University of South Florida

Florida - United States


The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities.

At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. The USF System includes three separately accredited institutions by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The university's main Tampa location is home to USF Health, including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy.

With over 240 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine, there's something for everyone at USF. The university offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success. More than 2,000 distinguished scholars, researchers and expert teachers, nearly all holding PhDs or the highest degrees in their fields, make up the USF faculty – including the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year.

USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference, with 17 men's and women's varsity teams competing at the NCAA-level. New facilities for practice and competition, along with a completely renovated USF Sun Dome, put the university's athletic facilities on par with virtually every top program in the country.


The University of South Florida's mission is to deliver competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, to generate knowledge, foster intellectual development, and ensure student success in a global environment.


The University of South Florida is a global research university dedicated to student success and positioned for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU).

As Florida's leading metropolitan research university, USF is dedicated to:

Student access, learning, and success through a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and learner-centered research environment incorporating a global curriculum.

Research and scientific discovery to strengthen the economy, promote civic culture and the arts, and design and build sustainable communities through the generation, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge across all academic and health-related disciplines.

Partnerships to build significant locally- and globally-integrated university-community collaborations through sound scholarly and artistic activities and technological innovation.

A sustainable economic base to support USF's continued academic advancement.


USF in Tampa is the main location of the University of South Florida and a member of the USF System, comprised of USF, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The three member institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and together have an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. The USF System is governed by the 13-member USF Board of Trustees. Dr. Judy Genshaft is Chief Executive Officer of the USF System and President of the University of South Florida.

At USF, over 30,400 undergraduates, more than 8,700 graduates, over 600 Doctor of Medicine candidates and more than 1,500 non-degree-seeking students make up the total campus enrollment of over 41,000. The students are a diverse group, coming from every state, every U.S. territory and more than 150 countries around the world. International students make up six percent of the total student population.

Students at USF are high academic achievers. New freshmen for the Fall 2013 semester had an average high school GPA of 4.0, an average SAT score of 1200, and average ACT score of 27. Over fifty percent of new freshmen graduated in the top 20 percent of their class, and 86 percent are Bright Futures Scholarship recipients. Seven students in the 2013 freshman class are National Merit Scholars, five are National Achievement Scholars and eight are National Hispanic Scholars.

The university's faculty are world-class scholars. Instructional faculty at USF number more than 1,500. Eighty-five percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in their field. The university has 50 endowed chairs and 30 endowed professorships.


Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at USF and is home to the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Behavioral and Community Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences prepares students to improve the quality of life, health and safety of diverse populations. It is home to one of the country's largest behavioral health research and training institutes.


The College of Business prepares students to take leadership positions in business and society. Since 2008, the college's graduate entrepreneurship program has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation by the Princeton Review.


The College of Education is a leader in regional, national and international education. Over the past 10 years, the college has graduated the largest or second-largest number of educators in the state of Florida.


The College of Engineering provides a high-quality educational experience for students and practicing professionals and is a leader in innovative research in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.

Global Sustainability

The Patel College of Global Sustainability prepares students to address complex regional, national and global challenges in sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic and demographic contexts.

Graduate Studies

The College of Graduate Studies is housed in the Graduate School and provides a home for interdisciplinary programs so graduate students may experience a truly multidisciplinary experience.

Marine Science

The College of Marine Science is a global leader in applying science to society’s needs through research, service and training of future scientists. The college is recognized among the nation's top oceanographic institutions.


The Morsani College of Medicine is a major academic medical center known nationally for its innovative curriculum with an emphasis on improving health through interprofessional education, high-impact research and clinical activities.


The College of Nursing is transforming healthcare, transforming lives: creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health.


The College of Pharmacy is a pacesetter in pharmacy curriculum and experience. Through interprofessional and simulation resources, students are prepared to deliver technologically-advanced pharmaceutical care based on genetic profile and individualized responses to medications.

Public Health

The College of Public Health offers masters and doctoral degrees as well as Florida's first bachelor's degree in public health. The curriculum features cooperative learning, research, problem-solving and field experience to advance and improve public health.

The Arts

The College of The Arts provides an immersive scholarly, artistic and technical environment for tomorrow’s leaders in architecture, community design, art, art history, music, theatre and dance. It is also home to the Institute for Research in Art, comprised of the Contemporary Art Museum and Graphicstudio.

English Requirements


IELTS – 6.5

TOEFL - 79


IELTS – 6.5

TOEFL - 79


Undergraduate Scholarships are available based on merit. 

Tution Fee

2013/2014 Undergraduate Price - $30 000

2013/2014 Graduate Price - $34 000