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University of South Florida



Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is one of the nation's top public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF offers more than 200 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels.


  • University of South Florida's Tampa Campus: 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620
  • Tampa Downtown Center: 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33620
  • St. Petersburg: 140 Seventh Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Sarasota-Manatee: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
  • Lakeland: 3433 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland, FL 33803

Overall 2007 Enrollment Statistics:

  • Total Enrollment: 45,244
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 34,477
  • Graduate Enrollment: 8,817
  • International Students, Representing 127 Countries: 1,470
  • Degrees Awarded: 9,202

New Student Profile:

Freshmen Enrollment, Fall 2007

  • USF enrolled 3,797 First Time in College students
  • 55 percent graduated within the top 20 percent of their high school class
  • 88 percent were Florida Bright Futures scholarship recipients
  • 32 percent were minorities
  • 3,574 Florida freshmen come from 430 high schools in 57 counties
  • Non-Florida freshmen come from 50 countries and 37 U.S. states
  • 50 percent reside in on-campus housing

Academic Profile:

Degrees Offered 2006-07:

  • Bachelors - 89 programs offered; 6,743 degrees awarded
  • Masters - 91 programs offered; 2,095 degrees awarded
  • Ed Specialist - 2 programs offered; 18 degrees awarded
  • Doctoral - 36 programs offered; 230 degrees awarded
  • First Professional (MD) - 1 program offered; 116 degrees awarded



The University of South Florida Embraces Innovation, Diversity:

Established in 1956, the University of South Florida was the first public university to address the needs of Florida's thriving urban regions. About 2,000 students attended the university's first session in September 1960.

A few years later, in 1965, USF was accredited and the St. Petersburg campus opened as USF continued to expand. In 1967, enrollment exceeded 10,000. The coming decades would see continued development, including the founding of the College of Medicine, the establishment of the graduate school and the opening of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Today, USF is one of only three Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation in the top tier of research universities and is the ninth largest public university in the nation. Known for its cutting-edge research, USF is one of the nation’s top centers for researching new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. The university boasts some 200,000 alumni representing all 50 states.


The University of South Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels, including the Doctor of Medicine.


USF offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including:

  • 89 undergraduate majors across 13 schools and colleges, from Accounting and African Studies to Theatre and Women's Studies.
  • 93 master’s degrees, from Aging and Neuroscience and American History to Wireless Circuits and Systems and Women's Health.
  • 37 doctoral programs.
  • Graduate certificates, non-degree seeking study, non-credit continuing education courses and teacher certification.


The University of South Florida participates in intercollegiate athletics, sponsoring a diverse and nationally competitive Division I program. Men's sports includes baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field. Women's sports includes basketball, cross country, golf, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

Statistics courtesy of the University of South Florida

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