University of South Florida-Main Campus

Tampa, FL 33620
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The University of South Florida (USF) is a public university with the main campus in Tampa. It is one of ten campuses that comprise the Florida State University System. The Tampa location gives students access to the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and a major city to explore. It was founded in 1956 and is now the fourth-largest university in Florida. For the 2014 school year, the university had over 48,000 students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers over 80 undergrad degrees and 130 graduate programs.

The University of South Florida – Main Campus offers a wide selection of nursing programs for both undergraduates and graduates. The undergrad programs include BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN programs. The graduate programs include MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, and Ph.D. nursing programs. The accelerated BSN program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field who have completed the prerequisite courses. All nursing programs offered through the university are accredited by the CCNE and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). The university also has approval from the Florida Board of Nursing.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students43,540
Student to Faculty Ratio22:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate90%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 82 475
Master's degree 35 229
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 34
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 84%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1965 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
04/01/1983 - 12/31/2007
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1975 - 12/31/2007
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
06/03/2006 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1150 to 1310
ACT24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$211/credit
In State Students$211/credit
Out of State Students$575/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$431/credit
In State Students$431/credit
Out of State Students$877/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,495 $9,495 $25,875
ADN 70 $14,770 $14,770 $40,250
BSN 125 $26,375 $26,375 $71,875
FNP 50 $21,550 $21,550 $43,850
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of University of South Florida-Main Campus's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 34% $4,593
Other Federal Grant 7% $1,386
State Grant & Scholarships 61% $2,726
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 62% $4,752
Federal Student Loans 39% $8,482
Private Loans 3% $7,979


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$7,399
$30,001 to $48,000$9,338
$48,001 to $75,000$12,545
$75,001 to $110,000$16,428
Over $110,000$17,333

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Florida state board of nursing.
University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620

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