Dean's Office

Points of Pride


Founded In: 1956

Number of Students (CAS): ~18,000

Number of Faculty (CAS): 745

Number of GA's (CAS): 928

Number of Postdocs (CAS): 48

Student to Faculty Ratio: 24:1 (Princeton Review)

47% Acceptance Rate (Princeton Review)

Accreditation: USF is accredited to grant bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees by the Commission of the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS).

Broad Liberal Arts Education

Strong General Education curriculum and diverse choices in major, minor, certificates and graduate programs prepare CAS students for successful personal and professional lives.

CAS Undergraduate:

41 Majors (15 Accelerated, 13 Honors, 1 Global, 1 Concurrent)

42 Minors

13 Undergraduate Certificates

CAS Graduate:

51 Graduate Programs (18 Ph.D.'s, 1 M.U.R.P., 7 M.S., 1 M.P.A., 1 M.F.A., 23 M.A.)

30 Graduate Certificates


53% White

20% Hispanic

11% Black

6% Asian

4% Non-Resident Alien

4% Two or More Races

1% Unknown

<1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

<1% American Indian/Alaska Native

42% of Students have a family income of <$40k and receive income-based federal Pell Grant to help pay for college

(Department of Education)

Great Value

Kiplinger's Best Value Rankings put USF at #66 based on in-state tuition, and #27 based on out-of-state tuition.

Commitment to Research

USF is ranked in the top tier of research universities by the Carnegie Foundation.

USF is ranked in the Top 25 of public universities by National Science Foundation expenditure on research & development for FY2014.

Strong track record of bringing USF-developed technologies to market through startups funded by venture capital investment


Amazing Students

Graduation Rate: 65% (compare to National Average of 42%) (DOE)

Students returning after their first year: 89% (compared to the National Average of 68%) (DOE)

66 USF students have received National Scholarships in 2017, including Fulbright Fellowships, Critical Language Scholarships, Gates-Cambridge Scholarships and Goldwater Scholarships.

Recent CAS Student Awardees:

  • Dalia Elmelige – Class of Spring 2017 – 2017 Fulbright US/UK Student Program
  • Samantha Creel – Class of Spring 2017 – 2017 Fulbright US Student Program, 2017 Critical Language Scholarship
  • Amber Pirson – Class of Fall 2010 – 2017 Fulbright UK Summer Institute
  • Michael Calzadilla – 2015 Gates-Cambridge Scholarship, 2014 Goldwater Scholarship

(USF Office of National Scholarships)

Outstanding Alumni

Rear Admiral John Kirby – U.S. State Department spokesperson, assistant secretary of state for public affairs, and press secretary of the Pentagon

Tony LaRussa – Member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and Chief Baseball Executive

Ed Baird – 2007 and 1995 America's Cup winner Grace

Gealey Byers – American Actress is known for her role in the hit television series, Empire

Pam Iorio – CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and former mayor of the City of Tampa

H. Lee Moffitt – Founder of Moffitt Cancer Center, one of only 45 Nationally Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Jordan Zimmerman – Founder, chairman, and architect of the Zimmerman Advertising empire, now the 14th largest advertising agency in the world with published billings in excess of $3 billion. Zimmerman trademarked his own term, "Brandtailing," a maverick combination of long-term brand building and short-term sales boosting that delivers measurable results and this methodology became well known throughout the advertising industry as the hallmark of his success.

Patricia DiCarlo - Patricia DiCarlo is director of CNN Investigations, based in Washington, DC. Prior to that role, she was executive producer of "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." DiCarlo is the recipient of dozens of awards for both investigative and show-based work, including Peabody, Emmy, Murrow, and many regional honors. Prior to joining CNN, Patricia worked on The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago, and as Executive Producer of WTTG-Fox5 in Washington, D.C. 

KerriAnn Greenhalgh – KerriAnn Greenhalgh, Ph.D., is the CEO of KeriCure. As a graduate student at USF, Greenhalgh was part of the team that developed KeriCure's drug delivery technology as well as being an initial member of MiMedx Inc. on her way to receiving a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Greenhalgh dedicated her doctoral work and later research efforts to developing safe, natural and effective wound care and hemostatic products.

Kerry Sanders – Kerry Sanders is an award-winning journalist with NBC. Sanders has been covering news in the southern United States and throughout Latin America as NBC's Miami-based correspondent since 1996, contributing regularly to "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," MSNBC, and occasionally to "Dateline NBC." Sanders covers breaking news and featured stories, including award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and coverage of the war on terror in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.

Community Engagement


The Department of Anthropology host organized collaborations, such as:

The Department of Anthropology provides public platforms for Anthropology faculty and students to discuss important social and cultural issues:


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has undertaken a number of initiatives to engage with the community:

  • Center for Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics
  • STEM Education Center: The Mission of the STEM Education Center is to prepare gifted pre-college students to effectively use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to analyze and resolve current problems through an active and engaging teaching approach, promote careers in these disciplines and give high school students a glimpse of the college experience.
  • Mathematics Umbrella Group (MUG): Seeks to involve USF students with mathematical projects of interest to the Tampa Bay business community.
  • Nagle Lectures: Annual lectures by world-renowned scholars on the mathematics of interest to the general public.
  • Suncoast Region: A consortium of colleges that strives to guide mathematics education in west central Florida.
  • Urban Scholars: Provides educational assistance and guidance to urban students in the Tampa Bay area. The sister program to Urban Scholars is the Dr. A. N. V. Rao Gurukulam Program

Public Affairs

Community Engagement is a central tenet of programs in the School of Public Affairs. Student interactions with local practitioners and scholarship on real-world problems demonstrate the school's emphasis on engaged learning across their curriculum.

SPA's Public Policy Internships are open to all USF students, and place students with government and nonprofit agencies at the national, state and local levels:

SPA faculty research regional and national issues, such as rising sea levels, government adoption of new technologies, administrative and school reform, and more. SPA Research Centers illustrate SPA faculty's commitment to identifying problems and developing solutions in our community:


In Spring 2015, the department forged a relationship with the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association (THJCA). Faculty and students from various departments came together in February and March to help renovate an old church that will become a new center for older youth in the Tampa Heights community. The mission of the THJCA is to provide services for youth that will promote positive development and marketable skills. The department will continue to support the mission of THJCA through collaborative research projects and volunteering and looks forward to further developing this partnership.