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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 80 undergraduate majors, from Accounting to Women's and Gender Studies. You can see the full list of undergraduate majors and concentrations on our Academics page.
A: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers competitive, merit-based scholarships to new international students each year. International students are eligible for non-need based scholarships. International students must provide appropriate visa/immigration documentation to the International Services Office prior to receiving funds. Scholarships are awarded automatically at the time of admission based on your performance in high school and SAT scores.
You can search for even more scholarships in our scholarship database.
To be considered for an international scholarship, be sure to:
- Apply for admission by your priority date. You do not need to submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for international scholarships.
- Ensure that your application for admission is complete by logging in to my.usf.edu, selecting OASIS and reviewing the admissions checklist.
- Send updated credentials, including semester transcripts and SAT or ACT test scores.
- Review your residency classification at my.usf.edu. If necessary, please submit an updated residency affidavit by the priority date. If you are from an eligible Caribbean or Latin American nation or U.S. territory (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), you may be considered for in-state freshman scholarships. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will be temporarily reclassified as Florida residents for tuition purposes as long as you retain the scholarship.
Final secondary school transcripts or supporting documentation received after the awarding timeline will not be considered for scholarship selection.
Some of these international freshman scholarships may be combined with other university scholarships as well as scholarships you may receive from outside sources.
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.
- The USF System was awarded a record $458.5 million in contracts and grants in fiscal year 2016.
- The USF System ranks 9th in the nation among public universities and 21st world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI (2015).
- In 2016, USF faculty were awarded 88 highly prestigious awards, including Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and AAU-recognized honor.
- USF ranked 4th worldwide for organizations with the most AAAS Fellows named in 2016, for the third year in a row. As of 2016, USF has a total of 61 AAAS Fellows.
- The USF System ranks 45th in the U.S. for total research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation (2015). This places USF in the top 7% among the 640 universities ranked (FY2015, most recent available)
- The USF System ranks 28th in the nation among public universities for total research expenditures by the National Science Foundation (2015).
- USF is one of 49 public research universities nationwide classified as both a Doctoral University with "Highest Research Activity" and as a "Community Engaged" institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity, a distinction attained by only 2.5% of all post-secondary institutions. In addition, USF is one of only five public institutions in the state of Florida that is classified as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity.
- USF's College of Marine Science successfully competed for one of eight research centers worldwide, funded at $11 million by BP (2011).
- USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) (AcademyofInventors.org), a non-profit member organization with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 215 U.S. universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The NAI's nationally recognized Fellows program has more than 750 elected Fellows, including Nobel Laureates, U.S. National Medal of Technology & Innovation and National Medal of Science recipients and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. USF has 18 NAI Fellows. The USF Chapter of the NAI has over 400 USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold more than 2,100 U.S. patents.
- The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FloridaInvents.org) was founded at USF in 2013. As of 2016, 20 outstanding Florida inventors have been elected, including four from USF and 10 from other SUS institutions.
- USF is designated by the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University, one of only 54 in the nation.
- USF's innovation and economic development efforts generate more than $400 million in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 3,000 jobs and return more than $52 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers, according to a 2016 analysis from the Washington Economics Group, a leading national firm.
- USF Tampa graduate level programs continue to be ranked among the best according to
the 2018 U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) Graduate School Rankings. USF graduate
programs in the top 50 include:
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology (#2)
- Public Health (#8)
- Audiology (#13)
- Criminology (#22)
- Library and Information Studies (#25)
- Rehabilitation Counseling (#22)
- Nursing (#27)
- Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering (#34)
- Clinical Psychology (#36)
- USF Tampa is ranked among the best in 2016 U.S. News and World Report's (USNWR) Online
Education Program rankings. USF graduate programs ranked in the top 50 include:
- Information Technology (#14)
- Engineering (#20)
- Business (non-MBA) (#22)
- Education (#36)
- USF Tampa was named one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges (#66) by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2016.
- USF Tampa ranks in the top 50 among U.S. public institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) World university rankings (2016).
- USF Tampa ranks among the top tier of colleges listed in the U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) Best Colleges 2016, ranking in the top 100 of best public national universities.
- USF St. Petersburg's undergraduate programs were ranked in the top 25 (#24) for all Public Southern Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) (2016).
- According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, USF ranks in the top 250 best universities in the world (2016).
- USF Tampa is listed as a top 50 public university in the most recently published Top American Research Universities (TARU) report.
- According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2016), USF Tampa ranks among the top 300 of the best colleges and universities in the world.
Awards and Recognition
- USF is the first ever "Emerging Preeminent State University" in Florida, designated by the Florida Board of Governors in June 2016.
- The USF System was home to 51 national scholarship and fellowship student awardees during the 2015-16 academic year including Boren, Fulbright, Gilman, and Goldwater.
- According to College Degree Search, USF ranks 30th for the most beautiful conservatories and schools of music (2015).
- USF was ranked #7 in the U.S. and #34 worldwide among public universities established in the "Golden Age" (1945-1966) according to Times Higher Education (THE). (2017)
- USF ranks #1 in student success and is the nation's top performer in "Overall Student Success" among 1,100 public research and doctoral universities according to the 2016 Eduventures Student Success Ratings.
- The University of South Florida System is home to a student body of nearly 50,000 students representing over 130 different countries.
- USF is ranked as the #1 institution in Florida, and #6 in the Nation for Black Student Success, according to a report released by The Education Trust (2017).
Q: How many students are there 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
Q: Do you offer conditional admission?
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 Undergraduate 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.
Undergraduate 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
International students are guaranteed admission to one of our participating programs at USF after successfully completing the Undergraduate 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.