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.

History and Traditions


Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success, with three campuses across the Tampa Bay region. Read about the major milestones in this vibrant university's history.


From the Rocky the Bull to Homecoming to the USF Week, read about the traditions and celebrations that have become part of the culture at the University of South Florida.