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  • 05/06/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    feel safe, have monitors and busses that run

    Greek Life

    no information

    Clubs and Activities

    hosa - health occupations students of america

    Great for these types of students

    anyone wanting a bargain

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    bull market

    Bang for the buck

    good price range for a ba

    What to do for fun

    clubs, activities and many activities in tampa

    Food and Dining

    good choices and availability

    Dorm Life

    i do not live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    classes, both traditional and online can be challenging but you will enjoy the knowledge that you take from the experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    take your time to learn what options there are for majors. join some clubs or activities. rent your books.

    In three sentences

    university of south floida is an excellent school which provides many opportunities for students to excel academically and socially. usf has great teachers and classes which are both fun and challenging. the school has many different clubs and activities for the students to enjoy.

  • 04/26/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to be a bulls make sure that your academic standing is consistent. they dont want to see inconsistency and try to be an all-rounded person. get involved in your high school's extracurricular activities. it will be an asset to you when you are applying

  • 02/17/2016

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The University of South Florida is my first college choice and has been ever since I started the college process. I have family who live in Tampa and they have said nothing but fabulous things about USF. It is their favorite institution in Florida and I would feel honored to be enrolled. The campus is breath taking, and USF thrives on education and the value they perdue to their students and I very much so appreciate that. When it comes to prospective students like myself I would do as I have done. First apply and then visit, you won't regret it!

  • 01/27/2016

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    4 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join the band.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just apply.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Beautiful campus. Smart students.

  • 12/15/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join join join a club or organization. There's plenty of them to choose from.

    What to do for fun

    Ybor City. MOSI. Bulls Nite Out. A bunch of things to do on campus. Just get involved.

    Food and Dining

    Better on some days but overall good. The staff is nice.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience. You'll meet people and have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Take your academics seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades. Do not go below 3.00 especially if you are in need of an internship down the road. Have a balanced life.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with great people. Get involved! Have fun! Get out of your comfort zone!

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Tampa/Ybor are right around the corner. Go to sports games. Play intramurals. Go to a festival on campus. Lay on the beach. The list goes on.

    Food and Dining

    Some nights aren't too good, but other nights are really good! They had a really good turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Beta, and I love it. The rooms are cozy and if you decorate it, it can feel like home.

    Academic Rigor

    It is like any college. You get out of it what you put into it,

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school. It will carry on throughout college. Also, try to get involved in as much stuff as possible while here.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. USF is large enough to feel like its a little city, which makes a lot more fun than a smaller campus. They have good dining hall food, an AMAZING gym, and a lot of activities all the time. Not to mention all of the amazing sports teams!

  • 11/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are lots of blue lights which are buttons that you can push if you are in trouble around campus. There are also mobile apps you can set to help you feel safer walking. You can also call safe team to escort you if you don't feel safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are intramural sports, pools, events and much more. Sports are always a fun option to get outside with friends and there are lots of fields and courts to take advantage of. There are also lots of events like the Bull Market that happen through out the week.

    Food and Dining

    Champs and MSC has some of my favorites. If you don't have a car and aren't creative it can get repetitive like any other schools. But it is pretty good and they try to help you stay healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are different depending on which ones you live in. JP dorms are the best on campus and are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken more seriously. There is a math lab to help with tutors, writing labs and much more all for you. Many students take advantage of this so it's not considered lame.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live to far from campus if you aren't living on campus. You'll meet so many people living on campus. Download canvas and different apps like this to keep track of your assignments. Join a club, sorority or intramural sport to get involved.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus and will make you proud to be a bull. There is always stuff going on around campus and a lot of fun ways to get involved. Academics are taken seriously and managable with work.

  • 08/24/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Haven't felt unsafe at all, there's a police station on campus as well as blue lights that you can go to and press a button in case of emergency (I believe the response time is 60 seconds or less)

    Clubs and Activities

    Endless clubs and activities, we have a racing team that you can sign up for and a rowing team, we also have some students that have a robotics research team (which is cool.) There is always activities that the school offers or certain events that clubs or off campus groups will have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to sports games is a tradition, you have to see at least ONE while you're here, they're pretty fun to attend and you also get tickets at a discount.

    Bang for the buck

    MOSI is worth it if you're into engineering and sciences, it's a full day thing but worth it. The aquarium is pretty fun, not amazing but you still see some cool things.

    What to do for fun

    Busch gardens is a 10 minute drive from school they also have buses that'll take you out to it. There's plenty of on campus activities through the week and the beach is a 20 minute drive away, and downtown Tampa is close as well. The zoo, aquarium and MOSI are all good and affordable attractions (that you get at discounts.)

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really friendly in the dorms and everything is very clean, overall not terrible just apply for dorms early or you'll end up in the crappiest dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    About what you'd expect from a state university, actually trying instead of slacking should get you the grade you want/deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's Florida so make sure you have an umbrella at all times, also keep in mind that it's hot. In terms of getting in just make sure that you have a good GPA and class standing, you should do fine.

    In three sentences

    Pretty nice campus, really big so bring a bike or something to get too and from class but overall it's a nice and friendly environment.

  • 06/26/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    They have a meal plan for any kind of person!

    Dorm Life

    They match you with someone that has the same interests as you and the dorm room is the perfect size.

    Academic Rigor

    This University is very big in medical! Many of my parent's friends, who are nurses, graduated from USF and are doing FANTASTIC.

    In three sentences

    AMAZING campus! It feels like a home away from home. Everyone is so welcoming and the school spirit is AWESOME!! You won't have any trouble finding your place on campus

  • 03/16/2015

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Be a USF supporter! All the games and activities are great places to socialize and meet people just like us. The energy at a basketball or football game is the most contagious and exciting energy you'll find at USF. In any case you want to relax or travel, you are in the perfect state to do so! Florida has AMAZING beaches and a lot of great activities like amusement parks: Walt Disney Word, Universal Studios, Buche Gardens, etc. Your activities will never end!

    Food and Dining

    With a great variety of food and restaurants comes a variety of dinning plans as well. On campus alone you have so many options of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, coffee, fast food, salads, cafeteria, and anything else you can think of. All of these places are close by and accessible to all your college friends and are the perfect places to meet and catch up.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at USF are the best places to socialize, relax, study and enjoy college life. It is not mandatory to live on campus of course, but it is nice to have all your accommodations, including your bed, close by. Dorms are also great places to meet new people and to learn to grow up, clean up and be independent.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a Bull does not only mean attending every game, but it also requires you to attend every class. USF is an excellent place to learn, not only from your teachers but from your peers and fellow students. All students are expected to exceed expectations. It's important that you be responsible and go after any help you may need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help and apply to everything in advance. Everyone around you is open to answer questions, but always try to get an answer ASAP.

    In three sentences

    BEAUTIFUL! The campus is everything you dream about when picturing a modern university. The atmosphere, as well as the people around you are so full of spirit and energy it is hard not to yearn to be part of it.

  • 03/12/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    11 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    A bit more affordable than most

    Food and Dining

    Food variety is nice with many locations

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice and good in its layout

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is a bit more extensive than its counterpart FAU

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus

    In three sentences

    Nice layout, simplistic setup and large community based population

  • 02/25/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 425

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida has a beautiful campus. The extracurricular activities are extensive. Dorms are very nice.

  • 02/09/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are friendly officers everywhere, and not just rent-a-cops, but actual officers employed by USF. They're helpful and always make you feel safe, not threatened or bullied. There are also columns with emergency lights on them, and if anything is wrong you can touch a button and an officer will find you in moments - even if you're just needing someone to walk you to your car at night.

    Greek Life

    From what I've seen, the Greeks are extremely nice at USF. They respect non-Greeks, and very welcoming when throwing an activity, and aren't at all the rude jerks you see on movies and television.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a millions different social networks to get into at USF, from counter culture alternative types, to religious and spiritual people, to future Wall Street tycoons.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to go to college but aren't sure what degree path is best for you... go to USF. You will have so many chances to try different things, and you will definitely find what's best for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The majors can get a little cliquey I suppose, so they all have their own things. I'm an art major, so I guess our tradition is walking around filthy and not even questioning it. We're covered in paint, plaster, sawdust and often in rubber gloves.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a university, so there are expenses upon expenses. That's where your financial aid becomes important, but as far as the bang goes, you can't get a better education than at USF. I'd say it's well worth it for the guidance, instruction, opportunity, social atmosphere, and the fun.

    What to do for fun

    There is literally something to do every single night at USF Tampa. Just check out a calendar online if you don't believe me, you can have fun (usually for free) just about any night of the week. The library is also a crazy popular hangout, so you will never be alone if you need to cram on a Saturday night.

    Food and Dining

    There's everything on every USF campus that you could want to eat. As long as I get my Starbucks before class, I'm good.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms myself, but my friends' dorms are clean, safe, and worth the price if you want to be on campus full time.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, you're going to have to put forth your best effort in everything you do if you want those A's. None of the professors spoon feed the coursework, but they definitely bring it to life to encourage learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be settled on your degree walking in the door, especially if you're coming straight in from high school. There is so much to learn about yourself in college, and you might find that you have a totally Even if you're a transfer and feel like you already know what you want, USF just has a way of showing you new opportunities.

    In three sentences

    There are huge opportunities for students at USF, from exciting majors, to travel, to working on campus, to getting involved in activities. There is always something going on at USF, and a lot of different types of people who have the same dreams that you do. With so many different options it can feel like too much, but professors and advisers are helpful and do everything they can to set you on the right path.

  • 01/25/2015

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    14 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good visibility in and around buildings.

    Bang for the buck

    Sports programs on campus and having an NFL franchise in town is a plus.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is not far away. Ybor city has excellent night life.

    Food and Dining

    Both on and off campus choices are excellent.

    Dorm Life

    Friends and students have recommended both on campus and nearby off campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    This school comes highly recommended by friends who have gone here as they feel the standards are high.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the large campus and you will be amazed with the quality of campus life and people.

    In three sentences

    I took a pre-employment test in the student services test center, and while there explored the campus. I was very impressed with the facilities and people. USF is in the top 3 of my schools of choice.

  • 01/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a giant bronze bull (our school mascot) in the Bull's Fountain that you have to sit on and take a picture with before you graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural Sports, student organizations like the Latin Dance Club, and campus-wide activities will never leave you bored. Events like Homecoming Week always bring famous artists to perform at the Sun Dome. And it's free!

    Food and Dining

    Champions Choice by the gym, as well as any other dining hall on campus offers so many food options. There are also are variety to choose from, Moe's, Chick-fil-a, and Boar's Head to say the least. Whatever you're in the mood for, there is something here for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is definitely a very social lifestyle, you make a lot of friends as well as being a stroll away from anywhere on campus. As a first year student it is a great experience to have.

    Academic Rigor

    Specifically in the sciences, I have never felt more challenged and encouraged to succeed! Make sure to put time into your studies in order to keep up. USF also offers GREAT tutoring services.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your classes seriously, and do not be afraid to ask for help. Make friends and explore your new home; it is a beautiful campus that continues to amaze me everyday. Do not be afraid to use your resources, there are hundreds of programs and services for any area of need.

    In three sentences

    A community that fosters intellectual and professional growth. A wonderful environment to succeed and thrive in through academics, a strong Undergraduate Research program, and student-lead organizations. The University of South Florida prepares you to be a leader in the field you desire.

  • 12/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are emergency posts located throughout the campus, and there is a Safe Team that will take you anywhere on campus if you do not feel safe going there by yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    I myself am in mech club at USF, and we are building a rover. This appeals to me because I am studying engineering, although there are many different clubs for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    For any engineering students that need extra study time or help, I suggest going to the tutoring center in the Kopp Engineering building. Students go to the success center there often and work together to study for classes.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events that USF arranges, as well as many different clubs. I encourage all students to look around and find what interests them.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food was not of good quality by any means during my freshman year, and even made the local news because of it. However, since that incident in the spring of 2013, the food had gotten significantly better. I have not eaten there since, so I am not sure if it has gotten better or worse since. However, I do still eat at other places on campus, such as the food court in the Marshal Student Center, and the food there is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Delta in the Andros area during my freshman year. The amenities weren't of high quality, but maintenance made up for that. The only real issue I had with the dorms were how thin the walls are. For example, if you are having a private conversation in a bedroom with the door closed, you can hear it clearly in the common area.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student studying engineering, my courses will be more rigorous than others. However, because of the resources at USF, I've been able to get by some of the hardest classes I have taken.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whenever you are struggling in a class, do not hesitate to utilize the resources that can help you, such as the tutoring center and the writing center. They have made a significant difference for me, and can do the same for other students. Also, study daily, it's a lot easier to get through classes that way.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great university that has a variety of different resources and events for students to partake in. Whenever a student is struggling in a class, there are tutoring centers that can help them get back on track and succeed. There are also many different clubs that appeal to many different interests that students have, and that is where students can meet new people with similar interests.

  • 12/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Camping, midnight canoeing, tubing, shopping, eating, rock climbing and the cinema- university mall.

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls: Champions, JP and Fresh foods. JP is known to be the best however I disagree, yes there are different options but at the end of the day its a college dining hall, the food is cheap but they work with what they have.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! Although the more expensive dorms are nicer like Juniper-Popular, I believe traditional housing is the way to go. Beta or castor are great, it is a fantastic way to socialize without having to pay a lot. The suite style housing is known for being called the 'prisons', it is the oldest housing and a lot less social.

    Academic Rigor

    Like college in general there is a certain level of difficulty with classes, most FKL's are straight forward however it depends on the professor and subject. Try to research both beforehand. However I am yet to start my major so I cannot comment on specifics.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend living on campus the first year, it is a fantastic way of making friends and forming connections. For the full college experience choose traditional style housing, preferably beta, it is the cheapest option and most social. Also when picking classes make sure to research the class and professor before hand, you will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    The most open and friendly university, they support each and every student giving all fantastic opportunities for both learning and work. They promote healthy living, following this through with amazing recreational facilities

  • 11/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Can improve but it sure has over the years.

    Greek Life

    Yes Yes Yes ! Large variety to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternity and sorority !

    Great for these types of students

    Greek life !

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cafeteria tables closest to main entrance has the fastest WiFi.

    What to do for fun

    The campus its self has a nonstop student busy life, I'm sure you'll always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Tons to pick from, sometimes you get so overwhelmed from all the scrumptious choices.

    Dorm Life

    IM IN LOVE WITH THE DORMS ! I truly wish I can be a resident at USF.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors seem to have a one on one persona with each individual peer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend your expenses wisely, although USF is low in tuition, do not take your extra earnings for granted.

    In three sentences

    The campus is phenomenal, as well as its huge cafeteria. The wide variety in ethnicities really gives a be your self environment. Although the College is somewhat new, it seems to have a huge history behind the amazing Bulls !

  • 11/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I lived off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Rent your books - Buy a parking permit

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus but not lots of parking spaces. The teachers are really good. The system works great,

  • 10/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe and well patrolled. Crime does not occur on campus often.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTs and lots of clubs and activities for all types of interests and hobbies.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth the experience.

    Food and Dining

    Decent. Not a great variety and only popular chain restaurants. Not enough coffee on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I personally never stayed in a dorm but have seen a few. The cheaper dorms are not very nice at all but the most expensive, Juniper Poplar, is exceptional.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors and challenging classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you research extensively on where to live. Check reviews and crime rates.

    In three sentences

    Great Campus, Fabulous Professors, Decent food options, terrible surrounding areas.

  • 10/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I personally pay next to nothing to attend, due to the large amount of academic aid I received. Definitely worth it

    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens, MOSI, beaches, EAT, party, Ybor, concerts, literally anything and everything. Disney and Universal are pretty close as well

    Food and Dining

    I personally really enjoy our dining halls; that being said I only eat at Juniper Dining and Champs. I've heard scary things about Fresh, (joking, mostly) but I've never eaten there since it's across campus from me.

    Dorm Life

    I LOVE living on campus. My RA is really great, and I've made so many friends just by walking around to different floors and introducing myself.

    Academic Rigor

    I am challenged and stimulated, but it's not so bad that I want to have a mental breakdown. I'm also a Health Sciences major, so that definitely helps, but even my BioMed friends are doing to badly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour. Do it. Don't be shocked by the emptiness of campus on weekends, it's really not bad at all. Most of the fun stuff happens off campus anyways. Look at RateMyProfessor, but take it with a grain of salt.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it here at the University of South Florida. It's the one school I toured where I really felt there was a community and where I felt at home. I still feel that way, and can't imagine myself anywhere else.

  • 10/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Um, let's see. There are over 600 clubs and organizations, there is an awesome recreation center, you can take group fitness classes (like Zumba), you can attend sporting events, participate in all campus activities/events (e.g. homecoming, week of welcome), grab a bite to eat with friends, take the bull runner off campus with some friends, participate in bulls market.

    Food and Dining

    With the dining halls, its a hit or miss. Some days the food is delicious and they have so many yummy options. Other days there is virtually no options and the food is gross. The vegan section is always good though! The food court in the MSC and the Starbucks are always on point.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Kappa, and the rooms are really small. There's only ONE un-updated shower (seriously, the shower looks like its straight from the 70s. Its in dire need of an update) for EIGHT girls, which is a problem in and of itself. And my roommate can be a little annoying at times. But all in all, I guess its okay.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I am a first year student, the classes are not too difficult. (Thank you Jesus!!!)

    Tips for prospective students

    To all prospective students, if your are looking for medium size school, with pretty decent school spirit and lots of clubs and organizations- you may strongly want to consider USF.

    In three sentences

    All in all, on a scale from 1 to 10, I would give USF a solid 8. The campus is huge, which is only a bad thing when it's raining and you forgot your umbrella in your residence hall. The recreation center (aka gym) is huge as well, with a variety of options to match any workout need; they even offer group fitness classes, like Zumba, which is awesome! There are also TONS of ways to get involved here on campus! Only thing I am not too fond of is the people are not as friendly as I thought they would be- its like as soon as someone establishes a friendship, they could careless about meeting new people, which sucks for people like me trying to make new friends. I also dislike how there are only THREE dining halls, I feel like with a campus this large, there should be at least five dining halls. (Also, sometimes the food is gross, which is no bueno). But other than, I am a proud USF student. #GOBULLS

  • 09/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Dinning isn't the best, but it has it better days. There is always pizza and pasta stations which are awesome.

    Dorm Life

    I really have enjoyed my life in the residence halls it really gives you a great chance to get involved and make friends

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and your teachers you will have to study a good amount of time and make your school work your first priority. Good thing the Library is open 24/5

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, make sure you pick your classes as early as you can they go quickly

    In three sentences

    USF is overall a very good college. There is a major emphasis on research. It is the best for science majors.

  • 09/14/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    24 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and organizations, you won't regret it.

    Food and Dining

    Great food.

    Academic Rigor

    Large class sizes make learning a little more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best and get the best test scores you can.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Lots of student extra curricular activities. Friendly and helpful staff and student body.

  • 09/07/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    25 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    meal plan is super expensive :O

    Dorm Life

    suite-style apts are really nice, i'd reccomend

    Academic Rigor

    large classes so study, study, study.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early and do everything way before the deadlines.

    In three sentences

    Very large, lots of on campus activities.

  • 06/28/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    26 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Take a picture on your class's bull, but don't get caught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Study abroad, do research and internships. USF is known for research and internships so take advantage of it. Get to know your professors and advisers. Be yourself and have fun.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very welcoming and vibrant. I love the atmosphere it has.

  • 06/23/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    27 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very large and has several features that put my parents at easy considering the size of the campus and its location. For one, there is a police department on the campus. There are call boxes throughout the campus and at least one in eye sight of the other. There also several features available to ensure security in moving from around campus including shuttle services and well lite walk ways.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you can think of they have it...

    Bang for the buck

    Ideal for Florida Residents

    Food and Dining

    The food is great with several buffet style dinning halls and several restaurant vendors on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There were a variety of dorm options from traditional to apartment style rooms. Options to meet various needs.

    Academic Rigor

    USF is one of the top institutions in the state of Florida, but what attracted me the most was all of the opportunities beyond the classroom, specifically volunteer work and ability to work on research projects.

    In three sentences

    The USF campus is large, beautiful and centralized making it easy to get around. I fell in love with the place after my initial visit. Everything you need is on campus but being near a city ensures you will have access to a wide range of amenities.

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USF does everything possible to ensure the safety of their students.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was in Improv, and a church group and they were some of the most fun I've had in my life.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a spot for everyone here. There honestly is.

    What to do for fun

    There's a fully loaded gym if you want to work out, with additional basketball courts around campus. If you want to relax, there's the castor beach area. If you're a gamer, the top floor of one of our buildings has a bunch of TV's waiting for you to plug your system into it. If you're religious, there's a bunch of different religious organizations. If you're into comedy, there's an improv club. On Wednesday nights, there is a movie on the lawn event. And that's not even half of it! There is so much to do here, you'll never be bored. And if you want to have a quiet area to study, the library has six floors and a basement. Also a study area in each floor of the dorms, and quiet outside areas if you don't want to be inside and study. Everywhere around the university supports it, and USF students can buy a $50 year-round pass to Bush Gardens. It's right next to the university.

    Food and Dining

    If this was only the cafeteria, it's probably one of the weaker parts of the USF experience. The cafeteria food had two days great food, four days okay food. But they have a wide variety, so it's not like you were stuck with just one or two choices. Plus there is more then one cafeteria, and they all have diverse setups and choices. You can check online where is serving what, and decide for yourself what you want to eat. And if you want to eat out, there are plenty of places in and out of the university. Inside the university we have Moe's, Chick-fil-a, Papa johns, starbucks,(3 on campus), Einstein Bagels, Pollo Tropical, subway(3 on campus), Panda express, Beef O' Brady's, and Boars Head Deli, just off the top of my head. There are more! Outside of campus we have a mall with a variety, typical restaurants and joints like Chilis, Fridays, Chipotle and others. Plus USF has special nights they do in the cafeteria, events and everything. So that really makes up for what bothered me a bit at first.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life started out a bit weird for me at first because I stayed inside for a lot of the first semester and tended to myself. During my second semester I began to get to know everyone on my floor a bit more, and we did everything together. We watched the superbowl, went to the gym, ate, played games, we were like a tight-knit group. And even the people on other floors were extremely friendly. In fact, I found people to move into an apartment with from dorm life. The only reason I put 4/5 instead of 5/5 is because of my own decision to not engage with everyone in the dorms sooner; that's my one regret.

    Academic Rigor

    Somedays you get all your work done or have a light workload. But don't get comfy with that. During the final weeks of my Spring semester I had 3 essays to do and various projects and tests. However, if you're a hardworking student who is consistent and persistent with his/her work, then you should be well off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a fun year. Go explore the campus, it's huge! There's always something going on. This is an underrated university. You have to experience it. Be prepared to meet plenty of amazing people.

    In three sentences

    Nothing short of an absolutely amazing experience. So much diversity, experiences, and chances waiting at your doorstep. Exactly what I envisioned when I decided to go to a university.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've always felt safe on campus. Of course, it's always best to walk with a buddy if you're walking late at night!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are around 600 clubs to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the USF seal!

    Bang for the buck

    USF is one of the cheapest universities in the state, and they offer A LOT of scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    Students get a 50 dollar school year pass to Busch Gardens, which is only a 5 min drive away! Outdoor recreation hosts adventure trip--camping, hiking, kayaking--which are a lot of fun. Also, just north of campus USF owns Riverfront park where you can rent paddleboards, kayaks and canoes for next to nothing. They also has disc gold there!

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety of things to eat here. The food court in the Marshall Center has a lot of options. There are a couple Starbucks, including one in the main library which is a huge plus. COBA cafe is hidden in the business administration building but has great Boars Head subs!

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms, but from what I've seen they are pretty nice and I think most people enjoy living there. I've heard Castor is haunted.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others, but it really depends on your professor. Most classes are challenging, but if you put in an effort you will come out just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are admitted into the honors college, accept! It's so much fun! If you want a nice quiet place to study, the health sciences library is perfect because the main library is usually pretty busy. Also, if you like food trucks, they park outside of the College of Nursing every week day from 11-2!

    In three sentences

    USF is an amazing school. All the classes I have taken are for the most part very interesting, and I can tell that the professors really care about the student's success. Also, the campus is beautiful!

  • 05/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is pretty good. There are roaming security guards that report any suspicious activity to the campus police. There are blue lights located around the campus, which pretty much create a grid of panic buttons. If you press one, the campus police is notified and they will go to the location of the pressed button and investigate. On the off chance that you are chased, you can press multiple blue lights, creating a sort of path that the police can follow and intercept you somewhere along the way. There is also a number that you can call that gets the campus security to come pick you up on a golf cart. If you are uncomfortable walking home after dark or you find that you're in a strange place, then it's a great service that comes in handy.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs at USF, and they are about as diverse as it gets. There is a quidditch team here that, from what I hear, is doing pretty well. Given that, I'm sure that you will find a club or twenty that coincide with something that you are interested in or something that you want to learn about. And, on the off chance that there isn't, you can make your own club. I forgot if it was 7 or 10 people, but it only takes a pretty small group to start a club and as long as the club's attendance and activity remains high, the club stays intact. There are also a lot of activities outside of clubs, like USF Week, which is a week in both the fall and spring semester that have a bunch of on-campus activities. They usually include a concert and a speaker/comedian so they're pretty great.

    Great for these types of students

    Socially, students who are able to adapt to new environments well and like meeting new people are the ones that I have noticed to like the campus the most. The first couple weeks here might seem strange to new students, especially ones who were rooted to their life at home and find themselves pretty out of place in a new environment surrounded by new people. Realize that everyone feels the same way and you'll be fine. Academically, this is a strong science-based school from what I see, so anyone with roots in engineering- or medical-based majors will have plenty of internship and research opportunities. Take advantage of them early and get plenty of experience throughout your time in college, because they definitely help create a compelling resume from what I have learned.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition to get on top of the bull at the Marshall Center and take a picture, pretty common among first-year students. I'm still planning on getting under the bull's hoof, because riding the bull is too mainstream and I don't do mainstream *puts on sunglasses and stares into the sunset*. All jokes aside, there are plenty of traditions, mostly organized ones like USF Week, which is a week in both fall and spring semester. They usually include both a concert and a speaker/comedian, plus a bunch of interactive activities on campus, so they're pretty cool. As for locations, there is a place on the top of the Marshall Center called the SkyPad for gamers to meet up and play, a place on the second or third floor of the Marshall Center called the Tranquility Room for anyone who wants to meditate or pray in peace. There are plenty of nice fields for anyone wanting to play a pick up game, a couple small trails that offer nice scenery when running, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition rates aren't that bad in my opinion. The older dorms, though, are close the same price as the apartments off-campus, though, and the apartments have more space and better accommodations. The only thing the dorms have over the apartments is that the apartments are one-year leases, while the dorms are only paid for the semester. The meal plans seem to be a little overpriced too, unless you get the unlimited meal plan and put it to good use (I had a friend that had unlimited and ate 6 meals a day). But since both the meal plan and the first year dorms are required for first year students (barring certain exceptions), its a necessary evil that isn't too bad.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of on-campus activities and clubs that are bound to catch your eye, but there are also a lot of off-campus opportunities that the campus offers that people don't really take advantage of. For example, there are plenty of trips that are offered by the Outdoors Life club (located in the gym), which include discounts on canoes and a few hiking big hiking trips. There are plenty of clubs that offer discounts to events that are really fun, like the rock climbing club, surfing club, and wake boarding club, for example. There are plenty of places for night life, too, located a little ways off campus for anyone who's interested. All in all, there is something for everyone at USF.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining halls will probably get repetitive after a while, but I never thought they were as bad as some people might say. The variety could be a little better (especially for healthy eaters, vegetarians, or vegans), but overall the food isn't that bad. The things you will probably always see are eggs, pizza, and fries. The whole freshman fifteen thing is easy to avoid as long as the pizza and fries aren't a part of your everyday diet. Might be a little more troublesome for people who eat frequently compared to people who eat a lot in one sitting, since you are charged for each time you swipe into the dining hall unless you have the unlimited meal plan. The on-campus restaurants are really good in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm experience, more so after I was no longer experiencing it. However, it is a great place to meet new people and make new friends. It's going to be a little bit of a shock for someone who was a single child, or is not used to living with other kids their age, but it's something you'll be glad to experience. Random rooming can seem a little scary but usually it's not too bad. You'll more than likely have roommates with things you won't appreciate about them (too messy, too quiet, too loud, too invasive, too introverted, etc.) but in the end it's not that bad. And if you live in some of the older dorms, you learn to appreciate simple things like more outlets, for example. But in the end, I did love living in the dorms. I just don't know if I would do it again.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is usually based on what you are majoring in, but they usually are necessary to prepare you for what is coming next. Pretty much, they are a necessary pain. Of course, there are going to be some professors that do not seem to like teaching, and there are going to be some professors that overcomplicate simple things, but from my experience, that's going to be the case at almost every college.

    Tips for prospective students

    The big thing is to manage your time well and find a balance for everything, including finding a balance between being social and being alone. There are people who spent too little time by themselves and were overwhelmed by their friends, and there were people who spent too much time by themselves and got bored. Studying should be a priority, and there will always be time to be social and go out and stuff. The big thing is to manage your time well and find a balance for everything, including finding a balance between being social and being alone. There are people who spent too little time by themselves and were overwhelmed by their friends, and there were people who spent too much time by themselves and got bored. Studying should be a priority, and there will always be time to be social and go out and stuff.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida has plenty of opportunities for anyone who is willing to look for them when they first get here. Academically and socially, it a strong campus with plenty of networking opportunities, as well as plenty of ways to have fun and get the full college experience. There are upsides and downsides to this place, but as long as you immerse yourself in it and become active in campus life, you will love to call this place your new home.

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    While there wasn't much to do for fun on the main campus, several locations close to campus managed to offer a more interesting time, such as the Museam of Science and Industry and its ropes course.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeterias on campus offer a variety of choices, including many vegetarian and vegan options. The restaurants on campus, including chick-fli-a, Moe's, Beef-O-Brady's, and several others help to add variety to the diet of peanut butter and top ramen.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in Castor Hall during the spring semester was fantastic. My RA was cool and my dorm mates were very relaxed and helpful. We organized movie nights in the lounge and watched the super bowl together. My floor was like a family for the short time we were together.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging, but not outright difficult. The subject matter is well covered and the expectation is on the student to process and comprehend the material in order to succeed. Students are expected to read on their own in order to adequately prepare for exams, but besides this obvious expectation the courses are straightforward and accessible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get acquainted with the different buildings on campus, such as the three dining halls and the Student center. The staff is there to assist you in your college experience, and your academic adviser is your best friend.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and safe, with most of the buildings being modern and aesthetically pleasing. The facilities are state of the art, the classes challenging but equally informative, and the staff helpful and friendly. Overall the University of South Florida's main campus creates a welcoming and nurturing environment for all students.

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police regularly tour the campus and surrounding areas.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so any organizations and clubs to join, as well as career fairs, scholarship opportunities, and a variety of learning and wide array of options available to students and prospects. Clubs and organizations are always open for persons to inquire and possibly become a member.

    Great for these types of students

    There are a variety of colleges to meet individual needs. Business. Education. Health. Sciences. Athletes. Researchers. Etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I was especially inspired when I walked around campus during finals week and there were little picket signs boosting us to succeed. They included You got this rock those finals its almost over

    Bang for the buck

    All the professors at USF have achieved the highest in their area of study. These PHD professors are then experts in their fields. Who better to teach us? The university is a research university so person with innovative ideas are warmly welcome. Although the school is big each person can still have an impact in their specific college. It is beautiful how the school is segmented into colleges for persons of the same educational or vocational area to correspond. But it is also open for other persons to tour and get involved despite their interest or major. Separate from the educational benefits offered, we are also given extensive health insurance, career advice, and many others to groom us into the best we can be.

    What to do for fun

    Movie on the lawn. Daily activities. Career services. Watching Usf Bulls games.

    Food and Dining

    Dinning options includes popular restaurants such as Subway, and Boars. There are also tons of restaurants and snack bars in the dorms and around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Educational benefits. Peer benefits. Career benefits. lifetime benefits.

    In three sentences

    USF is a prestigious university. We have a 6 floor library, different colleges to suit your needs, variety of dining options, and a beautiful and friendly environment. Students and faculty are friendly and helpful. I remember my first day on campus, I was searching for my class, really searching. Walking from room to room, floor to floor, a lady asked if I was ok and I told her I was looking for my classroom. She assisted me beyond telling me where to find it or handing me a map, but instead walked with me to the room. USF is more than a school for its students, its a place like home.

  • 05/04/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Looks like they have a lot to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of submitting your paperwork.

    In three sentences

    So far, the University of South Florida has my major and has shown me that they are interested in me as a student. I have visited the campus and awaiting further instruction from their school of communications. I love their mascot and plan to attend if all my paperwork is processed in a timely manner.

  • 05/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    alot of chains

    Dorm Life

    Unknown

    Academic Rigor

    learn something

    Tips for prospective students

    Park off campus.

    In three sentences

    outstanding learning institution

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    They have a fantastic Marching Band called Herd of Thounder or H.O.T. They are truly amazing.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of areas to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know much about dorm life but I think it sounds fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at this school are great.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school. Great student body. Fun activities.

  • 04/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is in a very unsafe area of town. You have to be careful when you travel off the campus and into the surrouding area.

    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Downtown Tampa, etc. There are a lot of things you can do if you have a car and some extra money.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food options on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Really spacious and nice dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Most programs are academically rigorous, some beginning lecture classes may be taught by teaching assistants and not as rigorous as your upper-level classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the college before you decide. This school is a strong school, however some people may be put off by the surrounding area or how busy the area around it always is.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is an academically strong school that has a lot of students from the surrounding area, as well as from around the world. The campus is quite large and not in a safe are of town. The dorms are really nice though and they have plenty of food options on and off campus.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore downtown Tampa.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour!

