The University of South Florida has long been committed to student success. In November 2009, USF launched the Student Success Task Force which developed a ten-year plan to radically transform student success on our campus. At that time, our six-year graduation rate was only 48% and our four-year rate was about 24%. Today, thanks to the ambitious goals set by the task force and the hard work of units across the university, USF's six-year graduation rate stands at 71% and the four-year rate is 60%. These are most impressive gains but we want to do even better!

Driven by an intensified commitment to student success, USF formed the Student Affairs & Student Success unit on July 1, 2016 by integrating Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, and the Office of Student Success. The new unit was charged with a laser focus on bolstering academic success and the student experience.

In January 2019, the unit's name was simplified to focus on its purpose and now is known simply as Student Success. Today, the unit is aligned and staffed to move the 'needle' significantly, bringing real benefit to our students while supporting USF's preeminence among universities statewide, nationally, and globally.