Florida State University (FSU) vs. University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF) Overview

You’re wrestling with a tough question: “Should I go to Florida State or USF ?”

What are your chances at Florida State?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Florida State or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    This complete guide analyzes both the quantitative and qualitative differences between Florida State and University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF). This comparison is particularly valuable at understanding the cultural nuances between the colleges since it uses student videos to capture the “vibes” of campus - these videos are exclusively available on CampusReel :)

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s go through a general overview of the high-level differences between Florida State University (FSU) and University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF). The table below summarizes some of the most important statistics around competitiveness, costs, etc.

    Florida State University (FSU) University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF)
    In-state Tuition $6,507 $6,410
    Net Price $15,664.0 $11,232.0
    Average Financial Aid $4,434 $4,752
    Total Undergraduates 32229 30282
    Average SAT Scores 1120 - 1280 1070 - 1270
    Acceptance Rate 56 45
    Location 222 S. Copeland Street 4202 East Fowler Ave
    City Name Tallahassee Tampa

    WARNINGS: Based on net price alone, University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF) is the cheaper option. However, this sticker price may not adequately represent the difference in living costs between Tallahassee and Tampa. Florida State is in a South Atlantic and USF is in a South Atlantic - sometimes off campus meals and housing costs can dramatically vary between schools.

    Is Florida State University (FSU) or University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF) Harder to get into? Which school is easier to get into?

    If you’re looking at acceptance rate alone, then University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF) is more difficult to get into. However, each college is looking to fill its incoming class with a variety of students with different strengths, backgrounds, etc. Therefore, the acceptance rate alone is not a good indicator that University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF) is a better school or will be more difficult for you specifically to get into. On the flipside, Florida State University (FSU) is easier to get into based on acceptance rate alone.

    You can use the below college admissions predictor to determine your likelihood of acceptance at either school.

    What are your chances at Florida State?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Florida State or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    How do Florida State dorms compare to housing options at USF?

    Both colleges provide on-campus living options. Florida State charges for on-campus living, while USF charges N/A for on-campus living. Most importantly, though, check out the video below for a sample of dorm tours at each school.

    How does Florida State social life compare to USF?

    It’s tough to understand the nuances of social life with data alone. That’s why we’ve brought in real student videos to show how Florida State social life differs from USF.

    The table below helps demonstrate the student body differences as well.
    Florida State University (FSU), % USF, %
    White 64.38000000000001 51.370000000000005
    Hispanic 19.13 20.78
    Black 8.02 10.68
    Foreign 1.22 5.19
    Others 7.3 11

    How different is the Florida State campus compared to USF campus?

    The Florida State campus is located in Tallahassee, FL and is characterized as City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000). The USF campus is located in Tampa, FL and is characterized as City: Large (population of 250,000 or more).

    Which school gives more financial aid?

    Florida State provides $4,434 whereas USF provides an average of $4,752.

    How does Florida State academics compare to USF?

    When analyzing academics between Florida State University (FSU) and University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF) we’ll look at both what current students are studying and also where they end up after graduation. After all, college should prepare you for a career! Analyzing each school’s outcomes is super valuable to understand the value of the degree.

    Majors Florida State USF
    Agriculture agriculture operations and related sciences N/A N/A
    Natural resources and conservation 150 129
    Architecture and related services N/A N/A
    Area ethnic cultural gender and group studies 27 12
    Communication journalism and related programs 304 469
    Computer and information sciences and support services 323 232
    Communications technologies technicians and support services N/A N/A
    Personal and culinary services N/A N/A
    Engineering 363 530
    Education 245 336
    Engineering technologies and engineering related fields N/A N/A

    Which is better: Florida State University (FSU) or University of South Florida-Main Campus (USF)?

    What are your chances at Florida State?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Florida State or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

    We’ve compared dorm life, costs, outcomes and more to provide the most complete comparison between Florida State and USF. But, you’re smart enough to know that numbers paint a terrible picture for truly understanding what each college and community is like. And, the real answer to which school is better is: the school that’s right for you. No matter who you ask, if they know what they’re talking about, the answer is the same: the “better” school is whatever is the best fit for you personally. That’s why it’s extremely important to check out all the videos on CampusReel for each school.

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