Uncharted Terrain

Forging the future means embracing the unknown. So we ask tougher questions. We experiment with innovative combinations. And we foster a learning environment that welcomes all new ideas.

“With the growth of the Tampa Bay area as technology hub, the cybersecurity degree will provide employers with a technical workforce able to protect a company’s assets.” – Robert H. Bishop, Dean of the College of Engineering

Innovation informs everything at USF, and with our new major in cybersecurity, our students will graduate on the cutting edge of high-demand, high-paying fields.

A man looks at a high-tech map

USF is a national leader in cybersecurity education, helping students forge career paths and skills that are relevant and responsive to the ever-changing needs of industries across the world. The new ReliaQuest Cybersecurity Labs at the USF Muma College of Business is a first-of-its-kind initiative that will help train hundreds of students in this in-demand field.

Logo for Reliaquest partnership with Muma College of Business

Preparing our students for the job market means arming them with emerging, in-demand skills. In the Zimmerman School’s drone photography and videography course, students are trained and federally certified in commercial drone operations – giving them a huge leg-up in the field.

Two students work on flying a drone during class

“Building a strong talent pipeline is the most critical factor in a community’s ability to compete and prosper, and we are on the cutting edge nationally when it comes to partnerships between higher education and private enterprise.” – Judy Genshaft, USF System President

Through a new partnership with Revature, USF is offering students an unparalleled opportunity to develop advanced technology skills, helping to close the technology talent gap and prepare students for high-skilled, high-demand jobs.

Partnership with Revature being announced

With a vibrant research environment, our student and faculty researchers consistently break barriers in emerging fields and technologies. Ranked seventh in the nation among public universities for generating new utility patents and #16 worldwide, USF fosters research that transforms ideas into new technologies, making us a global competitor and powerhouse of innovation.

USF Wall of Patents

USF is not only at the forefront of commitment to student success – we are in the vanguard of using big data and emerging technology to improve student outcomes. Utilizing educational and administrative data and predictive analytics, advisors and educators at USF have pinpointed better ways to help struggling students – catapulting graduation and retention rates to record heights and eliminating completion gaps for minority students

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“This recognition comes as the result of our decade-long institutional commitment to student success and the programs, initiatives, and technology implemented in support of that commitment.” – Paul Dosal, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Success

Our unified and concerted efforts to improve student retention rates, to eliminate the achievement gaps for minority students and to invest in the success of every student have not gone unnoticed. In 2017, USF was named the Institution of the Year by Education Dive. 

Front sign of USF Tampa campus

"Their inventions and innovations are advancing the state of the art in their disciplines and are powerful examples of the many ways USF innovators are shaping the future.” – Paul R. Sanberg, Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Enterprise

Innovation is a way of life for USF faculty and researchers, and in 2018, five USF professors received Excellence in Innovation Awards for the creation of new technologies.

A student works on a drone in class