    In three sentences

    Very clean and spacious. Innovative campus with new technology. Student friendly.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This is a very nice campus, and is located in a great area!

  • 04/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have plenty of time to kill before each class find parking.

    In three sentences

    Parking sucks. The campus is beautiful. Lots of choices for courses.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In the being, I was really scared to walk by myself at night, especially because USF isn't located in the safest area of Tampa, but now I don't have any problems walking across campus at 1 am after a late dance practice because I'm comfortable with the campus. Plus there is Safe Team, which I've used on more than one occasion, and there are emergency blue lights around campus that you can use in case of an emergency. Overall, as long as you're aware, I feel like USF is a safe campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't know anything about Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of activities on campus, so I'm sure everyone can find at least one that he/she is passionate about. I'm currently apart of RELENTLESS Dance Troupe, Inc. and it's really been an interesting experience for me these past two semesters.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone here is really chill, so as long as you're pretty chill I'm sure that you will fit in well here. Honestly, I feel like USF can be great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like USF is worth the price. It's not a very expensive school, and even if it was, I fell like I would find a way to make it work because this is my second home.

    What to do for fun

    I mainly just hang out with my friends in our pod. We go out to eat often and the beach isn't very far away. Also, we wonder around campus a lot at night.

    Food and Dining

    The food in JP dining hall was really good in the beginning, but it's really gone down hill now. I like how convenient it is because it's directly in my building but the food isn't consistent and the dishes aren't always clean.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in Poplar and I love it. I really like how there are pods on each floor (it's easier to meet people), and I've become really good friends with most of the people in my pod.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your courses and major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus first! Sure, you can ask your friends what they think of the school or look at reviews, but you're never going to know if this is the right campus for you until you come see for yourself.

    In three sentences

    I really feel like USF is the right choice for me personally. There is a very diverse group of people here and there is always something to do on campus. Also, the campus is big without being too huge to navigate and it has a homey feel without being claustrophobic.

  • 03/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I will say that if you can get away from a meal plan, do it. The food is horrible and sometimes not eatable. I would mostly eat hamburguers or pizza because the rest of the food is terrible. Champion's choice is the best dining hall option because of the athletes but it still not worth the expensive price of having a meal plan. You can cook for yourself and go out to eat at least once a week and pay half the price that you would pay for a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great dorm life experience. Made most of the friends that I have today and I am glad I moved to a dorm for 2 years. However, depending on where you live is very expensive or the room itself is not that cozy. For example, on my case, I share a bathroom with 7 other people and often we have problems with the shower's water temperature. That's is just one of the problems but if you get surrounded by friends, it will be all worth it. Trust me.

    Academic Rigor

    I would not say it is very hard academic wise if you put a little effort in it. However, as any other place, if you do not try, you will no succeed.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    What is there not to do for fun. There are sporting events going on almost nightly. They have a 24-hour gym and pool to work out in. The hold an annual rock concert call Bullstock. Clubs line the streets around town, and two of Florida's biggest theme parks are minutes away. Bush Gardens and Adventure Island with thrill you throughout the while year.

    Food and Dining

    You name it, and they got it. USF has stocked up on all of your favorite fast food and casual dining restaurants. They have everything from Chili's to Subway to about six Starbucks'. If on the off-chance they don't have what you are looking for, it's more than likely no more than three or four miles off of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus so I can't give a proper response. I do however know someone who does, and he loves it.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are difficult and the work loads are heavy, but it is nothing that you can't accomplish. The teachers here just don't hand out busy work. I am currently in two writing courses, and all the assignments have been geared to help me succeed in the business world.

    Tips for prospective students

    You definitely need to check this school out and make it a serious option. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. There is so much to do on and off of campus. Your four years here will be the best of your life.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is one of the best schools that I have been to. The school is loaded with state-of-the-art technology, and the campus life is amazing. The teachers are phenomenal, making sure that you get the most out of every class.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very active

    Great for these types of students

    First-time in college students Active students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the Gardens and go to Juniper Dining and try out the stir-fry.

    What to do for fun

    Check out the rec center and Busch Gardens is like right there!

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider living on campus, it's a lot better that way.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful with some type of activity going on at all times. The classes and teachers are great. And the students are quite active and nice.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is large, so safety's a big deal there. There's emergency buttons within site where ever you are in most portions of the campus. The college has its own police unite. You can have members of the college staff dedicated to transporting students uncomfortable with making long walks when its late at night drive you from one part of the campus to another.

    Great for these types of students

    If you consider yourself part of the LGBTQ+ community, this is a college you're really going to like. There's a lot of LGBTQ+ students, their events are just as public as any other clubs events are, and the college is very accepting of this community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a campus-wide Humans vs Zombies game every semester. It's a blast.

    What to do for fun

    I go to activities and events at the Marshall Student Center and other events thrown at the college.

    Food and Dining

    I have a lot of food allergies and restrictions in my diet and it isn't difficult for me to find a variety of food on-campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on-campus, but I've seen student housing. The freshman dorms- like every other freshman dorm I've ever been in- aren't very big and you're going to want a mattress mat to put on top of your bed. The housing for upper level students is nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you've broken in the shoes you're going to be walking to your classes in. The campus is big. Attend events and activities in the Marshall Student Center. They host a wide variety of events and activities and many of them are very appealing.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is very accommodating to students with disabilities. They serve a large variety of vegetarian- and vegan-friendly foods. They're one of the few colleges in the state of Florida that has made an attempt to create student housing for trans identifying students.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are safety poles everywhere and after a certain time you can call safe team to have them drive you in a golf cart to different areas on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs available is great. The clubs range from fun hobby clubs, to cultural clubs, to activists clubs and so much more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the seal. Just don't its super disrespectful.

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of fun events every week on campus as well as places like the sky pad tv room (to play video games on), massage chairs in wellness, clubs to join, and a huge rec center with all kinds of fitness classes.

    Food and Dining

    For the most part the dinning halls are pretty good, but be wary of the juniper dinning hall. As long as you don't eat there everyday then you'll be very content with the food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    For the most part juniper poplar is great. Its convenient having a bunch of stuff all in one place.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had nothing but great teachers. Usually, if you put the effort in the teachers will be glad to help you. Always make time to do homework and assignments even if they are optional because they benefit you in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to study, you can't be a slacker because you will flunk fast if you don't study. Rate my professor helps a lot when it comes to picking teachers. Do everything early otherwise you probably won't get it done on time.

    In three sentences

    Overall, its a wonderful school. I love how convenient it is to get things done. There are a few problems, but all schools come with their own problems.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school definitely has one of the lowest tuition rates for a 4 year University.

    What to do for fun

    Skies the limit here, really. We have so many opportunities to have fun and meet new people: from kayaking, rock climbing, intramural sports, campus clubs and beyond! You won't ever have a dull moment--stay involved!

    Food and Dining

    BEST, BEST, BEST! Healthy, fresh, and many vegan/vegetarian options available. But, rest assured that there are also some non healthy options too for those nights where you just want to indulge on buffalo wings! (We have a Beef O' Bradys on campus)

    Dorm Life

    I cannot say much about the dorm life, as I have not lived on campus myself. But they look lovely and clean from the outside?!

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, the college life is tough. But, nothing worth having comes with ease, right? Study hard, pay attention in class and come to class on time alert and ready to learn. If you follow those simple rules, your professors are more likely to hear you out when the subject matter may become difficult for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely wear comfy clothing everyday here. Its a great way to get your daily exercise in just by throwing on your walking shoes and exploring the campus! We have great, healthy, vegan restaurants on site as well. The professors and advisers are always kind and willing to help. (Yes, even in the 'tougher' departments like Science and Engineering). Our professors are great. :)

    In three sentences

    This school is definitely one of the best schools here in Southern Florida. If you love the sun, knowledgeable professors, and a school that promotes a healthy lifestyle by having a walking campus, this is the college for you!

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always feel safe on campus and they have tons of safety programs in place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Improv Club LGBT Club

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Conquer the Bull in front of the Marshall Student Center

    What to do for fun

    Tons of fun clubs and plenty of college-sponsered events

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are nicely kept and quite large

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is great and they try to keep things interesting. The staff is always great too. I would get to know them.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great here. It's a newer university so the dorms are not as bad as they are at other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman classes only require your time, not much brain output though. However, once you get into the classes that are specific to your major, you need to pay attention and do the best that you can. Strive for academic excellence because you'll need to in order to excel.

    In three sentences

    USF is an amazing university. It has a beautiful campus with extraordinary academics. There are so many opportunities for students here.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Parties.!!!!!!..Ybor

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't that great and the staff could be a little nicer.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is extremely fun. I would live in the suite with the most people because you make more friends that way. The RA aren't too strict and let you get away with most things.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the rigor is pretty much average. Thee is some hard classes and some easy classes just like every other school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find upperclassman to help you and do not buy all of your books from the bookstore. Become active around campus and make lots of friends. Also don't live on campus your second year..save money!

    In three sentences

    University of South Florida is a great school. The campus is nice and the people are extremely friendly. There is nothing like being a BULL.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always places to relax outside, whether it's on your own or with friends. In the grass there is usually someone playing Frisbee or slacklining throughout the week around campus. The rec center is great to go workout at to kill time. On the top floor of the student center, there's always people hanging out and it's great to play games at with the TVs up there and there's usually people playing Smash Bros in the glass room there.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are fantastic. There are quicker options throughout campus, primarily in the student center, like Chick-Fil-A, but the dining halls are the best part of the food on campus. The workers in there are friendly, and there is always good food at each hall. There's also vegetarian friendly options which is lovely.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm myself, but I have plenty of friends who do and love it. I've been in almost all the dorms and they're all great. Very clean and well kept facilities and filled with great people.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not overwhelming, but it definitely not high school. You have the responsibility to keep yourself in check and stay on top of things. It can be challenging depending on the classes you're taking and how many at a time, but it certainly not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to random people on campus, whether you're lost or just curious about something they are doing/involved in. People are surprisingly friendly and willing to make new friends. The same goes for the teachers - they're people too, and more often than not they're happy to talk to you about whatever you approach them with.

    In three sentences

    USF is so much more than it will first appear as. It is not only a beautiful campus, but the people there - students and faculty alike - are wonderful people. There is a welcoming atmosphere about the school that helps remind me that I picked the right university.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here. At night, a golf cart will come pick you up and take you anywhere if you don't feel safe enough to walk, but there are phones that dial 911 upon pick-up in sight no matter where you are on campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't need to buy my friends, so I have no idea what any of this is other than everyone I've met in greek life seems to have a stick lodged up their butthole.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs. Most require dues which limits me since I'm poor, but there are some fun cheap and free ones as well. They have everything you can imagine- hula hooping, Libertarian, Republican, Democrat, Medical, PreVet, Stand up comedy, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, very social, wealthy, or minority/foreign <--lots of scholarships are offered for foreigners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't really know of any.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a typical school. Other than the location and beautiful campus, it's no different than the community college I was at.

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of restaurants, clubs, shopping, and hookah lounges within five minutes of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical public school food- it tastes awful and makes you fat. Since I've stopped eating here and starting bringing food from home, I lost five pounds. The chain restaurants on campus are awesome, though. Just avoid meal plans- gain weight on food that doesn't even taste good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look like prisons unless you sign over a lease the price of your soul. The showers have temperature that ranges from scorching to freezing and alternates constantly with no middle and awful pressure. Unless you already know the people, don't dorm with them. I got stuck with seven of the most awful people and ended up cancelling my contract early to commute from an hour away because it was hell on earth.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you keep up on your course-work, you should be great! Tutors here are god-awful, at least in the library, but teachers and other students in class are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not have to live on campus, don't. The meal plan and the housing are more expensive through the school than it would be on your own. Same goes with the bookstore, BookHolders and using the internet leads to better prices.

    In three sentences

    It's a school- the campus is pretty and most of the teachers and students are friendly enough. They try to plow you out of your money all the time so be really careful. So far, I wish I'd chosen a different school because there is nothing truly remarkable here.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USF has a very safe campus. There are little alarms all throughout the campus that you can go up to and push if you need help. The university police also take safety very seriously and work hard to keep all students safe. However, BE CAREFUL in the Tampa area! USF is right next to fletcher avenue which has a reputation for crime. I would just advise that you always go out somewhere with a friend especially if you aren't familiar with the area. Have a friend with you if you are walking around campus at night. Lock car doors if you have one and you should be fine!

    Greek Life

    Greeks life is very big at USF. There are a lot of fraternities and sororities that you can join. A lot of them have frat parties and activities that are always fun!

    Bang for the buck

    It depends on your financial situation. USF is a great school to earn your degree at so it will be up to you if you want to invest in your education. The tuition and fees to go here can be very expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs to get into at USF. USF also hosts a lot of events from time to time that students can go to. Most activities are free for students. You can also go to any sports game for free as well. Aside from campus activities, there are things to do off campus as well. There are shopping centers close to campus and if you like going to clubs, a lot of parties are hosted at clubs for USF students.

    Food and Dining

    The Marshall Student Center has a lot of great restaurants. They recently added some new ones this year. There is chick-fil-a, papa johns, Moe's, subway, jamba juice, einstein bagels and there is also a pollo tropical on campus as well as a Starbucks. As far as the cafeteria's for students that live on campus, they are decent. They have a lot of options and offer healthy foods and foods choices for vegans too.

    Dorm Life

    If you are willing to spend $500+ month for your dorm' rent, you can live in the better dorms like Juniper/Polar. If you don't want to spend that much the other dorms are not the best but they are legit. The less expensive dorms are like match boxes; very small. But like I said its livable and can be really homey if you decorate!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what your area of study is. Most of the general education and humanity courses are pretty easy. But, a lot of the upper level courses can be difficult i.e. Physics, Biology, etc. As long as you study hard and ask for help when you need it you should be fine. Keep in mind that USF is a big school with a lot of students. This means that you will normally have big lecture hall classes some with 100+ people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a lot of hard work. Stay focused and manage your time. Don't be afraid ask people for help and use your resources. There are a lot of people at USF including professors and staff that can give you tips and advice on making your freshman year the best.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great school! There is a lot of things to do and the famous is very diverse. A great place to learn and earn your degree.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe we have our own full fledged police department. Along with other resources such as the safe team which will transport you anywhere on campus at night, no questions asked.

    What to do for fun

    There are literally hundreds of clubs on campus, get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are a game of roulette, sometimes the food is wonderful and other times not so much. There are other dining options on campus though for days like that and of course each dorm has a kitchen facility!

    Dorm Life

    There is always something to do while living on campus; make sure to try to contact your new roommate before getting on campus!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes themselves aren't too hard most professors provide the materials needed to achieve a good grade in the class as long as you put in the work. Look out for those labs though!

    Tips for prospective students

    Put your studies first and make sure to look for those extra curricular to supplement your CV. Don't be afraid to make friends and to apply to any program you want. Mostly don't be afraid to fail, if you truly try your best failure won't be in the equation I promise.

    In three sentences

    It's truly a university that has all of the resources you need, all you have to do is go looking for them. Most professors are receptive to students and want to see the students succeed. Life is what you make it here, there is always something to get involved with on or around campus.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    i'm greek and a lot of people don't like us but that's because they came in with a prebias. don't be that person and actually give it a chance.

    Clubs and Activities

    something for everyone, and if there isn't then you can easily start a club

    Great for these types of students

    anyone

    What to do for fun

    ybor clubs, depending on the time of year, it can be hard to find parties

    Food and Dining

    limited choices, but most of it is edible. champion's choice is the best tasting and best quality

    Dorm Life

    i live in juniper-poplar and this is probably one of the best living situations you'll find in dorm life. only problem is that the walls are thin so there is a lot of background noise sometimes. not usually a problem though.

    Academic Rigor

    most of the professors are decent and i've actually had quite a few small class sizes

    Tips for prospective students

    don't come here if you like winning football

    In three sentences

    good people and good campus, some resources are lacking or need a better system (tutoring center and writing center), over i'm happy

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of Campus security around. You see them everywhere you go. I have not felt unsafe at any time while on campus. Although I have not needed to contact any of them, it is nice to know they are around. I got a parking violation for backing into a parking space - had no idea it was something you could not do. I think they should at least let you know more about what parking violations they will give you a violation for. I am in the Reserves and one of the things I learned was to back into parking spots, this makes it easier if there is a threat and you need to get away quick. Not sure why it is a violation. Other than that, campus security has been no problem.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have read about a lot of the clubs and not had the opportunity to explore this more yet. I did join one of the fitness activities at night and have really enjoyed the interaction with other members.

    Great for these types of students

    I think that USF is for everyone. I am kind of a loner and find myself getting more and more outside my comfort zone because everyone interacts with everyone. I do like that about this campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Have not had a chance to learn enough to talk about these.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are very reasonable. The food plan is a little expensive, but then again with the amount I eat it is probably very reasonable. Parking pass is very expensive for 1 semester ($120). Student ID $10 - crazy. Books are the same as anywhere else and that is outrageous. Hard to find used books because there are so many students looking for the same books.

    What to do for fun

    I have joined a fitness class at night. It starts at 10p and goes to 12p - all I can say is WOW. They have meet and greets, sports activities, study groups, exercise groups and lots more. I have not had a boring night yet. Thank goodness my classes don't start until after 9am. I have been so busy socializing on campus that I have not had the chance to explore off campus yet. Tampa is a huge city and I think I am going to have so much fun living here and going to USF.

    Food and Dining

    Food is major and all I can say about USF's dining facilities is they rock. I eat better than I ate at home. I can eat as much as I want and all the foods I want. They even have vegetarian burgers and they are delicious. I usually eat breakfast and dinner. I live close enough that I can walk and work off some of the calories I eat. Never dreamed that college food could be so good.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an Apartment style dorm. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and family style room. I like that I am able to cook some of my own meals. My room is small but what college dorm room is big? It works. I have a bed, desk, closet and space for all my electronics. I am meeting new people everyday and trying to get out of my own comfort zone and interact with everyone. There are lots of activities for the dorm students and find myself attending more and more of these activities.

    Academic Rigor

    I am taking a full class load and love it. Studying is so different from High School and the homework unbelieveable. Each class has it's own challenges and scheduling time for studying for each one can be difficult. I have never been good at writing and now find myself having to write more than I ever imagined I would have too. Thank goodness my schedule allows me quality study time in the afternoon and leaves me time at night to get involved with other activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think the biggest tip I could give is to make sure you have all your housing arrangements completed before arriving. So many things happen during orientation that it is hard to grasp everything. If I had to do it all over again, I would make arrangements to visit the staff early. Financial Aid is something you also need to make sure you have set before arriving at the college. It is difficult once your classes start to get the time to visit your advisor and work on your financial aid. Stay positive and stay focused. Your future is waiting......

    In three sentences

    1. The Staff is incredible A++. It is my first week of College and everyone has been so helpful. The Dean of Housing personally helped to get my situated when problems arose during orientation and she was instrumental in calming my parents fears. The first couple days were challenging to get all settled in and now that I am, I am loving the apartment style room, and the access I have to everything on the campus. 2. Choice of classes A++. This is my first time every choosing a schedule and classes. Every class that I needed was available and a schedule was created that allowed me the opportunity to get involved in student activities. I ended up making a class change and the new class I signed up for fits perfectly with my other classes and is more geared toward my degree. Kudos to my Advisor for helping me through this difficult week. 3. The food A++ - I signed up for the 15 weekly plan and have enjoyed two full meals a day so far. The selection of food is awesome and will satisfy even the picky eater. It is all you can eat and that is huge when you are a 18 yr old guy. I love having the opportunity to go to more than one dining facility and the hours are great. I have had the opportunity to eat late at night after a long school day and study session.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    This is the best decision I have made at the University. My life revolves around it and I couldn't ask for a better greek organization!

    What to do for fun

    Join the Greek life. There is always a way to give back to the community while you are making friends! There is inter murals which make competition the best!

    Food and Dining

    I did not eat there a lot because it was very repetitive, however, the Marshal center is continuing to expand and I love it!

    Dorm Life

    I was the Vice President of my dorm so I think I made the most out of my experience. I loved having a roommate and made lifelong friends there.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a constant demand to stay on your studies here. You must contact professors for advise when needed and there honors college is the way to go!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join the Greek community or at least get involved in a club! It is easy to make friends with people with similar interest and it is fun. Do not just sit in your room, there is a whole college out there for you to explore!

    In three sentences

    There is beautiful landscaping that completes the campus. There are many diverse students here that want to learn and make friends. This is a great place to make a home.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University is definitely always coming up with new ways to keep students safe and alerting you when something does go wrong. They use e-mail and text messaging blasts, have emergency call/alerting centers located throughout the University campus, and you can always call a school sponsored escorting service if you need a ride around campus late at night.

    What to do for fun

    If you are the athletic/work-out type, there are plenty of options for you on or off campus - check the campus rec center and online sources for full lists of things to do. If you are a shopper, there is a mall down the road; nonetheless, I would advise you travel to the Brandon Mall (about a 20 minute commute). USF is also located close to the amusement park Busch Gardens, and student currently get discounted tickets. You could also get relatively quick access to major road ways for the purpose of traveling to Orlando for other amusement parks or going to the beach - which is basically a year round option because of our beautiful static climate.

    Food and Dining

    The University does provide different dining options for various types of eaters: vegetarians, healthy, on-the-go, and your average student. Some items are great, some places are great, just go to each location and find-out which one you like best. On the norm, Juniper Hall and Champions Choice are favorites.

    Dorm Life

    Try to live off-campus as it is cheaper and you get nicer rooms for the price. I would suggest living on campus at least one year, however to get to know the student body and campus. Dorms here are comparable to other universities just as old.

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard to judge academic rigor as it really depends on your professors, subject matter, and personal preferences. However, I would say that at a base level, it is about average to other competitive schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) If possible, apply to the Honor College (you can still get in after freshman year, if you do not meet freshman entrance requirements). 2) Use all online, in-person, and person-to-person resources for scholarships and other opportunities. 3) Shop around for books at local bookstores before purchasing through the school. 4) If possible, try to rent (figure-out the possibility of you actually referencing your texts after having completed that class). 5) Apply for as many scholarships as possible, even the small ones, and keep all essays as you may be able to reuse them for others or the following application season.

    In three sentences

    Going to the University of South Florida is by far one of the best decisions I have made. Regardless of what your future goals are, there is something for everyone at this university. If you are an accounting major, keep in mind we have some stellar professor in this field and nationally recognized societies/organizations.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being on campus even at night I feel safe, there are blue lights all over campus will call buttons that you can ring for emergency,security and campus police station all within easy reach.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dance groups, musical interests theatre interest, there isn't really a group that I think was missed. There is a club on campus for just about everyone with an interest, and if you don't see a club that would interest you its pretty easy to start your own!

    Bang for the buck

    The Campus Activities Board has lots of events that are free to students be sure not to miss these. Thats a great way to get lots of USF swag!

    What to do for fun

    There is usually something that is happening on campus if you like to put your self out and be a little social. Sororities and Fraternities regularly have parties on campus. Plays and dance concerts happen every semester and if you're into art there is a museum right on campus!

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 separate dining halls on campus and a food court in the Marshall Center. There are also a few places to eat sprinkled throughout campus. Over all the food on campus is pretty good, however, eating out ever day can be expensive on a student budget so packing a lunch is a great option too.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot really rate dorm life as I have never live in the dorms. I can say this the new residence halls look amazing, dining facilities right inside the building (yes Including Starbucks) and mail room. If I had to live on the campus it would probably be there.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is pretty competitive especially if you have a closed program which requires you to apply separately from the initial university application. The only advice I'd have for that is to bring the best you have. The course loads can get tough but there are also plenty of places to study and resources to make sure that you don't have cram the night before your test.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait until the last minute to check and double check things. There are tons of students here, so don't get caught up in the last minute rush, especially when it comes to going to the financial aid office.

    In three sentences

    USF has a beautifully remodeled campus. The facility and staff are very friendly and don't mind helping out. The campus can be rather intimidating with its size, but the best way to learn it is just to jump in.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe going to school at USF, there are many police stations located around the school grounds too !

    Bang for the buck

    Very fun school to attend, worth the money and investments.

    What to do for fun

    You can get involved with many clubs. There are also inter-mural sports you can sign up for. Getting involved in the community is a very good activity and it is easy to become up to date at USF with whats hot and whats going on in the community such as fundraisers and helping other.

    Food and Dining

    Very good food all day long at the cafeterias located in multiple locations across the school grounds.

    Dorm Life

    From what I seen from my friends dorm life can be a challenge and a blessings. I currently live with my parents but if I had a better job with more income then I would too dorm with friends!

    Academic Rigor

    It can be a handful at times, but if you do not get behind on coursework then you should be fine. Study a lot outside of school on your own time, and try to give 110% on everything you learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get behind on course work. Keep up to date with everything going on in each class. Study extra material and get extra help when needed.

    In three sentences

    Very good school to attend. Professors are very intelligent and learning is easy and fun. There are a lot of clubs and community activities that one can join to help better their college experience.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There will always be risk no matter where you go, but Campus PD works hard to keep everyone safe. We have had some incidents in the past though, so be aware and don't do anything explicitly dangerous or advised against (tip: stay in a group when traveling at night for extra safety).

    Greek Life

    We have it. I was never really interested, so I don't have anything to really provide for this topic.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost anything. Doctor Who club, game development club, knitting circle, you name it! If it's not around anymore, there are definitely enough people around to bring it back, and if it's not there yet, you can be the first to start it!

    Great for these types of students

    We are one of the top research schools in the state (maybe the country). If that interest you, then this is the place for you. Also, many of the professors know a guy in the industry and can probably help get your foot in the door if share your interest with the right person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Humans vs. Zombies is pretty big on our campus it seems. Also, don't step on the seal; you'll notice the roped off part of the Student Center when you walk in.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are really strapped for cash, there are plenty of job opportunities around and job fairs every month or so. There also regular events that offer free food if you can keep an ear to the ground. It might take a bit of effort, but you can make it on a budget here.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there is a gym that gets covered in your tuition (so you can go for free if you are a student). There are also numerous fields and courts to play all kinds of sports. Personally, I like to play and work on game development, so the Student Center (4th floor in particular) is one of my favorite spots. It's quite in some areas (if you know where to look) and full in other areas if you're looking to socialize.

    Food and Dining

    If you go to the wrong place, you'll spend a fortune but eat like royalty. If you go to the right place, you'll eat well and spend well. Overall, the Student Center covers most of what you could want if the dining halls don't, but there are some decent places in the surrounding community and the mall as well. Also, there are some grocery stores around as well if you want to cut down on cost and eat even better.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed on campus myself (except for orientation), but from what I've seen going into other people's dorm rooms, they are alright (if you keep them clean). Personally, campus living wasn't in my budget, so I didn't leave home. While some rooms seem quite small, even the smallest room can be manipulated to fit your needs with a bit of elbow grease. Additionally, I don't recall seeing anything smaller than half the average bedroom size (going off my bedroom size) going to any one person's living area.

    Academic Rigor

    While some classes require the standard amount of effort, there are obviously going to be those classes that are so easy you don't need to open the book once or so hard you'll feel like you're failing until the end. For the most part, if you go to class and do all of the work the professor tells you to do, you should be fine. However, if a particular teacher has a bad reputation among the students of that major, make sure to try an easier class with first so you can get your own opinion. A good or bad reputation may only go to show how their teaching style matches up with the average student; you may do poorly with a good teacher or well with a bad teacher, so give everyone chance. As long as you approach every class with an A effort and gauge your abilities/limits well, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leave your Senioritis at the door! Having a strong start is important if you're going to make it at USF. While you would think that your first set of classes would be the easiest classes you'll have, you'd be wrong. They are some of the toughest, and they are your prerequisites to get into your chosen major. Buckle down and make a study plan if you want to be able to 1) sleep, 2) have fun, and 3) pass all your classes. Otherwise, you will only get one or two of those done; at that point, you've missed the point of college in the first place: to improve without torturing yourself. Also don't rush yourself to finish in 4 years; 5 or 6 years is fine since demand for some of the best classes (for example, Computer Animation) can prevent you from getting exactly what you want when you want it. That said, there are plenty of other good classes you can take if you look, and taking one of those might show you something new and fun that you would have never thought about taking otherwise (for example, Computer Networks). If you can't find what you want, go for what you need and keep a good attitude; you can't go wrong!

    In three sentences

    USF is a small (when compared to UF or UCF) but full university campus with everything you could need within walking or driving distance. Just like any other college, there will always be something for you to do in relation to fun or school if you know where to look and who to ask. These years at USF have been the most rewarding years of my life, and I wouldn't trade them for anything.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Some of the cops can be a bit impolite but they do keep you safe.

    Greek Life

    It's not the best. They have houses on campus. However, the office of Fraternity and Sorority life are way too strict and make everything a joke. Fraternity's snitch on each other for no reason.

    What to do for fun

    Go greek, or else you'll literally have nothing to do. You have to be 21 too get into the bars and all the places 18 and up suck. It's also in the middle of the ghetto. But the school itself is not ghetto.

    Food and Dining

    It sucks.

    Dorm Life

    It's okay.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive in some major's while easy at others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your priorities straight and go greek if you can.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is unique in several ways. It has great professor's who truly value their students. However, their administrative staff may be hard to get to or sometimes just don't care.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you have bright futures, get the honors college scholarships, and can get any of the top end scholarships when you get accepted, definitely go. Within a twenty or thirty years USF will be just as prestigious as UCLA or UF, since we get so much money to do research.

    What to do for fun

    Ybor city is nearby if you like clubing. The Greek system is pretty lively, but if you're not into that there's always intramural and there's always the gym and hanging out with any new friends you might have.

    Food and Dining

    For first years get the meal plan, but be prepared to gain weight. Also you'll get used to the food within a month, so have some pocket change when you begin to crave taco bell.

    Dorm Life

    Honors dorms are the best, but dorms like magnolia apartments and cyprus and holly are decent. They can be expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not bad, depending upon the course and professor. Rate my professor is good at guiding this but be careful. Honors college courses are pretty awesome and the teachers there quite good, but you have to be an honors college student to take them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early by around the end of September. USF gives out nice scholarships if you apply early. Visit the campus and see if you like it. Try to get into the honors college. Nice little scholarship, early registration, access to advisers who care, etc.

    In three sentences

    The campus is nice, but when you pick your classes make sure you give yourself some time to get in between classes. There's a bus system so that's nice but it is a commuter campus, so be careful and be prepared to have delays and not have many parking spaces open. Other than that, have fun!

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are golf carts and staff walking around campus on a daily basis -safety team. HOWEVER, don't always rely on them. When walking around campus at night, be careful and go with a friend.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great! So many clubs, its hard to decide on which ones to join. Joining a club requires dedication and a lot of work is put into these clubs/activities...at the same time it's hard to choose just one! Explore and find out which clubs are right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are international students or who like diversity and multicultural clubs and organizations. USF has so many multicultural ethnic organizations and events to in a sense make you feel like home. Diversity is highlighted at usf.

    Bang for the buck

    Clothes and foods on campus are a little pricey for what they're worth. That's why a lot of my friends go outside of campus for food, entertainment and shopping. Those options are affordable. That being said, on campus they're not too expensive to burn you wallet. Get a job on campus, it helps!

    What to do for fun

    Riverfront park is an open park at usf where you can run, bike and/or hang with friends. You can also kayak and canoe there. You also have the rec center gym, events on the daily around campus and shopping centers outside of campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ok. The campus dining halls aren't the best 5 star food places, but they offer a variety of foods and meet the needs of vegetarians and vegans. There are also dining halls like Champion's Choice that offer healthy food options. Aside from dining halls, there are food courts like the Marshall Center that have Moes, Subway, Panda Express, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice like Cypress and Holly, roomy and are close together so you can meet other students who dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes and labs are indeed difficult. You have to really invest your time in studying and researching, doing your homework and actually understanding the material. Some professors are lenient, but many are harsh because they want you to learn. Especially science classes/labs

    Tips for prospective students

    College in general is scary at first, but don't feel overwhelmed because there are people that are there to help you out. USF also has places/programs like the writing center and tutoring labs to guide you if you need assistance in class! Take advantage of the library open 24/7.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great university with everything you need conveniently near you or a short drive away! The campus is very clean, nature friendly and not too crowded. The professors, staff and students I've met are very welcoming and trust me...they are PROUD to be a USF BULL!

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A service called the safe team will take you anywhere on campus you need to go if you do not want to walk anywhere late at night. There is also a driving service for when a student is too drunk to drive home.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are fighting clubs (MMA, Jujitsu) dance/music clubs (latin dance club) geek/nerd clubs (Superwholock, Video game club) class clubs, charity clubs, green energy clubs, and all sorts of others.

    Great for these types of students

    The sky pad is great for the gamers. The library is just right for the all-nighters. Marshall center is great for socializing.

    What to do for fun

    The different events and clubs are fun to go to. The art galleries are beautiful and the speakers are fun to listen to. I love going to the charity events.

    Food and Dining

    Various food choices are healthy and tasty

    Dorm Life

    Easy to get used to. Clean and very convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make of it. If you work hard you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map and learn the acronyms

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful school with great scenery. The buildings are spacious and clean. It is easy to get information and the events are enjoyable.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great security

    Greek Life

    unknown

    Great for these types of students

    focused

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    What to do for fun

    Eat, study, hang with friends

    Food and Dining

    Its college food. There are a lot of local restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized and focused.

    In three sentences

    This is a great clean and friendly campus. The school is easy to navigate around and the staff are amazing. I would recommend classes here.

  • 11/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    anyone. it is a diverse school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    everywhere is fun

    What to do for fun

    football games, movies on the lawn, everything

    Tips for prospective students

    study

    In three sentences

    it is a beautiful campus. has a lot to offer. fun!

  • 11/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I heard there are great dining options around town.

    Dorm Life

    It seems dorm life would be kind of fun here.

