University of South Florida
USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee. The University’s campuses serve nearly 50,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and professional degrees. From USF’s 13 colleges, undergraduates choose from more than 200 majors, minors, and concentrations, from business and engineering to the arts and USF Health.
Founded in 1956, the university has rapidly evolved into a global powerhouse that transforms lives through education, research, and innovation. In 2023, USF became the first public university in Florida in nearly 40 years to be invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), a prestigious group of the leading universities in the United States and Canada. Joining the AAU is a tremendous milestone for USF as it formalizes USF's position as a leading research university. In addition, over the past ten years, USF has jumped a remarkable 52 spots among public universities, from No. 94 to No. 42, and 73 places among all universities, from No. 170 to No. 97, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2023 Best Colleges rankings.
High-impact global research is central to USF’s mission as one of only three Preeminent Research Universities designated by the Florida Board of Governors. The Preeminence program rewards high-achieving universities based on 12 metrics, including graduation rates, student retention rates, research expenditures, and the number of patents awarded. USF is among the top 15 U.S. public universities for granted U.S. patents, according to the National Academy of Inventors (2023) and has ranked in the top 15 American public universities for ten consecutive years.
USF’s innovation and economic development efforts produce tangible benefits across Florida. The university had a total economic impact of $6.02 billion in fiscal 2019-20 and supports 68,704 jobs in the state. Many of the jobs supported by USF are in high-skill, high-wage, knowledge-based industries, such as life sciences, information technology, and financial services. USF fuels a pipeline of world-class talent for Florida’s employers and beyond, supporting Florida’s goal of being a Top-10 global economy by 2030.
USF scholars and researchers focus on developing transformative solutions to society's complex issues and are at the forefront of innovation in medicine, environmental science, engineering, data science, and the arts. USF leads the way in treating brain and heart disease, cybersecurity, sustainability, infectious disease, and clean energy. At USF, research is a creative and ongoing collaboration between faculty and students, administrators, business and academic partners, and the local community. As a result, USF is an ever-stronger global research university that explores uncharted terrain, generates knowledge, unleashes innovation, and changes lives. With engagement in the region, the state, the nation, and across the globe, USF is making a sustained and far-reaching impact. For more information about USF, please visit: https://www.usf.edu
USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.
The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.
Pursuant to Title IX, USF does not discriminate on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that it operates. Such protection extends to students, employees, admission, and employment. Questions or inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. The most current contact information for the USF Title IX Coordinator and resources can be found on the USF Title IX webpage at: www.usf.edu/title-ix