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A Student’s Guide to the University of South Florida

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Hey USF! We’ve got your guide to the University of South Florida . No matter if you are an incoming freshman, a transfer student, or continuing another year at USF, we’ve curated a list of information that we believe every student should know!

Guide to the University of South Florida

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Facts about the University of South Florida

  • USF was founded in 1956.
  • With three campus’s being in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee, the University has over 50,000 students enrolled. 
  • In 2019-2020, the university represented more than 145 different countries
  • In the past 10 years, USF rose up 78 spots among all universities ranking them #29 among U.S. public institutions.



  • In Fall 2020, USF’s incoming freshman hold an academic standing of an average SAT score of 1312.
  • USF offers a total of 244 different degrees in 2020-2021.
  • USF holds the best ranked among the other Florida universities in graduate programs.
  • USF has 14 different colleges.

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  • USF offers a free bus service, The Bull Runner, for all students, faculty and staff with a valid USF ID.
  • A lot of students use either their bicycles, long boards, electric scooters, or roller skates to get their way across campus. 
  • USF has four parking garages and 20,000+ spaces for parking.
  • SAFE Team Escort
  • Uber for USF offers a current discount for USF students, $3.50 off a maximum of two rides per month at any day of and any time.

Free Things To Do For Students

  • Visit Simmons Park, also know as “The Duck Pond”, and bring your hammock or picnic gear.
  • Stop by the USF Botanical Gardens.
  • Lay out and soak up the sun at Castor Beach.
  • Attend “Movies on the Lawn“.
  • Stay up to date with all different campus special events with USF’s Center for Student Involvement!
  • Head downtown and check out the Tampa Museum of Art (Free for students with valid college ID).
  • Go swimming at one of USF’s on-campus pools.
  • Check out USF’s on-campus Contemporary Art Museum
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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to get involved on campus, How do I do that?
USF has over 700 student organizations, 50 different sororities and fraternity chapters, and 17 men’s and women’s athletic teams. Get registered with BullsConnect, the official student engagement platform for the University of South Florida. 
I don’t have my car on campus, How will I get around?
No car, no problem! USF has a free bus transportation for students, staff, and faculty with a valid USF ID. The Bull Runner has seven different routes where one of them takes you straight to Busch Gardens!
USF has also partnered with Uber where USF students get a $3.50 off two rides per month.
I played sports in high school and want to continue that into college, what are my options?
USF 17 different men’s and women’s athletic teams. USF also has Sport Clubs which offers over 40 different competitive and recreational sports that students can partake in.
You can also join in intramural sports too!

What are some good study spots?
There are many study spots on and off campus! Check out our 10+ Best Study Spots at USF blog to learn more!

What are the COVID-19 protocols on campus?
USF highly encourages students, staff, and faculty to wear masks inside buildings and classrooms. Each student is allowed to get two free hand sanitizers each month provided in a special vending machines.

USF offers free COVID-19 testing for students, staff, faculty. The campus also offers the COVID-19 vaccine

How are the dorms set up?
There are various types of dorm styles offered at the University of South Florida. There are traditional, suite style, solo suites, and apartment style dorms. 

Is there a guide to the University of South Florida?
Yes there is! Fancy meeting you here!

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