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I am a transfer student, so I dont feel very connected to USF, it is a good size school but there are not many places to hangout on or near campus. This last fall really united the school when our football team reached the #2 spot, yet not having a sadium on campus didnt make it really feel like a school event.
USF is okay. I'm not happy about the rising costs to stay on campus, and the tuition increases (but hey, all Florida schools are going through that). The administration here are a little too closed off, and seem like they have their own agenda instead of doing more for the students, and not just for the school's namesake. School pride has waned a little, but there might be a jump-start by the summer or next year. Frankly, I think a lot of students don't too much care or worry about what's really going on. I'm ready to keep to my pace and get out of school.
The Campus is pretty. I would change the parking, especially for the residents, make more closer to the dorms. I think my school is just right, maybe a little too big, but I've seen bigger, so to me its perfect. People see me in a different light when they know I go to USF, its one reason why I wear my school sweater around. I spent it usually in my dorm when I dont have classes or when I dont eat. The administration is ok, Im a little mad at the school because they are giving us classes on Friday, and I know schools that dont even have Friday labelled as a class day. So if they changed that I think more people would like to come to our school, if not like it a bit better. There is a lot of school pride, but not really, mainly those who love football or a sport. Usually theres a lot of school pride when our football team wins. Parking and Friday classes are things students complain about the most.
USF has a great atmosphere about it. Unless you go to Cooper Hall lawn during the day. Then you are assualted with so much smoke and other nastiness you can't even breathe. If you go into Education, stay far away from Mr. Lamons. He has screwed up everyone's schedule so far. The football games are tons of fun. Go out and enjoy yourselves, but please support the team! We need fans, not people to just jump on the bandwagon. The only controversy I see are evangelists telling us we are all going to hell. Just don't listen to them, and they will leave you alone. Class sizes are surprisingly not too big. I only have a couple classes with over 100. The teachers are very understanding of this and will help you whenever you need it. You are not just a statistic at USF. Make sure to support the school. You pay the money to go HERE, not FSU or UF. We don't care if you are a fan of them, just don't show it.
I like the town, I like the campus. USF offers a lot of really neat extracurricular opportunities (i.e. the rope courses, kayaking and canoeing on the Hillsborouh, etc.). Student government is a bit pretentious, but other than that the experience was good.
The best thing about USF is the teachers. The staff is so fantastic. You can tell they take an interest in their students and you're not just a number. The school is large, but it is definitely not too large. Because of the size, there is a chance for everyone to find a niche. There are a lot of programs on campus to get students connected, and there are also a lot of opportunities to help students find career paths. It is really hard to fall between the cracks at this school. I don't think the Tampa Bay area qualifies as a college town because it's so large, but there are definitely some areas of the city that are geared toward the college crowd. There are a lot of great places to live around campus, and it's a very accessible city. The USF administration is quick to aid in any problems the students have. Issues are resolved quickly. There is a space on the website for commonly requested forms if you need fast access to your transcipts. The administration really tries to provide for the students and the grounds of the school are upkept very well. Our football team was ranked #2 this year, which was a really exciting time for us. We have a newer team, so it was exciting to be nationally recognized. A lot of students attend the basketball games, and you cannot walk across campus without seeing someone in USF gear. The student goverment elections are taking place for President and Vice President right now, which is getting a lot of attention from our student newspaper, The Oracle. This is probably the biggest issue occurring on campus right now. My best memories of USF are the football games. Our games usually take place at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium (which is in downtown Tampa). The stadium is brand new, and everyone makes a day out of going to tailgate. So much fun!! The most frequent student complaints are about parking. Parking is a problem on a lot of campuses, but USF is building two brand new parking garages. They also opened up a grass lot right in the heart of the campus so that it is easier to get to classes.
Jennifer JuniorReviews provided by: Unigo