    Academic Rigor

    Schedule study time and work hard.

    In three sentences

    This school is very beautiful. Dorms are exactly what I would need and more. Tuition is around what I was looking for.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Engineering,business, nursing majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    scavenger hunt for free USF t-shirt. Very fun to do with friends!

    What to do for fun

    Whether you like to work out or hang with friends. There is quite a bit on this campus to keep you occupied in your down time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades and work hard.

    In three sentences

    A huge and gorgeous campus. There is a plethora of services to help students succeed. Massive four story library with many accommodations.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Theres always a free activity going on during the weekends, as well as parks and things on or near campus to go to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get organized, keep on top of everything, and study the campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is spacious, well organized, and beautiful. The parking can be difficult to find at times but you can usually find a spot somewhere. The professors are dedicated to teaching and the students are motivated to learn.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    My favorite activity is Movie on the Lawn, which is a movie night every two weeks outdoors where the Student Government projects a film on the wall of the bookstore.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options on and off campus, like Einstein Bagels, Moe's, Chick Fil A, Subway, Which Wich, Starbucks, Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but those who do live on campus have expressed their favor with Juniper-Poplar and Cypress.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic integrity and success is extremely important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't try to fit into every group, because you will most likely find people who share your interests at some point.

    In three sentences

    USF has a wonderful student body with tons of Bull Pride, helpful faculty, and so many opportunities to get involved with something you love. If you are interested in meeting tons of new people from all over the world, then this is the university for you. In terms of the academics, there are so many resources available on campus to ensure success - excelling in your courses is a big deal here.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always texts sent out whenever there is a threat to campus and here we have a SAFE team which transports students after 6pm to get them to their destination safely.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to get involved and really know about everything that is going on around campus as well as meet people that you will be able connect with on a plethora of different levels.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 clubs and a plethora of intramural sports so there is something for everyone. Everyone is really friendly and wants you to get involved in becoming a bull!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that wants to come to a great school, get paid to go here, have great classes, get a really awesome college experience, and are really passionate about their future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People love taking pictures on top of the bull and the water tower lights up green when we win football games!

    Bang for the buck

    I am on a full scholarship here and they give out a ton of grants, If you go here, it is unlikely that you are paying for it and everything that you do pay for is really going to good use.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on your interests, there is a ton to do for fun at USF. With over 600 clubs, sports, and events, you're bound to find something that you like. I am apart of a few organizations to help with my career but that doesn't stop me from going to all of the different events on campus. It's only been a few months into this year and they've already had Wiz Khalifa, Deray Davis, and the Lumineers come perform and almost all of the events are free which is great. I really enjoy the Bull Markets every Wednesday where you can get a ton of free things and learn about a ton of different organizations which help you meet people to get involved with other activities!

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls on campus: Fresh Food, Juniper-Poplar, and Champion's Choice as well as a lot of food places that you can use your dining dollars for such as Panda Express, Papa Johns, and Pollo Tropical. The best dining halls are JP and Champion's Choice, but Fresh Food is open until 2am so you have to decide what is best for you at the time. The website to check the menus are always updated and I never go to a dining hall until I check all of them to see which one has the best options . I recommend getting a lot of dining dollars because the food court in the Marshall Center is pretty appealing and if you get a BullBlock plan, the meals and dining dollars will roll over into the next semester.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of pros and cons in living in a dorm for it's a great way to meet people and having a roommate ensures that you'll always have someone to hang out with. However, I cannot stress enough that you should bring earplugs since it can be hard to sleep since the walls are thin. The communal bathrooms are cleaned everyday but you still need to wear shower shoes. Be wary of your roommate for mine moved out while I was in class and took some of my belongings. Other than that, you should be fine. The RA's are nice and super helpful as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the class is dependent upon what class you are taking, but make sure to ask around and look on different websites to make sure that you are getting the best professor possible. Personally, I took a lot of AP and honors classes in high school so the transition wasn't too bad but just get a planner, outline your syllabi, study and stay ahead and you will do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour! You'll never know how you'll feel until you actually get to the school that you're interested in. Experience what it would be like to actually go here by talking to a few students and having a meal at the dining hall. If you can't make it to the campus, make sure to read reviews on anything that you have questions on and don't be afraid to call and get information!

    In three sentences

    The Tampa campus of USF has a lot of diversity with a warm, inviting atmosphere and over 600 different organizations so there is something for everyone to do and get involved with. The scenery is nice and the dining halls aren't too bad either. The professors are very friendly and helpful which is great especially as you are still learning the ropes.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club and activity for every kind of person and every single interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Business majors and health majors! These two programs are extremely large at USF.

    Bang for the buck

    College isn't cheap. But I love being a bull. The people you meet and the experiences you have, on top of the academic rigor, make this the perfect campus for me.

    What to do for fun

    Campus Rec and the Center for Student Involvement always make sure there are plenty of activities. From intramural sporting teams, to various academic and extracurricular clubs, and campus-designated hang out spots, your possibilities are endless. I personally enjoy taking a nice kayak ride down the river at the USF Waterfront Park, attending various Bulls Night Out activities (safe, clean, fun events for students on Friday nights), and hanging out at various locations on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Big name restaurants, healthy food options, loads of coffee shops, and multiple dining halls will make sure you never go hungry or unsatisfied.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus. From what I hear from other students, dorming is expensive, rooms are small, but it is well worth the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are mentally challenging and stimulating. I have to spend a lot of time studying material to understand it all, but the professors try their best to teach it in a way you will understand and appreciate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as early as possible. USF is a large campus with a massive amount of students, so it's easy to get lost in the crowd. If you're shy, work on changing that and get to know people - it will benefit you socially and academically in the long run.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida's Main Campus combines a beautiful landscape and architecture in a focal part of the city that attracts a highly diverse range of students. All of my professors have been very motivated and passionate about their work, and are willing to lend a helping hand when needed; you aren't just a number at USF. You'll never be bored, as there are hundreds of organizations with dozens of activities going on each and every day.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The USF Campus Security is wonderful, they do a great job at keeping the campus safe and the students updated with events around campus. They also provide services to students that are easy to use/take part in, no questions asked.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going on on campus. Clubs will hold events that are open to everyone and are very fun. The university itself also sponsors events that are fun for students to go to.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 600 clubs at USF, and there are multiple other ways to have fun such as: going to the gym, inter-mural sports, three pools, student government sponsored events and so much more. There is no excuse to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food at USF is very good, I love all the choices I have of where to eat and what to eat. Food is accessible just about anywhere on campus, which is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at USF is fantastic! It is a great way to meet new people and make friends. Students have different options to choose from referring to dorm style, so it is easy to find what would work best for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work and work load are rigorous, but not something any student can't handle. As long as you manage your time wisely and work hard success will come easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students include: make a personal schedule for yourself (time management is key to success), don't skip meals to save you time-eating right and being healthy are important factors in your success, and finally, study hard, but make time to make friends.

    In three sentences

    University of South Florida promotes a happy and healthy atmosphere for all students alike; whether you are from Florida, out of state, or foreign exchange, you will always be surrounded by the friendly atmosphere promoted by the university. The university also provides a healthy learning environment with multiple resources for students to use to help them study and learn, such as: the library, tutor and writing centers, study rooms within the dormitories, and much more. Finally, the university works hard to make its students feel at home, the university is willing to make accommodations for students to make them feel more comfortable in their new home.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    :) near Halloween we have a zombie war type thing. You can sign up and via a handkerchief on your head or arm you are a zombie or human in a zombie Apocalypse. I remember walking to class and seeing this girl running like crazy and a pack of zombies after her. Really funny.

    What to do for fun

    On Wednesday Bulls Market is in front of MSC you so can always find free stuff or just have fun. USF also have movies on the lawn; project movie on side of building and just chiil on blanket and watch. The colder the weather the better.

    Food and Dining

    Average. In MSC you have your average fastfood and their are dining halls that are pretty good. Dont have a meal plan so dont know how good dining halls are.

    Dorm Life

    ?????? I have never lived on campus. I commute 30 min everyday from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Totally depends on your major. I am a Biology major so some of the classes like genetics and organic chemistry 1 are really challenging. Also depends on your teacher. Research teacher to see their rates before you take them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is always a hassle after 8:30 am if you are trying to park anywhere near the library. Just park near sundome or spend 30 min roaming around in your car trying to find a space. P.S. This excludes fridays when many people dont come to school.

    In three sentences

    I love USF. The campus is beautiful and the atmosphere is always welcoming. I love all the little nooks there are so you can study peacefully.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Amazing! Always Safe! Remember to park where you are assigned

    Clubs and Activities

    So many for every major! including honors and LGBT

    Great for these types of students

    Science Engineering Theatre

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on!

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food! All the choices you want and even has a food court! Vegan and gluten free friendly

    Dorm Life

    I love staying on campus! Only a five minute walk to class. And it's really clean!

    Academic Rigor

    It's college and teachers treat you like it. I love classes. Teachers are amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour, you'll fall in love. Make sure to go on rate my professors. FInd your study area around campus.

    In three sentences

    I give USF a 10! I love the campus and how it's really big. You will love it and you won't regret going here.

  • 10/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus police is top notch! They kept us safe from a man that sexually assaulted some women close by.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life is almost non-existent. I have yet to meet a frat guy or sorority sister.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres always something to do. You just have to look for it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to any sport related events and join an abundance of clubs!

    Food and Dining

    Food joints are everywhere! Theres always events where theres free food so thats a plus.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in a dorm but I hear its pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    Its pretty tough but you can do it if you set your mind to it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Send in your applications early. See a guidance counselor before selecting classes. Map out your classes!

    In three sentences

    Its very dead in the fact that people aren't very social. Academics are pretty rigorous but the tutoring here is fantastic. Overall, I like the campus but it could be a little more fun.

  • 10/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun lots of students go to the sand volleyball areas around the campus and play with some friends, attend the different events like 'Glow out' or the canoeing trips. Join an organization or club. Go to Busch Gardens or the mall, both of which are right up the street.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not to bad on campus. The dining halls, for the most part, rotate different meals around throughout the weeks, so other than some foods(pizza, stir fry, etc..) it isn't always the same. Also, if you aren't in the mood for the dining hall, there is a Subway, Pollo Tropical, panda express, papa john's, Moe's, and a Ben and Jerry's on campus, plus a few other places.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a traditional style hall is not as bad as many would think. The best part about the dorms is the home-like feeling. It doesn't fell like I have a dorm room, it feels like I am in my bedroom at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming from a high school where not much work had to be done senior or junior year to college where you will study most of your day is a big change. It is because of this change that the academic work may seem a little difficult however, I am quickly learning that the work may really isn't to bad, it is more of spending time to study to information or reaching out to get help that may be difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    To those coming in, or that may soon attend, come in with an open mind. Instead of staying in your comfort zone, branch out to meet many different types of people and try things you always wanted to, but never had a chance to or was to afraid to try. Also, try to make the best out of everything. Some things you will not want to do, but there is good in everything one does. And lastly, do not make a habit of not attending classes. Some instructors may not take attendance, or will not count participation, so some students may not attend class, but 9 times out of 10, the day you miss class will be the day you missed something important that could be valuable later on.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a wonderful school with a great environment. Although it has only been a few months on campus, if has been great to interact with a faculty who seems to genuinely care about teaching students. The university has a great environment and is a great place to be.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The problem with such an open campus is that strangers can walk on or break in. The police on campus are usually really on top of those kinds of things, though. There is a safe team that rides around at night to take students to different places so they don't have to walk alone in the dark. Overall, the safety on campus is exceptional.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't a large part of campus, but it still has its influence. The greek life has a positive reputation on campus and is really fun to get involved in. They put on tons of different philanthropy events. Sororities have a strict no hazing policy. As for fraternities, I have heard that few of them haze.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and activities on campus, and they are very easy to join. Its great for different students to find their specific interests or help find things that can boost their resume.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for any type of student, really. As long as you want to work hard and do your best, this is a great campus for you.

    What to do for fun

    There's tons to do for fun on campus. Typically, most students spend their time going to the different open fields to play, going swimming, participating in different events, going to the Rec Center, joining clubs, intramural sports, hanging out with friends, or going off campus to anywhere around Tampa. There is even more than that to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall typically has everything you could want. With a buffet style, it is a great place. As for food itself, I believe that sometimes it can be questionable. Otherwise, there are many different fast food/dining areas of chain restaurants, which are great and convenient.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life here. I have stayed in both suite style and apartment style and have so far loved both. Living on campus has tons of benefits. The dorms are somewhat smaller, but are well kept and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    As for academic rigor, it is necessary to stay on top of the game, sort to speak. Being prepared for classes and homework makes it a lot easier. There is a lot of homework that comes with academics, but not enough to get lost in.

    Tips for prospective students

    As for tips for prospective students... I would say to take advantage of everything this campus offers to new students. There are so many ways to get to know different people and to participate in any activity you like or think you may like. Also, be very organized when it comes to classes, and plan accordingly to homework and tests, because compared to high school, it could get overwhelming.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida Tampa Campus is absolutely beautiful. There is SO much do to get involved, and there are many opportunities to participate in different events. There are many diverse people to meet and learn from as well, which makes the campus that much more interesting.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for all types of students. There are great music and dance programs, as well as science and history.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are round seats near the Science Center and the Multi-Disciplinary Center that are actually atoms cut in half. There is also a tree near the Chemistry building that is so big that the branches now touch the ground.

    Bang for the buck

    Books are expensive and not always necessary so I'm always checking with professors to see if they are required.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on either with clubs or student associations. Food trucks park near Cooper and the Big Red Bus is a good way to give back to the community.

    Food and Dining

    The Starbucks in the library is always busy, so a nice alternative is the coffee kiosk in the Business building. However, healthy options for food would be nice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and have a neighborhood ambiance to them.

    Academic Rigor

    Ratemyprofessor.com is a good way to navigate which professors to take for which classes, but at the end of the day, the only way to know how a class is going to go is to know yourself and the manner in which you respond to academic challenges. The classes at USF vary in difficulty but they are always interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live off campus, get to campus early because the good parking lots fill up quickly. Make sure to bring a sweater to class because the buildings are kept fairly cool. Get involved with your advisor and stay in contact with the university in order to stay on track and get the most out of those who have already completed their educations.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful but parking is hectic. The classes are very interesting and there is an abundance of choices to explore. The campus is concentrated and easy to navigate.

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    What can the Greek Life contribute to my schooling?

    Food and Dining

    How goods the food? Is it fast food or is it resturant quality type stuff?

    Dorm Life

    How big are the dorms? Does it have the homie feel to it?

    Academic Rigor

    How difficult are the teachers? Is the school ridiculously hard because I have had a taste of college academics when I duel enrolled at Lake Sumter.

    In three sentences

    This looks like the perfect school for me and I fee like I can really get accepted. Its close to home with a really reasonable price compared to alot of other schools I've looked at. Also I hear it has a really good pharmacy program which I am striving for.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    USF has a great variety of fun activities, whether it is to join the stampede and be part of the marching band, or to go out for some fun intramurals such as ping pong or ultimate frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    We have a very broad selection on campus ranging from Chinese food to Beef O' Bradys to subway.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorms, but from what I have heard people are really enjoying the campus facilities and life on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes have gone at a pace that is fair and allows you to learn without feeling left behind. If you have questions the professors are always available in office hours or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Even if you don't know what you want to do, get out there and try everything, you will be welcomed and learn more about yourself. 2) Make yourself known to everyone you meet. 3) Leave an impression that will make you stand out among the crowd.

    In three sentences

    USF has harbored some of my fondest memories while in college. The school has provided me with opportunities normally not available for someone with a not perfect GPA. The faculty thus far has really known their trade and helped me understand my goals and achieve them as well.

  • 09/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It seemed like it was in a lovely centrally located area.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus features 5 different safety programs to ensure the campus is safe, especially at night, including guardian angel, police, safety team, security, and the blue light method.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 clubs and activities on the USF-Tampa campus any student can get involved in. The campus really stresses getting involved.

    What to do for fun

    Specifically the first two weeks of school, there is the Week of Welcome(WOW0 event that features activities all day everyday from various organizations around campus. The campus features over 600 clubs/organizations and numerous intramural sports clubs.

    Food and Dining

    So many meal plans that fit any eating style. The cafe features about four different bars that each serve something different.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice for new students. Most of the dorms have been kept in good shape. It is also a way to meet and mingle with other people.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has multiple academic majors and minors that most students want to pursue. The university's colleges are committed to promoting globally-competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that support intellectual development, and skills that will be expected at any professional company or agency.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not have a car, stay on campus where you will have access to just about everything. The BullRunner will take you to or near anywhere you need to go.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a great, homely learning environment. Even more, it is a beautiful, well groomed, campus. In addition to a countless amount of learning resources, the campus features many friendly people always willing to lend a helping had.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus and off campus too. Get involved in clubs so that you can meet friends and get involved in social events. Also try to go to at least one of the football games and talk to people in your dorm....for the most part everyone is friendly and are eager to make friends as much as you are.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is great but it can get tiresome after a while luckily we have restaurants on campus like Subways, Pollo Tropical (google this if you've haven't heard of it....it's awesome), Beefs O Brady, Panda Express, Moe's and others to quench your appetite.

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of living arrangements on campus, it really depends on you're comfort level. My first semester here I stayed in Juniper Poplar (JP for short), a suite style hall, and the space was awesome. My roommate and I never got into each others way and there was space for anything but if you're the type of person that can't share a share a bathroom with two other people then apartment style is the place for you. On the other hand if you're the super social type then traditional is where you want to be. I'm currently living in Beta and even though my room is small...it's a really great space to live in because everything is so near. An important tip for traditional style dorms is to make sure you can at least get a long with your roommate like I said the space is small, so if you have tension with your roommate it is better to get out early. Other than that living on campus for whatever style dorm you have won't be awful.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here at USF can be challenging at times and if you're not managing your time properly getting behind in a class can happen easily. It is really important that you set aside time to study, the social scene here can really take up a lot of your time so setting aside time is crucial for your success. Also write down when you have major assignments due anywhere if it helps because for the most part it worth most of your grade for the semester. If you're not a morning person like I am then make sure you pick classes later in the day, trust me you don't want to wake up late for class...ever, because you can miss a lot of important information. Finally when picking classes go, no run to rate my professor. College is about survival more than anything else and a major part of that survival is having the best professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    The key to admissions at USF is a strong essay and standardized scores. Although you can get by with average scores, it is better to be on the higher end because the admissions process is a rigorous just like most other schools. Also take a tour of our campus or the campus of any schools you've applied to, to see whether you can see yourself here. If you're not in love then this should be a sign that this school is not for you. On your tour ask questions!! I can not stress this enough, because accepting enrollment at a college is probably one of the biggest decisions you'll make in your life. Also don't be afraid to call the admissions office if you have questions about your admissions.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is truly one of the best institutions in the state of Florida. Not only is it located in middle of a major city: Tampa but the academic and social opportunities here are countless. Ranked one of the greenest campus in the United States, USF is dedicated to providing an energy-sustainable as well as a healthy environment for all its students. Our campus is one of the most beautiful campus in the state of Florida as well as in the nation. When walking to class from anywhere on campus there are beautiful sculptures as well as landscape to admire. Making the decision to come to USF is one of the best decisions I have made.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can do everything. From movies on the lawn, to food parties, to actual house parties. This University has it all. Organized book reads, fun markets at the MLK center, and concerts. USF offers a variety of activities that students can participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious! Ranging from healthy choices to delicious treats the dining halls have everything. Make sure to get the meal plan because passing up such delicious food will be difficult. The staff is super friendly in the dining halls and the university offers different types of meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    The people are friendly. It is very fun with all the activities that the University of South Florida offers.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on my experience in the Business department the classes are challenging however if you show up to every class you are sure to succeed. The professors will never set you up for failure, instead they will help and guide you. Brilliant undergrad research program that is available to even incoming freshman,

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded. Join clubs that you are interested in because the University of South Florida has over 600 different clubs, there is something for everyone! Be yourself never fall under peer pressure. Be safe and enjoy your once in a lifetime experience. Make new friends, try new things, don't be afraid to step out of your safety zone.

    In three sentences

    Amazing campus with diverse culture all around. Amazing professors, that are knowledgable and approachable. I love the experience I have been getting at University of South Florida, from the faculty to the campus and to the Business program, I love it all.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although the entrances to the campus are main roads through & through; there is a county police office just a few minutes away & 2 hospitals on campus. Throughout the campus there are Blue Call Boxes with phones for emergency to have campus police by your side at any given moment.

    Great for these types of students

    This university is great for students that are hoping to get that ideal university experience. USF's plethora of sports, club, & education opportunities makes it stand out. If you are looking for easy & boring, this is not the place.

    Bang for the buck

    For the level of quality you receive here at USF, the price is definitely not as bad as I expected when I first applied here. The financial aid staff is really helpful & want you to be able to pay for your classes. You are able to get a college education & live life at the same time; not scrounging around for pennies.

    What to do for fun

    USF is located in Tampa, Florida and there are plenty of things to do if you're feeling a little bored. There are 2 amusement parks just 5 minutes away from the campus and plenty of clubs & bars for a good night on the town.

    Food and Dining

    From Einstein's Bagels to Beef O' Brady's, our campus dining has it all. At USF you will always find a place to eat that will suit your appetite. The Food Court has 5 restaurants to choose from & there's a Champions Choice for those athletic ones that like to eat a little healthier.

    Dorm Life

    If you are able to live on campus, make sure you do so! There is so much to do & so many people to meet. The dorms are perfect for a few roomates & you really feel at home. There is never a dull moment here at USF.

    Academic Rigor

    It's no community college, or like any school I've attended. The professors care about getting you the knowledge & it's all up to you to make sure you soak it in. It can get difficult, but if you're focused it can definitely be done.

    Tips for prospective students

    In searching for your university, be sure to stay open-minded, this campus is whatever you want to make it. Its large, yet inviting & if that's for you then make sure you've done everything necessary to apply. Don't be afraid to just go for it.

    In three sentences

    From medical degrees to education degrees, the opportunities available at USF are endless. The staff is welcoming & so helpful to make sure you experience everything to the fullest. Not many schools have such a wide variety of degrees & sports to choose from in such an atmosphere; I love it.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 87 of 425

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    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of events on campus so make sure to read the newsletter so you know whats going on!

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are expensive, The food in certain dining halls was sub par, but theyve stepped it up after complaints were made. They have a lot of variety and are adding more and more.

    Dorm Life

    I honestly cant rate this because I dont live in a dorm. I know friends who say that they enjoyed it because they got to know people on campus and make friends. Convenient to be on campus for classes, and to attend events. Meal plans are expensive though.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes are hard, depending on the teachers you get, so be prepared to spend hours in the tutoring center, library, or with your face in a book studying!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up reviews on all teachers so that you can choose the best one for you. Make sure to use the tutoring lab in the library- there are great tutors there and its free. Take early morning or evening classes to avoid having a hard time finding parking. Apply to as many scholarships and grants as possible, and do whatever work study programs you can. Participate in as many as the events the school has to offer, youre paying for them in your fees so why not enjoy them? One great thing about this school is that they offer a lot of free events that are really good. Keep an eye out for trucks giving free things away, sometimes they hand out free drink or food!

    In three sentences

    Parking tends to be hard to find unless you have early morning classes, and the permits are quite expensive. Classes tend to be pretty big, and most of the teachers I have encountered arent all that helpful, though Ive had a few awesome professors as well. The cost of tuition keeps rising, and there arent enough scholarship opportunities to help with balancing out the cost.

  • 08/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are events that happen once a week that the school sponsors that are always fun to attend.

    Food and Dining

    Food is always good, especially when orientation is going on. From breakfast to dessert, you'll love it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is all about perspective. Make friends and make the dorm your second home. Get comfortable and you'll be perfect wherever you're staying.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will challenge you and help you become academically strong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in what you like and quickly. Do not wait until the last minute to do anything. Do not stress over the small stuff.

    In three sentences

    Allows students to be themselves and express themselves through a variety of clubs. Friendly to all new comers and welcome to help anyone who asks for it. Excellent programs and professors set to help students reach their goals.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Throughout campus are blue light safety buttons if a student is in danger as well as security consistently driving around on golf carts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Outside of the art department is a low hanging tree in which students tend to climb and lay on for an afternoon nap or study session.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on such as movies on the lawn or dance classes. There's also the Museum of Science and Industry as well as a mall across the street. USF's Marshall Center also has a floor dedicated to those who love playing videogames. There's also free on campus art museum and performances put on by the theater and dance departments.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining options including buffets if you have a meal plan as well as chain restaurants such as Beef O'Brady's, Subway, Starbuck's, Pollo Chicken, among others throughout campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others, depends on the classes you're taking and how much effort you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the Marshall Center and don't be afraid to immerse yourself in the on campus activities. Make sure to head to campus early if you're driving so you can find a parking spot. It's worth parking where your last class is and walking to the rest so that you don't worry about finding parking throughout the day.

    In three sentences

    USF is a very large campus which can be quite intimidating, but once you find your way around it's quite comfortable. It's very clean and feels safe, but needs more parking, if you're not careful you could end up driving around for thirty minutes waiting on somewhere to park.

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Great meal plans and on campus dining

    Dorm Life

    Great Dorms, love the learning communities

    Academic Rigor

    Its Not too hard so dont worry

    Tips for prospective students

    Defenitley tour the campus

    In three sentences

    A Great Campus with A really great feel.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many attractions around Tampa. Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Museum of Science and Industry, Lowry Park Zoo, IKEA, sporting events, concert venues, and a short drive to the beautiful beaches of Pinellas County.

    Food and Dining

    Being located in Tampa, there is pretty much any chain restaurant as well as numerous local finds. On campus, the Marshall Center has plenty of options to meet your hunger needs.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus, but many more people are now choosing to live on campus. Dorms are fairly new.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on which class you are taking, course work and difficulty is moderate. USF is known to be an easier state school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a decent high school GPA and a few extracurriculars.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great choice for those who may not have the highest GPAs but are dedicated to attending college. There is lots of diversity on campus and being located in Tampa is a big plus for dining, living, activities, and night-life. Becoming more of a live-on campus instead of a commuter campus which is great for new freshmen.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus. Weekly emails are sent to you with note-a-bull newsletter, explaining the different activities and service projects available.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of restaurants on campus, Subway, Moe's Chick fil A, Pollo Tropical, etc. And you are able to use your Bulls Bucks at these locations.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! Full of activities on campus and the flexibility of having everything within walking distance.

    Academic Rigor

    Form study groups and schedule appointments with professor and Teaching Assistant (TA)

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet new people by getting involved!! There are over 400 student run organizations.

    In three sentences

    University of South Florida is a well rounded institution. It is a well known within the Tampa Bay community and other areas for the amount of research it provides to students and staff. USF offers an abundant amount of activities to grow, from leadership skills to social organizations.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    USF offers a lot of dining options. While the cafeteria food is not always the best, there are different places to eat in the Marshall Center that offer more gourmet options. I like the fact that the ANDROS eating area is open late night for those who need a study break.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus and had a GREAT experience. I decided to move off campus after my second year because it was more cost effective. I would suggest living on campus at least your first year because it gives you time to adjust to your new life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be very strenuous, especially if you are in a research driven major. I find these classes to be a little more intensive. Most teachers are willing to help but it's hard to find academic independence when one is expected to follow the midset of the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to always speak with an academic advisor to ensure you take the correct courses. If possible, try to balance your work, school, and personal lives without letting one rule over the other. Stay on top of any work assigned and make sure to make the most of your time while at the university. USF is a great school and I am proud to call myself a Bull!

    In three sentences

    Overall I would give the University of South Florida a 7 out of 10 in regards to rank. The school offers many challenging programs and extra-curricular activities for its students. While providing many general education courses, it becomes harder to find availability for classes in one's major.

  • 08/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a sorority/fraternity. Join a club or organization.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food isnt always great. But theres different dining halls to choose from so its possible to find something you will like.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and is also a great way to make new friends. living on campus makes it easier to get involved without having to worry about the commute. take time to look at all the dorm buildings to see which one is better suited for you. Some dorms look better than others.

    Academic Rigor

    Its possible to do well in all your classes as long as you do your best and work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    the best way to make your college experience fun and enjoyable is to get envolved and make new friends.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great university to attend. Its a big school so there's always an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Life at USF is never boring because there's always something going on.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus P.D is every where you need them to be. Safety polls are never out of reach and if you don't feel safe. call the safe team to come get you at anytime for any reason.

    Greek Life

    A great thing. Being surrounded by a bunch of people who want to be successful just like you.

    Clubs and Activities

    more then 600 clubs and groups. cant find one you like? make your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    well... come on down and find out.

    Bang for the buck

    Do not worry about the price. the price they show is the sticker price. Just like a car it is always below that.

    What to do for fun

    Well, there is plenty to do! movies on the lawn, man hunt, basket ball, football, soccer, racquetball. Then of course you have the gyms and pools.

    Food and Dining

    Oh my god! the food here is amazing! There are so many choices from your favorite quick bites.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are awesome! you meet new people, new friends and it really lets you get acclimated to campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars because like I said they are on their way to being one of the best schools in the state.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, USF is a great school and is only getting better and better each year. With that being said do NOT be scared about college in general, especially when applying for the school of your choice.

    In three sentences

    This Place is awesome, if there was a star system it would get 5 out of 5. Every one is so nice here and they help so much. The staff is great and your peers are really awesome as well!

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can't speak for the safety very well, due to the fact that I've never had a problem on campus. But I'm sure the system works well.

    Clubs and Activities

    One of the clubs I joined, Ice Skating Club, fell apart due to lack of group activity. But most other groups have been doing very well.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want an adventure, want to make life-long friends, and have a need to connect with others would definitely have a blast at USF.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a botanical garden at which yoga classes ensue, a farmers' market is set up on campus a couple times a year, and for most Psych majors students have exit requirements, such as capstone classes, that must be taken to graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    I was able to get the same bang for my buck as I did from the previous school I attended, Florida Atlantic University, and yet USF is more expensive.

    What to do for fun

    The student life here is pretty active, so no matter the student's interest, there is usually something to do. New students can attend social events specific to their passions, such as PRIDE (a similar club to Gay, Straight, Alliance) and plenty of Christian groups. On some Wednesday nights during the Fall and Spring terms, there are movie showings on the lawn at the center of campus. The gym is also very popular for some sports clubs and general exercising.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I can't comment on the majority of the places to get food, since I haven't had the chance to eat at many of the places. But, regarding the food places in the Marshal Student Center, they are decent and the wait for food isn't too long at the right times.

    Dorm Life

    Can't comment on the dorm life, since I've never lived in the dorms here nor do I have friends that live there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I've taken so far are rigorous, but not impossible to achieve a good grade in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't study for exams at the last minute and make sure you read the syllabus for each class. Some professors are lenient with grading and class conduct, but others not so much.

    In three sentences

    This school is full of passionate professors, who mostly grade fairly. The student life, especially clubs, is fairly active and tries to engage everyone. The campus is also very clean and secure.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are beaches and clubs near by and bulls nights out on fridays

    Food and Dining

    dont get a meal plan if you dont have to

    Dorm Life

    More for sleeping than anything else unless you have some really good friends

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best research schools. tons of honors classes and research opportunaties

    Tips for prospective students

    Go for suite or apartment style dorms. Buy the cheapest meal plan

    In three sentences

    USF is a diverse campus. There is a lot to do to meet new people and get involved. Anyone would fit in.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe on campus, no matter what the time of day. My favorite safety utility is the SAFE TEAM. All you have to do is call the SAFE TEAM and they will come get you and take you home. Say you're at a party and you're in a vulnerable position and you'd like to get home safely. All you do is call the safe team and they will be at your location to take you home in less than five minutes. Another safety tool the campus has is when you call a certain number on campus, tell them where you are and how long you think it will be before you get home. If you don't call that number back by the time you originally told them they will call you to make sure that you're okay. If they don't get a response, they call the police to come and find you and make sure that you're safe. The campus also has blue emergency towers with buttons that you can press in case of an emergency. You can press the buttons tower after tower and the police will be able to track your location and be able to tell where you're headed so that they can get you to safety. The University of South Florida is a very safe university.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of South Florida has over 600 clubs and organizations on campus and if you feel there isn't a club that fits you, you can make one.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of South Florida is a great college for any type of student. There is literally something for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't forget to rub the bull's butt for good luck in the Marshall Student Center.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus. I promise. In the six weeks I've been here at USF, I've attended an orientation carnival, where you can play games, win prizes, and even get a henna tattoo or have an engraved braided bracelet made. You can also get cotton candy, snow cones, and popcorn at the carnival. I have also attended various spontaneous events where Student Government has provided free ice cream sandwiches to student. Other activities I've attended include a man hunt competition, Glow in the Park event, a group picnic where we went kayaking and played volleyball, and even A Movie on the Lawn. Remember that I've only been here for six weeks. Imagine all of the events that will be held once everyone is here in the fall for a sixteen week semester.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining on campus are pretty good. The food court in the Marshall Student Center is my favorite place to get food. There is a Chick-Fil-A, Papa Johns Pizza, Subway, Moe's Southwestern Grill, and Panda Express in the food court. There is also a section where you can get different sushi rolls, fresh salads, and deli sandwiches. Jamba Juice and Einstein Bros. Bagels are also located in the Marshall Student Center along with Beef O Brady's. The University of South Florida is the only college campus in the state of Florida that has a Beef O Brady's. We also have a Pollo Tropical. There are about three or four dining halls on campus including Juniper Dining, the Fresh Food Market, and Champion's Choice. Here you can get quality home-cooked meals in case you ever miss your mom's homemade food. You can choose from the American Diner, The Steakhouse, the Salad Bar or the Fresh Food section where vegetarian meals can be prepared to meet your needs. There are also two Starbucks on campus and Pod Markets as well. Pod Markets are little stores where you can buy snacks and other small foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing! I currently live in Juniper-Poplar, the most recent dorm added to our beautiful campus. You can either live in traditional style dorms, suite style dorms, or apartment style. I prefer the suite style dorms because you can still maintain your privacy while continuing socialization with your pod mates on your floor. Traditional style dorms are too much for me, there's smaller rooms and everyone is just crowded together. Apartment style is too secluded for me. I would enjoy the privacy but you don't really get to socialize as much with those in the dorms around you because you would be confined to your room and your roommates in your apartment. You'd have to take the extra step to become social. Suite style are right in the middle of traditional and apartments. I think most people actually prefer suite style to the others, but to each his own.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are rigorous, but not too overwhelming. I attended a college preparatory high school in Florida so the work load is normal to me. Just be prepared to read your textbooks and study every night to make sure you know the materials you need to know to achieve in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really don't have any tips for prospective students except that they will absolutely fall in love with the campus and everything about it. Just learn your way around campus, work with your teachers and they will work with you, and just be open to try new things with the new friends you will make during your time here at USF.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love everything about USF. I've only been here for six weeks but it is the most diverse and welcoming campus. Everyone is so open and friendly to new experiences with new people.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have campus cops that patrol the area and are generally friendly.

