Why USF?

Why USF for Graduate Students?

A student using a virtual reality headset in class.

From the moment you first step onto our campus to the moment you reach your goal, we are committed to the success of talented students like you.

 As you consider your options, we welcome you to explore our state-of-the-art facilities, our vibrant community and the endless opportunities that await you at our campuses in the thriving Tampa Bay area. Get to know us a little better as you discover what it means to be a part of the herd.

Discover USF

Our Campuses

Learn more about our three USF campuses – all under the umbrella of a single Preeminent Research University. USF Tampa is our largest campus, located in Tampa’s booming Uptown District. USF St. Petersburg is on the waterfront in artsy downtown St. Petersburg. USF Sarasota-Manatee is our smallest, most close-knit campus, located in the heart of stunning Sarasota.

Learn More 

Tampa Bay Living

The Tampa Bay area is one of Florida’s most scenic and charming communities — and one of its fastest-growing. Explore the sun-drenched, subtropical paradise that the University of South Florida calls home.

Learn More 


You’ll have access to more than 146 doctoral and 260 master’s programs, transformative research experiences, exhilarating study abroad experiences and top-notch student resources. 

Learn More 


USF is one of America’s top public research universities.  Our researchers are advancing the frontiers of medicine, science, engineering and the arts.

Learn More 

The university is a leader in the treatment of brain disease, veteran reintegration, sustainability, infectious disease and photovoltaic technologies – using cells to transfer energy from sunlight. Visit the Office of Research and Innovation to find out more about the exciting projects we’re exploring.

As a graduate student, you’ll have access to valuable resources such as research symposiums, networking groups, a database of theses and dissertations, and funding opportunities that support you as you progress through your studies.

See why graduate students like Fatemeh chose USF:

Other Reasons to Love USF


With one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, generous fellowships and scholarships, and plenty of assistantship opportunities, USF is an outstanding value. Even if you live outside Florida, our tuition rates are competitive with many local universities.

Learn more about how we can help you reach your education goals at a price that won’t break the bank.

Cost of Attendance

Career Services and Professional Development

Our comprehensive offerings help you to gain experience in your field with co-ops & internships and learn the skills needed to find a job after graduation.

  • Career Coaching: Offers career exploration, resume writing and more services to current students to help you discover your career interests and find employment.
  • Internships: Offers a hands-on opportunity to work in your desired field and are often shorter in duration than a co-op.
  • Job search: Prepares you for the career search after graduation with a suite of services including resume and cover letter preparation, employer research, networking and interview skills, and tips on proper attire.
  • Professional Development Certification Program: Provides workshops and events to sharpen your professional development skills and network with other USF graduate students.

Career Resources

Global Perspective

USF's global focus means we are passionate about helping to solve some of the world's most pervasive problems. We celebrate diversity. And we take pride in our university's international flavor, created by the culturally diverse students, faculty and research partners who converge here from around the globe.

Our international centers, study abroad programs in more than 25 countries, long-standing support of the Peace Corps and students from more than 145 countries will enrich your world outlook.

USF Education Abroad

Military and Veteran Services

Ranked among the nation's most veteran-friendly schools, USF offers a number of unique programs and resources for student veterans. Not only will you benefit by getting your degree from a nationally ranked university – you also will find camaraderie among our large student veteran population, as well as ongoing support from our Office of Veteran Success.

We offer an out-of-state tuition waiver for any qualified veteran, dependent, or active duty personnel who enrolls in the university. Additionally, our Pathways program walks students through the admission process and how to use the GI Bill benefit.

Office of Veteran Success


Athletics and Recreation


USF’s 18 NCAA Division I teams compete throughout the year, achieving excellence in football, basketball, softball and more. Around game-time, USF students enjoy many perks, like free admission to every game (including football), fan rewards, and free transportation to watch the Bulls play football at Raymond James Stadium, famous home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Soon, students will cheer on the Bulls at our very own on-campus stadium.


From surfing to basketball to eSports, our over 70 intramural and club sport options allow you to find the activity that interests you. Other recreation and fitness options also include:

  • Gyms at all three campuses
  • Equipment rentals at all three campuses
  • Adventure Trips for all students
  • Pools at the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses
  • Group fitness at the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses
  • Hiking trail at the Tampa campus
  • USF Challenge Course at the Tampa campus

Interested in Learning More?

Request more information to discover what USF offers and how to join the herd as a bull.

Request Information