University of South Florida

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences


USF accepts invitation into the Association of American Universities

Woman in graduation cap with text that says: University of South Florida joins the AAU (Association of American of Universities) - America's Leading Research Universities

The University of South Florida (USF) has reached a historic milestone by accepting an invitation to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), a prestigious group of the 71 leading research institutions in the United States and Canada. USF is the first public university in Florida to be invited to join the AAU in nearly 40 years and is now one of two institutions from the State University System of Florida to serve as an AAU member.

“Today, I am incredibly proud to be a part of the USF community, but more specifically, I am also incredibly proud to be surrounded by the faculty, staff, and students within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences who have contributed to USF’s success,” said Dean Julie Serovich, PhD. “It is no surprise that three CBCS graduate programs are among the nation's top 50 and two additional programs are in the top 100, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings. We continue to see success on a national scale because of our faculty, students, and staff’s pursuit of excellence.”

Of the AAU’s 71 members, USF is one of only six universities to be founded after 1950 and joins the ranks of many prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UCLA, Ohio State, Michigan, and the University of Florida.

Read USF’s full announcement here.

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The Mission of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS) is to advance knowledge through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service that improves the capacity of individuals, families, and diverse communities to promote productive, satisfying, healthy, and safe lives across the lifespan. CBCS envisions the college as a globally recognized leader that creates innovative solutions to complex conditions that affect the behavior and well-being of individuals, families, and diverse communities.