Freshmen

Why Choose USF?

There’s a lot to love about the University of South Florida. Read on to learn some of the top reasons USF is “the one” for you!

Depth and Breadth of Academic Programs

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be a doctor. Or maybe you’re still searching for the perfect career path. USF offers more than 80 bachelor’s degree options, which means you’ll have the freedom to explore, choose and develop your precise academic passion.

Commitment to Student Success

Starting college is important. But so is finishing. USF's student success initiatives provide the resources you need to stay on track and complete your degree on time.

Unparalleled Research Opportunities

USF is one of America’s top 50 public research universities. Beginning your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with some of the brightest minds in the nation. You might help to develop clean sources of energy, enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, or study the effects of cyberbullying. The possibilities are limitless.

A Diverse, Global Campus

USF takes pride in its international flavor, created by our culturally diverse students, faculty and research partners from every U.S. state and more than 125 countries. As you interact with students and professors from around the globe, you’ll gain new perspectives about yourself and the world. Maybe you’ll be inspired to study abroad in one of more than 25 programs.

Outstanding Value

With one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, generous financial aid and scholarships, and plenty of student employment opportunities, USF is an outstanding value. Plus, access to career-enhancing co-ops and internships in Tampa can lead to a greater return on investment after graduation.

An Amazing Campus Location

Tampa boasts an average temperature of 70-90 degrees and 360 days of sunshine a year. Busch Gardens, six professional sports teams, numerous cultural amenities, gorgeous beaches nearby, and a vibrant music scene make this a terrific place to continue your education. USF students also have access to the rich professional resources afforded by the University’s location in a bustling metropolitan area.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

From our multi-screen gaming center (dubbed SkyPad), to sophisticated labs in our new Interdisciplinary Sciences building, USF boasts exceptional facilities. NBC's Today show even called our campus recreation center "one of the highest tech fitness centers in the nation"!