We believe in investing in our faculty – in their ideas and their work. With an annual budget of $1.6 billion, USF’s annual economic impact is $4.4 billion. And in 2019-2020 our total research expenditures reached $354 million. With research and community partnerships, USF works to impact the future of Florida, the nation and the world. We share one goal: we transform lives.
At USF, you will experience an environment that fosters and supports innovators and achievers. USF's dedicated faculty members have earned hundreds of national and international fellowships, honors and awards. They have been recognized by the Association of American Universities, Top American Research Universities, National Research Council, National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and more.
Research is at the center of the faculty creative and scholarly activity here at the University of South Florida and we are dedicated to empowering our scholars and investing in their potential. Designated as a “Preeminent State Research University,” USF is one of the nation’s top public research university campuses and one of only 56 public research university campuses classified by the Carnegie Foundation 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 a multi-campus research university that supports the development of the metropolitan Tampa Bay Region, the State of Florida, the United States and the world. USF values cultural and ethnic diversity and global understanding and maintains a commitment to diversity, inclusiveness and equal opportunity. USF acknowledges the educational benefits of diversity in education and is committed to maintaining a diverse student body at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as perpetuating initiatives that enhance the diversity of the campus climate, curriculum, student body, faculty, staff, and administration.
Faculty success is a cornerstone of USF’s advancement and the lifelong success of our students. The Faculty Success Initiative is a strategic holistic approach to Faculty Success designed to foster personal and professional development with point-in-time resources for early-career, mid-career, and senior faculty with an emphasis on equity and excellence across all three campuses.
Life in Tampa Bay
USF is situated in the vibrant, diverse, and fast-growing Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. Over the past decade, the Tampa Bay region has transformed from a well-kept regional secret to one of the fastest-growing global powerhouses, attracting Fortune 500 companies, major athletic and cultural institutions, and top talent from around the world. A major metropolitan area situated on the coast has its benefits for research and leisure activities. Florida has no state income tax and the Tampa Bay area maintains a lower cost of living than the national average.