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University of South Florida: Narrative Description


4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620-9951
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1956. Setting: 1,913-acre urban campus. Endowment: $270.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $135 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6837 per student. Total enrollment: 42,238. Faculty: 1,802 (1,641 full-time, 161 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 16,985 applied, 51% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 44 valedictorians, 460 student government officers. Full-time: 22,787 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 10,479 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 133 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 13% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 22% 25 or older, 13% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 81% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange, State University System of Florida. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3090 full-time, $103 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,960 full-time, $532 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $74 full-time, $37 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location. College room and board: $6730. College room only: $3519. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Campus Activities Board, USF Ambassadors, student admissions representatives. Major annual events: homecoming, Welcome Week, University lecture series. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, residence hall lobby personnel 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 4,176 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Tampa Campus Library plus 2 others with 2 million books, 4.3 million microform titles, 20,571 serials, 154,199 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $14.1 million. 593 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Tampa, located on the west coast of Florida, is the seventh largest port in the nation. It is a significant industrial and commercial center; the second largest city in the state. A fine harbor with a 34 foot channel to the Gulf of Mexico is located here. It is important in trade and travel to and from Central and South America. Annual mean temperature is 72.3 degrees, the average rainfall is 49 inches. All modes of travel serve the area. Industries include cigar manufacturing, phosphate, beer, cement, cans, wire and cable, and canned citrus fruits and vegetables. Tampa is a tourist city with many recreational facilities; yacht basin, golf courses, tennis clubs, saddle clubs, swimming pools, bowling alleys, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. Salt water fishing is excellent. Swimming is excellent all year in Tampa Bay, and at the municipal beach on Courtney Campell Causeway. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the local NFL team and the Cincinnati Reds make Tampa their spring training quarters. Points of interest are the Busch Gardens, Lowry Park, Ta

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