    Greek Life

    five hundred dollars never bought me so many friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs, I couldnt begin to tell you just how much there is to do for club activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart people, diligent learners, anyone who wants to do research in a science field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They do a giant game of tag that is zombie themed and campus wide, it's a pretty fun thing.

    What to do for fun

    Clubbing, drinking, gaming, movies, academic clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The Lunch menu is pretty good at the USF Cafe, but, they only have so many food options they'll prepare so pretty soon you'll have eaten the whole menu and be sick of it all.

    Dorm Life

    The USF Dorms are over priced, live in an apartment that is on campus instead and you'll save thousands.

    Academic Rigor

    You should have something to do every single day if you are actually caring about your courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    The parties and good times can always wait till after you've finished your week's work.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful verdant sprawl of educational empowerment. A place where I can be on my own happily. Also, their lunch menu ain't to bad neither.

  • 07/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It has a beautiful campus with many things to do outside of class. You could go out to one of the many restaurants or bars and socialize. There is always some kind of activity going on around the campus somewhere, you just have to look for it sometimes.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of choices for lunch and there are always restaurants outside of the campus. My personal recommendation is Moe's. They have some of the best burritos around.

    Dorm Life

    I choose to not live in the dorms for financial reasons. But from what I hear its a pretty good experience. So long as you get good flat mates I suppose.

    Academic Rigor

    It has university level courses so its what you should expect when applying to one. With a little effort and a decent attendance its not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its not really a hard school to get in to so long as your GPA isn't terrible. A 2.5 is enough to get in without any prior college experience and if you are coming in from a community college with a degree they will let a 2.0 slide.

    In three sentences

    Overall I would rate it a 4.5 out of 5. I haven't been to many university campuses but this one is very clean and while it is overwhelming at first, its easy to find your way around. The Florida weather really adds to its charm by making it warm all year long.

  • 07/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Just opened a new dining hall specific to healthy food and fit for athletes. Champions Choice (aptly named) is right next to the gym and serves great meals. There are many other dining halls that all have their own pizazz, Juniper has a diverse selection, Andros is open until 2am.

    Dorm Life

    Magnolia and Holly are apartment style, which is great! Next best option would be Juniper/Poplar but these are all expensive or reserved for honors college. So keep the grades up now and get the good dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    FKL's are easy. Classes will get harder as you move into 3 and 4 thousand level classes. Find what you like and stick with it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the career center, everybody thinks about or changes their major. This isn't a bad thing, you're supposed to find what suits you best and they will help! Hopefully you can find your calling early, if not, they'll walk you through every step of the process. Get involved. There are thousands of students who have common interests as you no matter how bizarre. Join a group and put yourself out there.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with a diverse set of students that are open to helping and learning. Commuter Campus: 40,000 students during the day, 5,000 at night. *possible exaggerations Great career center to help you get on track and find your calling.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus, but if you don't they will pick you up and driver you in a golf cart to your destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the pre- vet club on campus, it's super informative about things I need to know for my future career.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who truly want to learn in a great environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm only a sophomore so I don't about to many traditions or special spots on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are super expensive! But I believe they'll be worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    On campus bull market is usually pretty fun off campus they're are a ton of different things to do outdoors, in a mall or at a club.

    Food and Dining

    I Love the food options on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I personally don't live in a dorm so I don't have too much to say but the one I went in was nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very rigorous (of course depending on your major) and the teachers usually help with questions or problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get there early to get good parking spots in the garages and be very familiar with the amenities on campus.

    In three sentences

    This campus is very clean and most importantly I feel very safe. The atmosphere on the campus is a great one, very easy to study on. The teachers are usually care about the student needs and are willing to help.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    for students who are independent learners, students who want to do research

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    really nice waterfall at main entrance

    What to do for fun

    there are tennis clubs, rock climbing club, almost 700 types of

    Food and Dining

    food is decent

    Academic Rigor

    It's a research school your on your own

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all your research on the school and be sure to stay on top of Financial Aid, Admissions, etc. They tend to drop the ball alot

    In three sentences

    Your a number

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    4 Dining Halls (I believe) and many more options to use with your Flex Bucks

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are amazingly gorgeous and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    SAT requirements aren't super high, but ACT and GPA are on the level you should be at.

    In three sentences

    The campus truly gives you the feel of going to college in Florida! It is a gorgeous and modern campus. The city of Tampa is where you want to be.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go to the rec center or gym, FEED THE DUCKS!, hop in one of the pools, keep up to date on the endless events USF has and just GO CHECK THEM OUT. Usually there's random free pizza flying everywhere. Oh, and if you just love and care about every culture in this entire world, USF has a 99% chance of having a festival dedicated to every single culture and continent in the universe. It's ridiculous but awesome.

    Food and Dining

    In the marshall center, the food there are a bunch of fast-food chains. But it's never done any bad for me, and it's usually my choice of dining. Our Jamba Juice is great, and the hidden Boar's Head in the BSN building is God-Sent. We have a pollo tropical, and I'm not TOO crazy about it. We have dining halls but apparently they're under new management due to workers passing out raw chicken or rotten eggs. The only dining hall that NO ONE has complained about is Champions Choice, which I want to visit but never had the chance to yet.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on campus yet, but I will in fall 2013. I've stayed in a suite dorm before. The beds are cardboard, so it's probably necessary to get 50 pounds of padding for your 2 inch wide bed. You need to decorate your dorm like crazy or else it will look like an insane asylum. It's probably best not to stay cooped up in the dorm, and instead go meet people in your hall. At least you get instant hot water in these dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    My opinion most likely does not fit everyone's situation when it comes to academics. The suggested credit hours that USF wants you to take are 15 credits a semester. I usually go over this amount and add more to my plate than necessary. Even so, I feel like college is just a bunch of AP classes I took in high school. It's almost impossible to overwhelm me or make me feel like I can't do something. My mind is wired to think of things in a simple, cut-to-the-chase manner that allows me to complete my work accurately and RAPIDLY. I find myself having loads of free time because of my work ethic. If you're a slow worker, get distracted by small details, don't focus on the main picture, and get overwhelmed easily... you might want to change your attitude. Drastically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some administration of USF are there to help you, and others seem to care less. Since you're an adult now, you need to get up and do things for yourself and not rely on your parents to talk sense into some audacious administration. Academic advisers are extremely helpful, and so are tutors. It's easy to get caught up in the endless, random celebrations USF has, but remember what you're here for: Education.

    In three sentences

    USF's atmosphere is wonderful. The people are nice, the teachers 9 times out of 10 are helpful and great, and the scenery is calming. I give USF a rating of a 9.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens!

    Food and Dining

    I heard that the cafeteria food was ehh but they have Moes and Chick fil A (among other things)

    Dorm Life

    Poplar Hall (which we toured) is very nice. The suites are pretty cool, bigger than I expected.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't say much about this because I haven't taken a class here

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bike! The campus is very spread out.

    In three sentences

    Very nice campus. I toured last week. I think that it is an excellent commuter school. Busch Gardens is also near by which is a plus

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent, we have emergency polls throughout the entire campus and our own escorting service by students after hours

    Greek Life

    Awesome,although a little rowdy

    Clubs and Activities

    all, particlarly one of your own culture and intrests or even MAJOR

    Great for these types of students

    an open mind and willingness to learn

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Miss USF and stampede of service are crucial

    Bang for the buck

    If you have a passion for anything in life create your own student orgization at this university. Not only will they support your passion but you will have a chance to impact other students as well

    What to do for fun

    all events on campus you wont regret it

    Food and Dining

    all you can eat but expensive

    Dorm Life

    Excellent in rewarding. PLus its madatory for freshmen

    Academic Rigor

    USF has a free tutoring center on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    -go to all free food events -become active in a student orginaztion we have over 200 -look online and in the library to save money on textbooks -go to Stampede of service every year

    In three sentences

    USF is the most diverse and community oriented university that i have ever had the pleasure of attending. I have not been to a univesity who supports their student's econmimally,socially and or developmentally than this school. I am excited to complete my bachleors degree from this school within the following year and look forward to using the skills they have taught me in my community.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    USF is a social community both on campus and online. There are many different USF groups where students sale discounted books, dorm supplies, clothes, technology, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    USF has typical college dining and also well known fast food and restaurant dining such as Chik-fil-a, Burger King, Moe's, Beef O Bradys and much more. There are even vegetarian and healthy food options. First year students must have a meal plan for the first year.

    Dorm Life

    USF has many different types of dorms from traditional to suites that can have as little as 4 to as many as 8 people as well as apartment style living with one person to a room but four people living together.

    Academic Rigor

    USF provides a wide variety of majors and minors for undergraduate and graduate studies. This school is good for student wanting to enter the medical field but still haven't decided what exactly they want to do because there are specific programs and majors to will help you gain experience to finding what you want to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely search through the clubs to find ones that are match with your major because that can help with your students. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask students who have been at the school a while questions because it is surprisingly helpful information.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is very friendly and inviting. From advisors, teachers, and students it seems that everyone genuinely wants to help you succeed. The school offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular programs so that no matter what you can find a place to fit in and feel welcomed.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Theres the bulls club! you can always go canoeing or kayaking at the local park and lets not forget Tampa's beautiful beaches!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you work hard cause grades can creep up on you!

    In three sentences

    Great School! Cool People! Great Medical Program.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue button system scattered across campus. It's an emergency 911 button, that when pushed will notify authorities. It's something similar to public phone boots scattered all over campus, but instead, it's just a little pole with a blue button on it. Every button is within eyesight of another button. It's hard to miss them, they're everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Lacking. Empty. A joke. If you're looking to make Greek life part of your college experience, and is a big deal, choose another school.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is cheap, from what I hear, compared to most other major universities. They also hold the record for most scholarships given to minority students (notice a correlation?). You get your degree, you get the college experience, but it feels lacking. Greek is a joke, nothing compared to Greek life at other schools.

    What to do for fun

    It's Tampa, strip capital of the world (haha j/k). But really, you're in the city. Plenty of clubs to attend, parties all the time, events on campus going constantly. There's plenty to do when you're not busy with school work. Just get out and do it.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is cafeteria food. It improved toward the end of my freshmen year due to the media getting involved, but that was only the last few months. The rest of the time the food was mediocre and repetitive at best.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. They do what they have to, provide you with a place to sleep, a desk, and functioning internet. Anything/everything else is just a luxury. You're at college, not a 5-star hotel.

    Academic Rigor

    Dependent on your major of course, and the individual student. There are always those that will slide through with minimal effort, unfortunately those few do not represent the majority. Study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try, it's not high school. Use the tutoring options available, there is no shame in getting help. Who's the bigger idiot: the student with too much pride to ask for help, and fails because of it, or the student who can admit they're struggling, gets the tutoring they need, and passes the class.

    In three sentences

    Aesthetically pleasing campus. Transportation is fluid and usually not a hassle. You are unfortunately only a number, get used to it.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue Light system, USF Police Department, Safe Team, etc. I feel as though the campus is safe and secure as long as you don't go out looking for trouble.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition most students do at least once is getting on the big bulls in front of the Marshall Center after dark and taking pictures. Don't ask me why, but everyone does it at least once in their time at USF. Also, the water tower lights up in green and gold when the USF football team will a game, and finally, every Wednesday there is a thing called the Bull Market outside of the Marshall Center. At the Bull market there are lots of giveaways and plenty of things to purchase as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on around campus. The week of welcome probably harvests the most events all year. This takes place in the beginning of each semester to welcome new students to the school. There are tons of free prizes and free events that can help you get acquainted with USF. Other events this past year included Ludacris concert for homecoming, All American Rejects, Hot Chelle Ray concert second semester, Foam party, football games, etc. In addition, there is a huge night life scene not too far away in Ybor city if you have transportation and a lot of food places open late all around campus.

    Food and Dining

    While the dining hall food isn't entirely bad, it does get old after a while. By the end of the semester you'll be tired of it and will probably take more advantage of your dining dollars to be used in the Marshall Center, at Pollo Tropical, Starbucks, etc. It does stink that USF requires all freshmen to get a meal plan, but its not entirely bad. At least you don't have to cook for yourself, or buy food out all the time. I know you are still paying an arm and a leg for the meal plan, but at least you're being fed, and at least it's as much as you can eat in one sitting.

    Dorm Life

    This past year, my first year of college, I lived in a dorm; Epsilon hall to be exact. While the plumbing wasn't the greatest, it was the best time of l=my life. Having 7 suitemates and a whole floor of people gives ample opportunity to make friends. I met my best friends on my floor and plan on living with three of them next year (I even met my current boyfriend there). I would recommend everyone live in a dorm for at least a year. Its a good way to get accustomed to the campus and a great way to meet new friends; remember, they're all new to the school too and are looking to find friends as well! You can never have too many friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are what you make of them. Some need a little more time and devotion, while others may need less. It all depends on your particular strengths and weaknesses. Also, don't forget about ratemyprofessor.com to see if a certain professor's style of teaching fits a way i which you can learn and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, I would say to put yourself out there. You never know where you'll find a friend for life or something/someone that will give you a once in a lifetime opportunity. Take all of the chances you can get to better yourself. Otherwise, make sure to sit in a place where you can see, hear, and pay attention (especially in large lecture halls), show up to class on time, pay attention to the syllabi given by professors, and take advantage of office hours and the tutoring center inf you need help! There is a lot for the university to offer, but its up to you to get the most out of your experience!

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a great school with a lot to offer. It has one of the top research programs in the country, the campus is large but easy to get around, and no matter where you go there are new people to meet. Overall, I give USF a high rating for their incredible staff and all of the opportunities to succeed that are given.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The school is very considerate of providing financial help for students.

    What to do for fun

    Many student activities are available at every moment of the semester for students. There are over 600 clubs and organizations for students to join, so without a doubt you can always have something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining all depends on your taste in food. The service to provide food is good because there are always food diners open, up to 2 in the morning. All in all, there are a lot of variety of food places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was better than expected. Many students at USF are friendly and considerate and without a doubt you should feel right at home once you get use to it. Staff members are also considerate if you want to change your dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter what school you attend, the academic rigor of your courses will depend on how much effort you put in. Some classes are easier than others, but at the end of the day you can get good grades on any class you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're lost in what you want to major in or future plans, USF can help you. Many student services are provided and any questions you may have or be confused with will be answered. Make sure though that priorities are set and the job gets done. Getting involved in many activities always helps, but always know that you're attending for school.

    In three sentences

    From highly motivated professors, to abundant amounts of useful resources, University of South Florida provides a high class undergraduate education. The school provides a diversified school body and scholastic opportunities to make your college years successful. As a current student, the University of South Florida is a place to be and get the education you need.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt anything but safe around campus, even when taking a walk or run at 3 AM. We also have the SAFE team, which is an escorting service. Students on golf carts will take you back to your dorm from any place on the campus is you do not feel safe enough to walk on your own (of if you are just too tired!).

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life but there is a lot of fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    This school offers any club and activity you can think of. And if there isn't already a club for what you're interested in, YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN!

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is definitely eclectic. Any and all students can find their group.

    Bang for the buck

    This is completely situational. Depending on your financial needs, you could either get a great aid package or get close to nothing except loans. As long as you either have some aid or scholarships, you definitely get a bang for your buck. The only thing that I think could be improved financial-wise are the meal plans.

    What to do for fun

    There are many places to be active, including: ropes courses, disc golf, canoeing and kayaking, running and a GREAT gym. There are so many different clubs to join as well. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are less than a mile away. How many other colleges have theme parks that close? USF also puts on many events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food has gotten a lot better since the past year. The dining halls get old, but so would anywhere else if you ate there everyday. There is every kind of food you would crave on campus at the on campus restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on the dorms you are in and what kind of person you are. Pick a dorm that meets your needs and lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are what you make of them as well as what you sign up for. The professors make or break some of the difficulties you will face. As long as your studious, you will absolutely be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't put too much on your shoulders. You should sign up for the classes that you can handle. Balance harder classes with general classes. Go out and join clubs. Study abroad. Make friends. Do not shut yourself in your room. I personally recommend playing a sport: whether it is an intramural sport, club sport or varsity sport.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and perfectly laid out. There are so many opportunities, but you must put yourself out there to obtain them. The classes are what you make of them: sign up smart, plan out your time and make sure you research the classes/professors.

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty tight. There are on campus police always roaming and there are emergency blue lights spread throughout campus in case a student or someone else needs help. The blue lights when the button is pressed alerts the campus police and any campus security which is nice to know.

    Greek Life

    I am not in Greek Life but I heard its kinda nice and people love it and make long term friends from it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not in any clubs at the moment but might consider to be in one since there are so many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    USF is great for any student that wants to go to a great school. USF is so diverse that it is a great place for any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual location I would say, its pretty cool though is that there is a tree that is bend over so much that you can either enjoy the shade or climb its branches, and its a big tree!

    Bang for the buck

    University of South Florida is a great university with a great thing going overall. The students and faculty are very friendly and everyone can be themselves.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much things to do for fun. Just for a start off you can hang out with you dorm family and just chill. For people who live on and off of campus there are movies on the lawn once a week, comedy shows, homecoming, Bulls Week, football games, football game tailgating and so much much!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is awesome! There is a wide selection of foods along with a salad and fruit bar every day! Also different dining halls have different foods so you can eat somewhere different everyday if you like even though the dining halls dont serve the same food everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life my first year was great! Everyone was very sociable and friendly. It is one of the best ways to make friends that are like your college family while you are on campus. You have a Tv on every floor that everyone can use as well as a kitchen where you can cook and bake in!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are really good and they will challenge you if you waste time. If you stay on top of your classes you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    It would be helpful to find your classes before the day of class. Usually in the evenings campus is pretty quiet so grab a buddy and walk campus to go find your classes!

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a great university with a lovely campus. The school is very academic and athletically oriented. Also the campus is very diverse which is amazing.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is Tampa. But USF does a lot to keep its students safe. Use the programs they have (safeteam, mo bull, etc.)

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't necessarily need to buy books new. Shop around. They are very expensive. Look on amazon and other used book websites.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is really safe. I am very happy with the security and the people around me.

    What to do for fun

    USF offers many opportunities for fun. We have Bullstock every semester where famous bands perform, rock climbing, great food, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    You have a lot of choices of where to dine, and service is great!

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, but friends of mine that do, love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are great and the classes you need to take are a bit overwhelming for first time students. You quickly get a hang of how the professors do things at USF.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any tips I could give would be to come prepared. Classes are a bit overwhelming at first, but you quickly get used to it.

    In three sentences

    The university of South Florida is one of the best schools in Florida. I am proud to be a bull. I could not imagine a better college to be at.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They take safety seriously at USF. They have University Police- real police trained specially to work on a college campus- plus the SAFE Team, who will take you to and from your classes. The campus also has a variety of call boxes, and constant security guards patrolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    I haven't personally looked to far into Greek Life, so there's not much I can say. But I've heard the Greek Life on campus abides by a strict no hazing rule, so that may appeal to those who are a bit afraid to join Greek Life because of hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many choices at USF. They have clubs and activities for every major, race, ethnicity, religion, and life style. You just have to manage your time with involvement in the activities!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want diversity. Seriously. A lot of colleges just say they are diverse, but USF truly is. I recently looked through the organizations they have on campus, and anything and everything you can think of they have. USF is truly the definition of diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual thing on campus in the water tower. Yes, they have one on campus. No, it doesn't have any water in it.

    Bang for the buck

    USF is reasonably priced, if you have the intellect. But that's not saying they don't give everyone a chance! I, myself, wasn't exactly what the university wanted and they still took a chance on me. And for the most part, all events on campus are free for students, plus you get discounts in quite a few places when you prove you're a USF student. But USF is worth the money considering their national ranks, and reputation.

    What to do for fun

    USF has over 600 student organizations, student mentor ships, undergraduate research programs, and many free and fun events to take part in. All you have to do is get out there, you don't have to look far for anything, it's all right there for you.

    Food and Dining

    If you think that college food is like high school food, you're so wrong. Especially at USF, the food is great, and real. It doesn't taste processed and that's because it's not. They also have healthy and fit options for those watching what they consume.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are interesting, but they will become your home away from home, no doubt. It may take a while to get used to but eventually you'll learn to love your dorm, your roommate, your RA and everything else that comes with the experience of living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you study, you'll do fine. They offer tutoring for everyone, in every subject. So if you are struggling, go ask for help. Like I said, they want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, don't sit on the outskirts. USF is very diverse and literally has something for everyone. You'll find your calling while attending there, and by the time they are done with you, you'll be more prepared to enter the work world. Just get involved, but don't over work yourself.

    In three sentences

    It's a very nice campus, but it's large and can be hard to navigate. Don't worry though, everyone there is always willing to help you out! The University also offers a multitude of opportunities, so take them every chance you get, they want to see you succeed!

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus, except maybe at night of course. The USFPD is always patrolling and you can call Safe Team if you don't want to walk back to your dorm alone at night! Off campus though... be careful.

    Greek Life

    As a member of Greek life, going through recruitment has been the best part of being at USF. You meet so many people and there is always something to do and someone to study with. There's an organization for everyone! We don't have traditional houses or a fraternity/sorority row. We do have very new houses which are much cheaper to live in than other schools and we have Greek Village- meaning all the houses are together!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs for literally every interest you could possibly have.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, highly involved, outgoing, hardworking

    Bang for the buck

    USF is extremely expensive but it's a clean, well-kept campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on around campus. Local bars, restaurants, movie theaters and Ybor City are great off campus options.

    Food and Dining

    By far the worst food on campus is the dining hall. I used my expensive meal plan (that you are required as a freshman to purchase) maybe ten times my entire freshman year and haven't entered a dining hall since. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to posting pictures of the less than appetizing food. We do have other options on campus like Chick-Fil-A and Pollo Tropical that are great.

    Dorm Life

    We have fairly new dorms though there are the older, more dilapidated ones. If you can, live in Magnolia, Juniper-Poplar or Holly. Stay away from the Greek letter halls like Kappa or Iota- they aren't the sorority and fraternity houses! They're old and worn out!

    Academic Rigor

    Being a pre-med student, my classes are extremely difficult. However, there are plenty of students who spend no more than an hour of their time on school work outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Get involved in extracurriculars! Take a campus tour! Talk to current students!

    In three sentences

    USF wasn't my first choice and I was planning to transfer after my sophomore year. I ended up loving it so much that I didn't transfer. It may be known as a commuter school, but once you're here it has that big university feel.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on. Just go to one of the events.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok but gets tiresome.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are not that bad. The newer dorms are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes being taken as well as the teacher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved on campus. There are so many organizations and activities occurring all the time.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great school. It is very diverse and accommodating to people's needs. The campus is really pretty.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is about 15 minutes from downtown Tampa and only across the street from Busch Gardens. It is virtually impossible to be bored there. Also, there are so many events planned for students so the majority of time you don't even need to leave campus to have a good time.

    Food and Dining

    Recently the University of South Florida got new management for the dinning services. The food used to be not that great, but now it is fantastic! Especially Juniper Dinning and Champion's Choice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. The school has recently built new dorms and there are rumors that more are coming soon. There are so many different types of dorms to chose from so everyone should be happy. The only issue is that the dorms can get pretty expensive. However, there are cheaper ones, you may just have to share a bathroom or something.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a huge range of courses available. Different majors are harder than others of course but overall school is going to get harder the longer you are in it. There is however tons of resources to help you get through it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get involved with all of the week of welcome activities that the school plans. Not only will you get a ton of free stuff but it is impossible not to meet new friends during this week. Additionally, it is a great time to learn about all the different clubs that are available to join.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida does a great job of incorporating its students in order to make a big campus to feel small. There are many opportunities for everyone and new doors are always opening. I would recommend my college to anyone.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Between MoBull, the Emergency Blue Lights, and the Golf Cart Escorts, this campus could not be safer.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds, including Quidditch.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of people hang out in trees, or do slacklining on the lawns inbetween trees.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely enjoy what they give you--football games, concerts, talent shows, clubs, everything. You won't be disappointed. Definitely see the school plays.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of clubs and organizations. Join some, or get a job on campus.

    Food and Dining

    As a commuter, I ate mostly in Marshall Student Center, which was delicious, clean, and had fast and friendly service. The dining halls are always clean, semi-empty, and have fresh food when I go, which is rare.

    Dorm Life

    I am giving this two stars, but I have not lived in a dorm, so I have no opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    The core classes are intense, and the arts classes are informative yet relaxing. You always walk away from classes having learned a lot, and the professors are very knowledgeable and generally nice. The work load is definitely manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Memorize the map and parking lots, develop strong relationships with your advisors, and above all, make strong connections and stay in touch with professors (letters of recommendation don't write themselves!)

    In three sentences

    USF is a great school, in every aspect. Everyone is nice, helpful, and focused on learning. The school itself is clean and built to be efficient in helping students with whatever we need.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police and campus police on campus you ARE VERY SAFE.

    Greek Life

    There is greeks on campus, but it a part of getting social.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 500 organzations on campus that speaks for itself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Week of Welcome and the football games.

    Bang for the buck

    Its so worth every dime.

    What to do for fun

    Socialize, shopping, sports, etc...Its more than enough to do. If you are bored its by choice.

    Food and Dining

    There is more than enough food on campus as well as around campus. You have everything from subway to chick-fil-a to panda express on campus.

    Dorm Life

    This goes again to being social.

    Academic Rigor

    This teachers are no joke. But they do want you to graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to be social.

    In three sentences

    I would rate it a 9. Only because parking is the only thing I would change.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a meditation room in our student union.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, there are a ton of events going on all the time. Outside of campus, you have the city of Tampa to explore! Also, it's always great to have two theme parks in your back yard (literally 5 minutes away!)

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind about everything and go out of your comfort zone. You never know what is out there and what can change your course of life!

    In three sentences

    The campus is incredible both aesthetically and academically. This campus allows for you to make a name for yourself if you so choose to. They give you the necessary tools to achieve whatever you can dream!

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always a newsletter emailed every week giving the latest news of events coming up and clubs having parties or festivals. During the weekends there are usually shows taking place in the banquet hall or much more.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options are good but nothing fantastic or around there. The food is just about average if you're eating the dining halls. The fast food retaurants on campus are not so bad either.

    Dorm Life

    I definitely encourage dorm life especially to the first year college students coming in. It is a great way to make friends and become better acquainted with the whole University. Do not miss out on a opportunity like this if given the chance.

    Academic Rigor

    The going can get tough when it comes to university courses. The main frustration a college student finds themselves in is procrastination or just plain forgetting. I recommend getting an agenda, calender, or a white board to remind yourself of important events or things.

    Tips for prospective students

    The number one tip I am sure everyone can agreeing on when going to college is BE OPEN! Be open to new ideas, people, games, classes, and activities but also do it all with a right state of mind. Stay socialized and if you can't do that, then just stay focused on main activity you really enjoy and build up from there.

    In three sentences

    The University is a very relaxing environment compared to the neighborhood it is in but the neighborhood isn't bad at all either. The environment is much more different but the whole go green action taking place the University of South Florida makes the campus look great. The professors there are I am sure the way they are everywhere. There are the good ones, bad ones, helpful, intriguing, and just about every kind.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have never felt unsafe on campus even late at night, it is well lit and there are emergency call boxes every where.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of choices

    Bang for the buck

    I do not feel as though i got a lot of bang for my buck, tuition is rising and you pay a tuition differential and athletic fees whether you go to athletic events or not. If you take classes online be prepared to pay an extra fifty dollars a credit for distance learning fees.

    What to do for fun

    Tampa has great night life, campus has activities and clubs, and there are beaches and parks near by.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of eating option on and around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major, science and moth majors are way more challenging then liberal arts and education majors.

    In three sentences

    Campus is beautiful and well maintained but students pay for it in a tuition differential. There is a sense of school pride and a lot of activities on campus every week. Be prepared to sit in tutoring for hours on end since very few teachers are qualified professors. 75% of my teachers were Teaching assistants.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every campus is going to be dangerous if you don't take precautions. USF tries to let people know that and at orientation, if I remember correctly they told us some tips. We have the blue lights, there is the SAFE team to drive/walk you at night if you need them. The USF police is actual police men that work for the county, they aren't like mall cops stereotypes. So that is pretty cool. Also there seems to be a golf cart around randomly in different places to watch over people.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of clubs and the clubs range. You can make your own club if they don't have it, but I doubt they won't have it.

    Great for these types of students

    USF is great for anyone. We have a diverse campus. Due to this, I believe anyone can come to USF. I know USF is known for research and science, but it is also good for other majors. My roommates are all non-science majors (accounting, sign language, and mass communications) and they have a lot of great opportunities for jobs and internships due to USF, as well as clubs for their majors which all help to add experience and skills for their resumes.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do. USF has a Bulls Night Out at least once a week I believe, Bulls Market every week, and on Wednesday they show movies on the lawn. That is just some fun things that happen every week. They have people come too, recently Nicolas Sparks and Kevin Bacon came. They give speeches and stuff like that.

    Food and Dining

    USF has many different choices. The rankings (from best to okay): Champions Choice, Juniper Poplar, and then Fresh Foods. Fresh Foods is closer to the Argos and Andros area so it is visited more. They have pretty good food on most days, but sometimes they slack. We also have a Beef O'Brady's, Jamba Juice, Pollo Tropical, 2 Subways, Moe's, Panda Express, Java City, Camille's, and 3 Starbucks. I think there is more but that is all I remember so far. Plus they give out free food a lot through out the year.

    Dorm Life

    Like all Universities there are dorms that everyone wants and the ones no one wants. Juniper-Poplar is the nicest for suites, I believe Magnolia is too. Andros 1 is better than Andros 2 area. Trust me. Andros 1 has two showers and Andros 2 has one for 8 people. I live in Andros 1 currently and it is not as bad as everyone will try to tell you. The room is smaller than what I would like it to be, but it is comfortable and livable. I think Argos has a better community feeling than the whole Andros area in general (majorly due to the community bathrooms).

    Academic Rigor

    I am a biomed student at USF. I have taken my fair share of science classes already, I can say that some classes are challenging for many people. Not many students do well ( pass the class), but I believe it's because they don't prepare themselves well. Study and you will do well, which is true for any other university.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say come with an open mind, this does not mean you have to change your opinions or values, but respect others. The campus is very diverse. Another tip is to not let all the studying for the last minute, especially for finals. If you study little by little when finals come you can actually sleep and be refreshed for the test, which allows you to do better on the tests.

    In three sentences

    I think USF has a beautiful campus. Everyone seemed happy and nice, from the students I randomly talked to. I have visited other Florida schools that I got accepted into UF, UCF, UNF, FGCU, and Stetson, but I just couldn't picture myself going there. I chose USF because I felt comfortable in their campus, the other schools are nice as well but when I visited them, I just didn't feel it. As a current student now, I know USF has a lot of opportunities for everyone and in general everyone is nice.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety really is something that USF values. Every dorm is only unlocked by a key card and locks right behind you. Every guest must be accompanied by a resident at all times. Also, USF has SafeTeam which you can call and they will pick you up from wherever on campus and drop you off where you need to go. Also, all over campus are blue emergency lights which can be pressed at any time and will call the cops who are always patrolling campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for every student at USF. There are so many you can't even keep track. I think I heard of a new club everyday while at school. They range from anime to sports. Everyone has something they can join and enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    USF is great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't really any unsuual traditions on campus but there are some pretty cool hidden places. It is amazing how beautful the campus is when you just walk around. There is also a really cool area by the tennis courts where you can just sit on the grass and breathe. Also, the little beach area by the pond is great for laying out if the pool is closed.

    Bang for the buck

    USF truly does attempt to help you financially as much as possible. My personal favorite is the BAPP program. Which is when if you are getting a certain number of financial aid back in your refund check then they give you a set amount of money to spend on books. Refund checks don't come until almost September, and you need your books before then. So, they let you buy your books with BAPP and then they take it out of your refund check. This is great because without your books you will surely fall behind.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on campus for fun, there truly never is a dull moment. All of the RA's are always organizing events to bring everyone together and get to know your fellow dorm mates. Also, every Wednesday night there are movies on the lawn, which is a lot of fun. They serve snacks and show the most recent movies that everyone loved. Every Friday CAB hosts Bulls Night Out and it is a different event each week. All of the events on campus are always free and a lot of fun. Plus, if all else fails, there will definitely be a party off campus every night of the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    When you first get to USF you will be pretty happy with the dining halls and want to go there often. Then, as the year goes on you will start to push away from the dining halls more and more. At one point, everyone just wants to eat off of campus. However, the dining halls will notice this and then really step up their game. By the end of the semester you will actually be okay with the dining halls again.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus was the best decision I have ever made. It is what made my freshman year so amazing. Living in a dorm you meet so many amazing people and truly do make so many friends. You also get to be involved in a whole lot of cool activities thrown from the RA's of the dorm. It is also convenient because you are close to all of your classes and it is really easy to sleep as long as possible and then still make it to class on time. Plus, you won't have to struggle to find parking.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at USF vary depending on the teacher as well as the actual class. There are some teachers who are easy-going and will pretty much just give you points for no reason. Then there are teachers who will laugh in your face if you ask for an extension. College definitely teaches you how to study, because you will have to do it a lot. The classes themselves are not hard, you just need to do a lot of learning outside of the classroom on your own.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first thing you should definitely do is make sure you get an unlimited meal plan for living on campus. You may think now that you will not end up using it, but I assure you that you will. Also, overuse ratemyprofessor.com it is a great way to learn about your prospective teachers. Lastly, check where your classes are located before you sign up. Don't force yourself to run across campus in ten minutes.

