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Alexander Mercier in a suit in front of the MLK fountain on the USF Tampa campus.

Undergraduate student becomes USF’s first Rhodes Scholarship finalist

Alexander Mercier is the first USF student to emerge from the rigorous evaluation process that leads to the identification of finalists. His selection reflects the breadth of qualities the Rhodes selection committee seeks in candidates -- outstanding intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service.

November 17, 2021Honors and Awards, University News

The president of McKibbon Hospitality and the chairman of McKibbon Hospitality hold custom USF football jerseys alongside Pam and Les Muma.

Partnership between USF and McKibbon Hospitality creates hospitality teaching lab with iconic hotel brands

The University of South Florida Muma College of Business and McKibbon Hospitality announced a new partnership that will turn some premier hotel brands into intensive student training grounds.

November 10, 2021University News

Provost Ralph Wilcox, Paul Dosal, Alexis Roberson, Kameryn Philpot, Kiara Brooks, Nicole Luckett, Fenda Akiwumi, Neudy Carolina Nuñez (L-R) cut a ribbon at the grand opening of the new IBL SS student lounge.

USF enhances commitment to inclusive excellence with new space dedicated to celebrating diversity

USF students, faculty and staff celebrate the opening of the Institute of Black Life & Student Success Student Lounge, a dedicated space on the third floor of the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus that was announced in March.

November 4, 2021Campus Life

Aaliyah Samuel holds a pen to take notes as she listens to a staff member speak

U.S. Department of Education leader commends USF’s use of federal funds allocated for COVID-19 response

Aaliyah Samuel, deputy assistant secretary for Local, State and National Engagement, visited the Tampa campus to learn first-hand about USF’s initiatives to help close the achievement gap and ensure timely graduation, and its emphasis on attracting transfer students as well as professionals who want to continue their education mid-career.

November 4, 2021University News

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USF center director lands historic $8.5 million arts learning grant

Denise Davis-Cotton, director of the University of South Florida’s Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching, has been named principal investigator of an $8.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen arts educational programming in the nation’s educational system.

October 18, 2021University News

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USF launches initiative to enhance Latino student success, impact in the Hispanic community

The University of South Florida today announced the creation of a task force to build on the university’s commitment to Latino student access and success.

October 14, 2021University News

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Esports enhances its visibility at USF

USF Esports will soon have a physical presence on the Tampa campus. Located inside the Recreation and Wellness Center, the 2,500-square-foot Esports Living Lab will feature 40 PCs and will be divided into spaces for casual gaming and watch parties, content creation and competitive gaming.

September 20, 2021Campus Life, University News

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USF welcomes the largest, most diverse and high-achieving class of first-year students in university history

High-achieving high school graduates from across the United States and around the world increasingly select the University of South Florida as their preferred higher education destination.

September 7, 2021University News

Finished biodigesters. Photo courtesy of Whitney Fung Uy

Campus Food Waste Recovery Project earns USF Student Success Team Collaboration award

Up to 40 percent of food that is produced in the U.S. goes to waste and it’s impacting our health, according to USF College of Public Health doctoral candidate Whitney Fung Uy.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

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Despite COVID-19, University of South Florida sustains strong enrollment and welcomes its highest-achieving freshman class

Prospective college students from across the United States and the world continue to take note of the University of South Florida's growing reputation as one of the nation's top public universities and one of Florida’s three Preeminent research universities. This fall, USF welcomes its most academically accomplished incoming freshman class with an average SAT score of 1312, placing USF in the 87th percentile, and a high school GPA of 4.18.

September 1, 2020COVID-19, University News

Charleita Richardson, executive director of the Florida College Access Network

USF names new Florida College Access Network executive director

The University of South Florida announced today the appointment of Charleita Richardson as executive director of the Florida College Access Network. An independent, statewide network, FCAN represents a cross-section of more than 700 organizations and institutions devoted to improving college access and success for minorities and other students underrepresented in higher education.

July 29, 2020University News

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University of South Florida invests $20 million to promote academic progress for student success

The University of South Florida, a national leader in student success, will make an unprecedented investment of $20 million to help students who are experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic remain on a path to timely graduation. The university has begun awarding the We Got U-SF Scholarship and Waiver to nearly 22,000 eligible undergraduate and graduate students to encourage full-time enrollment in the fall semester.

June 16, 2020COVID-19, University News

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