Founded in 1956, University of South Florida is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the small city of Tampa (population range of 250,000-499,999 inhabitants), Florida. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakeland. Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, University of South Florida (USF) is a very large (enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of South Florida (USF) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 60 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 30-40% making this US higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. USF also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.