About USF

Points of Pride

Compiled annually by the USF Office of Decision Support
Last updated April, 2018

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.

Research and Innovation

  • USF Tampa reached $505.9 Million in total research expenditures in fiscal year 2016 according to the National Science Foundation HERD Survey.
  • USF ranks 1st in Florida, 5th in the nation among public universities and 11th world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI (2016), and has ranked in the Top 10 among public universities for U.S. patents granted for the past seven years (2010-2016).
  • In 2017, USF faculty were awarded 96 highly prestigious awards.
  • USF ranked 4th worldwide for organizations with the most Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named in 2017, a rank USF has held for the past four years. As of 2018, USF has a total of 60 AAAS Fellows among its faculty.
  • USF ranks 46th in the U.S. for total research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation (2016). This places USF in the top 7% among the 640 universities ranked (FY2016, most recent available).
  • USF ranks 29th in the nation among public universities, for total research expenditures by the National Science Foundation (2016).
  • USF is one of 49 public research universities nationwide classified as both a Doctoral University with "Highest Research Activity" and as a ”Community Engaged" institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity, a distinction attained by only 2.5% of all post-secondary institutions.  In addition, USF is one of only five public institutions in the state of Florida that is classified as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity.
  • USF Tampa was ranked #19 among the “Best Universities for Technology Transfer, 2017” by the prestigious Milken Institute.
  • USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) (AcademyofInventors.org), a non-profit member organization with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 U.S. universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The NAI's nationally recognized Fellows program has more than 900 elected Fellows, including Nobel Laureates, U.S. National Medal of Technology & Innovation and National Medal of Science recipients and National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. USF has 24 NAI Fellows. The USF Chapter of the NAI has over 450 USF faculty, staff, students and alumni members, who collectively hold more than 2,400 U.S. patents.
  • The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame (FloridaInvents.org) was founded at USF in 2013. As of 2017, 28 outstanding Florida inventors have been elected, including five from USF and 13 from other SUS institutions.
  • USF is designated by the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) as an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University, one of only 55 in the nation.
  • USF’s innovation and economic development efforts generate more than $400 million in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 3,000 jobs and return more than $52 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers, according to a 2016 analysis from the Washington Economics Group, a leading national firm.  

Academic Value

  • USF Tampa’s Fall 2017 freshman academic profile posts an average SAT score of 1280 and a high school GPA of 4.12, which exceeds the Florida Board of Governors Preeminence benchmarks.
  • USF rose to #68 among public research institutions and #140 among all universities in U.S. News and World Report rankings of National Universities (2018).
  • USF Tampa graduate level programs continue to be ranked among the best according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) Graduate School Rankings. USF graduate programs in the top 50 include:
    • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (#2)
    • Public Health (#16)
    • Audiology (#17)
    • Criminology (#22)
    • Library and Information Studies (#28)
    • Rehabilitation Counseling (#24)
    • Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering (#39)
    • Clinical Psychology (#50)
  • USF Tampa is ranked among the best in 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s (USNWR) Online Education Program rankings. USF graduate programs ranked in the top 50 include:
    • Information Technology (#23)
    • Engineering (#21)
    • Education (#46)
  • The Morsani College of Medicine brought in its most selective incoming medical student cohort to date, with an average MCAT score of 514, placing it among the top of all medical schools in the country.
  • USF Tampa was named one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges (#39 in-state, #23 out-of-state) by Kiplinger's Personal Finance for 2018.
  • USF Tampa ranks in the top 50 among U.S. public institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018).
  • USF Tampa ranks among the top tier of colleges listed in the U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) Best Colleges 2018, ranking in the top 100 of best public national universities.
  • USF St. Petersburg’s undergraduate programs were ranked in the top 25 (#24) for all Public Southern Regional Universities by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) (2018).
  • According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, USF ranks in the top 300 best universities in the world (2018).
  • USF Tampa is listed as a top 50 public university in the most recently published Top American Research Universities (TARU) report (2016).
  • USF Tampa is recognized as #1 by The Chronicle of Higher Education (2017) for Greatest Improvements in 6-year Graduation Rates among 4-year public colleges and universities.
  • According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), USF Tampa ranks among the top 300 of the best colleges and universities in the world (2017).
  • USF ranks in the top 3 for the 50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities (AffordableColleges.com).

