University of South Florida

University of South Florida Admissions and School Information

The University of South Florid, based in Tampa, Florida, has two regional campuses located in Sarasota and Lakeland, Florida. The university offers degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education and engineering, as well as graduate-only colleges of marine science and public health.

General Information about the University of South Florida

Located on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida, the University of South Florida enrolls just over 46,000 students each year, nearly 10,000 of them graduate students. Most of the university's programs are based at the main campus in Tampa. While the Tampa campus is the parent institution of the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg, this campus is a separately accredited university with its own colleges and programs.

The University of South Florida is comprised of 10 colleges which offer over 200 degree programs at all levels. Additionally, the university is part of the Big East athletic conference, and competes against other notable schools including Notre Dame University, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Admissions and Enrollment Information for the University of South Florida

Prospective freshman to the University of South Florida must submit a transcript of high school work, which must include English (four years), social science, natural science and math (three years each) and foreign language and electives (two years each). Standardized test scores are required.

Academic Divisions of the University of South Florida

College of Arts and Sciences

University of South Florida's College of Arts and Sciences is divided into two schools, one for liberal arts programs and another for mathematics and science. Majors include Africana studies, molecular biology, communication, geology, world languages, library science, physics and religious studies. The college also hosts 23 centers for research, such as the Center for Research in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology and Institute for Environmental Studies.

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences

A main mission of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is to take an interdisciplinary approach to solving public health and social issues. Students can major in child and family studies, communication science and disorders, criminology, mental health law, rehabilitation and social work. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are both available.

College of Business

From undergraduate to doctoral awards, a full range of degrees are available through the University of South Florida's College of Business. Undergraduates can earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Business with specialties in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, international business and management information systems. For graduate students, the standard Master of Business Administration degree is available, as well as master's degrees in economics, management, leadership and organizational effectiveness, marketing and entrepreneurship. The college offers a Business Administration Ph.D.

College of Education

The university's College of Education offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. A total of 33 degree programs are available, in subjects ranging from adult education, early childhood education, instructional technology, school psychology and learning disabilities.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in six major areas. Departments include chemical and biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, industrial and management systems, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. Three sets of curricula have been developed so students can pursue studies focused in design, research or systems operation.

College of Marine Science

The College of Marine Science is one of the University of South Florida's graduate-only colleges, which offers Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, geological oceanography, physical oceanography and marine resource assessment. The college is home to two state-owned, oceangoing research vessels, as well as research centers focused on red tide prediction, global change and remote marine sensing.

College of the Arts

University of South Florida's College of the Arts offers degree programs in the fine and visual arts, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can major in fields of study in architecture, community design, art and art history, music, theatre and dance. The college's Institute for Research in Art is home to the university's contemporary art museum, as well as Graphicstudio, which invites visiting artists to experiment with innovative artistic production techniques.

College of Nursing

Housed at the University of South Florida's Sarasota campus, the College of Nursing offers entry-level nursing education for registered nurses (RNs), second bachelor's degrees, RN-to-bachelor's and RN-to-master's programs, doctoral programs as well as a wide variety of master's degree nursing specialties. The college also offers the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, the highest degree available in the field.

College of Medicine

In addition to the standard medical doctor degree, University of South Florida's College of Medicine offers master's and Ph.D. degrees. Post-doctoral programs of study are available in molecular medicine, cardiovascular disease, molecular pharmacology, neuroscience and cell biology. Master's programs are available in aging and neuroscience, anatomy, molecular medicine, pharmacology, health science and women's health.

College of Public Health

Though a minor in public health is available for undergraduates, full bachelor's degree programs are not available at the College of Public Health. Combined 5-year undergraduate-graduate programs are available, which lead to a Master of Public Health. Other graduate and doctoral degree study areas include health policy and management, community and family health, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, and global health.

Contact Information

  • Address: 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620
  • Phone Number: (813) 974-2011