can be a great place to hang out and meet your friends. I love the library and am always there. The parking lots do get pretty full so getting to campus early is important during the first week.

University of South Florida-Main Campus FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of South Florida-Main Campus?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of South Florida-Main Campus is 46%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Don't be afraid to try new things. Clubs weren't your favorite activities to be a part of, but they are really beneficial to your overall experience at college. Don't be afraid to fail. It might be tough not getting "straight A's," but you know that you're intelligent and what really matters is what you learn from it all. Don't waste time worrying about the future. You'll be prepared no matter what classes you take. Finally, have fun, enjoy yourself, and live life the best that you can. You can only be young and in college once so make the best out of this experience :).

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates contribute through thoughtful ideas, collaborative work, and through attentiveness.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The University of South Florida works hard to encourage students and create a good environment for achievements.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The freshman and sophmore class sizes are large, so it is often difficult to interact with teachers and students.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    financial aid help

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    I think the best thing about my school is the recreational programs.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    NOVA southeastern university is one of the few universities to offer a double master's degree program in anesthesia assistant. There are only two schools in the state that specialized in the A.A program. NOVA has both, one in Ft. Lauderdale and the other in Tampa, FL.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anybody should attend this school. The University of South Florida is a very diverse school. As long as you have the grades and the drive to learn, there is no reason someone can't attend

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The area is the most frustrating aspect. Tampa's highway seems to be in a perpetual state of being under construction, making getting to classes on time difficult if you don't leave early enough, or if you attempt to get to school during high density traffic times.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    It is BEAUTIFUL!!! This campus is lavish in gorgeous old oaks and plently of flowering plants and such. The architecture itself also blends very well into the environment.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who wants a small school or alot of individualized attention shouldn't attend this school. You definately have to be able to take the initiative to join clubs/learn extra/ get jobs etc etc. at USF

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    At the University of South Florida we focus on making a name for each individual student that has chosen to further their education here. Over the years, USF has become known as the one of the top research schools in the nation. As a matter of fact, we are ranked third as one of the top research schools. In my personal opinion, this statistic has allowed USF to reach out to more students. They are now able to do extensive research with all the amazing abilities that USF has to offer.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The best thing about USF is the teachers. The staff is so fantastic. You can tell they take an interest in their students and you're not just a number. The school is large, but it is definitely not too large. Because of the size, there is a chance for everyone to find a niche. There are a lot of programs on campus to get students connected, and there are also a lot of opportunities to help students find career paths. It is really hard to fall between the cracks at this school. I don't think the Tampa Bay area qualifies as a college town because it's so large, but there are definitely some areas of the city that are geared toward the college crowd. There are a lot of great places to live around campus, and it's a very accessible city. The USF administration is quick to aid in any problems the students have. Issues are resolved quickly. There is a space on the website for commonly requested forms if you need fast access to your transcipts. The administration really tries to provide for the students and the grounds of the school are upkept very well. Our football team was ranked #2 this year, which was a really exciting time for us. We have a newer team, so it was exciting to be nationally recognized. A lot of students attend the basketball games, and you cannot walk across campus without seeing someone in USF gear. The student goverment elections are taking place for President and Vice President right now, which is getting a lot of attention from our student newspaper, The Oracle. This is probably the biggest issue occurring on campus right now. My best memories of USF are the football games. Our games usually take place at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium (which is in downtown Tampa). The stadium is brand new, and everyone makes a day out of going to tailgate. So much fun!! The most frequent student complaints are about parking. Parking is a problem on a lot of campuses, but USF is building two brand new parking garages. They also opened up a grass lot right in the heart of the campus so that it is easier to get to classes.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    My favorite class was Communication as Performance. The teacher I had was so great. We spent a lot of time outside of the classroom. The weather is nice down here all year, so it's great to be outside! The professors here usually know your name, unless you're in a big lecture class. Most students end up in one of these classes a few times, but if you go to class on a regular basis, the teacher will definitely get to know you. Class participation is very common among USF students. The classes with debates are really fun because everyone gets involved. You can tell that students usually come prepared to class, whether it is doing the reading or the worksheets. You can always tell who hasn't come prepared because of the teacher-student interactions in class. The most unique class I have taken is my Communicating Gender & Identity course. We're currently discussing the concept of identity and what it means to classify yourself under certain categories. The topics are really controversial, but the material is interesting. I am in the Communication Department. My major is Interpersonal/Organizational Communication. I LOVE this major. All of the comm students are like a big family. We collaborate on assignments and do a lot of groupwork. You can definitely count on the students that study this major. I am also minoring in Psychology. They just built a brand new Psych building. The staff in this minor is also fantastic. You get to choose from a lot of interesting classes. The professors are always available for office hours when you have problems. They are there to clarify concepts that you don't understand. Also, they are great about missed classes and assignment make-ups. Every college (business, math, science) at USF has different academic requirements. You have to take core classes, but once you get into your major (which can happen quickly), the classes are interesting and practical. USF combines post-college prep and a good learning experience. You get to learn about a lot of "real-world" issues, but you also have a great opportunity to prepare for the working world.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Sports games are often full of students (other than football), plus there are tons of clubs as well as Greek life to keep students busy and entertained. A lot of students can also be found in the gym or doing intramural activities, which are offered for several levels of experience so that it is easy to try a new sport or keep up with an old favorite while challenging others at your level.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    I dont really know. I know when I tell people I go to a University that is 3rd in the state, they seem "wow" compared to if I said I went to a Community College or something.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?


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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    USF has all of the stereotypes. Nerds, frat guys, sorority girls, jocks. However I have found that even though they fit into the category not all of them are as rigid as you may think. I've met some awesome people from all of these "stereotypical" groups. I've met some awesome and down to earth frat guys that aren't what the stereotype puts out. They aren't rude, egocentric, and closed off to making friends with anyone who isn't greek. The same goes for sorority girls. The nerds are very dedicated to their academics but they aren't as lame as you would think. We have an awesome Quidditch team. The jocks may be the one group that does stick a little more to the stereotype. They do stick with their own and are pretty prideful of what they do in regards to sports.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    The Bulls are on the rise in football!!

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  21. What's the Greek scene like?

    Greek Life at USF is pretty great! With eight sororities and even more fraternities, the Greek community is gradually growing and is very active. Each semester, dozens of philanthropies and events are held. It's a great way to become involved early and meet a lot of awesome people.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

89% of students attending University of South Florida-Main Campus receive some sort of financial aid. 36% were awarded federal grants. While 40% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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