Awards and Recognition

  • USF is the first ever “Emerging Preeminent State University” in Florida, designated by the Florida Board of Governors in June 2016.
  • The USF System was home to 66 national scholarship and fellowship student awardees during the 2016-17 academic year including Boren, Fulbright, Gilman, and Goldwater.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked USF #5 in as the nation's top producer of Fulbright Scholars, with 8 faculty scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • According to College Degree Search, USF ranks 30th for the most beautiful conservatories and schools of music (2015).
  • USF was ranked #8 in the U.S. and #34 worldwide among public universities established in the “Golden Age” (1945-1966) according to Times Higher Education (THE), (2017).
  • USF ranks #14 in student success among 1,100 public research and doctoral universities according to the 2017 Eduventures Student Success Ratings.
  • USF is one of seven universities nationwide and the only university in Florida to earn the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award for promoting student health and well-being (2018).

Diversity

  • The University of South Florida System is home to a student body of 50,577 students representing over 145 different countries.
  • USF Tampa is recognized by The Education Trust as being #6 in the nation for eliminating the completion gap between black and white students, #4 in the nation for Latino student success, and #1 in the state of Florida for both (2017).

Veteran Friendly

  • USF is ranked 5th overall and 4th among public institutions in the Military Times 10 Best Cybersecurity Programs (2018).
  • USF is ranked 1st among public institutions and 2nd overall in the Military Times's Best: Colleges 2018 Ranking.
  • U.S. News and World Report (USNWR) ranked USF Tampa as a Best College for Veterans (2018).
  • USF was ranked 1st among the country’s most veteran-friendly schools by Military Times’ Best for Vets: Nursing 2015 rankings. 
  • USF’s College of Business was ranked 16th by Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 rankings.
  • USF is one of only 15 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.

Social Responsibility

  • USF ranks 3rd nationally for graduate student volunteers serving in the Peace Corps and 19th among large colleges and universities for total undergraduate students serving in Peace Corps (2018).
  • USF Tampa is ranked 56th among public universities for social mobility, research and civic engagement, according to Washington Monthly (2017).
  • USF Tampa is a recognized "Top Producer" of Peace Corps Volunteers, ranking 3rd in the Nation (among Graduate Schools) for Peace Corps Volunteers in 2018.  
  • USF is featured in Princeton Review's Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition as an institution of higher education that demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability in its academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
  • USF Tampa ranks best in the state and among the Top 50 Coolest Schools 2017 in North America by the Sierra Club for its efforts in green initiatives and sustainability (2017).

USF Athletics

  • USF Athletics serves nearly 500 student-athletes in 19 men’s and women’s varsity teams competing in 11 different sports.
  • USF has won 13 conference titles in 4 1/2 seasons in the American Athletic Conference, including four in 2016-17.
  • USF has claimed 110 conference titles since it began competing in 1965.
  • Ten USF programs reached national post-season competition in the 2016-17 season.
  • Nine USF programs achieved a Top 25 national ranking during the 2016-17 season.
  • USF Athletics has posted a combined grade-point average over 3.0 for each of the last six academic terms.
  • USF Athletics has posted a Graduation Success Rate of 80% or better for four straight years, including a record 86% in 2016.
  • USF football has gone 21-4 the last two seasons (2016 & 2017), one of just 14 teams nationally to win 20 or more games over that span and one of just three to also win both of its bowl games during that period.
  • USF football has posted a program-record 20 straight appearances in the Top 25 rankings, finishing the 2017 ranked No. 21 in both the AP and Coaches poll. The 20 straight appearances is the longest active streak in Florida.
  • USF football has appeared in three straight bowl games and nine overall in just 18 seasons of eligibility. The Bulls have six bowl victories, including defeating South Carolina, Texas Tech and Clemson in bowl games.
  • The USF Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center includes state-of-the art space for academic advising, life skills, mentoring and team-building.
  • In the past six years, USF has invested $70 million in renovating and maintaining its athletic facilities.