Note: The following represents an initial set of questions and answers. This page will continue to be updated as important items are finalized prior to July 1, 2020. Last updated September 10, 2019.
- General FAQ
- FAQ for Prospective Students
- FAQ for Enrolled Students - New and Continuing
- FAQ for Faculty
- FAQ for Staff and Administration
- FAQ for Alumni
- FAQ for Donors
It is the unification of the three USF campuses into one, singularly-accredited University, required by state law.
All information can be accessed on the Provost's website.
Because they are required to by state law. To provide USF students, and the communities we serve, with broader access to, and support from, a Preeminent State Research University, across the greater Tampa Bay Region.
Our community and business partners will, over time, be more fully served through the coordinated strengths of a single Preeminent State Research University.
Preeminent State Research Universities are so designated by the state legislature and the Florida Board of Governors, and must achieve the highest performance standards associated with student success, research productivity, faculty and institutional rankings. A degree earned from a Preeminent State Research University carries high prestige as graduates continue their education in graduate or professional schools and/or enter and continue their career paths. USF is one of just three universities to have earned the State of Florida Preeminent designation and is the only one located in an urban or metropolitan location.
Yes, employees will be able to use their USF parking decal on all three campuses.
No, there is one application process and a single set of admissions standards at USF.
While admissions standards for freshmen (FTICs) have risen to meet the expectations of a top tier, national preeminent university, pathways to graduation (developed and delivered in collaboration with our Florida State College partners) provide students a transfer gateway to USF through the FUSE program.
Yes. The USF Office of Admissions will have a presence on USF’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.
Yes. The USF Office of Admissions will continue to deliver campus tours on USF’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.
Yes. The USF Office of Admissions will continue to host events on USF’s campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee.
Yes. The USF Application allows prospective students the option of selecting their preferred campus. In some cases such options will be limited by capacity and/or the opportunity to complete all degree requirements in a preferred location.
No. However, while university-wide scholarships will be available to students on all campuses, some privately-funded scholarships may be restricted to students on one campus just as they may be limited to students enrolled in a particular college or academic program.
No. While we expect to deliver a broader array of programs to students across USF (especially those for which there is high student demand), including via online access, we do not expect to deliver all degree programs in all locations.
All diplomas for degrees conferred after July 1, 2020 will read the University of South Florida.
Yes. After July 1, 2020, all students will be able to enroll in classes delivered at any USF campus, including online.
Students enrolled as of Spring 2020 will pay tuition and fees at current local rates through graduation (provided they are continually enrolled in subsequent semesters and graduate no later than December 2023), unless those rates are changed at any point by the state legislature or Florida Board of Governors. Students first enrolling in Summer 2020 will pay current local tuition and fees for that term and, beginning Fall 2020 will pay rates aligned with the Preeminent university. Students first enrolling in Fall 2020 will pay tuition and fees aligned with the Preeminent university.
Yes. A full and equitable array of student services will be provided on each campus.
Yes. Students will be able to participate in activities on any of USF’s campuses.
Degree curricula have been aligned across all three campuses, including the design of a single general education program. Students will be permitted to graduate based upon the catalog requirements under which they entered USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, or USF Sarasota-Manatee, or the current, consolidated catalog.
Faculty members will be appointed to an academic department, school, and/or college at USF. A limited number of faculty members may request, on a limited, one-time basis (during a window of time beginning February 17, 2020 and ending April 3, 2020), appointment to a preferred department, school, and/or college based upon academic credentials and the needs of the University.
The Chair/Director of your Department/School will determine equitable assignments in consultation with faculty members. The Chair/Director (along with other evaluative bodies) will conduct annual evaluations consistent with approved Department/School governance documents.
Yes, depending on student and/or programmatic needs there is a possibility that you could, following appropriate notice and consultation (consistent with provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement), be assigned to teach on a different campus, yet most faculty should expect to continue teaching at their current location.
Tenured faculty and Instructors will retain their current status. Tenure-earning faculty will retain that status (consistent with ongoing evaluation procedures) and will be considered for tenure in their appointed department, school, and/or college. Tenure-earning faculty, initially hired at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee with three years of tenure-earning credit on July 1, 2019 (i.e. generally those hired in Fall 2016 or earlier), will be considered for tenure consistent with local (i.e. USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee) department, school, college, and institutional guidelines in place prior to consolidation. All other tenure-earning faculty members will be evaluated for tenure and promotion following USF’s Guidelines (including those yet to be developed by academic departments, schools and colleges), effective July 1, 2020.
Yes, department chairs, school directors, college deans and university leaders will be responsible for assuring equity of access to faculty support on all USF campuses.
No. USF remains committed to the principle of equity in compensation consistent with assignment and performance. Any future compensation or benefit actions will be dependent upon consultation/negotiation with collective bargaining units and budget.
Yes. USF faculty members on all campuses will be provided equitable access to services aligned with their assignment.
No. USF remains committed to the principle of equity in compensation consistent with assignment and performance. For staff, any future compensation or benefit actions will be dependent upon consultation/negotiation with collective bargaining units and budget. Administrative employees should expect to have the same salary and benefit opportunities based on available budget and as provided in USF Regulations and Policies.
The vast majority of staff and administration will not be affected by Consolidation. However, in some cases staff and administrative duties may require reassignment of employees consistent with provisions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement or USF Regulations and Policies, as applicable.
Yes. USF staff and administration on all campuses will have access to services aligned with their assignment.
USF values the contributions and hard work of its staff and administrative employees and does not anticipate a reduction of positions as a result of Consolidation.
No. If you are a graduate of USF, USF St. Petersburg or USF Sarasota-Manatee prior to July 1, 2020, you will not be able to request a replacement diploma that reads differently to that earned earlier.
There will be no change in the way donors give and how we facilitate gifts. The USF Foundation has always put donor interest and intent above all else.