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With an acceptance rate of 45%, admission to USF is fairly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 26.
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So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of South Florida (better known as "USF"), and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 45%, admission to USF is fairly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 26.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at USF admission statistics.

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USF Admissions Statistics

USF’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 45%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 30,393 applicants, USF admitted about 13,566. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.94, the average ACT score was 26, and the average SAT score was 1230.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 24, and the 75th percentile score was 28.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1140. The 75th percentile score was 1330.

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If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to USF is fairly competitive. Even if USF is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at USF’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

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USF Application Requirements

To apply to USF, you’ll need to fill out the USF Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $30 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and March 1st for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the USF Online Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $30 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and March 1st for Regular Decision. January 1st is the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to USF? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.

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USF Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at USF, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 46% are male and 54% are female
  • 5.9% of students are international

USF has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 5.9%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.2%
  • Two or more races: 4.1%
  • White: 52.9%

What do these admitted students plan to study? USF offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

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  • Health Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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USF Tuition Figures

At $32,324, USF’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $7,029.

Here’s a fuller look at USF tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $32,324
  • Average financial aid package: $7,029
  • The average student debt of a USF graduate is $22,337

Now, what is life like at USF? Let’s take a look.

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USF Location

USF's main campus is located in Tampa, Florida.

As a top research university, USF placed 10th among all universities worldwide when it came the to the number of US patents filed and granted.

Bearing that in mind, remember that you’re going to USF for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

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USF Academics

USF has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Environmental Science
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Political Science and Government
  • Psychology
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at USF.

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Student Life at USF

USF has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of USF’s student activities:

  • Foodies Club at USF
  • Lil’ Muddy’s Fun Bunch
  • Music Appreciation Club
  • USF Fishing Club
  • Improv @ USF Club

Are you an athlete? USF’s got plenty of options for you.

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USF Athletics

USF offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

USF’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a USF degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

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Notable Alums

USF has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison
  • Musician Guy Babylon
  • Model Lauren Hutton
  • Actor Mark Consuelos
  • Author Barbara Parker
  • News correspondent Kerry Sanders
  • Artist Robert Stackhouse
  • MLB manager Tony La Russa

And this is only a partial list!

Remember!

Getting into USF is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States.

Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science.

Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications and go check out Prep Expert!

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