Considering College? Access USF Shows How to Get In and Succeed

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2008) – If attending college seems like a far-off dream or if applying looks like an intimidating task, the University of South Florida’s Access USFcan change those views. Access USF is a program designed for those new to the world of higher education, to help students and their families get familiar with the process. A team of admissions professionals will give presentations and offer one-on-one advising sessions March 1 and April 5 to those interested in learning more about what it takes to pursue an undergraduate degree at USF. Each free session will cover:

• programs that support student success

• the financial aid application process

• one-on-one admissions advising

“We’re very excited about offering this opportunity. Everyone the students and their parents meet at these sessions will be offering the kind of help they need and cheering them on,” said Bob Spatig, USF’s admissions director. “If higher education is what they want, there are so many ways to reach that goal.

 “Students with parents or family who have gone to college have the benefit of experience on their side,” he added. “Access USF bridges that gap for students who are the first in their families to attend college.”

To register, visit: or call (813) 974-3350.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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