USF AT A GLANCE
- Founded: 1956
- Undergraduates: 37,027
- Graduate Students: 10,810
- Total number of students who received financial aid in 2016-17: 38,638
- Average financial aid awarded: $10,774
- Accreditation: Regionally Accredited, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Student-faculty ratio: 21:1
- Average class size: 33 students
- Faculty & Staff: 15,378
- Diversity: 41% of students are African American, Black, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American or multiracial.
- Countries Represented: 128 and 10% of the total student population
Welcome to the University of South Florida, a Preeminent State Research University! Our school is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota. Together these campuses serve more than 50,000 students and offer undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral level degrees.
Across our 14 colleges, undergraduates choose from over 180 majors and concentrations, from Business and Engineering to The Arts and USF Health. We are proudly dedicated to empowering our students to prosper and have been recognized nationally for our achievements in closing the gap between white and black student success.
Our graduate programs continue to number among the best, according to the U.S. News and World Report, with eight programs ranking in the top 50 in 2018. We strive to make these stellar programs affordable and offer a number of assistantships, fellowships and grants to help graduate students fund their degrees.
High-impact, global research is central to what we do here at USF. In 2018, our university skyrocketed into the top 25 public universities for research expenditure – and reached 42nd in the nation overall among public and private universities. With a total research expenditure of $568 million in 2016-2017, USF is at the forefront of cutting-edge research of medicine, science, engineering and the arts.
Established in 1956, we take pride in being a Golden Age university and a leader among Young Universities. We place ambition over tradition, and our youth allows us the flexibility and freedom to forge new paths and foster innovation and progress. Our on-campus Technology Incubator has created over 230 jobs locally, and our Center for Entrepreneurship ranks in the top 15 nationally. We also take these efforts international, and in 2017 were the number one producer of Fulbright Scholars in the nation.
Above all else, our forward-looking, entrepreneurial spirit has helped us cultivate an exceptional environment for our students. In 2018, USF earned the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, given in recognition of our success prioritizing and promoting the health and well-being of our students. And now home to a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa – the most prestigious national honor organization in the country – USF is poised to help these students unleash their potential.
Our belief that every student will succeed if given the opportunity informs everything we do here at USF. We welcome you to explore more about our university – in person and online – and discover how you can prosper at USF.