Points of Pride
In the region, in the state, in the nation and across the globe, the University of South Florida is making an impact. Here are just a few of the distinctive attributes that make our young, vibrant and dynamic university a leading institution of higher education.
- USF is one of the nation’s top 73 very high public research universities, and is one of 40 public research universities nationwide that is designated as both very high research activity and as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
- USF is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities (RU/VH), a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities.
- USF is ranked 43rd in the nation for research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation for fiscal year 2012).
- USF is ranked 34rd in total research expenditures and 27th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation for fiscal year 2012.
- USF ranks 15th world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association (2013).
- The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked USF as the fifth fastest growing research university in the U.S. from 2000-2010.
- USF was awarded $411.1 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal year 2012.
- USF’s College of Marine Science successfully competed for one of eight research centers worldwide, funded at $11 million by BP.
- USF’s College of Nursing ranks #1 in Florida and 24th among nursing schools nationwide to receive research funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2012.
- USF was in the top 15 for the number of startup companies and in the top 25 for the number of licenses and options, when compared to other U.S. universities in the most recent survey by the Association of University Technology Managers (2012).
- USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator is currently home to 42 resident and affiliate companies and growing.
- USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a non-profit member organization with over 2,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 100 U.S. universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions. The USF Chapter of the NAI has 270 USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold more than 1,400 U.S. patents.
- USF ranks 40th on Forbes’ Top 100 Best Buy Colleges. (2012)
- USF is recognized by Princeton Review as one of the top 75 Best College Values (2014).
- Many of USF’s Social Science programs rank as top programs in the country: Overall Social Science (#85), Anthropology (#78), Economics (#29), Political Science (#61), Psychology (#88), Sociology (#80) (Center for Public Anthropology, 2013).
- USF’s part-time MBA is the top program among Florida’s 12 state universities, and No. 16 among public schools in the nation (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2013).
- USF is named in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition.
- USF ranks among the top tier of colleges listed in the USNWR Best Colleges 2014, ranking in the top 100 of best public schools.
- According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (2013), USF ranks among the top 350 of the best colleges and universities in the world.
- According to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, USF ranks as one of the top universities in the world (2013).
- Quacquarelli Symonds Stars (QS Stars) rated USF with 4 stars (2013), indicating that USF is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching.”
- In the 2014 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, USF is ranked 14th as an ‘up and coming’ university among the country’s national universities.
- The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine once again rank USF’s interdisciplinary graduate entrepreneurship program among the top 25 programs in the nation (#11), the only Florida program included. (November 2012)
- USF was named one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for 2014.
- USNWR Names USF College of Education as one of America’s best graduate schools for the 10th consecutive year.
- Many USF graduate level programs continue to be ranked among the best according to the 2014 USNWR Graduate School Rankings. Newly ranked USF graduate programs in the top 50 include Industrial and Organizational Psychology (#4), Public Health (#21), Library and Information Studies (#24), and Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering (#42). Previously ranked USF graduate programs that continue to hold a ranking in the top 50 include Audiology (#12), Criminology (#22), Rehabilitation Counseling (#30), and Speech-Language Pathology (#45).
- USF is ranked among the best in USNWR’s Online Education Program rankings (2014) for the engineering (#26) and education (#36) programs.
- USF ranks as a national leader in online education, according to the Guide to Online Schools, ranking 25th on its ‘best overall’ list of top nonprofit and for-profit schools (2013).
- USF School of Accountancy is ranked 1st in the nation in accounting information systems research, as well as top 30 in other areas of research (audit #21 and tax #29), according to the 2012 rankings released by Brigham Young University (BYU).
- USF ranks among the top 250 world-class colleges and universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2012-2013) which measures universities across their core missions of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
- According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2013), USF ranks among the top 300 of the best colleges and universities in the world.
Awards and Recognition
- Popular Science magazine has named Mya Breitbart, USF Associate Professor of biological oceanography, as one of its "Brilliant Ten," on its annual list of some of the country's brightest young scientific minds (2013).
- USF is ranked 110th among all of the world’s universities in a ranking of faculty publications, according to High Impact Universities. (2010)
- USF was recognized as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars in 2012 by the Institute of International Education and by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
- In November 2011, the first USF student in the institutions’ history was awarded the prestigious postgraduate Marshall Scholarship.
- USF is home to 46 national scholarship and fellowship student awardees for 2012-13 academic year.
- In the 2012-13 academic year, USF faculty were awarded several prestigious awards, to include Carnegie Foundation/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year, a record 15 AAAS fellowships, the only 2 Sloan research fellowships awarded in Florida, 3 NSF CAREER awards, 5 NAI fellowships, and 4 Core Fulbright’s.
- USF was acknowledged as an honor roll recipient of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
- USF was one of only five institutions to receive NAFSA’s 2013 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
- USF’s Ghana Scholars Program selected by the Institute of International Education (IIE) as the Honorable Mention for the 2013 Andrew Heiskell Award for International Partnerships, which recognizes strategic, comprehensive, and innovative international partnership efforts.
- USF has been named one of the top 50 Colleges Advancing Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) (The College Database, 2013).
- The USF College of Engineering ranked in the top five nationally in conferring engineering doctorates to both African American and Hispanic/Latino students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2013).
- With a student body representing over 130 different countries, USF is one of the 40 most diverse public universities in the country and the second most diverse public university in the state of Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report’s recent Diversity Index ratings.
- USF ranks among the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Top 25 Graduate Schools enrolling Hispanics. (2011)
- USF consistently ranks in the top 25 or 50 in Top 100 Colleges Awarding Degrees to Hispanic according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top Degree Producers.
- USF is ranked fourth among the country’s most veteran-friendly schools by Military Times Edge. (November 2012)
- USF ranks in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nation-wide as a Military Friendly School®, as named by G.I. Jobs magazine.
- USF is one of only 16 universities in the nation selected as a Tillman Partnership University of the Pat Tillman Foundation, a selection based on innovative veteran-specific support services and proven culture of community for military families.
- U.S. News and World Report ranked USF as a Best College for Veterans (2013).
- USF is ranked 78th nationally, out of more than 1,500 institutions of higher education, for social mobility, research and civic engagement, according to Washington Monthly.
- USF is one of only 22 institutions on the 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll list by Princeton Review.
- USF is featured in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition as one of 322 institutions of higher education that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
- USF vaulted up Sierra magazine’s annual "America’s Coolest Schools" list in 2012 to 12th among American universities and colleges for advances in sustainability in research and education.
- USF is one of a small number of universities nationwide to receive a GOLD RATING for building an environmentally-conscious campus. (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2014)