Big achievements.
Bold goals.
Boundless futures.

Three Campuses — One USF

Each USF campus offers a one-of-a-kind college experience – all under the umbrella of a single Preeminent Research University.

Map of USF campuses in Florida

Learn more about each campus below

The Tampa Region Isn’t A Location. It’s A Destination.

Not all USF Highlights Happen at USF

You won’t spend your entire college career in the classroom, so choose a college that offers an exciting surrounding community with stunning year-round weather. From world-class beaches and nature to exceptional arts, cuisine, shopping and sports, USF's incredible Gulf Coast location does not disappoint.

Gulf Coast Visitor Guide
Downtown Tampa shops during the day. Three USF students exploring tampa gulf coast attractions. Sunset at the beach on the gulf coast near Tampa. USF students walking together exploring tampa activities by the water.

Student Life

Don’t just earn a college degree.
Make incredible memories along the way.

Discover Why Students Choose USF

From our stunning campus locations and amenities to our diverse culture and exceptional resources, discover the numerous reasons students love calling USF home. With the academic and support opportunities available, students benefit today when they start their degrees and tomorrow when they step into their careers.

Pursue Your Passion Outside the Classroom

Students can easily connect with others who share their interests, culture or beliefs. USF features more than 700 clubs and organizations across our three campuses. Whether students want to support a cause, continue engaging in a beloved activity or explore something new, USF's student-run clubs and organizations are a great way to make friends, expand horizons and get involved on campus.

Find Your Fit

At USF, we emphasize a balanced approach to education that doesn’t end with academics. Students stay physically active with award-winning recreation centers, swimming pools, fitness classes, watersports and more. We feature on-campus medical clinics and counseling services to keep students healthy inside and out. Plus, we offer numerous other services, such as career counseling, tutoring and financial education, to ensure our students finish their degrees ready to take the next big step.

Choose Excitement — Choose USF

An average day at USF is anything but average. Across our three locations, students enjoy 1,000+ on-campus events each year, from concerts and celebrity guest lectures to movies and art exhibits. This includes special cultural events where we come together to celebrate USF's global diversity and learn about our rich student body made up of students from across the world. All USF students also receive free admission to 17 men’s and women’s varsity sports.


Discoveries happen all the time at USF.
Will your student be a part?


Where Passion Drives Discovery

Your student wants to change the world. USF provides the opportunity. Our Office of Undergraduate Research supports students across all majors by offering the chance to engage in life-changing research as early as freshman year.

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$525.4 million in research contracts and grants awarded in 2019

$525.4 million

in research contracts and grants awarded in 2019

#16 among all universities worldwide in generating new patents


among all universities worldwide in generating new patents
Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI, 2019

117 new patents, 98 license/options and six new startup companies in fiscal year 2019


new patents, 98 license/options and six new startup companies in fiscal year 2019


USF continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We remain committed to sharing the most accurate information and sound epidemiological guidelines, and we will continue to update our community as conditions change.

Stay connected on USF Community Updates on Covid-19

Programs of Study

From medicine to music and engineering to the arts,
USF offers more than 240 majors and concentrations
across our three campus locations.

Explore Our Programs

Specialty Programs

Choose a personalized college path.

The traditional college education doesn’t have to be traditional. At USF, students can chart a course to graduation that meets their needs and goals.

Two female USF students conducting an experiment in one of their pre-college courses.
Benefits of Pre-College for
High School Students

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USF female student holding up the bulls sign on campus.
Next Steps for National Merit Semifinalists

Help your student become a National Merit Finalist with these steps.

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National Merit Scholars at USF: A Parent Perspective

Hear what this parent has to say about his student’s experience at USF.

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Provost’s Scholars Program at USF

Hear firsthand from USF Provost’s Scholars Program students.

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Student Success

Student Success isn’t just a support unit at USF.
It’s a promise.

Health Services

From administering influenza vaccinations to communicating about disease outbreaks and other potential health concerns, USF supports students with high-quality medical care.

Counseling Services

At USF, we believe in supporting students inside and out. Our Counseling Center offers a variety of free services for students, including individual, group and couples counseling.

Academic Support

Challenging courses and world-class faculty push students to reach their potential. Our many academic support services are designed to ensure success through tutoring, study skills training and more.

Career Services

You’re invested in your student’s future. So are we. From picking a major to securing an internship to landing a rewarding job, USF Career Services offers all the assistance students need to go from the classroom to the office. We also partner with parents to guide students through the process of finding a meaningful career path.

See more student success highlights at each campus:

Student Success in Online Classes

A Prestigious Education: On Campus or Online.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are committed to protecting students’ health while delivering an exceptional college experience. USF plans to offer a mix of fully face-to-face courses, fully online courses and some courses with a blended mode of instruction (partially in-person and partially online learning).

Our long history of delivering interactive, engaging online classes means your student is in good hands, whatever challenges may arise. Along with a premiere online education, USF students receive a wealth of virtual support — from tutoring services to wellness workshops — to facilitate success. Our featured articles can help students learn more about how to thrive in digital learning spaces.

USF student taking an online class and writing down notes.
10 Tips to Help Students Succeed in Online Classes

Explore tips for success, from using support tools to staying connected.

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Female USF student taking notes on her online summer course.
Tips for Success in Online Courses This Summer

Students can apply these tips any time of the year, not just summer.

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Top 6 Myths About Online Learning

Online learning isn’t what it used to be. See how classes have evolved.

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5 Ways to Connect with Peers in an Online Class

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Your student’s ready to explore a world of opportunity.
We’ll provide a secure place to start.

