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University of South Florida International Student Profile

University of South Florida International Student Profile 

This is part of our series profiling different undergraduate and graduate degree programs and schools at U.S. universities for international students on an F1 Visa or J1 Visa. This week we profile The University of South Florida. If you are in need of admissions help, please email us at or visit us at our website.  

Located in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, the University of South Florida is an excellent option for international students looking to study abroad in the United States. Comprised of over fourteen different colleges, the University of South Florida has options for nearly every major and every career goal. USF is extremely diverse, with 128 countries being represented and a whopping 10% overall of the student population made up of international students. That, combined with a stunning, waterfront campus makes USF an extremely appealing option for international students.

Like most United States Schools, the tuition at the University of South Florida can be expensive for international students. However, that should not deter you from applying if you want to attend USF. If you need help funding your education, you should consider applying for international student loans to help fund your education abroad in the United States. The total cost and tuition will vary by situation and program, but the average total cost for out-of-state freshman is approximately $32,000, and the cost for international graduate students is about $424.52/credit hour.International Student Loan

Demographics and Location

Tampa Bay, Florida has an estimated population of approximately 350,000 people making it the 53rd largest city in the United States. However, Tampa is part of the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States, which consist to Tampa-St. Petersburgh-Clearwater. Out of Tampa’s population, only 3.4% are Asian. Tampa’s population has been consistently rising, as well as job opportunities in the area. Employers tend to hire locally, so this is a great thing for students who wish to stay in the Tampa area post-graduation. Asian students make up about 7% of the population at USF.

General Profile of Local Economy

Tampa Bay is currently the top Florida metropolitan area in job openings (beating out Miami) and ranks second in jobs added in the state over the past year. However, most importantly, it ranks first in STEM job in demand with almost 13,500. Last year, companies in Tampa sponsored almost 4,000 work visas. The main industries in Tampa include avionics, defense, and marine electronics; business and information services; financial services; and manufacturing.

Facts and Rankings

The University of South Florida is an excellent place for international students to learn, grow, and receive their degrees. There are many unique facts and rankings about USF that should only add to its appeal for international students. These include:

  • Almost 50,000 combined graduate and undergraduate students;
  • 28th in the United States for total research expenditure;
  • 68th among public research institutions;
  • Ranked among the best when it comes to online education.

The above listed is only a fraction of the many unique facts, awards, and rankings that the University of South Florida has to offer. Check out the link above for the full, extensive list. USF is extremely decorated, and its long list of accolades should only add to its appeal to international students.


The University of South Florida offers a wide variety of programs to international students throughout its fourteen colleges. There are many undergraduate and graduate programs for international students to choose from. These include:

  • Computer Science #102,
  • Business Analytics and Information Systems,
  • Biological Sciences #190,
  • Chemical Engineering #100,
  • Civil Engineering #76,
  • Computer Engineering #80,
  • Economics,
  • Electrical Engineering #96,
  • General Business Administration #147.

Please keep in mind that these are only a handful of the many undergraduate and graduate programs that the University of South Florida has to offer. They offer many programs in the STEM and business fields so that all of its students can receive a well-rounded education to help them succeed after graduation and reach their goals. Check out the link provided above for a full list of all the programs that the University of South Florida has to offer.

Application Requirements

Like all United States colleges and higher education programs, USF has an application(s) that international students need to complete in order to be considered for acceptance. There are a number of different requirements that need to be fulfilled. These include:

  • Your official transcripts from any secondary school you may have attended. If the transcripts are not in English, you will need to get a certified translation of them.
  • The average GPA of incoming freshman was 3.89
  • ACT/SAT scores. The average ACT was 24-28, and the average SAT math was 540-630, critical reading 530-620, and writing 510-600.
  • There is no minimum TOEFL/IELTS score. You will need to submit a score, and USF will contact you further with your placement and let you know if you need to take an additional course(s) to improve your English proficiency.
  • The average and/or minimum GRE varies by program. For Computer Science, there is a minimum of 161 on the quantitative portion and a minimum of 150 on the verbal portion.

USF does not say whether they require letters of recommendation, a personal statement, or essays. That likely depends on the school or program that you are applying to. Please double check with that school or program to see if it is required of you, and to see if any other information is needed.

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