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University of South Florida

3.7 out of 5 (17 ratings / 13 reviews) University, Florida, United States
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.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)

Pre-Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (26)
Journalism & Media (1)



Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a major metropolitan research university located in the heart of beautiful Tampa Bay. Read about the major milestones in this vibrant university's fascinating history.


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


With the world at their fingertips, researchers at the University of South Florida turn thought into action – and impact. A top 25 public research university, we also rank 7th in the nation among public universities and 16th worldwide among all universities granted new U.S. utility patents. It’s no wonder USF now ranks among the best universities for technology transfer – turning research into technologies, products and companies. 


Need help making a career decision, conducting a job search, or finding off-campus part-time or full-time jobs? Career Services can help!

There are eight essential skills that employers look for in new hires: communications, critical thinking, global citizenship, leadership, professionalism, team work, technology, and the ability to manage your career. The best way to build these skills is by completing an internship and the Office of Internships and Career Readiness is here to help you find one!

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
581 20
601 -80
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
310 -24
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

There's no place like your USF home! Check out our traditional, suite and apartment-style options, as well as our Living Learning Communities where students with similar interests or majors live and learn together.

Library services

Research and services assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.

ICT services

USF's Open Use Computer Labs are available to all USF students, faculty and staff with a valid NetID account. Find a computer lab, get hours of operation and learn about hardware, software and available equipment.

Medical services

Student Health Services offers a variety of healthcare services, including general medical care, immunizations, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, laboratory services, allergy shots, travel health and a full-service pharmacy.

Student Life

Campus life

The moment you take in the lush palms and warm sunshine that brightens our campus each day, you’ll be ready to call the University of South Florida home. We are happy to tell you, though, that the climate is just the beginning of what makes campus life at USF so vibrant.

USF is a boundless community, with a diverse population and extensive student resources. And as soon as you step foot on our Tampa campus, you’ll feel the unique and unmistakable energy that characterizes student life at USF. 

Sports facilities

USF Intercollegiate Athletics is home to 17 men's and women's teams, including football, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer, competing at the NCAA level. Get the latest in sports, team schedules, stats and more.

Campus Recreation keeps students moving with programs and facilities including a 28,000 square-foot, fully-wired fitness center, group fitness classes, aquatics, intramural sports, club sports and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Intramural Sports offers organized competition in more than 30 different sports and activities including flag football, softball, ultimate Frisbee, swimming, wrestling, table tennis, team bowling and more.

Student clubs

With more than 600 student organizations, including Greek, academic, religious, service, special interest, recreation and multicultural organizations, there's something for everyone at USF! Get to know our student organizations.


The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist and doctorate degrees.

Student Reviews

Graduating during COVID
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The only difficulty was near my graduation in May 2020, when the sudden shift to the online study system disrupted teaching and learning methods. It was hard to adjust to the much increased workload, as some professors increased the material to be reviewed each week by about three times. My grade dropped in a class I was doing very well in before the shift, but that...

Studying in Tampa!!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The professors are not that great, however, the education is pretty good. The online courses were good in the sense that they utilized interactive software that help engage in the material.

USF Takes Stellar Education By The Horns, Go Bulls!!!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The University of South Florida offers a tremendous opportunity to not only obtain valuable knowledge and practical skills but to also co-exist within a multicultural space with students from all around the world.

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