About USF

A Preeminent Research University located in the heart of Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida is dedicated to empowering students to maximize their potential for lifelong success.

About This Site

The University of South Florida website is managed by USF's Office of University Communications and Marketing. Other university websites are in the process of migrating into the university's content management system, which is currently being implemented by University Communications and Marketing and Information Technology's Web Services Division. These websites will be maintained by university communications professionals, with the goal of presenting relevant, timely and accurate information to the millions of people who visit our site each year.

Technology Notes

The University of South Florida website is built with Web standards, including HTML5 and CSS3, and utilizes responsive design techniques.


The University of South Florida does not collect personal information about you when you visit an official USF website, unless you affirmatively choose to make such information available to us.

Our servers automatically recognize the domain and IP address from which you accessed the website, and we record related information that helps us make our site more accessible, such as information about operating systems, screen resolutions and the volume and timing of access. This information does not result in the identification of your personal e-mail address or any other personal information.

Many pages within usf.edu use Google Analytics (Google Analytics Security and Privacy Principles).

If you choose to share information with us - either by sending us a message or filling out an electronic form with personal information - we will use the information only for the purposes you authorized. Some of the information may be saved for a designated period of time to comply with Florida's archiving policies, but we will not disclose the information to third parties or government agencies unless required to do so by state or federal law or by your specific permission.

Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to the university. Instead, make contact by phone or in writing.

Please be aware that as a large, public research university, there are many websites within the usf.edu domain. This policy relates to those websites on which USF conducts its official business. Because we encourage the development and deployment of technology in an environment of academic freedom, we cannot ensure that all websites within the usf.edu domain are in strict compliance with this policy at all times.

The university reserves the right to amend these privacy terms at any time without notice. Privacy and public records obligations of the university are governed by applicable Florida statutes and U.S. federal laws.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students the right to refuse to permit USF to publish or disclose items of Directory Information pertaining to them. For more details, and to view and control the level of disclosure permitted for the Student Directory Information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's website