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University of South Florida

Research touches all academic areas at the University of South Florida's main campus -- whether it's integrative biology, community health, or long-term care. Even the USF Botanical Garden is used for research, and there is an Institute for Research in Art. The school's diverse group of students, coming from more than 140 different countries, can choose from the campus's 14 colleges, which include traditional areas such as business, education, and arts. But there are also programs in global sustainability, behavioral and community sciences, and marine science. The USF Research Park focuses on biotechnology and life sciences research; other academic institutes and centers across the campus study mental health, migrant education, and urban transportation. Undergrads can get in on the action as well, and USF provides plenty of resources and guidance to get them started. All this opportunity comes with an affordable price tag for the university's large and diverse student body. With its expansive campus based in Tampa Bay, USF calls its student life "a city within a city," a reference to its more than 700 student organizations and 17 NCAA sports teams.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: USF has face-to-face, remote and hybrid courses in place for students this fall. Remote courses will be both asynchronous and synchronous, and students can choose to take all of their classes online. The use of face coverings will be enforced on campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,200
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,900
Average price for low-income students
$6,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
43%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1250/28
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
31,320
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
63%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$2,960
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$18,750
Average salary within 5 years
$47,200
% earning more than $28,000
75%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: USF has face-to-face, remote and hybrid courses in place for students this fall. Remote courses will be both asynchronous and synchronous, and students can choose to take all of their classes online. The use of face coverings will be enforced on campus.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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