University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Tampa, Tampa

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#19 of 28 in Parks in Tampa
USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

USF System Facts 2016-17: http://bit.ly/2f64apS
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  • I visited here for the first time, they had just gotten cleaned up from Irma and so I'm sure that it is a bit beaten up from the storm but I found it a lovely walk thru a quiet place of plants and var...  more »
  • To start, this is the first botanical garden I've visited. When we arrived, we found parking in the (small) lot to the left. We went inside to pay and got our map. The employee there explained the lay...  more »
  • Quiet place away from the city. Good place for an afternoon relaxation break. Bring your camera and capture some moments.  more »
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  • They run the campus like a private country club. Unfortunately, the cost of tuition and quality of faculty and staff do not line up; the local community college offers superior instruction. The elbow-rubbing between faculty and staff is unbelievable. One semester and I transferred out. For such a small campus, they are extremely disorganized. Extremely limited offering of classes and scheduling.
  • I called them asking for information about admissions, and I can tell that I was on the phone with a student. I kept getting a lot of "um"'s and "uh"'s followed by unsure no's for almost every question I had. Not only that, but I asked when the application deadline is and I was told April 15th, however that date is not even present on their website for freshman application deadlines. USF calls them the most veteran friendly university, yet I did not feel welcomed at all when on the phone with the office of admissions. Last but not least, when I was getting ready to ask another question, the girl said "have a good day" and hung up. If there is someone that is reading this that can help me please do.
  • As a perspective student I was absolutely disgusted by how I was treated today. I was extremely interested in the RN-BSN program as well as some other graduate programs USF offers. I applied, paid the application fee and had a few documents that I needed for tuition purposes. So I thought I would swing by after work and talk to someone so I could get everything I needed done at one time. I get to the campus and there is NO visitor parking, only timed spots for visitors and it is $1.50/hr. $1.50!! So after driving around aimlessly looking for visitor parking. I finally sucked it up and paid $1.60 (+$.10 if you use a card) to park and then walked to the adminissions office. I was explaining my situation and the girl said just fill out this form. That’s all you need. I asked politely if I could speak with someone and she said because I was interested in the nursing program I would have to go talk to Nursing admissions. I explained that I wasn’t enrolled in the college yet and I need to speak to someone about general admission. She again just told me to fill out the paper and I “should be” fine and that there was no one I could talk to. I told her that’s I paid for an hour to park, could I get a refund or something. She said “no, sorry” and went back to what she was doing. I’m EXTREMELY upset. I have worked RIDICULOUSLY hard to get to where I am in life and I’m about to give you 10s of 1,000s of dollars to go to school here and you can’t even provide visitor parking or treat me like a human?!? I want to be proud of where I choose to get my degree and I can’t say that I would be proud to be a Bull.
  • USF St. Petersburg was the best part of USF and should remain separate. The Tampa location is poorly administrated, embroiled in Florida political malfeasance and treats students, professors and the community like dirt. The school administration pairs extreme arrogance with ridiculous incompetence. You have to laugh not to cry. Taxpayer funding and State and Federal grant money should be withdrawn. There are lots of great Universities out there but USF is NOT one of them. A beacon of pettiness, greed and corruption instead of knowledge, wisdom and truth. There are plenty of nice people at the school but none of them are in charge. SPC and the other area community colleges offer better education without the attitude.
  • USF is best fit for you if you are the kind of person who likes being involved, doing research and have fun. Some students are too stuck with unnecessary things and forget to use the facilities USF provides for them to be more successful in the future and complain at the end about how USF failed them. This is my life-changer institution.
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