University of South Florida - Main Campus Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (54)
I think USF has an excellent environment for conducting research. Many professors push (and assist) students with opportunities for writing papers, attending conferences, writing patents and international travel/internships. I feel that this university helped prepare me for the "real world."
The college of business MBA and affiliated programs are excellent and I really liked all of the professors (with the exclusion of 2) and students. I would highly recommend the program. I actually really enjoyed it, compared with my undergrad experiences.
It is a large public university, so classes were pretty big. I liked almost all of my professors. The biggest problem was finding parking spaces when I was there, but that issue may have been corrected since I graduated. If you like the idea of having a lot of diversity and being on a huge campus it is a good choice.
There is a lot of potential- too bad it doesn't get realized due to the politics. There are some really great teachers, but also some really poor ones (interestingly, the ones who are good tend to be the ones solely there for teaching; the ones who are there for research are not very good IMO). The administration seems more concerned with appearing like a top school than actually being a top school. They are more concerned with what everybody else thinks of them rather than their own students. I don't regret going there, but I would never do any graduate schooling there as I was thoroughly unimpressed with their graduate program curriculum.
I attend the St. Pete campus and enjoy it immensely. The campus is small enough that you do not get overwhlemed with directions or class locations. the parking availability is fair, they could use an extra garage. I try to schedule classes in the early morning or evening, so I can make use of the street parking in lieu of parking in the garage, which requires a permit. The majority of the professors are excellent and are wonderful mentors. It is helpful to discuss the teaching styles and likeability of professors with your academic advisor prior to taking a class.
USF places a lot of emphasis on STEM majors such as biology, engineering etc. This is because the state gives them more funding if they have more STEM majors. This leads the other departments to be overlooked. However, the instruction of professors who teach biology classes is up to par. Our professors may not be so prestigious but they make up for it by their genuine concern for the students. At the same time every professor is involved in their own research which understandably makes them elusive outside of office hours. The advisers at USF are their own breed, i have encountered advisers who have contradicted themselves within the same day. I only visit them when it is required of me and instead ask upperclassmen for their advice. There are countless ways at USF to get involved including research opportunities across all disciplines. There are many jobs available on campus and nearby campus. Tampa itself has much to offer students in terms of internships, jobs, and amusement.
Overall, my experience was good. I transferred with my Associates Degree from a 2-year college and the transition was smooth, thanks to great staff and students. Although I chose to live off-campus, there were plenty of activities to attend and participate. School spirit is good, and campus provides a safe environment. USF was generous in awarding me a scholarship which helped my financial burden. My biomedical science major and public health minor programs were good quality. My only concern was the lack of professor involvement with classes. TA's are the go-to people as they do most of the work. Classes are large and review sessions can prove to be beneficial. All in all a good experience.
The College of Business (COBA) at USF is like a family. During your pre-req days you will see many different but once you hit your major classes, the people in your classes become your best friends because of the fact you are heading to the same goal. The advisors are amazing and will always be there for you no matter what. Shout out to Ms. Lowe who always has a caring heart and will make sure you graduate.
I loved both of my degree programs because those topics are interesting to me. My two majors are completely different though in class structure. While gender studies classroom settings are very personal, psychology classrooms are not. I enjoy the switch back and forth between the two but for others that may be a factor. USF instructors usually are very helpful, students are friendly, there are hundreds of organizations and free activities to do on campus so you're never bored, the city is awesome, and there is enough for the social person to do or the introvert person who likes to sit by a fountain alone and read a book,
The University of South Florida is a great university to attend. I am currently seeking my Bachelor's degree in English Literature and from my experience so far the level of teaching and academics is high and enriching. The university does a great job providing ample financial aid and scholarship opportunities as well as opportunities in the advancement of our careers and personal evolvement as young professionals and well rounded individuals.