    In three sentences

    University of South Florida truly does have something for everyone. There is always an event going on somewhere on campus. USF is all around a great place to attend.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    this is my dream university

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university has many plans in place to keep its students safe, including emergency buttons on every block and a safe team that drives around at night giving rides to those who do not feel safe walking alone.

    Greek Life

    There is a thriving Greek life on campus located in Greek Village. It is situated on canpus so that those who partake in Greek life have space to do so but also so that those who do not are not bothered by it.

    Clubs and Activities

    USF had hundreds of different clubs and activities ranging to meet almost all of student's interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Every student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The gym on campus, which is free to all students, is a state of the art facility including three floors of new and diverse workout equipment. The gym also offers workout classes and is open most hours of the day allowing for flexible workouts during the day.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of South Florida seems to give a respectable education for the cost of tuition.

    What to do for fun

    The campus often houses events solely for entertainment such as concerts and carnivals. There is always a sporting event going on as well.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning recently had quiet a few poor reviews from the students. The school dealt with these complaints and the dinning by the end of the year had improved immensely.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus offer an array of choices. Some are spacious and clean while others are cramped and older though usually slightly cheaper. They offer different styles of rooms ranging from traditional to apartment style.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor obviously ranges based on the classes enrolled in. Some courses prove to be very difficult while others present themselves as a relaxed environment solely based on learning not on stressful yests and assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the organizations and events that are around campus and meet new people. Keep track of your homework/assignments or else they will pile on top of one another and it id then difficult to catch up. Go to class even if it feels like its not a necessity because even half listening to the professors is better than not being there at all when the tests roll around.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida provides many opportunities in both academic and social aspects of collegiate life. They offer a wide span of degrees and helpful faculty to help you achieve your degree and ultimately your intended career. USF also houses a diverse list of activities and organizations for students to partake in that feed to many students hobbies and interests.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun in the Tampa area surrounding USF. There are plenty of hangouts for college kids.

    Food and Dining

    The Marshall Center is nice and has a good cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on past experience, as long as you study you will do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn your way around before your first day of class. Work hard and study.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus and convenient location. The staff and academic advisers are helpful. The teachers are skilled.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    SECURITY IS TIGHT HERE AND SAFETY IN NUMBERS IS BEST!

    Greek Life

    BEST COLLEGE TO GO TO SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR JUST APPLY!

    Clubs and Activities

    TOO MANY TO LIST AND ATLEAST ONE OR TWO FOR EVERY TYOE OF STUDENT.

    Great for these types of students

    MOMS, DADS, OLDER, YOUNGER, PEOPLE TO LOOKING TO FINISH A DEGREE, OR THOSE JUST STARTING OUT.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    STUDENT DAY ON CAMPUS AND FREE FOOD!

    Bang for the buck

    LOW COST AND FINICIAL AID IS FOUND FOR YOU SO YOU DONT HAVE TO DO A LOT OF WORK.

    What to do for fun

    JOIN THE CLUBS, BOOK CLUB, BOWLING, PHOTO CLUB, AND MANY MORE.

    Food and Dining

    BEST LUNCH ROOM AROUND PLACE ITS CLOSE TO RESTURANTS AND DELIVERY IS POSSIBLE.

    Dorm Life

    i DONT LIVE IN A DOOM NOR WOULD I NEED TO BECAUSE SOUTH IS LOCATED DOWN THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE.

    Academic Rigor

    LOVE SOUTH UNIVERSITY!

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY THIS FALL AND TAKE THE ENTRY TEST IN THE SUMMER SO YOU HAVE TIME TO PICK CLASSES.

    In three sentences

    SOUTH IS AN AMAZING SCHOOL TO ATTEND. THE CLASSES ARE FUN AND EASY TO FOLLOW AND THEY HAVE LOTS OF CLUBS YOU CAN JOIN.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a Greek organization or an organization based off of your hobbies and likes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and enjoy any opportunity offered.

    In three sentences

    Tampa campus is a beautiful campus. Its wonderful professors and diverse students all make the time there great. Wouldn't transfer ever.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many programs for safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek presence on campus is great.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus that it is impossible to name them all. There is something for everyone and if you really can't find what you like it is extremely easy to create your own club.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things on campus and off campus to do for fun. Organizations are always making plans. Sometimes there are even fairs and concerts. In the fall of 2012 Ludacris performed at a carnival and in the spring of 2013 Hot Chelle Rae, Owl City, and All American Rejects performed on the same night at a fair.

    Food and Dining

    While there are many choices for on campus dining, the dining halls are healthy enough but they don't serve different things. Everyday it seems like they have made the same things. Also the meal plan is way to expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not impressive, but the resident assistants do their best to get you involved and allow you to meet more people in the building. They also have a wide variety of choices. For example, there are traditional dorms with a community restroom, suite style dorms where you only have to share a restroom with a few other students, and both come with the option of a singles room. There are also apartment style dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your year in school and your major the courses can be very rigorous. However there are free tutoring centers on campus and professors have office hours that students are encouraged to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to call the administrations office on a regular basis. They lose documents sometimes and it is a good idea to keep abreast of your application status.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and the staff is very friendly for the most part. Everyone is definitely willing to help if you can't find your way. The only problem is the application process. It seems like the school loses documents very often. It is rather frustrating.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of on campus activities like movies on the lawn and bulls nite out. There is busch gardens less than 5 minutes down the road. There is also lowry park zoo which is pretty close.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the dorms isn't horrible but also isn't amazing. However, outside of the dorms there are a lot of places to eat and drink such as starbucks (we have 2 on campus), chick-fil-a, burger king, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the school, it is bigger and more beautiful than you think. If you decide to go get involved.

    In three sentences

    I love attending USF. USF is a great school with a lot of academic opportunities. USF tampa is a beautiful campus with a lot of stuff to do on and around it.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many ways to get involved here at USF. In my first year, I participated in META Members Empowering True Awareness, and Bulls Service break. These organizations were very meaningful and should be looked up for consideration.

    What to do for fun

    I did not have much time for fun, if you catch your self in a tight schedule, one thing you should invest on that would really lower stress and build muscle is the Campus Recreation. Its open most of the day, and this would be essential for someone who does not have much time to do anything.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls can be either your best friend or worst enemy. The dining halls have food ready for you, breakfast lunch or dinner, all you can eat which is one of my favorite things about it. There are also other food chains around campus at your expense which is good also!

    Dorm Life

    The Residents Halls here at USF is the most memorable experience you can have. You are here on your own, getting to share memories with your roommates, friends, late night study session, all the things typical in a first year experience. I recommend Juniper-Poplar and Castor Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    My high school motto was Pump up the Rigor, but this rigor did not compare to the intensity of work we have here at USF. With the most professional professors and rigorous work schedule, you can effectively learn all you need to know to make the grade. Its a challenge yes, but a good challenge

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be hesitant by the enormity of USF, you will be noticed and appreciated by your uniqueness, whether that can be your ethnicity, ideals, or passions. Everyone at USF is in the struggle of college life, so you there will be many things in common with you and the person sitting next to you.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a great school! This was my first choice university and I have not regretted it not once during my first year there. I would rate this school a perfect school if your looking for a complete experience of a college student.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a prompt text message alert system for any emergency on campus. SAFE Team is a golf cart chauffeur service available to anyone walking alone at night. Also, emergency poles with immediate 911 access can be seen anywhere you stand on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs and groups on campus. Each of them are very easy to join, so there is no excuse for not finding something that suits you.

    What to do for fun

    USF is not too far from the beach and is literally right around the corner from Busch Gardens theme park. There are also lots of on-campus activities which are advertised through posters and mass e-mails. One highlight each year is Bullstock which ends USF week. This year, Owl City and All American Rejects performed.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls on campus have a good variety of options, and they have recently undergone several improvements. Besides dining halls, there are lots of other restaurant options on campus, including a newly opened Pollo Tropical. The college really takes students' opinions seriously and considers their suggestions when making changes.

    Dorm Life

    USF has a variety of on-campus housing options. Living and Learning Communities even group certain students together based on major or interests. These communities provide great support networks because the same students are often in your classes or have taken the classes before you.

    Academic Rigor

    As an Honors student, I take both regular and specialized honors classes. The classes are thought provoking and challenging, but it is certainly possible to succeed academically here if you study diligently.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not hesitate to connect with faculty and advising staff. They are an invaluable resource, and if you show interest, they are willing to go the extra mile to help you. Coming to USF, you will hear this a lot, but networking with peers and mentors can really bring you opportunities you never thought were possible.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida has provided me with wonderful opportunities for academic and personal growth through their helpful advising staff and scholarship and education abroad programs. Getting involved on campus is extremely easy and a high priority for the school. Each student here can certainly make an impact if they desire to; there is definitely a place for each individual to shine.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe Team is available for those late nights coming home from the library, dining halls, a friend's dorm, or even the gym. Give them a call before you leave, and they will give you a ride. There are also small poles lit with a bright blue light all over campus. If the button on any of these is pressed, then security is notified. Your movement can be tracked by each button you press. However, I don't know anybody who has had to use them. Campus is safe, even at night.

    Greek Life

    There are a wide range of Greek Associations who participate in many philanthropies and Networking events. On campus Greek Housing is very nice, but many fraternities have houses off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs in sports ranging from dodgeball to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Music, dance, and theater clubs are also available, along with activist groups such as the Young Americans For Liberty, and the Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are excited about doing research early will love the school. Students without cars are usually well off because all your needs are within walking distance. There is also a series of bus routes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the Bull statue by the Student center is prohibited. But it is a freshman tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive. USF is pretty typical range for a Florida public University. However, the opportunities to use what your tuition and fees cover are numerous.

    What to do for fun

    The Beach is only half an hour away. There are many events for fun on campus along with a state of the art rec center with many sports clubs. Also, Busch Gardens is practically across the street.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls located conveniently close to residence halls. Subway, Pollo Tropical, Papa John's, and many more are located around campus and in the student center

    Dorm Life

    The cheapest dorms range in the $500-$600 range per month. However, dining halls are conveniently located nearby, along with recreational areas. The social life is phenomenal

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is tough, especially in engineering. But it is a research school, so excellence is demanded.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! USF is a big school, but advisors are always there to help. There are regular events on campus that give opportunities for multicultural development and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

    In three sentences

    The School is Beautifully Designed, and well laid out. The Engineering and Medical Programs are among the finest. Undergraduate research and involvement are strongly encouraged.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Stampede Of Service Event

    Bang for the buck

    During welcome week. There is always free food when checking out organizations

    What to do for fun

    Sports games

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options. check when things are closed.

    Dorm Life

    This is a great way to get to know people on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Apply Early 2. Get involved in organizations on campus 3. Research the different kinds of Financial Aid

    In three sentences

    USF is a wonderful campus that is full of diversity. If you are interested in doing research there is a lot going on here. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in the community.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Yes they have it

    Clubs and Activities

    Many many many join them!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Pre medical majors. And whoever wants to come here

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Non I know of

    What to do for fun

    Events all the time. Football games baseball games clubs bars bowling and the usual

    Food and Dining

    Food under par expensive and not good

    Dorm Life

    Expensive but nice and clean and the ra plans and provides activities

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes many majors lots to learn

    Tips for prospective students

    Study read come during summer get to know as many people as possible go to events join clubs!!!!!!!

    In three sentences

    Has a very good selection of classes! The people teachers and staff are supportive and helpful! Very nice and safe campus.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have pretty good safety but there aren't very many things that we need to be protected from.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is terrible here. The school dislikes greek and does everything in its power to get us in trouble

    Great for these types of students

    Science students and commuter students

    What to do for fun

    There are a few clubs and bars in the area but it is not really that much fun. It is not the normal college student town

    Food and Dining

    The food is gross. I don't like it and the service sucks too. But the student center has some pretty good restaurants that they just put in. There is Papa John's, Panda Express, Pollo Tropical, Moe's, Subway, and Chickfila.

    Dorm Life

    Its just like every other place.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are not the best by any means. If you get a good teacher the class will go smoothly but students also have to fight for spots in classes because so few classes of certain majors are offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly I would suggest that you pic a different school unless you are a science major.

    In three sentences

    This school is a big time commuter school. It is also a science school with very little going on ever.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Quite a few campus lock downs since I have been there,

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about this.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am in an Honors Education program,

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone is welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk over the USF seal.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is fairly low, but it can add up if you are not prepared.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of different areas for recreational activities.

    Food and Dining

    Great food options.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard it is nice to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very challenging and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep yourself as organized as possible.

    In three sentences

    Very educational. The classes are very challenging. Wonderful atmosphere.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens is just down the street. And there are some very cute towns and other places to go to while you are here.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety of food choices on campus. Also, there are food places in some dorms so it is convenient.

    Dorm Life

    You can loft your beds. Take about a space saver!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour before you consider going here.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. I felt very welcome here when I took a tour. It is also not too big and not too small so it would be a perfect fit.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is 24-hour security. Across the street of Greek Village, there is a police station. The RA-on-duty for every dorm have a cellphone that is on all night in case something happens. There is also S.A.F.E. Team which are people that are on-call until 2:30 AM that will help you get somewhere if you don't feel safe walking around at night. So, I say campus safety is very good.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and organizations on campus. I'm currently in P.R.I.D.E. Alliance and it has been marvelous. There are clubs for almost every interest you could imagine. They have a Doctor Who club! If that doesn't say club diversity, then I don't know what does.

    Bang for the buck

    There are always things going on. Actually, Hot Chelle Rae, All-American Rejects, and Owl City are supposed to be coming this Saturday (April 13th) and John Legend did a lecture tonight (April 9th). You will always see people doing something on campus and Bulls Market (every Wednesday) is awesome! I mean, who doesn't like free stuff, right?

    What to do for fun

    I usually like to spend some downtime with my roommates or hang out with a few other friends from different dorms.

    Food and Dining

    There are a couple of dining halls that have really disgusting. Two of the four we have on campus have had complaints of raw chicken and some of the food is cold when it is supposed to be hot. The two dining halls to go to are Fresh Foods Co. and Champion's Choice. The other places that we have in the Marshall Student Center are amazing. They put in a Papa John's and a Panda Express to go with the Chik-fil-A, Moe's, Subway, and Jamba Juice that we already have. There is a Pollo Tropical on campus as well that I haven't been to yet but it has been getting some good review. Also, the three Starbucks' that we have are amazing. They may be chaotic sometimes but it's fantastic.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. I have met some amazing people while living in my dorm. There are so many activities that happen in the dorms and bring the community closer together.

    Academic Rigor

    Here at USF, academics are huge. This is our main focus. The teachers I have at the moment have been very helpful and classes are great. But, there are some things should be explained a tad bit more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about time management before you decide to register for classes. Time management is going to be a big part of your college life. I learned the hard way. Even though some teachers may drop some assignments, don't take any chances. Do all of your work and try to do any and every extra credit assignment. Study hard because things are going to get even more difficult as you go along to pursue your degree, even if it practically kills you. Don't be afraid to be yourself because, in the college world, no one really cares how weird, quiet, and overly-cheery you are. People will accept you for who you are. Also, join an organization. You're range of friends will widen and you will be active in something that you are interested in.

    In three sentences

    Honestly, I can say that there are it's ups and downs here at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The food is okay and a few of the students and facilitators are rude. But, I can say this: I've had the time of my life in the time I have been here because I met some really great people, I've learned so many new things, and the way the campus looks is beyond beautiful.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It seems like they have plenty of meal options.

    In three sentences

    I am starting at USF in the summer and have visited to school a couple times. The campus is very nice and open, and the people seem very relaxed. The surrounding area is also pleasant with downtown Tampa not far at all.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never feared my safety at USF. I have walked around campus late at night and quite early in the morning and felt completely safe doing so. I live right across the street from the campus police station and they are very present on campus. The Safe Team drivers on campus help students get from place to place when the sun goes down and emergency blue light systems are set up all over campus if a student needs to get in touch with university police.

    Greek Life

    Phenomenal! I joined a sorority my freshman year and it was the best decision of my life. It has taught me how to be a leader and has given me so many opportunities. I have done so much unexpected networking because of how many people I have met through Greek, taken up positions in my chapter, and made life-long friendships. Chapters at USF have won numerous awards nationally. I would recommend Greek Life at USF to anyone!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless opportunities at USF to be involved and meet people, including service clubs, fraternities and sororities, leadership councils, active student government, dance clubs, religious study groups... you name it, USF has it!

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous, ambitious, active, involved, open-minded, excitable, motivated, outdoorsy, curious

    Bang for the buck

    It is not as expensive as other universities around the country and in Florida, even with the tuition increase, and they have multiple scholarship opportunities available to students. On campus living and dining are pricey.

    What to do for fun

    The location of USF is perfect if you prefer not to live in a college town. USF is close to some of Tampa's best beaches, historic Ybor City, and downtown tampa. There is great dining nearby and a fun night life, not to mention there are always concerts nearby! The campus is 15/20 minutes from the best shopping centers in Tampa, and there are numerous museums to explore.

    Food and Dining

    I eat very heathy so I prefer Champion's Choice, the freshest and newest dining hall on campus, to the others. Restaurants on campus are good but expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms on campus are nice. I lived in Juniper my freshman year and loved it. Apartment style dorms are great (Magnolia, Holly) and I would recommend greek on campus housing for members of a fraternity or sorority.

    Academic Rigor

    The university is striving to be a top research university and is succeeding. The way in which the professors want the students to learn inside and outside the classroom is unlike anything I have heard from students at other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly recommend USF! Get involved in on campus organizations, especially Fraternity/Sorority life. Research your professors before you sign up for classes because the professor will make the class. Live on campus!

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The university's dedication to becoming a top research university has lead to a rapid growth in all areas. Some professors are terrible and some are phenomenal.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue light poles every hundred or so feet on campus that are lit blue 24 hours a day. These poles are for emergency use at any time of day, but especially at night. A student can press the button on the pole to alert police to an emergency and the student's location. The student can run from one pole to the next until the police arrive. The campus also has a Safe Team which drive the students in golf carts across campus at night. There are always two students in the golf cart with the student and they ensure the student gets to their intended location.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of on-campus clubs, and if a club doesn't exist, a student can easily make one. All it takes are two students and a faculty sponsor to start a club!

    Great for these types of students

    USF is great for students with an interest in medicine because of the on-campus hospitals, but there is something for everyone on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    USF has a beach! It's not the kind of beach you'd normally picture, but students lay out to tan and study and bump a volleyball with friends. It also has a botanical garden which makes for an excellent study spot during finals week. In February there is always a huge volunteering fair that students can sign up for and participate in. Students do anything from canoeing down the Hillsborough River and cleaning up trash to working with Feeding America.

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the least expensive Florida Universities, and has likely the most opportunity. Most people don't realize how much the school is able to offer. Check out the campus on a tour and ask students about what they've been able to engage in. It's unlikely you'll hear the same story twice!

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds on clubs on campus, from a chocolate-lover's club to fencing and from intramural sports to environmental clubs. If a club doesn't exist, a student can easily start one! Getting involved is super easy, but obviously much easier if you live on campus. Since the school is transitioning from a primarily commuter campus, though, there isn't much to do on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    USF Dining doesn't have a whole lot of options if you have food allergens. Actually, it doesn't have a whole lot of options: most food is pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. However, students have been meeting with Dining a lot this year and major changes have been made to improve the quality; check out USF Dining on facebook to see some of the changes that have been requested and how Dining has responded!

    Dorm Life

    I live in Andros which is the worst living area on campus, but I absolutely love it. There isn't a bad place to live; each dorm has a cleaning service so you don't have to worry about cleaning up when you've got a lot of studying. Each living style has its own pros and cons, but most people are happy no matter where they end up.

    Academic Rigor

    The lab for General Chemistry 2 is pretty far beyond most students' experience, but it isn't so bad that everyone fails. Most classes are easy enough, but you have to remember to study; don't take the first test lightly! ALWAYS talk to your professors during office hours; at USF they have to engage in research as part of their job and they often need undergraduate assistance!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be aware of your financial aid situation; the desk clerks will try to help you, but in the end it's up to you to get what you need done. The open access meal plan might seem like a great deal, but the any 15 will give you more dining dollars and if you go home on weekends, it will be all you really need. Try to get in touch with your roommates before moving on-campus; you can coordinate who's bringing what and won't spend as much money on fixing up your dorm!

    In three sentences

    The school is a place of great opportunity, offering undergraduate research to students of all years, not just upper class students. It has a wonderful medical program with several hospitals on campus available for internships and shadowing. The campus is beautiful and there are plenty of quiet places to go and study.

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Its located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tampa which is already a hotspot for fun. However there are so many activities going on around campus that you won't even notice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the school and see if you can ride the bull all the way to the top of the food chain.

    In three sentences

    The school is very welcoming. The opportunities are endless. GO BULLS!

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of events hosted by USF. Also, some people like to check out the clubs at Ybor City. Busch Gardens yearly pass is also an awesome thing to have while attending USF.

    Food and Dining

    It is good at first, but I was sick of it by the end of my freshman year.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard of some good experiences, unfortunately I had a very bad one.

    Academic Rigor

    If you attend class and pay attention, it usually is not too hard to get a good grade. However, if you are in honors college, it is a bit harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved from the get go. Find a club or an organization to get involved in, there is something for everybody. Also, go to the office hours for your professors, they enjoy it and it helps you build relationships with them.

    In three sentences

    USF provides a great atmosphere where anybody can flourish. While at first, the task of finding your niche may be daunting, you will soon find your place. USF is full of possibility and potential.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, bike around campus, check out some fitness classes at the gym.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a parking pass early! Don't trust the reviews on ratemyprofessor.com. Take classes that challenge you, not just ones that'll get you an easy A.

    In three sentences

    USF has a beautiful campus. The faculty and students are welcoming and knowledgeable. School spirit is strong.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USF makes it their mission to keep you safe and they do a great job at it and certainly provide students with the resources to keep you as safe as possible when walking at night or when you're drunk and cannot drive.

    Greek Life

    HIGHLY ENCOURAGE JOINING GREEK!

    What to do for fun

    Tampa is a well-known city and full of tourist stuff so there is always something to do. Anything from frat parties to going to a theme park like Busch Gardens.

    Food and Dining

    ABSOLUTELY AWFUL.

    Dorm Life

    I personally was satisfied with my dorm life because I was placed in the building I wanted and I ended up living with people that became good friends of mine.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is moderate but it depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    When deciding what school to attend and where to live, make sure you pick somewhere that feels like home. After all, the university will be your home for the next four years.

    In three sentences

    Faculty and staff is friendly and welcoming. Campus is absolutely gorgeous. The atmosphere is excellent.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens is really close by and there is a $50 year-pass available for students. Other than that, there are lots of clubs on campus and the Marshall Student Center is a great place to go to find more stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have okay food. It's gone downhill since the beginning of the year, but every now and then they have some really good dishes.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Juniper. It's nice here and I got matched with some great people. The walls when we moved in were pretty destroyed, but they're (supposedly) repainting them this summer. The beds aren't too bad either. :) Rooms are decent overall and the pods are a great place to go to talk to everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Careful about your class choices, keep your GPA up so you can apply early.

    In three sentences

    Large, beautiful campus filled with (overall) friendly and amazing people. The teachers I've had so far have been good and the advisers for the Honors College are pretty good.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Join any clubs or intramural sports!

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is great, a good variety to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful dorm rooms, first come first serve basis.

    Academic Rigor

    Perfectly fitting academics for any students needs.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been bomb threats in this campus, but they have always been resolved. There are also numerous emergency posts placed throughout the campus, so the students feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not party of any yet, but I am pretty sure all of them are interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who really enjoy the University experience and are looking to have some independence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty expensive, but it is pretty cheap compared to other Universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are man y clubs and activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food plan is okay. Food tastes pretty good too.

    Dorm Life

    Checked out the dorms. Seemed pretty decent.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty sure it can get tough, since it takes place in auditoriums.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to quickly familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus.

    In three sentences

    Really big and broad. Can't wait to attend here.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent security 24 hours a day.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unknown

    Great for these types of students

    All ages.

    Bang for the buck

    As a florida resident USF is a very economical University with a good reputation.

    What to do for fun

    Tampa offers a plethora of activities including Bush Gardens which is about 10 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Adequate

    Academic Rigor

    College is college put forth your very best, to get out of it what you need for your career life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend every scheduled class, utilize all help available and always turn in an assignment no matter how complete or incomplete it might be.

    In three sentences

    USF is a well organized college with easy access to the campus. USF tampa provides ample parking. USF provides a large diversity of courses and programs.

  • 03/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 156 of 425

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    What to do for fun

    The are numerous clubs and sororities/frats available to join at USF, as well as on campus job opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous dining halls provided to on campus residents, with a wide variety of choices, and many food chains that are associated with Bull Bucks. Much diversity compared to other universities dining services.

    Dorm Life

    There are many choice from traditional suite style to apartment style, living on campus is helpful for a first year and lets one become familiar with the USF Campus.

    Academic Rigor

    USF is a top research school and is known for their health and medical programs. All majors provided within USF hold academic rigor, but these majors in specific need extra dedication and time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Driving on campus is difficult, parking can be impossible, walking is a time saver, and the bull runner provide by the university is a life saver.

    In three sentences

    USF is such a great school, in a perfect city, Tampa and the USF campus both hold much to explore and provides majors in an array of subjects and is one of the top research schools. Overall USF Tampa Campus is beautiful and holds a positive educational outlook.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have great security at our school. I always feel same and at night there are plenty of lights.

    Greek Life

    Yes we have a big Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honestly there are so many clubs and activities. You just need to go check it out. My favorite is the rock climbing club.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who have like to study or who go to the library this is for you. USF has a Starbucks inside the library, how cool is that?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm a huge sports fan so my favorite location on campus is the new baseball and softball field. USF just built a brand new stadium that allows people to go to a baseball game and see the softball game at the same time. It's a lot of fun you must check it out.

    Bang for the buck

    The school isn't too expensive but it's not cheap. You pay to go to a really nice school, but the university offers a lot to it's students.

    What to do for fun

    I love going to the baseball and basketball games. They also have a rock climbing club I'm looking into joining.

    Food and Dining

    Second to none. Our staff works hard and it shows. If I was you go explore our various places on campus to eat.

    Dorm Life

    It's University of South Florida. The school is brand new! Everything is amazing from the dorm to the food.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers will challenge you. With that being said they are always willing to help you and stay late. I have never had a teacher turn me down.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would go see a guidance counselor. Ask a lot of questions and if money is a problem see what scholarships they offer. Go to a couple events like a baseball game or a basketball game.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of South Florida. The university does a lot for the students. The students and teachers are really friendly.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 158 of 425

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    What to do for fun

    Definitely visit the fitness center. Attend events organized by stuents.

    Food and Dining

    Many different places to choose from. (Subway, Panda Express, Papa Johns, etc.)

    Dorm Life

    Although I do not live in a dorm, many of my friends that do live in dorms never say anything negative.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what you are majoring in will vary in the rigor of your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy to meet new people. Be open-minded and willing to listen to people speak, you never know what you will learn. Attend student organized events, free information that you probably have never heard of, and most of the time, free food!

    In three sentences

    The Main Campus of USF is a very diverse and easy-to-adapt. All of the students studying are mature and always ready to accept an invitation to talk, help with directions, etc. Because of such diversity, it will be very easy to find a group that you can join and be comfortable.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is relatively safe. The campus police and safe team are always available on call. Safe team provides rides, at night on golf carts, to two students at a time and drive them on campus to where they need to go.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a greek organization so I do not know very much about this.

    Clubs and Activities

    All different clubs and activities that fit a wide range of people. New clubs are being made every year so all student can find their niche when they get here.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our school is still young to really have many traditions

    What to do for fun

    I am a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, which is a national honorary fraternity for college band members. This basically means that I spend the majority of my time with the band programs.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the Argos, Andros, and Juniper/Poplar areas have ok food. Their food changes all the time but has sections that are always constant like sandwiches and pizza. The Marshall student center has a subway, panda express, chick-fil-a, and an organic section. After spring break of 2013 a pollo tropical is going to be on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There are pros and cons to living everywhere on our campus. The Andros area is a nice place where you live with seven other people in your suite but have only one roommate in your room. This area has the Bulls cafe, which is open until 2am. The Argos area is composed of the castor dorm and Kosove dorm. Castor is a traditional dorm, which means you only have one other roommate and community bathrooms/showers. The Kosove dorm is an apartment dorm, where you have three other roommates and 2 bathrooms but you have your own room. These are mainly the dorms that freshman will be in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but our school has so many resources available that you will do great here. The library tutoring services has a variety of subjects in which they are skilled at. The teachers are all available to help you outside of class if that is better for you. During finals week, our student center (marshall center) has large tutoring sessions to make sure that you pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    All the teacher here are willing to help you if you ask them too. If you are not sure which major you would like to go to, the academic advisors for each major are there to be your guide in choosing the best major. I was a nursing student and found that was not for me so I spoke to the sociology, communications, and social work advisors and found that social work was for me. I definitely made the right choice.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a fantastic school full of new and amazing opportunities. The president of the University is full of knowledge and is willing to help you succeed at USF. The financial aid officer is really easy to use and those people there will help you with everything you need, meaning faster return of your financial aid.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 160 of 425

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a great way to get involved at USF. It is growing larger by the day.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who want to go to school in a city that has a lot to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On a night when the football team has won their game, the water dome will be lit up green.

    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Universal Studios, Islandos of Adventure, Disney, International Mall, Ice Skating, Bowling, Beach access, Putt Putt Golf, Jet ski rentals, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't base your entire college decision on its sports program. Sure, it adds some fun to the experience, but saying that your school had a good football team is not something you will be able to put on your resumé. USF may not be the #1 football team in the nation, but it is a competitor--both in sports and academics.

    In three sentences

    USF is a top competitor in Florida, and unlike other state schools, the city itself has a lot to offer. It is located in Tampa, home of many professional sports teams, major hospitals, amusement parks, and large business. Together, all of these provide a great environment for the college student to learn and have opportunities that can only be found at the University of South Florida.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been incidents but for the most part it's safe.

    Greek Life

    lots of greek life, plenty of frats and sororities to rush for and find the right one for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    you name it they've got it from running, philosophy, anime, math, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students

    Bang for the buck

    I wish they had a better quality of teaching staff

    Food and Dining

    over priced, but that's all universities.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the major. Engineering is way harder than the course work of a business major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off! remember your there to learn as well as have fun. study, study, study.

    In three sentences

    Like Anywhere it's what you make of it. Plenty of opportunities to get involved. and the people are friendly.

  • 02/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can hang out with your new friends or watch movies on the lawn every week, among a lot of other things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your time wisely and go to at least a couple events.

    In three sentences

    USF always has something going on. From activity fairs to live performances to tight-rope walkers practicing out in the open, the campus is inspiring to be a part of.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Several robberies, rapes and other types of sexual harassment as occurred within the past year.

    Greek Life

    I am a member of a fraternity and I absolutely love everything about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government is always a big thing. Greek life plays a big role at this institution.

    Great for these types of students

    Biology majors, Chemistry majors, Marine Biology majors, and Engineering majors as well as those you want to study Oncology.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    USF has several unique areas such as the underground business building, an outstanding gym and MOSI.

    Bang for the buck

    USF does over charge you for several things. Granted it is a gorgeous campus and a lot of the money goes into research, I wish to see more student funding.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, if i am not face deep in the books, I am with my fraternity brothers.

    Food and Dining

    I eat on campus almost every single day. It has options like subway, pollo tropical, and panda express.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know about dorm life, I have had my own apartment the whole time.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not a horrible environment; it is also not a Harvard or Yale.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as early as you can, otherwise you will never find the class you want. This is a very diverse university, so you must keep an open mind to most aspects.

    In three sentences

    This University has an excellent research program. If you are a science major, this is a great place to do your undergraduate degree. Greek life is big, but not as great as in other universities.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, this school always have activities going on, whether its for fun or educational purposes

    Food and Dining

    Chic fil a is available for us and also pollo tropical

    Dorm Life

    I have not stayed in the dorm myself but from what I have heard, it is very comfortable

    Academic Rigor

    Education given at USF is top notched education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involve as soon as possible , start networking and also enjoy your time .

    In three sentences

    University of south Florida offers help for anybody that attends this school, from international students to native students, there is everything for everybody. Getting involve is not hard at all

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 165 of 425

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    Campus Safety

    There are big blue light emergency buttons everywhere to help you in the event of danger! You can usually find some kind of cart with campus staff going around, and there are numbers to call if you just want a ride across campus!

    Greek Life

    Its pretty big, and the Greek housing is a nice area too.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY. I can't even name them all, but to start- video game clubs language/ethnicity clubs academic/social help clubs baking clubs sport clubs religious clubs

    Great for these types of students

    ALL OF THEM. Unless you hate the sun and some heat.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Noone steps on the USF seal in the Marshall Student Center. NOONE. There's a meteorite enshrined on campus that landed here forever ago. And a HUGE group of people that play Humans Vs. Zombies, which is the best thing ever.

