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USF is America's fastest rising university, according to U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report ranks USF as America’s fastest-rising university, inside the top 50

The University of South Florida is the fastest-rising university in America over the past decade, public or private, according to U.S. News and World Report (U.S. News) 2022 Best Colleges rankings released today. For the third consecutive year, USF ranks as one of the nation’s top 50 public universities. Over the past 10 years, USF has risen 48 spots among public universities from No. 94 to No. 46, and 67 spots among all universities (public or private), from No. 170 to No. 103, which represents a greater climb than any other university in the country.

September 13, 2021Student, University Efforts

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

The class of 2025 features the largest, most academically accomplished and diverse cohort in USF history. The group of 6,392 first-year students includes record increases in out-of-state and international students. The class includes 763 first-year students on the USF St. Petersburg campus, a jump of 83% from 418 students last year.

September 7, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Student, Tampa Campus

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More than 9,000 anti-Asian incidents reported since start of COVID pandemic, report finds

Anti-Asian incidents in the nation are still occurring by the thousands despite recent movements and legislation aimed at tackling such occurrences. There have been 9,081 anti-Asian incidents reported since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, according to a report published Thursday by the nonprofit coalition Stop AAPI Hate.

August 12, 2021Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Panel Focuses on Providing Support to Black Male Students During the Pandemic

Since March 2020, Dr. Linda Garcia has been investigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on community college students. Garcia is the executive director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCSSE), and she noticed that, although the pandemic has negatively affected all students, Black students have been impacted the most.

July 28, 2021Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Points of pride and concern listed at USFSP update

University of Florida St. Petersburg has emerged from the pandemic with solid enrollment and much to be proud of; however, there is also concern stemming from high profile departures and consolidation affecting admissions.

July 23, 2021St. Petersburg Campus, Student, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Academically competitive and diverse: Incoming medical class makes history for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

The incoming first-year students to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) represent the strongest class academically and the most diverse group of students in the college’s history.

July 15, 2021Student

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Response to voting rights assault: Revive Freedom Summer

The assault on democracy and voting rights is so widespread, taking place in so many states, young volunteers can devote a summer, or perhaps even a full year, working for democracy in their home state or temporarily relocating to other states where voting rights are under attack.

July 7, 2021Community Engagement, Student

Photo of Florida Governor Ron Desantis. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Five things to know about Florida’s new ‘intellectual diversity’ law

The bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis this week calling for “intellectual diversity” on college campuses has attracted national attention, drawing criticism and support.

June 26, 2021Student

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USF places second in the state’s 2021 performance-based funding standings, leads all universities in several key metrics

The University of South Florida is once again among the leaders in the State University System’s performance-based funding scores for 2021, according to data released today during a meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

June 23, 2021Honors and Awards, Student, University Efforts

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Indigenous group says USF Tampa is not doing enough to prevent looting of Native American gravesites within forest preserve

The Florida Indigenous Alliance (FIA) announced that evidence of looting was discovered at a sacred Native American gravesite within the University of South Florida Forest Preserve (USFFP). The group is demanding that USF take action to protect the graves from further desecration.

June 22, 2021Community Engagement, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Seeking diversity, USF found a way to attract Black students: Call them

After years of dwindling Black student enrollment, the University of South Florida is on track to welcome the most diverse freshman class in its history.

June 14, 2021Student, University Efforts

An empty classroom with desks. Photo taken by AJ Alfaro licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Florida Board of Education approves rule banning critical race theory

The Florida Board of Education on Thursday approved an amendment that Gov. Ron DeSantis advanced in order to ban teaching certain ideas about race and history. The board agreed to ban teaching critical race theory in state schools.

June 10, 2021Curriculum, Student

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