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Campus Safety

Your Student’s Safety Is Our Priority

USF is committed to maintaining a secure, friendly and welcoming campus community for all students. With our University Police Department, emergency Blue Light Phones around campus, text messaging notifications and other on-campus resources and organizations, your student can stay focused on the college experience, and you can have peace of mind knowing our sweeping safety measures are in place.

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Parent and Family Support

Because you’re part of the USF community, too.

Female USF student discussing her health and safety with a USH health clinic doctor.

Parent And Family Support

We Partner with You for Student Success

At USF, we understand that parent involvement is crucial to a student’s success in college. That’s why the Office of Parent & Family Engagement actively partners with you to ensure your student thrives at USF. We’re here to guide you through each step of your student’s journey. Whether you’re looking to meet other families, join special events or help your student overcome any obstacles, we’ve got your back. Welcome to the Herd.

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Parent And Family Support

Preparing for the Transition

The college transition is a big step – not just for students, but for parents, too. As your student enters adulthood, your role in their life will shift. But your work as coach and mentor is more important than ever. Explore the following resources to help your student prepare for an exceptional freshman experience. (And pat yourself on the back. You’ve gotten them here!)

USF Tampa campus greenery outside the Marshall Student Center.
Letting Grow

Our guide will help you navigate challenging conversations.

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Female USF student graduating smiling with her mom and sister at her graduation.
Getting Involved

Get ready to enter a new chapter of your life as a Bulls parent.

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Teaching College Bound Students How To Be Independent

Adulting is hard. You can help your student prepare for it.

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Talking About The College Transition: Tips For Parents

Follow our advice for talking about everything from grades to time management.

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Admission to USF

Admission to USF may be more competitive than
ever, but the process of applying is easy.

Admissions Requirements

We Want Your Student at USF

When students apply, we look at the whole picture: Their GPA, the courses they completed in high school, and their SAT or ACT scores. Students do not need to include a personal essay or a letter of recommendation, but these materials can help us understand an applicant’s personality, goals and life experiences.


Campus Selections

On the application, students can select Tampa, St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee as their home campus to earn a degree from Florida’s only Preeminent State Research University located in a metropolitan area. Not sure which campus is the right fit? Our recruiters can help match your student to their ideal learning environment.


Admitted Student Profile

Fall 2020

GPA: 4.1-4.4
SAT: 1270-1340
ACT: 28-30

Summer 2020

GPA: 3.7-4.0
SAT: 1160-1190
ACT: 24-25

USF students sitting together outside on campus by the bull discussing admissions.

Admissions Requirements

USF Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of South Florida encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws on nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

Learn more about our campus diversity

How to Apply

You can apply to USF in just four easy steps.


Complete and submit the online application at


Pay the nonrefundable $30 application fee or submit an application fee waiver.


Send your official high school transcript(s) to USF.


Send official SAT or ACT scores to USF. USF SAT code: 5828 | USF ACT Code: 0761

Statistics and Tuition

The numbers don’t lie. See how they add up to incredible
education value for your students at USF.

STATs and tuition

A World-Class Education. An Affordable Cost.

We keep tuition low and value high. Even if your student pays out-of-state rates, our costs typically are competitive with those of your local university.

Best Value

Best Value

College in 2020
The Princeton Review, 2020

#3 among the 50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities


among the 50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities, 2020

Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

Top 100

Best Values in Public Colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2019

STATs and tuition

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2020-21: Living on Campus






Your student does not have to sacrifice education quality for cost.
Although USF offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, we strive to reduce the cost of college even further with generous scholarship options.

Admissions Scholarships

When prospective freshmen apply for admission and submit all supporting documents by Feb. 15, the Office of Admissions will AUTOMATICALLY consider them for merit-based admissions scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 for in-state students and $2,000 to $48,000 for out-of-state students. There’s nothing else your student needs to do to qualify. If your student receives a scholarship, you will be notified in the acceptance letter.

More Scholarship Details

Want to make sure you don’t miss any other money-saving opportunities? Check out our frequently asked questions. Then, add the application deadline to your calendar so you and your student don’t miss out.

View Scholarship FAQ

Is Your Student Eligible?

Find out if your student’s GPA and SAT or ACT scores meet the criteria for an admission scholarship.


USF Scholarships

Our support doesn’t end with admissions scholarships. USF offers hundreds of additional scholarships for specific majors, interests, identities, financial need and more. Best of all, students do not need to search through them one by one. Freshmen just fill out a single form to get matched with scholarships they may qualify for and apply for the ones that interest them by Feb. 28!

Get Matched for Your Scholarships

Scholarship Resources

Don’t miss other ways for your student to cut college costs. For advice on how to successfully find and earn lucrative awards that can make higher education more affordable, check out our scholarship articles on the Admit-A-Bull blog.

Blog: Financial Aid and Scholarship Central

Other Types of Aid

Scholarships aren’t the only types of aid we offer. Find out how we support students with valuable grants, loans and work study opportunities. At USF, we don’t believe finances should be a barrier to a better education.

See if you're eligible for more financial aid


Your student’s future at USF awaits. See the important
dates for starting the undergraduate journey.


Priority application completion deadline. Submit your application and all supporting materials by this date for your best chance of acceptance.


Priority deadline for financial aid consideration


Application completion deadline to be considered for admissions scholarships


Final application deadline


Admissions deposit deadline. Submit your $200 admission deposit by this date to reserve your space in the summer or fall semester.

Virtual Tour

We could tell you all about life at USF, but we’d rather show you!
Discover all the places USF Bulls learn, eat, sleep, study and play.

VIrtual Tour

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Application Process

See the steps to complete the application process, including how to submit the application fee, official test scores and official transcripts.