    Bang for the buck

    S-O-U-T-H F-L-O-R-I-D-A SOUTH FLORIDA SOUTH FLORIDA GOOOOOOOOOOO BULLS!!!!!! \m/

    What to do for fun

    There's a huge night life around campus, plenty of intramural sports and games to attend. (football games are the BEST) Plus the Marshall Student Center has hangout lounges with giant plasma screen tvs

    Food and Dining

    I'll be honest and say there are days where EVERYONE can complain about the food. But overall the food isn't bad, some days its great and they even have special holidays or planned events in the 4 dining halls on campus. Plus one of them is open until 2 am if you ever get super hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the Honors College Living Learning Community has probably been the best part of being at USF. I live in Juniper hall, which is one of the newer halls and it has suite style dorms. I personally prefer them and the community, and feel that some of the other dorms may be a bit less quality, but there's actually more of a sense of community in those residence halls.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely tougher than community college classes and high school, but in my first year on campus none of my classes have been too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    USE YOUR ADVISERS! They're all knowledgeable and know how to help you get where you need to be. Also, go to every campus activity that has free food.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful South Florida atmosphere nestled in the northern Tampa area, USF's campus is surprisingly stunning. There's always a healthy amount of campus life, including students, squirrels, and scenery to make walking the grounds enjoyable. The library is a great area to study, the gym is newly refurbished and there are plenty of fields to play on, if that's your thing!

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 166 of 425

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    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands are right down the road from USF, and Tampa is filled with many things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple places to eat throughout campus ranging from Moe's to Chik-fil-A to buffets.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so this does not apply to me. From what I've seen and heard, the dorms seem fairly nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here can be fairly difficult, but not too overwhelming. The instructors are great, and as long as you manage your study time well you should do alright.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time in high school very seriously. How well you do can often determine what school you will be able to attend and what financial assistance you will receive.

    In three sentences

    USF Tampa is a great university with friendly students and staff. The quality of education is top notch, with wonderful tutoring and assistance on campus. If I had to choose a university all over again, I would definitely maintain my choice to attend USF.

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Its not really that great.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be intense at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not play around

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus to get involved into in terms of extracurricular activities. its a commuter school mainly. It also is a great atmosphere that cultivates diversity.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 168 of 425

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had any reason to feel unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Great for those who want to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are everywhere. Join what you want when you want and just stick with what you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for everyone. Be outgoing and you will find a group you fit in with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't talk about that. You have to come experience it.

    Bang for the buck

    The money you pay is going to help YOU. Either for clubs and activities or sports and special events.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want. Literally. On and off-campus activities are always happening.

    Food and Dining

    Buying a meal plan is convenience at its finest.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the greatest way to keep in touch with the school and to meet people around campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor will be as hard as you want it to be. Study hard and your test scores will reflect that effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to all new experiences. Come ready to network a be a part of a family of BULLS.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. It was my last choice but it ended up being the best choice.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 169 of 425

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    What to do for fun

    Every month there are tons of different events and acitivities you can get involved with on campus, and there is a rare week that something isn't going on in the Marshall Student Center. There is movie night pretty frequently on the lawn or in the Oval theater, there are free classes to take at the gym to have a little fitness fun, and most sporting events are free to USF students.

    Food and Dining

    I believe I have eaten at every dining hall on campus and tried just about every restaurant, and the selection is pretty good. I think I have only had the same thing at a meal hall twice. The Champion's Choice is my personal favorite because of all the healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I personally am a commuter student living in Brandon because I couldn't afford to dorm, but I have many friends who do live in dorms. The dorms are well monitored by floor specific RA's who always seem really nice when I go visit my friends. Everyone I know who lives in a dorm has made more friends and connected better with the school by living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my classes have been more challenging than others, but I have not walked away from a class able to say that I didn't learn anything. All of my professors have been knowledgeable and even if the content is more simple, I still learn a great deal.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first semester is always the hardest because it is a huge adjustment; don't give up! Failing one assignment just means you need to try harder, not that you aren't cut out for college. If you don't make friends right away, be patient because you will by the time your first year is over.

    In three sentences

    The campus is clean and beautiful; enjoyable to walk or bike around. My academic experiences so far have been great; I have found a few favorite professors. Making friends has been really easy because of all the events and activities USF plans.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 170 of 425

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24/7 security, SafeTeam golf cart taxi service will take you anywhere on campus for free from 7pm until 2 am

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, The Marshall Student Center, the Library, USF Botanical Gardens, The Sun Dome, USF Contemporary Art Museum

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, Music events, Museums, Busch Gardens, Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, St. Petersburg's beaches, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food is edible. It isn't great since it is mass produced. Some of the workers are friendly, and some act like they don't even want to serve you food.

    Dorm Life

    Most rooms on campus are very old and not in the greatest shape. Some dorms on campus are very nice and well taken care of, but only because they are only 4 years old.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, classes can be very relaxed, or tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is different than high school. You are responsible for managing your own time, assignments, and even your money. Stay organized and keep track of deadlines.

    In three sentences

    I love USF. The campus is beautiful and everyone is so friendly here. And professors are super nice.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great!

    Great for these types of students

    Greek life, athletes, religious members

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rocky the Bull

    What to do for fun

    Events sponsored by the school

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but hear it's great.

    Academic Rigor

    Intense courses but professors are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and don't be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Great school with many opportunities. Welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff who are happy to assist you. Clean, fun, and lively events which encourage the student body to take part.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    No sorority for me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    MLK statue.

    Bang for the buck

    Way too expensive because I do not get financial aid and I do not take out loans.

    What to do for fun

    Join organizations or find a fun job.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food, but they do not accept coupons.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't lived on campus, but I do not like it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused. Control your partying. Always ask teachers for help, not your colleagues. Talk to your teachers.

    In three sentences

    I love this University. It has a great atmosphere. The teachers are wonderful.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 173 of 425

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety here is awesome. If you need a ride from somewhere at night you can call safeteam and they will pick you up and take you where you need to go. There are also Blue Emergency Lights you can push if something happens and the University Police will come to that location.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life here is popular. Although I am not a part of it I know many girls and boys who love being a part of Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The different clubs here are endless. There is everything from rock climbing to veterinarian clubs. Any interest you have you will be able to find a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a very providing school this is it. USF does a great job at providing everything a student could ever need.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite place on campus is Camilles Cafe. It is a quaint little cafe that very few people know about but it is my favorite dining place on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of South Florida is a great school to go to. You really do get what you pay for and beyond.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things one can do for fun. There are movies on the lawn, carnivals, hypnosis performances, and all the sporting events you could imagine. there is always something fun to do here at USF.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are not spectacular but they are not horrible. There is room for a healthy living style.

    Dorm Life

    I live in traditional style dorms and I love it. It is how i met all of my friends. Sharing bathrooms and a common room with a bunch of people allows for a very social living style.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes things can work against you as distractions but stay on top of your school work. College is nothing like high school; you are your own teacher in a sense if you want to learn you need to put the work in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out your applications early. Do not wait for deadlines; be proactive and fill out all of your applications as soon as you can. Housing goes fast so be sure to file your application early. Also classes fill up very quick so secure your spot in registering for classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a beautiful campus. I enjoy being able to walk to all of my classes. It is the perfect sized campus for me.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Being a picky eater means it is hard to find something to eat, but if you are not picky then you should be good.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on the type of dorm you are assigned, but all the dorms are in a good area of the school.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on your major and class schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students: -Make friends -Study hard -Have fun

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida-Main Campus is a great place to get an education. Beautiful campus, awesome amenities, and really good teachers make a fulfilling learning experience. I love USF!

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 175 of 425

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    Campus Safety

    They have this awesome way of making sure students feel and stay safe other than the on campus police, there are emergency buttons all over campus (I believe you are always supposed to be able to see at least 3 from every point on campus) so if you ever feel threatened help will be there very soon. If you are uncomfortable walking home at night there is safe team that will with walk with you or give you a ride back to your room. Safe team will also send a taxi to pick you up if you were out with friends and do not have a designated driver, all you have to pay is the tip for the taxi driver.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always doing something, they are involved with the community and do not have a bad reputation. If you are not interested in joining, like me, there is still plenty of other things to get involved with.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally something for EVERYONE!

    Bang for the buck

    It does get annoying when you are told to buy a book that you hardly use for a class, but that happens in every University.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do, there's 'movies on the lawn' where they show movies in theaters right on campus. If you like sports but don't want to focus on it, join inter-mural teams! There is everything from basketball and field hockey to quidditch.

    Food and Dining

    There are four dining halls within the main campus, and they all have a different variety of food everyday. There is a main food court on campus with Subway, Moe's, Subarro, Chick fil a, and I heard they were putting in a Panda Express. There are also multiple Starbucks, Einsteins, Jamba Juice, Beef O Brady's, Pollo Tropical, and more.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus for two years, and this is where I met a lot of my friends today. I think the best dorms on campus are the Cypress apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe the academic rigor varies between different majors. You could take organic chem II and have to work for your A, or take the Harry Potter course and Overall the university is very helpful in all your academic needs, there are always tutors available and the professor's or TA's office hours are good to take advantage of as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Join clubs, fraternities/sororities, and go to all the games! You only have four years of college so make it count! I promise you will meet so many people...I am from Miami and even though I do not have any family in Tampa, I have made many close friends that I now consider apart of my family just by getting involved.

    In three sentences

    On the outside, the University of South Florida may seem like any other public university, but I now know how beautiful and inviting this university really is. There is always something to do, on and off campus, and plenty of friendly faces to help you along the way! I have learned so much in my classes and about myself the past three years that I have been here, and has been such a priceless experience that I wish everyone gets to experience at the University of South Florida!

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our occasional problems but campus police and campus security really preform their jobs exceptionally well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Freshmen must 'ride the bulls' in our main square in the middle of the night and post it to their facebook.

    What to do for fun

    The school is constantly throwing some sort of festival or event.

    Food and Dining

    It is a college dining hall. Sometimes its awesome. othertimes you will look around and cry. Thats true for everywhere

    Dorm Life

    Awesome! Great buildings and amazing RAs that host great events.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. As long as you love what you're majoring in you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your advisers constantly. Don't be afraid of bothering your teachers with questions. Enjoy the amazing scenery that our campus provides.

    In three sentences

    This school has an amazing atmosphere with wonderful professors and grad student teachers. As a friend of mine very eloquently put it, It's all good and everything here. Three sentences is no adequate way of describing the awesome that is embodies in USF Tampa

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 177 of 425

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join an athletic club!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to you would be to research your major and decide early on if you want to stick with it.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida has given me a great freshman experience. There is a good sense of loyalty here; I know that as the USF Bulls we will all stick together after graduation. However, I have a problem with how you are required to live on campus your first year and even purchase an unnecessary and extremely pricey meal plan if you live on campus.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you want to get the most bang for your buck, there's some pretty easy things you can do. First, DON'T get your books from the campus bookstore; you can get them for much cheaper elsewhere online. Second, set a budget and allowance for yourself. When it comes down to it, it's easy to spend money, and it can be gone before you know it. College is expensive, so keep that in mind.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun both on or off campus: clubs, Greek life, varsity and IM sports, nightlife... you name it, and its there. Busch Gardens is right across the street from campus, downtown Tampa and the International Mall is about 20 minutes away, Ybor City (where all the clubs are) is also about 20 minutes away. So you never have to worry about being bored. There's something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    If you didn't appreciate Mom's home cooking before, you absolutely will your first weekend back home. The food in the dining halls is very repetitive and not the greatest quality, plus the meal plans are pricey when you break down the monthly costs for it all and do the math.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life isn't so bad, but it's always an adjustment for new students. The aspect that really makes or breaks the experience is your roommate/suitemates. Be willing to compromise, because everyone is different, but if you do things right you can begin to feel a little at home.

    Academic Rigor

    It is college, so the workload is going to bump up a bit. Some programs are more rigorous than others, but keep in mind that if you want the most 'bang for your buck', you're going to have to work hard. And there's plenty of people willing to help along the way. In the end, it's always worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're thinking about attending USF, make sure you visit campus! Not just because you want to see where you'll be spending possibly 4 years, but because it'll give you a chance to feel your way around and ask questions to people who've already been there. Learn about the programs and make sure it's best for you and what you want.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great school to go to to get that big school feel without feeling like your swimming in a sea of people. There are tons of academic programs and classes to pick from, along with plenty of tutors willing to help when you ask. The social life is great too, with opportunities to meet new people every day.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are movies shown every week, as well as clubs you can participate in and other activities outside of the school. (USF Students get free transportation to Busch Gardens along with a discounted price to the theme park.)

    Food and Dining

    Again, I didn't have a dining pass but my friends absolutely love the food here.

    Dorm Life

    I never had a dorm, but my friends seem to be enjoying their dorm lives.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a research university. It's gonna be a lot of work, but you will learn so much from doing so.

    In three sentences

    A fun, organized campus that really gets the students involved with activities. Whether it's by watching movies on the library wall, or by providing public transportation, this campus really blends in well with the student atmosphere.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USF has a lot of safety precautions to make sure students are safe. The campus has a phone number that every student can use to contact the on campus safety patrol team. The safety patrol team can either escort students to locations, by golf-cart or by foot, or can make sure students just safely get anywhere on campus. Students can call the safety team to let them know that if they do not call back in, for example 15 minutes, then something went wrong. There are also many posts around campus with the blue light where students can press a button on the post to send a signal to the patrol team that a student may feel in danger and want to let the team know where that student is. For example, if a student is walking and feel like they are being followed, they can press the blue lights along the path to let the USF safety patrol team know where that student was last. USF also has many cop cars patrolling the campus at all hours of the day to make sure drivers and people are following the rules/laws. There have been a few instances where students get hit by cars, as there are many commuters on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    USF has so many student organizations of all sorts it's not even funny. There are: -service clubs -interest clubs -profession clubs -gender specific clubs -cultural clubs -and any type of club you can think of It's so easy to get involved with clubs on campus that it would be very hard not to. There is basically a club for every type of individual on campus, and if the club did not exist, students can easily make a club!

    Great for these types of students

    USF is a great for: -people who love the Florida heat -people who really want to get involved with clubs -people who want to do research -people who want to get cultured and mingle with a diverse student population -people who want a large student population -people who want a campus that is close to a city but not in a city -people who are do not expect too much out of the school's sport success -people who want to opportunity to give back to their community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the cool things about USF is the hardcore school spirit USF has. You will ALWAYS see students wearing Green and Gold wherever you go around campus. USF was one of the 6 finalists in Today's College Challenge for schools to show the most school spirit. Students really feel a part of the USF community when the go there. There are no party poopers on this campus!

    What to do for fun

    USF is pretty good at entertaining its students. There is lots to do on and off campus. On campus, USF student government often times brings on many performers to perform for students on campus. Past performers include Ludacris, Wayans Brothers (comedians), and Jeff Corwin (animal show host). There is an organization called Bulls Nite Out that creates many events with music, free food, and socialization opportunities for students to get involved in to meet new people. The central building on campus, the Marshall Student Center (MSC) has lots of places for students to gather to hang out. On the top floor of the building is an area called the SkyPad where students often go to play video games, computer games, or hang out in groups. It is essentially a lounge with many big screen TVs and plug in spots for students to either work on group projects together or play games together. The Skypad is basically a nerd's haven. Off-campus, there are many places to hang out. Many restaurants are in close proximity to campus, such as Panera, Steak n Shake, and too many others to count. Busch Gardens is also only a street over from campus, so many USF students goto Busch Gardens throughout the year to bond with fellow students. Busch Gardens is especially popular during Halloween and the Winter Holidays because the theme park hosts haunted houses and themed events. Many students also go to Tampa, especially Ybor city, to goto clubs, eat at restaurants, and basically mingle with other young adults in the area. USF students get their urban excitement from Ybor and Tampa city, they are only about 20 minutes away from campus by car. Students often host parties too in dorms and greek houses so there are always social events to go to. Clubs also host many events for students to goto to meet new people and just have fun.

    Food and Dining

    USF has many meal plans for students, such as 3 meals a day or unlimited. With these plans come the opportunities for students to go eat their meals in the many food places around campus. There are many main dining halls around campus that students can eat their meals in, although the hours for those dining halls are not open all day. All dining halls besides one closes around 12am. Andros dining closes at 2am however, for the late-night eaters. For students who get sick of dining hall food, there are many commerical restaurants around campus for students to eat at such as Beef o Bradys, Chick fil A, Subway, Burger King, and soon to be Panda Express. Students who get dining plans get Dining Dollars which are basically extra food $$ for non main-dining hall food. There is a limited amount for Dining Dollars for each semester, so student must spend wisely! Some students who live on campus complain that they get sick of the dining hall food, because they eat it everyday. However, there are still many kids who say the they can't complain about the food. Commuter kids who eat at the dining halls usually comment that the food is good, but commuters do not eat it everyday like the non-commuters do. Commuter students can use the Bulls Bucks system to purchase food from commercial restaurants around campus and from the dining halls themselves. Bulls Bucks are put onto the Student IDs so when students goto restaurants or dining halls they just get their ID cards swiped to pay for food instead of using cash or credit cards. Bulls Bucks is basically putting money onto student USF account to use on campus.

    Dorm Life

    USF has a relatively active dorm life. There are many dorms on campus. The dorm buildings are in close proximity to each other so students do not have to walk far to get to other dorm buildings. There is a dorm building specifically for Honors students called Juniper-Poplar; this dorm groups together Honors students, giving them the opportunity to meet and find study buddies with other Honors kids who take their academic course load very seriously. Dorms have student governments that help organize and plan dorm activities to help promote a community feel to each dorm. The RA's for the dorms are very involved with the students they look over, such as holding meetings and having floor themes. Students often host parties within dorms, so a lot of social activity goes on between floors and groups. It usually is not too much of a hassle to switch around dorm mates, in case there are disagreements between roommates, and if openings come up in other dorms, students can often request to fill those openings even if they already reside in a different dorm building. Dorms are sometimes not the best place to study because kids are often very loud on the floor, in the hallway or pod, and the doors are not soundproof. There ARE quiet hours after 10pm on weekdays for all dorms and 24/7 quiet hours during exam week, but overall students find alternative locations for studying when they need it.

    Academic Rigor

    USF has a relatively average academic rigor. There are classes that are really easy, but also classes that are very hard. USF is known for grade inflation, too, so you don't see as many kids around campus failing out of all of their classes. IT STILL HAPPENS though. USF emphasizes getting to know the professors of your classes, as they will help with recommendations in the future. It is usually quite easy to contact and see the professors at USF, they all have their office hours. As long as students study hard they are almost guaranteed good grades in classes. I have not found any classes that are impossible to do well in, but students have to study hard to stay on top of their grades. Although USF is not an ivy league school, its course work is definitely going up in terms of difficulty. USF is becoming a harder and harder school to get into every year, so USF's academic rigor has respect.

    Tips for prospective students

    People who are considering USF as their potential home for their four years of undergraduate studies should want a college that has: a large, diverse student population, lots of opportunities for research and jobs, a very green and scenic landscape, and a location that's in relative proximity to many major hot spots such as Busch Gardens and Tampa City. Students who want to be very involved in a city environment should consider other colleges because although USF is only 20 minutes away from Tampa City, they must travel by highway to get to it. USF also has a good portion of commuter students compared to other colleges. USF used to be primarily a commuter school, meaning that many kids lived off-campus, however it has transitioned into a more non-commuter school. There are plenty of student-filled dorms on campus, but if you want to goto a college where primarily all of the kids live on campus, consider other universities.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida-Main Campus has a very open and scenic atmosphere that really gives students the environment they need to thrive in what can be an academically stressful time in students' lives. What I LOVE about USF is that it provides students of all years with an incredible amount of research opportunities that many other colleges around the country simply cannot provide. With its large, diverse student population comes the social growth and acceptances of people of all ages, race, and self-identities; I never feel alone while I'm on campus because every single person I interact with talks to me as if they have been my friends for years.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of police around. I always feel safe around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, seeking to grow intellectually

    Bang for the buck

    Not too expensive, especially considering how many scholarships they award to new students.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although the area in which campus is located isn't the safest, the security on campus is really good.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the pool, or play some pool! There's loads of stuff to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Theres good food at all times. However it does get repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    It's fun! Living on campus is definitely the best option here.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say there is a strong academically positive scene. Yeah there's slackers as well, but there is a lot of kids who want to do really well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a city setting, don't go here. Yeah you're in a city, but it's very spread out, not like NYC or San Fran.

    In three sentences

    USF has a beautiful campus. It also has some really great facilities. Many are brand new. However it's general location isn't that great.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    for engineering some of the sciences and medicine, a very good value for everything else... the lack of open or available courses and limited of campus major related oppurtunities degrade the value of a low overall tuition.

    What to do for fun

    After many years trying to change its image from a commuter campus to an active campus so signs of success have become apparent. Activites occur regurlarly and are focused on student engagement but after 5 pm on most weekdays and all through the weekend the campus becomes quiet and little happens. The surrounding city offers some opportunity but can be exhausted relatively quickly as the city itself suffers from many of the same problems as this campus. The bulk of those who work in tampa and attend USF do not live in tampa or on campus and return to the exurbs after business hours.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food services are provided by aramark and in general are good but in the more specialized dinning halls, such as the hall by campus recreation, the food selection and quality can approach restaurant quality.

    Dorm Life

    If you are fortunate enough to live in one of the newer buildings with a strong demographic mix, dorm life can be very good.

    Academic Rigor

    very hit or miss. Some classes with passionate instructors (non profit and public policy, international wealth and power etc, religions of south asia etc) are very challenging and when you complete them you feel as though you really learned something about the subject and yourself. Many many other classes are little more than time burners where you learn nothing and most of your fellow students will rarely attend because they know they will be able to pass with little effort or penalty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the time early on to understand the online degree auditing system and major requirements. Some of the professors and academic advisers are engaged and actively encourage learning and development. A high percentage of advisers and instructors have little interest in adequately performing their respective duties.

    In three sentences

    A very large university in a mid tier city that focuses heavily on engineering and medicine and to lesser extent teacher training and business to the detriment of liberal arts, social sciences and visual arts.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There was a rap on campus last semester... I am normally on campus from 8 am to 5 pm and not once have I felt that my safety was endangered.

    Greek Life

    I am thinking of rushing in the fall!

    Clubs and Activities

    not involved... but there are lots and LOTS of clubs to join!

    Great for these types of students

    Any students that want to make themselves better! and willing to go the distance to be the best.

    Bang for the buck

    BEst school that I have ever gone too!! Goo Bulls!

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on!! You have to be willing to put yourself out there! Which I know feels scary at first! Once over that fear get ready to make friends like crazy!! =) There is a big Beautiful gym on campus that is brand new! Everyone goes there and there is plenty of room to work out! Lots of machines and equipment!

    Food and Dining

    I love all the different food options that are available!! From Starbucks to Subway!

    Academic Rigor

    I am a transfer student and you have to put the time in to succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your ready to study for 15 to 20 hours a week outside the class room.

    In three sentences

    Extremely beautiful campus Large library with Starbucks to study in! Everything you need is on campus

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always campus police around and emergency phones.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty to chose from!

    Bang for the buck

    There is pretty much a discount for being a USF student all over the city however the school food is very expensive.

    What to do for fun

    They have every other Wednesday movies on the lawn which are free (including popcorn, snacks, and sodas) its an awesome way to get to watch new movies for free. There is always different activities going on at school. Also Busch Gardens annual pass for $50!

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent however a bit pricey for college students budgets.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in a dorm but I heard they're great!

    Academic Rigor

    I have had a very tough time with specifically three of my classes. Thankfully the professors have helped me through them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with your classwork!

    In three sentences

    Fun and diverse school. The professors are excellent! The help for any clerical issue is fast and accurate.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has plenty of police and security patrolling around to ensure safety. There is also an alert via text system, so all students can be aware of potential threats on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities to choose from for all interests.

    Great for these types of students

    USF is a great fit for any student looking to succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    USF's tuition pays for a lot of assistance available on campus. They offer lots of deals, and they will help you adjust to the college life.

    What to do for fun

    USF has clubs, social events, sports, a large gym, and there are plenty of places in a short distance to the campus to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great and affordable variety on/off campus. There is a large selection of restaurants, fast food places, quick stops, and more within a short distance of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    The campus is very supporting of dorm life, and everything you need is within walking/biking distance to the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors write their tests to be tough, but they are fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure you make use of the free tutoring in the student success center. Also be sure to check out all of the clubs and programs USF has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The faculty and staff are professional and great. There is plenty to do in your free time on and off campus. Everyone is friendly, and the atmosphere facilitates learning.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The USF campus is safe and has security provided 24 hours/day.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not involved in a club activity at USF, but they have a USF newsletter announcing clubs and activities that regularly is emailed weekly.

    Great for these types of students

    USF is great for the many programs that are offered to students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It appears that there are many different people that like to congregate in front of the library and in front of the CPR building.

    Bang for the buck

    I chose to go to USF because it was a quality education in 1/4 of the cost of going to the University of Tampa, where I was also accepted.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go kayaking for fun. I also love the beach and like to relax there.

    Food and Dining

    As far as food and dining, I usually bring a lunch with me to campus. Sometimes I go to Burger King or Subway and both of them were close to my classes.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that some online classes can be harder than being in class. Depending on the class, the academics could be really hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend a prospective student to take a tour of the campus. The campus is very large, and it helped me to put a place in many locations, rather than looking at the map.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a large campus with several different programs offered. I am impressed with the library that offers free daily copying, computer lab usage and tutoring. So far, I have had great professors that if you are struggling, are willing to offer suggestions in improving your grades.

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, inviting, and clean! The dorms have recently been renovated and are bigger than before, but still a little small in my opinion. USF has a large campus that you'll definitely want a bike to navigate, but they have a expansive bus system to help with that.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USF as its own campus police department that patrol the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 400 different student organizations that any one can be involved in.

    What to do for fun

    Busch Gardens is literally a mile from campus, and every sporting event is free for students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would have to say don't buy any books from the campus bookstore. & don't trust what OASIS says that you will get back in financial aid, I lost $2,000 worth of scholarships from USF.

    In three sentences

    USF is a very nice school. The campus is gorgeous here and very clean. Everyone here is very nice and the teachers are absolutely amazing.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a large school that provides excellent curriculum in an urban city.

    What to do for fun

    The social life in Tampa is amazing and there are plenty of places to go and much to do.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the best research schools in Florida and anyone interested in the medical field should definitely check it out.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at USF because they make sure that safety is every where. There are emergency buttons located all over campus if You need to get the polices attention, campus police are all over the university along with security for the dorms, and they even have a program were students can call a golf cart to pick them up and escort them around campus at night so they don't have to walk alone in the dark.

    Greek Life

    I see fraternities all over school and they are the main ones taking part in fund raising and helping out in campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everyone at USF, they have over 7,000 organizations for students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like diversity and who like opportunities to travel around the world doing what they love to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are protests that go on in USF frequently by students at the Marshal center, which is where many students gather to socialize.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course college isn't the cheapest thing, but here at USF you can bet that you will get your money's worth. There are so many free resources for students simply for just being enrolled in the university like a gym, access to sports games, and tutoring services are just a few.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events that take place on campus here at USF. Every Thursday there are movies that are played at USF that us free and they even offer free food and drinks. Football games are a great way to spend a good time with friends too. Homecoming week at USF is a blast too. This year we had the Wayans Brothers perform a stand up comedy show, then Ludacris came and performed as well! Every week there is something going on for every student to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    USF does all that it can to provide great affordable food for students, and are even marketing healthier food choices for students as well.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but I've stayed over at the university in their dorms a few times and it is nice, quiet. and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really are there to help you and will answer any questions you have either during or after class. They also have a great tutoring program that is free for students to use.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely make sure you acquire good study habits for college. Also, get involved! The more you go out and get into organizations or clubs, the more doors you open on campus and acquire great relationships with people in campus which can help you out both in and out of the university.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is such a helpful and friendly school that really does everything to make sure you experience everything you can while learning along in the process. The staff really work around your schedule if you apply to work on campus so you don't have to worry about missing class or being late to work. This university also has so many opportunities to get you out there and make your college experience an enjoyable one that you will remember for the rest of your life.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are over 600 clubs and organizations and many more campus activities for you!

    Food and Dining

    There are 4 dining hall. They are good places to hang out with your friends, but the food need to be more various. First year students require to have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    First year students require to live on campus. There are several Living Learning Community that are good to join. The students in the LLC are very nice and you will have a lot of good friends. Overall, the dorm life at USF is great in my opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    The first semester will have many changes, so you should be prepare. You get to choose your classes, but you need to be careful since the schedule will affect you in many different ways. Come to office hours if you need help. The professors willing to help you; there are many opportunities for you to get involved in undergraduate research and leadership. Going to class and time management is very important to success!

    In three sentences

    USF has a beautiful campus. USF has a lot of trees, and the air is very fresh. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had any problems walking at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Ones who want to get involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Movies on the Lawn!

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, go to events on campus, go out.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls are a great atmosphere and fun to hang out in, but the food gets old fast.

    Dorm Life

    Cypress and JP are where it's at.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun!

    In three sentences

    I love this school. The campus is amazing and the staff and students are perfect!

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots! Go to games, join clubs, go to the gym for classes....

    Food and Dining

    For campus food, it's pretty decent, but you still wonder what it actually is sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    My experience was fine, it is what it is. Didn't have any room mate problems, I was in Juniper, so it was clean and new.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the Anthropology program, which is nationally known. Don't presume it's an easy major just because it's social sciences, you put in a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! I know people who were likely to get in (Over a 3.7 in high school) but didn't apply until a week or two before the dead line.

    In three sentences

    Great campus with engaged students. Undergraduate research is available, you just have to be willing to put in a little work. Pay attention to what people say about Professors, between friends and RateMyProfessor, I've only had one bad professor.

  • 11/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Eat at Juniper Dining or Champions Choice if you can. That's where the best food is. Andros is open late, but its not as nice as the others. If you don't have a meal plan, there are plenty of places to eat. If you preload the money on your ID ahead of time 100+ dollars get a 10% bonus. So if you know you will be buying a lot of food there, thats the most efficient way (if you don't have a meal plan)

    Dorm Life

    Check where you will be living if you plan to live on campus. Some of the freshman dorms have one shared bathroom for the whole floor. Be prepared for tampa. The community around USF can seem intimidating.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher and the subject, classes can be hard. In Science and engineering, the teachers vary greatly, so it's important to research your teacher and know how to study best for their testing style. For other classes, you can slide by and get extra credit everywhere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the study facilities! Usf just renovated the second floor of the library and added a big study park out back with available WIFI. They also added the sky lounge to the marshall center. AWESOME. Be aware of the clubs that will assist in your major: pre-dental, Pre-med, etc.

    In three sentences

    USF is a constantly growing campus. It is climbing the ranks and making numerous improvements everywhere I look. USF makes you proud to be a BULL.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and organizations such as, Humans vs. Zombies, baking club, language clubs, pre-health clubs, and many more. You well be sure to find something to suit you.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, hang with friends at school sponsored events, or just hang with your pod mates in the dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great idea to join clubs and organizations. These help you gain experience and learn new things. Also, go to workshops and tutoring sessions. These help you get good grades and maintain them. There are many spots for studying, so you can get your work done whenever you want.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great school. There are a lot of opportunities for me to gain experience and get into the career that I want. I feel that studying at USF is a great advantage in achieving both short and long-term goals.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus personally. It isn't unusual for me to be walking on campus late at night and early morning. I think USFPD does an overall good job.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty cool at USF. Greeks are very active on campus, and pretty friendly contrary to popular beliefs.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much to do, so many ways to get involved, never a dull moment! Join a club or two or seven!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for social students. There are many people to meet and so much to do. Great for other types of students as well but definitely a social university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We need more tradition! USF is relatively young

    Bang for the buck

    Great school, my only concern is the loan debt I've accumulated over the years. I don't blame USF, I blame the education system in America. college needs to be more affordable, I digress.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on campus! There is no reason for a student not get involved with over 500 student orgs on campus. USF does a great job keeping students entertained. There's bound to be free food at events too!

    Food and Dining

    Not bad at all. Meal plans are expensive though. I saved a lot of money by doing my own shopping. Meal plans are required freshman year btw.

    Dorm Life

    Not bad overall. I enjoyed my years in the residence halls, but they aren't cheap. I now live off campus but I do miss the convenience of on campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    If you plan to study any type of sciences no matter where you go the courses are challenging. Especially at large universities because a lot of courses are weed-out classes because so many students enter college as a science related major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you understand that USF is a large university. The Tampa campus has over 40,000 students. Make sure you visit to see if its a place you can enjoy and succeed.

    In three sentences

    It's a large, beautiful campus with a lot going on. USF is an up and coming university that I've seen improving each year. The school has a lot to offer, but best way to see where you fit is to visit!

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Just walk into the Marshal Center and you will find students doing something. Just ask questions and get your self out there.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls have a great selection of gourmet food. In addition to the dining halls, there are some popular restaurants like Moes and subway.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    I find challenge in everyone of my classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and DO!

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a wonderful school. There is always something going on and students are always involved. There are many opportunities here to grow as a student and as a person.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus! The campus is very well lit. Security personal drive around campus at all hours, night and day. There are tall blue light polls with emergency buttons located all over campus - 2 to 3 lights can be seen at any given point on campus. SAFE team picks up students late at night and drives them anywhere on campus that they need to go.

    Greek Life

    Greek is going under right now. While there are a lot of good Fraternities and Sororities on campus, they're all in jeopardy right now because of hazing issues with a couple of fraternities. There is always a bad apple that ruins the bunch.

    Clubs and Activities

    Whether you fancy swing dancing or your thing is video games, USF offers just about every club you can think up. If they don't have your club, you can easily make your own through their website!

    Great for these types of students

    If you love being around friends and living a social life, this is definitely the perfect school.

