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A: The University of South Florida is located about a 15 minute drive north of Downtown Tampa on the beautiful sunny west coast of Florida.
A: The university offers more than 130 degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels. You can see the full list of graduate programs and concentrations on our Academics page.
A: There are many different opportunities for graduate students to obtain funding for graduate education. These can be classified into three areas:
- National Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants: These are funds that are awarded by national, regional, or private agencies to individual graduate students. A number of these opportunities can be found through the Office of Graduate Studies Funding for Research page. In addition, a number of opportunities can be found through the USF's Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Financial Aid page. You can also go to the Office of National Scholarships website for additional resources.
- College, Department or Program Scholarships and Fellowships: These funds are available to USF students and can be searched via the USF Scholarship Database. Students are also encouraged to review their specific college website.
- USF Office of Graduate Studies Scholarships and Fellowships: The USF Office of Graduate Studies is committed to excellence in graduate education and is proud to offer fellowship opportunities for new and continuing students. Some of these fellowships are only available to students through nominations by their Program/Department, while others are available by direct submission from students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined on the USF Office of Graduate Studies website. It is important to note that funding for the fellowships is limited and the competition for the awards is substantial.To be considered for specific awards, it is critical to submit a complete application prior to the stated deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
Q: What are your rankings?
A: In the region, in the state, in the nation and across the globe, the University of South Florida is making an impact. Here are just a few of the distinctive attributes that make our young, vibrant and dynamic university a leading institution of higher education.
- USF is one of the nation's top 73 very high public research universities, and is one of 40 public research universities nationwide that is designated as both very high research activity and as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- USF 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 (RU/VH), a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities.
- USF is ranked 43rd in the nation for research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation for fiscal year 2012).
- USF is ranked 34rd in total research expenditures and 27th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation for fiscal year 2012.
- USF ranks 15th world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association (2013).
- The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked USF as the fifth fastest growing research university in the U.S. from 2000-2010.
- USF was awarded $411.1 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal year 2012.
- USF's College of Marine Science successfully competed for one of eight research centers worldwide, funded at $11 million by BP.
- USF's College of Nursing ranks #1 in Florida and 24th among nursing schools nationwide to receive research funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2012.
- USF was in the top 15 for the number of startup companies and in the top 25 for the number of licenses and options, when compared to other U.S. universities in the most recent survey by the Association of University Technology Managers (2012).
- USF's Tampa Bay Technology Incubator is currently home to 42 resident and affiliate companies and growing.
- USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a non-profit member organization with over 2,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 100 U.S. universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions. The USF Chapter of the NAI has 270 USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold more than 1,400 U.S. patents.
- USF ranks 40th on Forbes' Top 100 Best Buy Colleges. (2012)
- USF is recognized by Princeton Review as one of the top 75 Best College Values (2014).
- Many of USF's Social Science programs rank as top programs in the country: Overall Social Science (#85), Anthropology (#78), Economics (#29), Political Science (#61), Psychology (#88), Sociology (#80) (Center for Public Anthropology, 2013).
- USF's part-time MBA is the top program among Florida's 12 state universities, and No. 16 among public schools in the nation (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2013).
- USF is named in Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition.
- USF ranks among the top tier of colleges listed in the USNWR Best Colleges 2014, ranking in the top 100 of best public schools.
- According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (2013), USF ranks among the top 350 of the best colleges and universities in the world.
- According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, USF ranks as one of the top universities in the world (2013).
- Quacquarelli Symonds Stars (QS Stars) rated USF with 4 stars (2013), indicating that USF is "highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching."
- In the 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges, USF is ranked 14th as an 'up and coming' university among the country's national universities.
- The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine once again rank USF's interdisciplinary graduate entrepreneurship program among the top 25 programs in the nation (#11), the only Florida program included. (November 2012)
- USF was named one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2014.
- USNWR Names USF College of Education as one of America's best graduate schools for the 10th consecutive year.
- Many USF graduate level programs continue to be ranked among the best according to the 2014 USNWR Graduate School Rankings. Newly ranked USF graduate programs in the top 50 include Industrial and Organizational Psychology (#4), Public Health (#21), Library and Information Studies (#24), and Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering (#42). Previously ranked USF graduate programs that continue to hold a ranking in the top 50 include Audiology (#12), Criminology (#22), Rehabilitation Counseling (#30), and Speech-Language Pathology (#45).
