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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: University of South Florida

The University of South Florida’s main campus is located in beautiful Tampa Bay, with two other locations in St. Petersburg and Sarasota. It is known as south Florida’s major research university. The school was founded in 1956 and is now home to 48,000 students annually. According to USNWR Best Colleges 2015, USF ranks in the top 100 of best public schools, and in 2014 Time Higher Education World University Ranking listed USF in the top 275 of the best colleges and universities in the world. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, as well as an Honors College.

Tamp Bay is paradise for those who enjoy spending time on the water. Whether it’s fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, or just relaxing in the sun, Tampa is the place to be. Tampa is a big city and there are many different neighborhoods throughout ranging from historic to modern and up and coming, making it easy to find your niche. Tampa has a great sports culture, so if you live there you can plan on catching a Rays baseball game, Lightning hockey game, or a Buccaneer’s football game. Tampa Bay also offers many different museums and art galleries such as the Dali Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art. While Tampa may not be a traditional college town, it is a great place for students to live. 


We spoke with a University of South Florida Alumni, here is what she had to say:

Name: Natalie Sherk

Year: Alumni

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

USF Student

Why did you choose to attend USF?

I chose to attend USF because I was given the opportunity to play soccer there.  I was in the middle of my freshman year out of state, playing ball, and I decided to move home and play more local at a division 1 school.

What do you like most about USF?

What I liked most about USF was the school spirit. It was amazing to see the support that both the current and alumni Bulls would show.

What do you like most about living in Tampa?

What I liked most about living in Tampa was having the capability to drive just about anywhere in an hour or less and see countryside, water, or city lights. I love experiencing different places and Tampa offered a lot. There were many parks, too, Lettuce Lake being one of my favorites (and my dog’s, too!)

What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?

When I am not working at the hospital, I enjoy being outdoors, going to the local gym, finding new places to eat, going boating, and farming.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

My advice would be to DUMP YOUR HIGHSCHOOL SWEETHEART! It may sound cliché but although one may think it isn’t a big deal, you truly do not get to experience everything school has to offer. There are so many clubs, organizations, and different activities that a freshman can sign up for that really gets you out of your shell and into a whole new chapter of life!


If you are interested in attending the University of South Florida, you can check out the USF EBook version of the Visitor Guide to view the campus map, learn about academics, campus life, athletics, arts and culture, and view the local business directory.

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