    Bang for the buck

    If you ever need groceries, always go off campus. A bottle of water on campus costs the same as a case of water off campus.

    What to do for fun

    The school holds activities every Friday night, and there are clubs for almost every interest. Getting involved is key to having fun. Midnight canoeing, dining in the dark, and movies on the lawn are all frequent campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is fantastic for the first month of school. If variety is your thing, don't buy too large of a meal plan, you will get sick of dining hall food fast. Right off campus there are at least three dozen restaurants to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms on campus are very clean and inviting. Be prepared to live with someone who is nothing like you; don't forget to have an open mind.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes all start off extremely easy, but they become very time consuming about half way through the semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you research the majors offered on campus before applying here. Don't be afraid to sign up for classes that don't necessarily fit in with your future career goals, you never know what will spark your interest.

    In three sentences

    There are more than enough options when looking into majors. Teachers and students come from all walks of life. Weekends are almost entirely revolved around drinking and partying for the vast majority of students.

  • 11/02/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is very responsive and on top of things. I only had one incident of a drunk dorm mate being rowdy and the campus security handled it with no issue at all. Makes you feel a lot safer knowing their a phone call away.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO much to do I probably wouldn't have enough room to talk about it. All you have to do is talk to an adviser to learn about everything and there's literally too much to handle.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody that wants to enjoy a great college experience and make plenty of new friends, all while encompassing much knowledge about your major and learning as much as you will yourself to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition they have is in the main building where some people live (the Marshall Center) there is a symbol of USF on the ground. It's tradition to not step on it, for the simple reason of you're basically stomping or bashing your own school's symbol.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but any college experience is well worth it. I'm so glad I chose USF for just that reason. They live for their students and that makes me feel more at home, which USF was my home for several months. With help from scholarships, and whatever else you can do to pay for college, USF should be on the top of the list!

    What to do for fun

    Dorm life creates many experiences to have fun, as well as going to the recreational center where you can do many various activities. Several of us created a poker club, with no gambling of course! You choose whatever you'd like to do, and there's just so much it's hard to choose.

    Food and Dining

    Food is food. But the dining experience is wonderful. Not much you can complain about. Everyone has their own perks about food, however the dining experience makes it much easier to choose what you want, whenever you want.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great. I lived with a close friend of mine and people always say you should never do that. But it was hardly ever just the both of us hanging out. The dorms create an experience for everyone to mingle and get to know one another. So in all actuality you're living with 20 other people, just one you will sleep in the same room with.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are simple if you pay attention to dates, class material, and study material. You're given everything you need to succeed. It's just up to you if you want to.

    Tips for prospective students

    From day one your adviser is your best friend, and should remain that way. They will keep you on track, let you know when your slipping if you ever do, and will always be truthful with you. No one deserves a bad adviser, so go to USF!

    In three sentences

    Everything a future student could dream of. Great advisers to keep you on track, and help you with your future. I would rate my experience incredible out of 10, for that reason and plenty more.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus always have police nearby and also has emergency buttons you can push if you are in danger. they also have car service that if you are lost can pick you up and bring you home.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events to do and lots of clubs to join if you have the time. There's always a celebrity coming out onto campus and most of the time their free for students. They also offer a really nice gym to go workout in.

    Food and Dining

    They have many options on what to eat to sushi, subway and Moe's. they also have great dining hall food as well.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but what I've seen it seems very fun and are quiet enough for you to study.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the professor and how much time and energy you put in to it. If you complete assignments early and get some studying in it is not as difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your financial aid done on time and early as possible. Dealing with financial aid for weeks waiting to finalize everything is not fun. Also start enrolling in classes as soon as possible and use rate my professor.com to make sure you a great professor.

    In three sentences

    It has a very enjoying environment. The students and faculty here are very friendly. It also offers many opportunities on campus.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are activities on campus every week and there are many different places you can go within driving distance of campus.

    Food and Dining

    This is probably the worst part of living on campus. The dining hall food is not good and I usually end up eating the same thing all the time. Plus it is not ran well and there are many things I hate about it.

    Dorm Life

    I like my dorm a lot and all the people I have met in it. However, I have met people who don't like theirs so like basically all dorms it depends on where you live and who with.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though some of my classes may not be the most interesting, I am able to do well in them and learn the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved and meet people. Go to as many activities and events as possible.

    In three sentences

    I am extremely glad that I chose USF for my school. I was nervous to begin with since it was so far from home, but as soon as I got here I felt like I belonged. I know I made the right choice in attending USF.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on campus. One example would be Bull's Night Out where every Friday there is a fun activity one can go to. There is also the Bull's Market and Movie on the Lawn.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options on where you can eat here at USF. There are many food options in the dining halls alone and is one of the most vegetarian friendly places to eat. If one does not wish to eat in one of the four dining hall, there are many restaurants on campus one can go to.

    Dorm Life

    The people in my pod are amazing. My RA is so funny and kind; he is a bit quirky, however he is very enthusiastic about what our pod does. A pod consists of about 17 rooms with two people in each room and we are all kind of like a family.

    Academic Rigor

    Keep your grades up and try to perfect your time management skills to achieve academic success. The work can sometimes be stressful so it will be beneficial to have these skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    Incoming students are going to need a map. This campus is huge so until one gets the hang of getting around campus they are going to need a map.

    In three sentences

    University of South Florida's main campus located in Tampa, Florida is very beautiful and very diverse. The professors and staff are very kind and the people one can meet are unique and amazing. This university offers a wide range of majors as well so one can major in almost anything he/she wants.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have hundreds of emergency bluelights all over campus that are there for you to press while walking at night, if you think you're being followed or feel unsafe. We have the Safe Team, which is a service that will come pick you up wherever you are on campus and take you to another destination on campus at night, so that you don't have to walk alone in the dark. There are constantly measures that are being implemented that help students to feel at ease when walking to class.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have hundreds of clubs and organizations on campus and the number grows every year. There's no reason for anyone not to be part of an organization, because there is so much diversity regarding the different kinds of clubs we have that there is literally something for everybody. These clubs are also some of the quickest ways for you to meet fun, new people interested in the same things that you are, and you can easily bond and make good friends while having a good time at exciting events on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe that USF is great for all types of students. I've had people in my classes that are freshman straight out of high schools, as well as middle-aged adults wanting to continue their education. USF understands the importance of diversity, and does not cater the educational experience to people of just one age group, so that everyone can truly feel like USF is where they belong.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You will see in the Marshall Center that the USF Seal is blocked off by barricades. It is understood by students on campus to stay away from it and not to step on the seal. This is our way of showing respect to our Alma Mater.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth the money, although tuition is constantly being forced to raise in Florida, USF takes those opportunities to improve. We just had our library renovated, as well as the gym. They just recently built new buildings with beautiful, spacious classrooms and are in the process of adding more.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on campus every minute of the day: go to the Marshall Center and take a picture on the bull, and then run inside to join a flash mob. Take advantage of the Bulls Market to get some free food and fun little goodies. Go to every event that they have during WOW Week or Homecoming Week, and you will soon see that there is more than ample opportunity to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    There is a GREAT variety of food at every dining hall, and in addition, they have a Moe's, Chikfila, Subway, and tons of other tasty food places on campus. One thing you'll never worry about here is whether or not you'll like the food.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in my second year, and I have not encountered any classes that have been unreasonably difficult. Beware of the math and science classes that may come with a Pre-Med major! But even with those, overall, the professors here care about you doing your best in their class, so if you're struggling, send them a quick email or visit their office hours, and they're always willing to help out.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that you pick up the student planners that they give out for free at the Marshall Center at the beginning of every school year. You will quickly learn that time management is everything, so if you don't take control of your schedule in college, it will take control of you. In that way, the agenda is a life-saver, I use it everyday to write all my homework assignments as well as personal obligations to stay on track with everything.

    In three sentences

    USF is the best of both worlds: exciting campus life with great variety of people, and an academic life that provides you with limitless resources to help you get your degree. The campus life is so much fun, there is always an event happening somewhere, and the academic program is rigorous enough to challenge you, but not overwhelming.

  • 10/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This is a great campus to get a good education and have fun doing it. There is always plenty to do every night so there is never a dull night.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun, since there is so much diversity there are always activities for people to do. Since the campus is located in the middle of a major city, its easy to go to a sports game or go to a club at night.

    Food and Dining

    The food is acceptable, but repetitive. The meal plans are affordable solutions to eating, and if you live on campus you will frequently visit one of the cafeterias each day.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is a must for students who are entering college for the first time. Its the best way to meet people that you otherwise would not have associated with.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been a business and engineering student, and both majors require a lot of outside work to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use your time effectively. The four years of college goes by quickly, and its easy to let it go by. Make sure to take part in any activities that you think might be fun or valuable.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is a large campus with plenty of activities to maximize your college experience. With the highest enrollment of students in Florida and the most diversity of enrollment, there is always something to do. USF is a great school to attend.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. There have been a few reported rappings on campus this semester though.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not as big at USF as other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many many many clubs and activities on campus. The best place to find more info is on the website.

    Great for these types of students

    ANY TYPE OF STUDENT. USF doesn't cater to any specific type of student. All are welcome and will feel comfortable here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the campus seal!

    Bang for the buck

    USF Tampa is ranked the BEST USF campus to go to if you can get in.

    What to do for fun

    Clubbing! Ybor is well known for its clubs and it's about 15min away from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great in the beginning, but unfortunately its quality and taste drops off after the first month.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you get a good dorm. One of the best is JP.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of the class depends on the course and teacher. USF is about about average when it comes to difficulty overall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Review all teachers online before selecting them. Be particularly picky when it comes to high level math and science teachers.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with great teachers. The campus is friendly, clean, and safe. The teachers here want you to do well and learn.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I'm not a die hard sports fan and I don't favor certain colleges over others just because it's that college but USF is certainly a great experience. The people are awesome, I love my professors, and the campus looks great.

    What to do for fun

    For on campus, hit up our awesome gym, walk around campus, run on some of our nice trails, join a sport, join a club, and many other smaller things. For off campus, there's MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens, and Ybor.

    Food and Dining

    It's nice having a meal plan but sometimes the food just isn't up to par. However, cooking for yourself is a lot of work so unless you're a master chef and can handle doing dishes all the time, get a meal plan. Besides, there are four main dining halls you can choose from on campus and it's nice to go down and get a quick bite whenever you feel hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't get my perfect match (or so I though) but I'm getting along with just about everyone in my entire pod! Parties are strictly weekends giving a perfect balance of study and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Let's face it, this is college. You can't cram the last minute for an exam BUT just as long as you keep up with studying and homework, you will succeed. Get your hands on as many practice problems as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get one of those desk calendars to keep track of EVERYTHING; it's not like high school where you can run through the few classes that you actually do stuff in. Keep track of all your classes with some kind of planner and stay organized.

    In three sentences

    Awesome campus! Lots of activities and class opportunities with a very scenic sidewalks and running paths. Everyone is very friendly too.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police, emergency call buttons, weather alerts sent to your phone, and campus wide alarm systems. With all of the services put in place one can feel very safe, however, it's a public campus and anyone can come. There have been instances of criminal activity on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Come one, come all. This campus is one of the most diverse I've been too. Into USF is designed to help international students with the culture change. This school has a large medical program, so if you're looking to be a doctor of any kind, check it out.

    What to do for fun

    Each student can attend home football games for free, view new released movies each month at the student center, participate in clubs and intramural sports, and see a wide variety of well known people who come to give lectures each year. There's also a the Bulls Market every Wednesday for shopping and close by attractions such as Busch Gardens and the University Mall.

    Food and Dining

    Beef O'Brady's, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Jamba Juice, Moe's, Subway, Sbarro, and many more restaurants are just a few minutes walk away at USF. It also serves students a wide variety of foods at each dining hall located across campus.

    Dorm Life

    Resident halls are always clean and well kept. However, there have been cases of mold in some halls and this year there were so many students that the dorms were at 106% capacity, causing delays in room changes.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes require reasonable amount of readings and assignments done outside of class. Some classes can be classified as an easy A and others are extremely rigorous. Ultimately they balance themselves out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in a scooter, bike, or skateboard as this campus is large and can require lots of walking in the hot Florida sun. Take advantage of the free student bus system whenever it's convenient. This school holds a lot of special events so stay up to date with the annual student newsletter.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is well worth your money. Boasting a growing research program, this school is not only great academically, but it also has a lot of on campus activities to offer. Student involvement is a high priority on this college campus.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For the most part, the quality of education here is satisfying, even for the most ambitious of students.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there is a gym and monthly events such as movies on the lawn. The list of activities and events is rather large, it's up to you how many you can make it to. I find it tough to get bored on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food selection is rather decent. From Burger King to Beef O' Bradys and Subway, there is always a tough decision to make. The pricing can be a little high sometimes but the convenience over shadows that!

    Dorm Life

    I cant speak for this as I commute to school. What I have heard is the community of students that live in dorms are pleasant. Everyone there bring so many different backgrounds to the mix that its easy to learn form one another. As everything else on this campus, it's a rewarding experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses range in difficulty but the more difficult ones are definitely rewarding. To be tested to the best of your abilities is the best way to learn. It's okay to make mistakes, plenty of support is available and besides, we learn from them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate! The time you have hear is special and it should be used efficiently and effectively. Time management is one of the fundamentals to success.

    In three sentences

    This campus supplies one with many opportunities to succeed. The academic advisors really seem to care about your future and are always helpful with advice. The activities on campus cover a wide range, including AMA and Frisbee!

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    bars, events, mall, shops

    Tips for prospective students

    Be smart and study

    In three sentences

    A highly diverse and great university

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security always available when you need them, either by phone or one of the emergency stands stationed around campus

    Greek Life

    No idea

    Clubs and Activities

    Don't participate in any though

    Great for these types of students

    Looking to meet new people Interested in diversity of cultures Health majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can think of

    Bang for the buck

    Need a better selection of T.V. channels With how much we pay for meal plans, there needs to be a better selection of food and incorporate more healthier foods

    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym Hang out at Marshall Student Center Sports events

    Food and Dining

    Just don't go to Fresh Food Company...seems like everyone that works there doesn't seem to care about their job and always have an attitude.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be fun, but it all depends on the roommates you get. I also think that it's a little too expensive for what we are getting, such as a poor choice of channels and mail boxes that don't like to open.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will use every resource they have to challenge you and help you think critically

    Tips for prospective students

    DON'T LOSE FOCUS!!! STUDY!! STUDY!! STUDY!! Work hard Have fun :)

    In three sentences

    This is a very great school. It's very diverse so you get to meet students from all over the world and get to learn about their culture. This school also has many great free activities for students, including free admission to all sports events.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police could monitor campus more

    Clubs and Activities

    too many!

    Great for these types of students

    Active, smart, and definitely NOT for the lazy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    not aware of any

    Bang for the buck

    USF could give its students more with all lthe tuition and fees we pay

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs, activities, and so on

    Food and Dining

    dont use it must. I bring my own lunch. All you can eat buffets on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Not the easiest courses, but also not the most challenging. Read, ask questions, visit prof during office hours, and ask your TAs for help

    Tips for prospective students

    check out all the details before you attend

    In three sentences

    USF has the most technologically-advanced campus in the area. It very student-centric and offers help in almost any academic department

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are lots of events throughout the week, including movies on the lawn. The best part about it is that the school emails you a weekly event calendar so you don't have to worry about missing out on something.

    Food and Dining

    Lot's of vegetarian dishes and the chefs can make a really good omelet for you for breakfast. There is also unlimited ice cream in one of the dinning halls and the smart soda machines. There are 3 Starbucks on campus that make life a little easier for the average zombie student.

    Dorm Life

    A necessity for first year students and also a strong recommendation. It is a challenge enough to leave the nest, don't try to fly before you have the wings of understanding. Owning an apartment can create a lot of stress, too much for a first time student. The dorms aren't home but you will make a great couple of friends while you live there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging and are easy to fall behind in. If you want to get A's then you have to form study groups and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with a adviser in the field that interests you. If there are multiple, then meet multiple. It helps having someone that knows what they're talking about prepare you for your next 2,4, or 8 years of education.

    In three sentences

    I would highly recommend this school to anyone. Their academics are rigorous and the teachers are good. There is plenty of areas to escape from the noisy classes and study by a lake or under a large oak tree.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, there is security everywhere and if something does happen police are on the job immediately. There are also emergency buttons all over campus, I believe they are about 75 feet from one another in every direction.

    Greek Life

    AMAZING! Greek life at USF is just another fun aspect about the school. Lots of nice people, and they are very diverse. You would think that each one has a specific look, but no; you would meet someone from a fraternity and just be happy to know that they are nothing like the tv stereotype. Interacting with greek peeps are always fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There isn't a club that you can't find here. And if there is a club that happens to be nonexistent, it takes about five minutes to create one. Been there, done that!

    Great for these types of students

    USF is a great school for all types of students. I have yet to meet someone on this campus whom haven't found a group to fit themselves into. I've literally met larpers, the quidditch team, greek peeps, band members, dancers, party lovers, book lovers, and etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There really aren't any unusual traditions but we are chalk full of fun ones. Unusual locations? They actually put swings behind the library this summer. It's a really nice spot in the evening.

    Bang for the buck

    Discounts... Everywhere! This is Bulls Country haha. Most businesses around campus offer 10% (and up) discounts.

    What to do for fun

    In a five mile radius, there is bowling, a mall, tons of restaurants, and a movie theater. If you expand the radius to about ten miles, there is Channelside, which is super fun during the day and night, and Ybor City which is night time fun. The nearest beach is about 45 minutes away from campus in Clearwater. But the drive is totally worth it if you plan to spend the day in Clearwater, the strip down the beach is super fun.

    Food and Dining

    It has it's good days and has it's mediocre days.. Meals got very repetitive and annoying.

    Dorm Life

    Best thing I've ever done through my college career. I lived in a dorm my freshman year and that's where you meet the people who you're destined to be friends with, not only that but a lot of the residence you live with happen to take the same courses as you so it's easy to make study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some classes that are REALLY hard but if you are willing to see the professors during office hours they are more than willing to help you pass their class. For example an ample amount of my professors this semester teach difficult classes but because they are so passionate about what they teach, it makes the class much more interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get your habits and your priorities straight from the day you get here. Regardless of what school you attend, you don't want bad habits to reflect on your course work.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is an amazing school. You are surrounded by well spirited peers and very caring professors. On a scale of one to ten I would give this school a ten.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many ways to keep students safe. If you do not feel safe walking home, you can call safe team and get a ride home. Also, the blue lights on campus are great for safety at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved! There are so many different clubs that there is a 100% guarantee that you can find something that fits your interests!

    Great for these types of students

    All students can go here! Academically and socially, USF is an amazing school.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on and getting involved is great!

    Food and Dining

    There are always different options for everyone, no matter what your preferences are.

    Dorm Life

    USF is a community and getting close to the people who live with you is a great way to meet new people and be more interactive!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are what any student should expect from college, but the professors are reasonable and there are many chances to get tutored and bring grades up!

    In three sentences

    This is a great school for any type of student! Everyone is friendly, the classes are great, and there are a lot of opportunities to meet people! USF is an amazing school that all students should consider.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Active!

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club you can ask for, and if it's not, you can make it!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a good campus experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Good, but tuition is going up! However, that is occurring everywhere.

    What to do for fun

    I head to the gym which is newly renovated. There are pool tables free to use and play. A sky pad is located in the new Marshall Center which features T.V.s for gaming. Movie theaters are close to campus and beaches are relatively close (as Tampa is very close to the gulf).

    Food and Dining

    Decent dining halls, and various restaurants located all around campus. Do not get the unlimited dining plan, you will get tired of the food, and will spend at other food locations close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms range in budget and are located in strategic places on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I rated 4/5, because the rigorousness of the courses will be very similar to all universities. However, I have heard that others say that other universities are more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at universities for the programs they offer, but liking the campus is also a priority.

    In three sentences

    The university has a friendly and inviting appeal. It accommodates the needs of the students from study-space to recreational events. Feels like home, even for a commuter student.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always problems or incidents, especially since this is a metropolitan area, but the safety is the number one priority. There is a police department on campus, and I always see them driving around in the police cars, or on the golf carts. There is a MoBull alert system, which texts students who are signed up. There are also e-mail alerts for the same reasons. There is a severe weather alert system--sirens and on the televisions--for when a tornado is approaching. There are emergency towers all over campus for emergency uses. At night, they have a safety escort team, for free, for students with night classes that go across campus. I know you can text a number if you are leaving and text them when you get to where you need to be, as well. My friend has a bad knee and wears a brace; we were walking across campus and a safe team officer picked us up so she wouldn't have to walk so far. Overall, I feel very safe here.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is there, but it is not dominant. It is not like in the movies where it gets wild and crazy, as far as I know, but a group of people with alike interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 600 clubs to join, some of them very interesting -- medieval club, for example -- and of, course, there are some sororities and fraternities. There is always something going on, and the university is really great about making sure people know what is going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is interested in pursuing some sort of science, medical, or research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the buildings have very unique architectural designs. There always seems to be something happening that is unusual, but fun at the same time. I see some people dressed up in Hawaiian clothes occasionally.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is very good here, and I feel like Im learning a lot. Their programs are well respected in my field, but it seems as if high school students don't always hear about this school. The school is very clean, very safe, and very nice.

    What to do for fun

    USF students get into the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg for free. The beaches are only 30 minutes to an hour away--depending on which one you go to--and the Campus Recreational Center sometimes has a bus that shuttles students to the beaches. The Campus Recreational Center always has an event, from white-water rafting to the beach. Nearby, there are several malls, lots of shopping areas, parks, and there are always things to do on campus. Every Wednesday afternoon outside the Marshall Student Center, they have free things for the students.

    Food and Dining

    In a word, delicious! The people who serve the food are always very nice, and they start to recognize you after a while. While they may not have all my favorite foods every day, I never go hungry. They have fresh produce every day, including a salad bar, and they have some of my favorite foods. For example, their chicken sandwich is my absolute favorite. Although I'm not a vegetarian, or a vegan, they have accommodations for those with vegetarian and vegan diets. I'm lactose-intolerant, and, for the first time in six months, I was able to eat ice cream because of their lactose-free ice cream. I have to say, the food is really good here.

    Dorm Life

    Like all metropolitan areas, there is some crime here, but I don't feel unsafe. The rooms are clean and regularly cleaned by staff -- pending on which one you are in -- and are nice. The suite I am in is like a bunker, which is good when it's storming outside. There are some people who are giving us problems, but that happens everywhere. Overall, I am definitely planning to stay on campus again.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the general classes are not very hard, but I have done the International Baccalaureate Program, which means I'm mostly used to it. Some classes are challenging, but not all of them. It honestly depends on your major and your work ethics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like all colleges, make sure you want to come here. The weather changes constantly, but is mostly very beautiful. Know what you want to get into, and don't be afraid to ask anyone if you have any questions.

    In three sentences

    The campus is here is beautiful, with very friendly and polite faculty and staff. The educational programs here are very well known, especially their research programs. It as an amazing school, but not as widely known in Florida as other schools.

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    They have an AMAZING choice of food and a great food program there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go take a tour to see how you like the campus! Ask students there how much they enjoyed it and see if they would recommend it to you. Plan to leave early if living a longer distance, traffic can get pretty bad around there sometimes!

    In three sentences

    It's a really great environment and I love the school itself. It has all the programs I'm looking for and a lot of my friends who go there say it's been one of the greatest experiences of their lives. I can't wait to find out more!

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt threatened at all on campus. The SafeTeam is always around at night, and the entire campus is very well lit.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at USF! You cannot possibly come here without getting pulled into some sort of activity outside of the classroom. I am involved with the Baptist College Ministry (BCM) and I love it. They go on beach retreats, camping trips, mall scavenger hunts, and a ton of other fun events, all while sharing the love of Christ.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! They have plenty of options. The only downside is that most of the dining halls close at 7:00pm on the weekends, which is pretty annoying.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of people cringe at the thought of community style living, but I have friends who are very happy with their accomodations there. I live in a Suite-style dorm, and it is okay. If you prefer more privacy, apartments are your best bet.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are fairly easy while others are more difficult. Try to choose classes that you will enjoy, although you won't always receive that option. As long as you stay focused and organized, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to USF with an open mind. You will be exposed to a multitude of new opinions and viewpoints. This doesn't mean that you'll be expected to sacrifice your morals or standards, but rather, you will be able to gain an understanding of the world around you. It is truly a life changing experience.

    In three sentences

    USF is very accomodating to the broad diversity of its students. Everyone has an equal opportunity to not only learn, but to also get involved.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am part of the Radio Show called Bulls Radio. I enjoy it and everyone is friendly. My advice would be to get involved. At USF there are so many clubs and activities to join that I was surprised at we have.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are none that I have seen.

    Bang for the buck

    On your school's website check to see if there is a spot for current students to sell their books. You can pay half for the value of a book when you purchase it from a student that previously took the class.

    What to do for fun

    Since I commute I really do not know.

    Food and Dining

    I only have tried Sbarro's and it was fairly decent.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I am not familiar with dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is just right. The classes challenges you to think and perform well in your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to register for classes early because students definitely start registering before the semester begins. Make sure to know where your classes are before class starts that way you know the exact location of your building. Ask questions. Make sure that you keep in touch with your advisor that way you know if you are on the right track for graduation.

    In three sentences

    This university is so diverse that I really enjoy the immerse group of students at this campus. The university has phenomenal school spirit that I am so happy to be a part of this university. This school has the best faculty and staff who are always there to assist you.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many of the school pride events. There is almost always a USF game going on.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options on campus. All of which are easy to get to.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    In my major the classes are very competitive. I feel any science of medical major on this campus would be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus first. It is a very big campus and easy to get lost if you do not know your way around. Stay on top of studying and all of the class work.

    In three sentences

    USF is a vibrant college community. It does a lot for medical research and rated highly for it. Students share a great pride in their school.

  • 09/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The new Juniper Poplar Dorms are very nice for any aspiring engineering students. The campus itself is beautiful and the number of available activities on campus makes it worth a look. The classes are varied, but all look well-deserved for any major you choose.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Strong.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, energetic, adventurous students with a great work ethic!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sit on the bulls in front of the Marshall Student Center.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of options. On-campus events are held as well as off-campus gatherings and pool parties. Downtown Tampa is a 20 minute drive and is beautiful as well! You are also only an hour from the beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved immediatedly!

    In three sentences

    I love USF so much. The campus is brand new, modern, and inviting. The atmosphere that the students create is one filled with positivity, school spirit, and enthusiasm.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I was told by a professor in class that campus is not safe at night. So pls walk in pairs or group late at night. You need to know where the security measures are.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of things on campus for fun.there is always something going on, you just have to check black board. join some activity or go to the Marshall center.

    Food and Dining

    i have to purchase my own food which is cheaper. I'm sure campus food is alright.you get use to it after a while. It saves me money though.

    Dorm Life

    i did not get a room on campus, so I'm living off campus. it i okay, kinda the same.you have room mates. you get home sick a lot and feel alone

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the professors don't teach course material,putting all the pressure on you. There is a lot of hard work to put in. but in all its average,not too hard

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advice you plan ahead of time before attending,get your finances in order.i would also recommend apply ahead of time. Go to every class,its important

    In three sentences

    the university has the best on campus transportation. It is very affording, and has the student best interest at heart. They offer a lot of financial aid, and it is easy to get into.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    plenty of options for safety used at this school!

    Greek Life

    My roommate is active in that aspect and so far he says it is a lot of fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    With hundreds of clubs to chose from the opportunities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    With many options to chose from, It's hard to pick! a variety of delicious food is available.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! the RA is very helpful and my roommates are cool!

    Academic Rigor

    Usf is a rigorous college that maintains high standards while providing opportunities for help if its needed

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    USF has plenty of preventative measures incase an attack ensues on campus. There are poles that you can hit a button in case of an emergency and the campus police will show up. There are lots of these poles so incase you are running from an attacker you can press them while running to have the cops know where you are going. These poles are lit up at night so you can spot them easily. USF also has a system where you give them your cell phone so incase of an emergency (weather or suspicious/dangerous activity) they will send you a text to tell you to avoid certain areas or not come on campus. Also if you are out at night by yourself and don't want to walk to wherever you are going you can call the USF SAFE team and they will come pick you up in a golf car and escort you. They also offer flat tire services and cable jumping.

    Clubs and Activities

    USF has a variety of different types of clubs: professional ones, leisurely ones, sport ones, and ones just to get people together. It seems as if there is an organization for most professions out there to pick from for students. The sport clubs don't just pertain to common sports, there are also unique ones such as skydiving and scuba diving. If somehow with all these clubs and organizations you still can't find something to do there are activities going on around campus every week. There are a variety of events such as a carnival held on campus and a concert too. More frequent events are weekly movies on the lawn and all the sporting events USF has.

    Great for these types of students

    It seems like there is something for every kind of person and student that a small review couldn't even scratch the surface of what USF has to offer everyone. It seems like people have to go out of their way to not find something they enjoy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of hidden perks around the campus to enjoy. One of them I find a lot of people enjoy isn't for it's excitement, but almost the opposite it's peacefulness. Nearby the MLK plaza there is a huge lawn with gazebos all around it. With all the chaos college can bring it's nice finding a place you can just relax, and that's what that brings. You see people taking naps on the benches near the gazebos or on the grass, listening to their ipods and just enjoying the moment, and people playing frisbee on the lawn.

    Bang for the buck

    We all know college is expensive, but on campus if you really want you can get a lot for very little. For the first week or two with all the organizations hosting events you can eat free for them (if you go looking for the events). The events don't just end there, so you can still get free food or items throughout the semester. There is also free entertainment going, movies on the lawn, all our games are free if you order your tickets in time, and concerts and carnivals are had on campus. With bands such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Neon Trees, and Cobra Starship playing on campus, being able to go for free makes it a lot sweeter.

    What to do for fun

    There are constantly events going on around campus that are there to make sure students have fun. Every week there are movies on the lawn, there are plenty of intramural sports going on both semesters if you want to engage in them. Or if you can't get find a schedule that would fit for intramural there are clubs for lots of sports with students who are just as busy and still want to go play whichever sport.

    Food and Dining

    Being a commuter I don't have to eat on campus 24/7 so I may have gotten tired of the food here. On campus there are plenty of quick places to grab a bite while you are studying. If you do get tired of the food on campus there are plenty of places right of the campus that'll make sure you don't get tired of eating the same thing.

    Dorm Life

    Personally I commute to school so I haven't had the experience of living on campus. But I have plenty of friends who have lived on campus. I haven't really heard anyone not glad they have had the experience of living on campus. They found it very convenient to get to class, only being a 5 minute walk. They were able to find lots of free food through all the activities always going on during campus. Only thing they wished was their was a football stadium on campus to really feel school spirit.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can range from being pretty easy to extremely hard. But with those extremely hard classes their are ways to do well in them. If it's a hard class, you aren't going to be the only one wanting to pass the class. There are plenty of people wanting to meet up and study and it's never to late to join a study group which can can make the class more interesting and definitely help with studying. There also many places on campus that can help you with some classes. If you need help with an essay there is the writing center on the first floor of the library or if you are having trouble in calculus there is the tutoring zone on the second floor. The professors for the most part also seem to really enjoy what they are teaching which helps the student engage to what the professors are teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip I'm sure everyone has heard, yet people still don't follow it and it has it's consequences for it. The tip is go to class and when I say that I also mean go to it and pay attention. I've seen people in huge lecture halls on their laptop just on youtube watching videos in class. Those same people wonder why they did bad on their exam when they never pay attention during lecture. Just paying attention in class and reviewing your notes and studying goes a LONG way. Also enjoy yourself at the same time, everyone needs a break from time to time.

    In three sentences

    The USF campus is not only grand, but it is also still expanding and new buildings are being built or renovations are constantly being done and the campus is just beautiful. For the most part, I've had little problems with the professors as they are usually very helpful and great teachers. Your fellow classmates for the most part want to succeed and do well so finding people to study with is no problem.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty good in that law enforcement is visible and can be seen patrolling the campus. To add, there are emergency stations at various areas around campus, which have a button to press in case a student feels they are in danger, or etc. There are also up to the minute emails and text messages sent out to students if there is any danger to avoid at a particular area of the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on campus if you're just free and want to have fun. For example, there are free movies on the lawn for students to watch that are recent. There are also many different clubs and organizations to be a part of that suit one's interests. There are also various sporting events to go to as well as trips coordinated by the various organizations on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining experience on campus is great because there are many different options to choose from while at the university. There are vending machines in nearly every building if you just need a snack to keep you awake in class, and there also coffee places at good distances for students to get to around campus. To add, there is fast food dining when you need to grab something to go as well as sit down restaurants at reasonable prices to select from. Some of the sit down restaurants either offer a buffet style of eating or an actual three course meal that is served. Therefore, the student has a balance and meal plans are offered as well as opportunities on campus to get free food.

    Dorm Life

    This aspect of college is not something that I have taken part in during my college experience since I do not live on campus. I am only about half an hour away and therefore I commute to the university, hence my low rating. Even though, I do not know much about dorm life, I do know that it seems pretty much the same as living in an apartment, but there are activities in which the students living in dorms can partake of collectively and they also have someone in charge of the dorm to assist in any issues.

    Academic Rigor

    Within the University of South Florida there is a nice blend of academically rigorous classes and not so rigorous classes. There are of course challenging courses that may apply to a student's major, but then there are classes that can be taken for enjoyment when completing your elective requirements, which helps to promote a balance for the student. It is competitive though, and therefore, one should apply themselves as best they can in order to succeed. After all, it is up to the student to take on the challenge of their academics in a serious manner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective or incoming students is to meet with your academic advisor at least once every semester to make sure you are on track. Another tip is to never wait until the last minute when it comes to anything school related. For example, when it comes to making advising appointments or turning in forms to be processed, and etc always prepare in advance since there are many other students that are attending the university as well. One other tip is to always ask questions if you are unsure about anything and always try to seek any information when you are concerned with a particular issue, and the school website is great for finding out information or resources to know the correct location that you can go to on campus in order to get any issues resolved.

