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Colleges / University of South Florida

About USF

University of South Florida is a public, state school in an urban setting in Tampa, Florida. USF was founded in 1956 and now enrolls around 50,613 students a year, including 38,579 undergrads. USF provides housing for students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at USF! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of USF's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? USF students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? USF has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? USF has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at USF on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at USF on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is May 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by November 15.

2021 USF Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 49%
Average GPA 4.0
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 74%
In-State Tuition $4,559
Out-of-State $15,473
Percent of Need Met 65%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,537

Is USF a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a better sense of what USF offers and if it sounds like a good fit for you.

USF Acceptance Rate 2021

The acceptance rate at USF is 49%. Out of 38,700 applications received in 2021, 19,058 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at USF

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at USF, around 92% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 74% of students who started at USF earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for USF Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at USF

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. USF meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,537 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $21,127.94 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at USF. Based on this information, how does USF sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is USF a good school for you?

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Where is University of South Florida Located?

USF is located in the urban setting of Tampa, Florida.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what USF and Tampa are like without leaving home.

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College Info

4202 East Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33620-9951

Campus Setting: Urban

USF Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to USF is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to USF is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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USF ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

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USF SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1310


Math SAT Range

570 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 660

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USF Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at USF is like? There are approximately 50,613 students enrolled at USF, including 38,579 undergraduate students and 12,034 graduate students. 77% percent of students attend school full-time, 94% percent are from FL and 6% percent of students are from other states.


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