Campus Review: University of South Florida

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Tampa, the second largest metropolitan area in Florida, is known to be the home of beautiful beaches, great restaurants, plenty of tourist attractions and one of the best colleges in the state: the University of South Florida (USF). Only 240 miles northwest of Plantation, USF offers students a superb education and an entertaining college experience.

USF is home to 14 colleges and offers 180 undergraduate majors extending from advertising to women’s and gender studies. Students interested in pursuing a career in medicine can take part in USF’s well-known pre-medical program. Students in this program work with faculty in a hands-on learning experience to become prepared for a residency of their choice after obtaining their graduate degrees.

Eighty-eight percent of students return to the university as a sophomore and forty-three percent of students graduate in four years. USF takes pride in its 24:1 student-faculty ratio to make sure each student has the tools to do well in their classes. Fifty-four percent of students have 25 to 49 students in their classes, while fifteen percent have 50 or more students in their classes.

Tampa has a wide variety of dining options walking distance from campus. Some residence halls have dining areas or restaurants on the bottom floor that open as early as 5 a.m. Also, with the campus being just ten miles away from downtown Tampa, it is easy to go out for a night with friends for a good meal. But do not worry, students can still have those famous Publix Subs in Tampa. A Publix is even opening on USF campus in the next year.

Very similar to Heritage, USF also offers a wide range of sports including football, soccer, golf and gymnastics. Or, if sports is not a student’s forte, there is plenty of other activities to do on campus such as visiting the art museum or botanical garden. Or, if students want to do something off campus, Busch Gardens is only a mile-and-a-half away.

Whether students are playing on the field, studying hard in the library or exploring the Tampa area, they will be proud that they are a USF Bull.

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