    In three sentences

    Basically University of South Florida is a very big campus full of opportunities to become involved in different activities in order to meet people and try new things. It is a campus that provides not only large lecture courses but also provides small classroom type settings for classes as well, which is a nice blend. Furthermore, my over all experience has been great and the staff are quite helpful in directing their students within their education.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    options all over campus

    Dorm Life

    Do not live on campus but the buildings are nice

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the classes you decide to take

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about all of the benefits of being a student at USF. There are many services free to students, counseling, for example.

    In three sentences

    USF has plenty to offer. The online class options are great! Campus is buzzing with smart students.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Very bad customer service. They don't provide complete information.

    In three sentences

    The University is very clean.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus and in my dorm.

    Greek Life

    Will check out Fraternities soon.....

    Bang for the buck

    I'm so glad I didn't give up on my application process. It was worth the extra effort to prove I'm a good student for USF. Everyone says it's a good school and I'm proud to be a Bull.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports....fraternities....

    Food and Dining

    Get the full meal plan....register before you get to campus because the lines are long. There are lots of different food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms....nice people...everybody is really friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a challenging school....be ready to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy the meal plan before you get to campus...the lines will be long for Fall semester. Take the University Experience class....

    In three sentences

    I LOVE IT HERE!

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sight-see throughout tampa

    Food and Dining

    3-4 All-You-Can-Eat buffets on campus, reasonably prices

    Dorm Life

    never lived on campus, but i have a lot of friends who do! awesome student life there

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are sort of tough. You actually have to work hard to get the grade you want

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework when it comes to taking classes and your degree sheet. Some classes are not offered in the summer. While in high school, sign up for Dual-Enrollment so you can take college classes for free, cut down your time in College, and save a LOT of money

    In three sentences

    The main campus has become more beautiful throughout my past 4 years there. They spend a lot of our tuition money changing the sod every year, but I guess it's a small price to pay for beauty. They need to re-do Cooper Hall classrooms, though.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do on campus. There are always events going on, such as concerts and tailgates!

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of places to eat on and around campus. If you have a meal plan, the food is AMAZING. :)

    Dorm Life

    I've spent a lot of time in the dorms with my friends, and they are surprisingly nice! There are always things to do, and you will make a lot of friends in your building.

    Academic Rigor

    Manage your time wisely and you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved! You never know who you will meet and what you will come across. There are resources everywhere.

    In three sentences

    I live near the campus and although I do not attend, I have friends that do so I am highly involved, and I love it! After I finish community college I can't wait to attend USF.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a Police Station on Campus. To get into the dorm building you must use your student ID and only those that live there have access to enter. There are Blue Light stations around campus that alerts 911 when you press the button.

    Greek Life

    There is a Greek Village set aside for those in the Greek Life and they host activities for students to learn more about what they stand for.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have around 400 diverse clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Sky Pad on the top floor of the Student Center, which is great to hangout with friends or just sit and do homework. Also, there is the tradition of Movies on the Lawn every Wednesday in front of the student center.

    What to do for fun

    The school has activities going on every single say for students. These activities are hosted by organizations, housing, or Sororities/Fratenities. Some activities are comedic shows, open mic's, movies, BBQ, and games.

    Food and Dining

    There are options of four dinning halls around campus that have a variety of food every day (buffet style). Also they have well-known places like Burger King, Chick-fil-a, Subway, Moe's and much more. There is a big variety on what to eat.

    Dorm Life

    The recently built dorms are the most comfortable and the most pleasant to live in. The older ones are smaller, and seem to be less well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are full of students that want to learn, yet there are always those few that are not. Students study together often. Teachers are willing to what the best the can to help an student that wants to learn.

    In three sentences

    There are many places around campus that are there to benefit all students. Everyone around campus is friendly, and the view is beautiful.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. Campus police are always patrolling the campus. At night students have free transportation if they do not feel safe walking alone.

    Food and Dining

    There are 4 dining halls on campus, which are open from 7am-2am depending on location. Plus there are multiple fast food locations around campus, especially in the student union.

    Dorm Life

    There is an extensive amount of campus housing. Some of the dorms are outdated and need repairs so apply early for campus housing to ensure a room in one of the newer buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are strict on class attendance and assignment deadlines.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to visit the campus at least once before deciding to attend to make sure it is the right place for you because this will be your home for the next few years.

    In three sentences

    USF Tampa is a large campus with a dynamic student body. Finding your way around campus is simple and you can always run in to someone you know walking to and from class. There is a large amount of green space in the middle of campus, which hosts a lot of activities or study space depending on the day.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING. Literally, you name it - there's a club for it.

    Food and Dining

    We have the convenience of every fast food place on the planet here...along with some upscale dining as well. 5 star.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, so I can't really rate this x)

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is rough! But you should be able to survive :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Just trust me..don't be late to class :P

    In three sentences

    USF has an amazing environment; it is a very friendly place filled with wonderful opportunities. The employees / professors here are very kind and caring, and actually give a rip about all of their students. I give them a total 5 star rating!

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Not to expensive. But it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities for you on campus. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining areas on campus

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are very well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Save money for your parking permit. Always park in designated areas. Take advantage of the parking garages on campus.

    In three sentences

    It is a very well placed campus. All the classroom buildings are in one area. The parking permits are extremely expensive.

  • 08/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I like the texting on my smart phone that USF has for students to warn them of weather or anyone on campus who may be threatening.

    Great for these types of students

    I can only speak as a commuter student. I love the school!

    Bang for the buck

    USF has a beautiful campus and great professors and a dedicated staff to the students.

    Food and Dining

    I usually brown-bag it.

    Academic Rigor

    USF is tough in that you are graded on a 7-point scale. You will not get an A unless you have 93 or higher. But that is good as it sets academic standards high.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are in a competitive situation, such as interviewing for entrance into your desired program of study--do your homework. Know why you want to major in that field and be sure to follow directions to the letter. Print out instructions and cross off one by one what the school is asking you to complete. And be courteous and grateful when you are contacted by anyone from the school.

    In three sentences

    I like the main campus. It is beautiful and I have found my program to be exciting and interesting. I believe that USF wants to see their students succeed. I am thrilled to be attending this university.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit the many sport facilities or clubs on campus, or travel off campus to various bars, clubs, and restaurants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy books online, don't miss class, pay attention and take notes.

    In three sentences

    USF is diverse, accommodating, and clean. The professors are experts in their field and professionals of instruction. I am completely satisfied with my experience here thus far.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are so many options, especially for a vegetarian like me. My roommate, who can't have gluten, can text the chef and request the food she wants for that day!

    Dorm Life

    Each residence hall is divided in several pods and this is the common room for students to meet up. We can sit out in the pod and watch movies, study for finals, or even just chill a little! Sometimes, your classes are in your hall and you can just show up to class in your PJs!

    Academic Rigor

    As a Biomedical Sciences student, I have to take rigorous classes in a short amount, sometime having to double up on science classes during a single semester. The faculty is always there to help you out and make sure you have all your questions answered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check out the campus and see what USF has to offer. USF also awards A LOT of financial aid and is a great option for students that want to attend college on a budget. Work hard for those scholarships and don't slack too much during your senior year.

    In three sentences

    USF is the perfect school for an aspiring doctor, like me. The opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities and volunteer re numerous and most are right on campus! The campus is welcoming and the students there are friendly; I'm looking forward to being a bull!

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The USF police are always on point. There is a ton of security on campus at night time.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are awesome!!

    What to do for fun

    Attend football games and go tailgating. Participate in intramural sports or join a club.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good, plenty of choices around campus. Whether you are trying to eat healthy or not.

    Academic Rigor

    The advisors are great when it comes to keeping you on track. I wish I would have seen my advisor sooner, because i would have changed my major a long time ago.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in organizations, get a tutor when you are struggling in classes, and always see your advisor.

    In three sentences

    Its a really good school, because they offer a ton of opportunities for obtaining a job after you graduate. The organizations at the school are great to meet new people and develop a network for the future. Most of the teachers there want to see you suceed.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are several dining halls located around campus, specifically close to the residence halls. Every dining hall has a vegan and vegetarian section. Also, on the schools dining website they have the menus with caloric intake per meal included. All meals are relatively healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are probably the best way to meet people, especially if you live in residence halls. The rates are a little pricey but it's worth it. All of the dorms are within fifteen minutes walking distance of the buildings where most undergraduate classes are held and they all have a dining hall within three minutes walking distance. In the dorm is probably where you will meet people who will become some of your closest friends in the next couple of years. It also allows you to transition into an independent college student life.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman, most of the classes will not be too difficult. A key factor to passing is studying, listening to lectures and/or reading required texts. If you do have any problems, the school has tutoring and a writing center (for help with essays) to aid you. The classes are challenging but in the way to help you learn a lot more and help your inquiring and critical thinking skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    It would be a good idea to learn how to manage your time well. Although it may seem like you have all this free time to go have fun, use it wisely. The school has resources for your benefit, do not be afraid to use them. Do not worry about making friends because chances are you will make your first one on your first day at campus. Even if it is your first time away from home, it does not mean 'go crazy and wild', remember why you chose to come here and the purpose it serves. One of the biggest things is get all your paperwork (as in financial aid, housing, meal plans, etc.) all taken care of as soon as possible. The longer you wait to do any of it, the more time consuming and frustrating it will get afterward; plus, everything usually ends up how you wanted it to if you get everything done earlier.

    In three sentences

    The campus is refreshing; the trees, people, and weather. There is always something to do, whether it is a school planned event or students at the school planning an event. As a student, you always have opportunities to gain further insight into subjects you enjoy (clubs, internships, etc.).

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had any problems but there are a lot of emergency stations in case there is a need for it. I know if you need a ride they have a safe team/ride thing going on where they pick you up in a golf cart and take you where you need to go on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is definitely a good way to get free food and hang out with friends as well as provide opportunities for internships.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a botanical garden on campus where you can farm/grow things. There is also a water molecule garden and different atom seats around that garden.

    What to do for fun

    The first week of each semester there is Week Of Welcome where many clubs have event and tons of free stuff and food. Every Wednesday there is Bulls Market where local places and club have things on display, for sale and even free giveaway.There are also a lot of Hookah places and bars nearby, as well as a lot of school clubs and on campus things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really delicious and not too expensive if you have it every now and then. They have food options for everyone except if your looking for gluten free foods; I haven't really seen that. The are also off campus options that are really close, delicious and cheep. There is a Sweetbay and a Publix within driving distance. There are good Indian food and Sushi places nearby. A little further down there is a good Greek and German place called Acropolis and Mr. Dunderbak's. There are also a lot of Hookah pla

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm because it was too expensive and during orientation I had to room with a girl that was crying all night. I know there are scholarships for if you are interested in it, so that's always an option. Also some of my friends that did this seemed to really enjoy this and now live off campus with the same roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an A student so for me most classes where very easy especially the general education classes. The further I got into my degree the more challenging the classes became. In general I never really had to read the assign readings; I would just skim through the material because most teachers went over that same material in class. Some teachers even provide there power points so notes aren't that necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an instate student I recommend staying at home because you save a lot of money that you could use for something else.

    In three sentences

    I really like USF because it's close to home and the campus is really nice. The people are friendly. Also there is a lot of technology there and most of the paper work can be done online.

  • 08/11/2012

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. There is a ton of them!

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    As a member of greek life, it is amazing. All of the organizations on campus are very supportive of each other.

    What to do for fun

    The main campus of USF is centrally located. There are night clubs, skating, bowling, laser tag and etc within minutes of the university.

    Academic Rigor

    The university currently wants students to take 15 credit hours in order to graduate within 4 years. I understand everyone wants to finish their degree within 4 years, however, if you are working full-time don't take that many credit hours. The more hours you take the more you have to make sure you get a good grade in those classes. By taking that many credits at one-time, if you fail a class it can bring your GPA down quickly.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Always ask questions. 2. Always keep your paperwork on hand. 3. Take a course load that you can handle. 4. Always speak to your professors and advisors.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great school. This university definitely challenged me to work hard and never give up. Overall, it is an excellent university to go to, especially if you want to stay close to home.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety at USF is top notch. It wouldn't be uncommon to see about 10 or more safety team carts cross your path on your way to class, after a big game, or near events. They are there for the students safety, they can either pick a student up or drop them off places late at night, or transport injured student from their dorm to the health office. Also around the campus you will see blue telephone looking poles that you can dial if you are ever lost or feeling unsafe in your environment and in a matter of minutes someone will be there to escort you to a different area. There are also flyer's and posters in every building on campus listing the numbers that we can reach the safety team on by call or text because above all, safety comes first.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is very active at USF. From the fraternities/ sororities hosting a multitude of events down to the delectable food served at the dining halls. There is always some action going on, and they invite anyone and everyone to their events. The atmosphere can range from relaxed to hype within a matter of seconds, but it never gets out of hand or out of control.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity that every and any student can be involved with and enjoy. From different language clubs to environmentally cautious clubs to leadership clubs. You name it and we have it. This is also a great way to make other connections and relationships with people that you don't usually see yourself affiliating with, and you can also sign up for club/activity positions that will not only look good on resumes, but also make one learn to be held accountable and be responsible.

    Great for these types of students

    If your athletic and have a ton of energy, intramural sports can be for you. This is a recreational sport where students in there spare time during the week can play a game of flag football, soccer, basketball, and etc with a group of their friends. If you're more of an indoor person, there's jazz musicals going on in our music department , coffee gatherings with other students, Bible talk, and multicultural shows going on in our Student Center.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition that we have a USF is called a Stroll Out . It's when some of the fraternities/ sororities gather in our amphitheater and tell us about their organization and why some students should join, and at the end of it all they perform for us. Mostly it's stepping , hence the name of the event Stroll out but sometimes dancing and acting would be incorporated into it also.

    Bang for the buck

    If anyone is planning on attending the University of South Florida, you will most definitely be getting the best bang for your buck. The professors, courses, outings, events, friendships and etc will leave you with a very memorable impression about the University and lead you to share your experiences with other people, whether it be family, friends, neighbors , and etc. You will always have a story to tell if you attend the University of South Florida.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I begin??! The University of South Florida has so many activities going on daily, that one might wish for their own clone just to be able to go to them all. There's sports games( intramural and regular) , concerts, comedy shows, ice cream socials, step shows, parade floats, and many more! There is never a dull day at USF, something is always going on. So after acing that difficult Chemistry test, studying 3 hard hours for that Ethics test, or completing that 5 page paper for Religions, give yourself a break and find an interesting activity to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to USF food and dining you can't go wrong! USF has a variety of selections that bring together different parts of the world. For example, they serve delicious Mediterranean dishes, Hispanic delights, finger looking good African meals, and more! We even accommodate for our vegetarians by serving dishes such as tofu, tossed green salads, and etc.You may come in with a grumbling belly, but after dining at one of our halls and eating all that your heart desires, we promise that you won't leave with one.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at USF, is by far the one of the best parts of the University. Living in the dorms gives you the opportunity to make new friends with different backgrounds and personalities. The dorm is kind of like your own mini apartment, you learn to clean up after yourself, be courteous of others, and set boundaries need be. You make some of your best life long friends while living in the dorms at USF because many of them have a comfortable environment where the people are amiable and always willing to lend a helping hand.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of South Florida is a very competitive not only in sports but academics as well. So one needs to be ready to get challenged mentally in every possible way in any of the course that they take. Good things don't come easily, so in order to succeed you have to put in the work and effort in order to fulfill your dream. The courses at USF will cause you to think critically, evaluate, and come to conclusions about anything from poems to mathematical equations. The journey will not be an easy one, you will encounter struggles and hardships, but it will all pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Top three tips that I'd give to prospective students who plan on attending the University of South Florida are: Time management, ambition, and to be active. Time management is key for any success at any college or university because without it, you end up cramming for tests and not doing to good on them, you don't have time to get involved because most likely you've procrastinated and wish that there were more hours in the day. Ambition is also important because it's your catalyst in a way that gets you going in order to achieve and strive towards your goal. Furthermore, getting active is essential because it can help one get out of their comfort zone, meet new people, and explore the beautiful scenery on campus.

    In three sentences

    I would give the University of South Florida a 9/10 rating because there is no perfect university/college, yet when it comes to this one in particular, it comes pretty close. The food, environment, clubs/organizations, activities, concerts, are just a few perks that lend a helping hand to it being such a great campus. Once you step foot on the campus, you'll never want to leave; Once a Bull, always a Bull !

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is actually a very safe place with its updates on suspicious activity through text message notifications and e-mails. Also, there is an emergency call system of posts with buttons that one can press to either communicate with the university police or at least let them know their location scattered around campus in case of danger. There is also called SafeTeam, which is a unit of people driving go-carts in the afternoon to late night that students can call to have them picked up and driven safely to their destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a couple of clubs and bars that are nearby campus as well as downtown, which is where the most popular spots are located. Many people usually go on Thursday and throughout the weekends. There are also a lot of activities that happen around campus that students can choose from that happen every week, and they can be either dances, talent shows, concerts, etc. And there are a ton of activities to enjoy during the first week of the Fall semester during an even called Week of Welcome (WoW).

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those that want to meet people from different backgrounds that come from different parts of the world, and are interested on a higher education of high quality that will at the same time make them more culturally aware.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition that the school has been constantly trying to reinforce is: to not step on the school's seal. It is apparently bad luck. Other than that, at least within the group of people I know, you must at some point during your time at USF take a picture on top of the bull statues in front of the Marshal Student Center.

    Bang for the buck

    The price for going to school here has gone up a bit lately, and it's no secret that college is expensive. However, I believe that you are getting your money's worth when it comes to education. There are a few things that are questionable, like the limit of papers you are allowed to print per day, but that may be up ones opinion.

    What to do for fun

    Students can go to events that happen around campus for fun, whether it's a dance, talent show, watching a probate or step show, there's actually quite a lot to do. One can even hang out and play pool at the school's Beef 'O Brady's. Students may also throw parties within their dorms, and fraternities and sororities will throw house parties every now and then. There are also several clubs, bars, and hookah lounges nearby, but the most attractive areas of that nature are located downtown.

    Food and Dining

    For now (2012) there are four dining halls, the one by the campus gym being the newest, and also the healthiest. The other three are near each resident hall community (Andros, Argos, and Juniper). Their location is actually very convenient, especially because you can also get food to go if necessary. The food itself is usually very good at the one near the gym, and the other halls have their good and bad days. They will at least always have food, so long as they're open of course.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a very private and isolated lifestyle, or a very interactive one with the rest of the community. It all depends on how involved you decide you want to be. The more you go to socials in your building or around campus, the more likely you are to make new friends. As for the sleeping, if you have a roommate, so long as you two are in agreement on your sleep schedule, it will all work out. And if you live in your own room, there aren't too many distracting sounds that keep you from sleeping. The walls do well at keeping sound in and out of the room.

    Academic Rigor

    The school's difficulty can be a challenge, but it is only because its rigor encourages the students to do some critical thinking to use their maximum potential to think outside the box. The general education classes are too difficult. For the most part, they are easy, but they will still have their tough moments like any course, depending on how much focus or emphasis you put into the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking into applying to USF, you may have most likely heard of their medical program or some science major. From what I know, it is a great place for the subject. The classes are challenging, but in the end you learn the material and are proud of it. And that can be said for more than just science classes. There are other communications classes and cultural courses that will enhance your knowledge and understanding of today's world.

    In three sentences

    USF is a campus full of enriching education. The professors are nice and well educated for the most part, and they love what they do. The campus itself is a thriving environment full of different cultures and perspectives from around the world. And its housing is a comfortable living space.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be accepted you have to try very hard in high school.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful and there is a lot of things to do. The people are so nice and it is very easy to meet people even upperclassmen. I love this school and can not wait to start this month.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. There are text messages sent to every student if anything at all of safety concern is occurring on or near campus. There is a safe team that drives students across campus and to their vehicles during late hours of the night.

    Greek Life

    HUGE!! Greek life is important at USF, there are tons of Frats and sororities to choose from!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from! There is a club for almost anything you can imagine!

    Great for these types of students

    All types! Very diverse atmosphere. Great for people who like meeting people of all different origins and personalities. People are very friendly and welcoming.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Marshall center. It has a Skypad that includes plasma T.Vs, a game room, and coffee and vending machines, as well as a microwave.

    Bang for the buck

    Free food, Free transportation (very reliable), Great teachers and facilities for studying.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs! Sports, On-campus events constantly present, free food and prizes!

    Food and Dining

    Many food choices on campus.

    Dorm Life

    A bit small at times.

    Academic Rigor

    Intense courses

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get behind! College is not a joke. Do well early on!

    In three sentences

    Extremely diverse, a melting pot of ideas, cultures, and thoughts. USF is a proud and welcoming school. There is something for everyone here.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had an issue. Security seems pretty good the overall vibe is pretty safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Im not in any clubs because of my family obligations.

    Great for these types of students

    Well i'd say that is great for any type of student, its very spacious. Not like some campuses in cities. Its like being in a park.

    Bang for the buck

    I like the school, I just wish the teachers were more like teachers instead of test proctors. They act kind of full of themselves, like they are better than you. Overall though it is a good school. Even though tuition is rediculous...but thats nation wide, it seems schools are getting just as greedy as the oil companies and the polititions.

    What to do for fun

    I mostly stay home, or me and my wife go out. It varies from time to time.

    Food and Dining

    They have a food court area that has several choices in food including subs, chinese and burgers, its like the typical mall food court...They also have Jamba Juice, it is an excellent smoothie place.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know about this, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, the classes I have taken have been easy. Just read and take tests. Unfortunately, if your supporting a family like me and don't have alot of time to read, it can be stressful. Don't procrastinate, it will be the end of you.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying, get the Orientation done as soon as possible, you cannot register, or do much of anything until that is done. Also the financial aid people typically will not be able to answer your questions, everytime I ask them something I am always answered with the typical I don't know expression.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are knowledgable, but some are a little too distant from the students. The classes are more focused on testing than learning, read, test, read ,test. The campus is nice though, big, clean, and alot of nature.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are multiple forms of security! If you attend late classes and want to refrain from walking around the campus at night, you can call or text for security to take you to another destination on campus. There are also blue police lights scattered around; you can press the panic button and campus police can reach you with in 5 minutes or less!

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities. They have their own designated buildings to live in. Most importantly, they are very active in the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 650 clubs and organizations for you to get involved in! However, if neither one satisfies you, you can create your own! Each club is tailored to fit your needs, and you can be apart of multiple organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    USF is great for individuals who are looking to pursue a career in medicine because they have a highly rated medical program. The campus is also great for people who want to experience many many people from all over the world!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mascot is a bull; there are statues of bulls dispersed through out the campus and it is a tradition to smack the butt of the bulls when you pass by one in order to have good luck. There is also a Business Building which was built partly underground like the tellie tubbie's home. Also if you wake early enough you can go to the ROTC building and watch the ROTC students perform their daily workouts, which also include jumping, and climbing their building with ropes and such.

    What to do for fun

    There are multiple recreational buildings that consist of athletics, pools, and weight rooms. If you don't want to stay on campus and indulge in their facilities, you can go off and campus and there is a Busch Gardens not even 30 minutes away, there is a mall not even 10 minutes away, and there are multiple clubs for night life!

    Food and Dining

    There are about 3 different dining halls that cater to the preferences of students. There are also a chain of fast food restaurants dispersed across the campus such as Chik-Fil-A, Jamba Juice, and Beef O Brady. Most of the dining halls and convenience stores are open until almost 3 a.m. and fast food restaurants close around 8 p.m.

    Dorm Life

    There are 3 different living arrangements available: traditional-one room mate and a community bathroom, suite: 3 room mates and one bath room, and apartments: can have 3 other room mates and you pay rent. The rooms are nice sizes. Most of the dorm buildings are co-ed, floors are designated as boy, girl style.

    Academic Rigor

    Yes the academic rigor is advanced, however, there are multiple resources to help you succeed such as study groups, and tutors. USF is ranked in the top 50 for their research in the country and 2nd in the state of Florida; therefore, academics are highly favored too.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing is, when you need help on progressing in your classes TAKE ADVANTAGE of the available tutoring centers. Also, manage your time and money wisely so your priorities can be aligned positively.

    In three sentences

    The students and staff are very diverse, complimenting all walks of life. There is a strong school spirit especially regarding sports; the school highly encourage all students to get involved in clubs in order to fully experience the college life. Lastly, the class sizes are fair and appropriate.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of school events so you will never be bored if you become a true bull.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Be prepared to experience new things 2. Be open minded 3. Try new things

    In three sentences

    The university is really big and beautiful. The campus is very diverse. The school almost feels like home.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    To me, Campus is extremely safe. Throughout the week and on weekends there are safe teams that are available to drive students around so that no student should ever have to walk around campus alone! Also, there are a plethora of safety tools such as safety lights and alarms placed all around campus!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is small but growing!

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't count the number of clubs and activities USF has. If there is something you like or are interested in most likely there is a club or team already If there isn't something already in the hobby you have students can always start clubs! USF is always open for new things.

    Great for these types of students

    Students how love to learn and love to play. Really everyone can call USF home because at USF there is something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Movies on the lawn is probably my favorite tradition of USF's! Every other Wednesday USF shows a movie outside! They project a new and fun movie onto one of the buildings and everyone brings a blanket so they can sit out on the hill and watch to the movie. There is free popcorn and sodas, and it is always the funnest night of the week.

    Bang for the buck

    This campus brings the most bang with its gorgeous atmosphere that surrounds the college. USF has the most beautiful campus with ponds, fountains and plush greenery. This campus is very beautiful, very fun, and of course very scholarly.

    What to do for fun

    This is where the school life flourishes! There is always something going on at USF, whether it is Bull Market on Wednesdays or Movies on the lawn or the most famous, athletics. There are a plethora of sports available from throw around games to intermerial sports to USF's teams. There is so much to do and discover when you have time away from your studies. There are, of course, clubs. parties and Greek life, but sometimes what is most fun is hanging with friends in the pod of the dorm. There is always something to do that fits your mood!

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't the highlight of the school, but it is still pretty good, especially when you compare it to other universities. Students have plenty of options including warm meals that are for meat lovers and for vegetarians, or salad bars that have everything from cheeses to vegetables and fruits to coffee for those late nights.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm is the place where all life experiences are endured. This is my favorite part because with the pods USF sets up in each dorm hall, you get to meet every student in your hall and go to socials and pod events. It is a really great way to meet knew and very different kinds of people and also where most students will meet life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    I give my school a 3 because although the courses can be tough and challenging there is a plethora of help and tutoring available! There really is no reason for failing a course at this University because there is so much help provided for each student! This makes schooling much less stressful and studying much more successful!

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip I have for prospective students is to keep an open mind for all the schools you visit. Most students have a college in mind already and do not want to consider other schools, but that is a mistake because things aren't always as they seem and neither are colleges, so my tip for you is to keep an open mind and think about the atmosphere you want to live in for the next four years.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida in Tampa is the most beautiful and most peaceful campus I have been to. The experiences I have been privileged to endure have been life altering and really helped me to grow as person, allowing me to discover what I really want to accomplish in life. I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else!

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    full force police force, blue lights, safe ride program, key card buildings and keys to dorm rooms.

    Greek Life

    i'm sure its good but I avoid buying friends

    Clubs and Activities

    over 600

    Great for these types of students

    diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Raymond James stadium is where they play football games, the same as the Tampa Bay Buccanneers

    Bang for the buck

    In state is nice, with many scholarship options.

    What to do for fun

    40,000 students plus to do anything you could possibly think of doing

    Food and Dining

    Excellent, many options

    Dorm Life

    Stay safe

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard, but not impossible, many opportunities outside the classroom to succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! don't be shy, there are 40,000 students and everyone is just waiting for someone to say hi or join them.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus! Dense with buildings and students and opportunity. It is so easy to get involved, and the food is very good with many options.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    USF has a full-blown on campus police force, plus a blue-light system of emergency call phones, which are set up in such a way that you can always see at least one other blue light from any blue light on campus. Also, there's a safe ride service, where a staff member will pick you up from anywhere on campus and drive you to your dorm in a golf cart between the hours of 10pm and 3am.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 student organizations and clubs, so there's something for everyone, and there's always something exciting happening on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    USF is good for outgoing students who aren't afraid to get to know new people. Students have to be accepting of different cultures and religions, because USF attracts people from all over the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a really cool sundial type thing with a meteorite in the middle of it, and on the summer solstice at 1:12 pm the circle above casts a shadow perfectly onto the circle in the center.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not a cheap school, but its definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 300 student organizations to choose from. And there a lot of free, fun activities for students, like Movies on the Lawn every Friday night.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent and there are plenty of healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is fun, and they have so many things to do. You also have Roommate Agreements to make sure that you and your roommate are on the same page from day one, so everyone gets along really well.

    Academic Rigor

    Students have very high expectations, and have to do a lot of studying to succeed. You have to be academically competitive and focused to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get an earlier Orientation date, if possible. You'll be able to register earlier, which is good, because the English Composition and Math classes fill up quickly.

    In three sentences

    USF is a great research school. It has a very friendly and helpful atmosphere. The students are very academically focused and school spirited.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It's not as delicious as what my mother makes, but it's so much better than the gruel they served in High School

    Dorm Life

    The halls are clean

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started, yet. However, the advisors make sure you don't overload yourself

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm still getting tips, myself! It's a very large campus, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get places.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus with friendly students and clean buildings. The honors college has really helpful faculty. There are numerous opportunities!

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have over 600 clubs to join, and if you don't see one you like, you can make up your own.

    Food and Dining

    They have multiple dinning options, so you never have to eat the same food over and over again.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are new/newly renovated, none of them are gross.

    Academic Rigor

    As a part of the honors college they stress the importance of academics, not to the point where you're overwhelmed, but enough to make you serious about your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go and visit a college campus before deciding, if the atmosphere is right, you'll know.

    In three sentences

    The campus is really beautiful. The students were very welcoming and eager to help you. They have many choices for degrees, basically anything you want to do.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At USF one of the most heard things I hear is about campus saftey. USF makes it a priority to make sure that all of their students feel safe and protected. There are blue lights located all over campus, if you are standing at one you should be able to see another, and these are if you are in trouble. You can press the call button and get immediate response from the on campus polilce department. If you are being chased, you can press one button, then press the next, and they can track where you are running. We also have a program called Safe Team which you can call and have them pick you up from one location on campus and bring you to another, free of charge. This is very important for students once it is dark outside. These are not the only perks of campus saftey at USF, just some of the most common.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    USF is full of traditions even though it is a fairly new school. Football games, ROCKY, the fight song, and SBC are all traditions that the Bulls take part in. There are many landmarks on campus, including MLK plaza.

    What to do for fun

    USF is full of fun activities. Busch Gardens is an amusement park that is located within 5 miles from USF (you can see it from campus). Many students enjoy visiting Busch Gardens as well as MOSI. One of the most popular things to do at USF is go to the beach. We are located near some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Students love to go to the beach for the day and enjoy the sunshine and water. There are also hundreds of activities to do on campus and many sporting events to attend. Football games are a highlight of Fall and the Bulls look forward to football season all year. There are endless opportunities at USF.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different dining options at USF, including a brand new dining hall that serves healthy options. There are fast food restaurants on campus, the only Beef O Bradys on a college campus, and a restaurant on the top floor of the Marshall Center. There are not just dining halls at USF so you are given many different options to choose from. If you would like to eat off campus, there are hundreds of restaurants surrounding the campus, all very close.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone comes into college dreading living in a dorm, but don't. I really enjoyed living in a dorm my freshman year because I met so many people, most of whom I am still friends with today. There are many different options for on campus housing and many new options.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major and classes you choose to take, USF can be difficult. If you apply yourself and take the time to study and work hard, you will do wonderful, but you must take your studies seriously. Don't worry, you will struggle with some classes, but that is part of college and learning. You can't know everything, that is what college is for.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first tip I would give any prospective student would be to live on campus your first year. I know it might seem horrible living in a dorm but it is your best chance to get involved on campus and meet new people. Another tip I would give prospective students would be to get invovled with as many student organizations and groups that you possibly can. This will also give you the opportunity to meet people who have the same interests and goals that you do. The third tip is HAVE FUN! Don't stress yourself out too much. Yes, go to class and do your work, but also take time to enjoy everything that USF, Tampa, and Florida have to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Florida is really Bulls Country. With spirited students, a great athletic program, dedicated professors, and an overall great community, the University of South Florida is the best place to be in the state. There are plenty of on and off-campus activities that will keep any student involved and in the best place for their lives and career.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many resources for students to feel safe. To mention a few there are Blue Lights located around the campus to press in case of any emergency. There is a service that will pick you up or send someone to walk with you if you are feeling unsafe. You can also send a text to a Guardian to make sure that you will be in a location in the time you give. Otherwise they will send the campus police to begin searching for you. These services are only a few to make sure that each Bull is safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    USF has over 600 clubs and organizations. There is a club that will fill the need of anyone. From community service to Harry Potter club.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want. There is a huge gym on campus, filled with athletic equipment, indoor basketball courts and indoor track, for those who like to stay fit. There are numerous pools indoors and outdoors. Students are always outdoors playing frisbee, football, or basketball.

    Food and Dining

    The campus is full of restaurants. From Burger King to Chick-fil-A. There is even a rooftop diner. I am sure you will find the perfect dining for you.

    Dorm Life

    There are numerous types of dorms. Traditional for those who feel like meeting more people. Suite-style for those who want a little more privacy and apartment for those who want the comfort of a private kitchen and restrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't really say yet because I haven't started courses but I am sure that the academic course rigor is based on the student. The campus is full of sources to help with academics from tutors to writing peer editors.

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