The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. USF is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities.

USF Mission and Goals

With three campuses across the Tampa Bay region and an expanding urban presence, the University of South Florida offers diverse campus experiences. From downtown to waterfront and bayside, you can experience the unique personalities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, while enjoying USF’s shared mission and distinct academic culture.


usf bull statueDesignated as a “Preeminent State Research University,” the Tampa campus is one of the nation’s top public research university campuses and one of only 56 public research university campuses classified by the Carnegie Foundation as both a Doctoral University with “Highest Research Activity” and as a “Community Engaged” institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Learn more about USF's Tampa campus.


Water Street building

USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute moved in 2019, bringing its students, faculty and staff to live, work and study along the downtown waterfront as a key anchor at Water Street Tampa. The downtown location positioned the medical school in proximity to USF Health's primary teaching and clinical affiliate, Tampa General Hospital.


Sarasota Drone View

Located in the heart of Sarasota and Manatee counties, there's never a lack of things to do or places to explore. Between world-renowned beaches, national-recognized organizations, outdoor activities, abundant nightlife and the best in arts and entertainment - all within a few miles of campus, our Sarasota-Manatee campus offers far more than your traditional hometown campus. Learn more about USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus.


St Pete people walking

Imagine a campus in the heart of a lively city center, yet nestled on the waterfront, steps from world-class cultural institutions. Faculty members committed to learning and research on all levels and across disciplines. Students work in partnership with the community. Learn more about USF's St. Petersburg campus.