- USF is ranked among the best in USNWR's Online Education Program rankings (2014) for the engineering (#26) and education (#36) programs.
- USF ranks as a national leader in online education, according to the Guide to Online Schools, ranking 25th on its 'best overall' list of top nonprofit and for-profit schools (2013).
- USF School of Accountancy is ranked 1st in the nation in accounting information systems research, as well as top 30 in other areas of research (audit #21 and tax #29), according to the 2012 rankings released by Brigham Young University (BYU).
- USF ranks among the top 250 world-class colleges and universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2012-2013) which measures universities across their core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
- According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2013), USF ranks among the top 300 of the best colleges and universities in the world.
- BusinessWeek ranks many of USF's undergraduate business programs in their Best Undergraduate Business School rankings, including 25th for Information Systems (2013).
Awards and Recognition
- Popular Science magazine has named Mya Breitbart, USF Associate Professor of biological oceanography, as one of its "Brilliant Ten," on its annual list of some of the country's brightest young scientific minds (2013).
- USF is ranked 110th among all of the world's universities in a ranking of faculty publications, according to High Impact Universities. (2010)
- USF was recognized as one of the nation's top producers of Fulbright Scholars in 2012 by the Institute of International Education and by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
- In November 2011, the first USF student in the institutions' history was awarded the prestigious postgraduate Marshall Scholarship.
- USF is home to 46 national scholarship and fellowship student awardees for 2012-13 academic year.
- In the 2012-13 academic year, USF faculty were awarded several prestigious awards, to include Carnegie Foundation/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year, a record 15 AAAS fellowships, the only 2 Sloan research fellowships awarded in Florida, 3 NSF CAREER awards, 5 NAI fellowships, and 4 Core Fulbright's.
- USF was acknowledged as an honor roll recipient of the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
- USF was one of only five institutions to receive NAFSA's 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
- USF's Ghana Scholars Program selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) as the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Andrew Heiskell Award for International Partnerships, which recognizes strategic, comprehensive, and innovative international partnership efforts.
- USF has been named one of the top 50 Colleges Advancing Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) (The College Database, 2013).
- The USF College of Engineering ranked in the top five nationally in conferring engineering doctorates to both African American and Hispanic/Latino students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2013).
- With a student body representing over 130 different countries, USF is one of the 40 most diverse public universities in the country and the second most diverse public university in the state of Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report's recent Diversity Index ratings.
- USF ranks among the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Top 25 Graduate Schools enrolling Hispanics. (2011)
- USF consistently ranks in the top 25 or 50 in Top 100 Colleges Awarding Degrees to Hispanic according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top Degree Producers.
Q: How many students are at USF? How many international students are there?
A: Across the USF System our totals are as follows:
- Total Enrollment: 47,600
- Graduate: 9,550
- International Students: 2,100
- Non-Degree Seeking: 2,100
- Number of Countries Represented: More than 150
- Alumni: USF has more than 260,000 Alumni representing over 117 countries
A: Unfortunately the University of South Florida does not offer general conditional admission; what we offer are Pathway or bridge programs to help students who do not have or meet GPA or examination score requirements for direct admission to the university. Students for whom English is not their first language and have not completed English proficiency examinations at the minimum required level would be excellent candidates for our Academic English Program, which can be followed by an INTO USF Graduate Pathway Program.
Academic English courses provide intensive language instruction from beginner to advanced levels along with the development of academic skills that will prepare students for study in a US university program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Graduate Pathway Programs are designed for students who:
- Require additional academic preparation to be admitted directly to USF
- Fall short of meeting the minimum GPA or test score requirements
- Need to improve their English language or academic skills and abilities
- Want personalized academic, language and cultural support during their studies
Program highlights include:
- Up to 40 hours of GRE preparation
- Integration with American and international students
- Full access to all university facilities and amenities - library, gym, student center
- Dedicated academic adviser and progression adviser to help facilitate transition to the university
- Experienced and well-trained instructors
- Small class sizes
International students are guaranteed admission to one of our participating programs at USF after successfully completing the Graduate Pathway and meeting all progression requirements. You can view these programs on the INTO USF website.
To learn more about these programs and to make inquiries about application, please contact INTO USF directly by e-mailing INTOAdmissions@usf.edu.