The University of South Florida is a global research university dedicated to student success and student accessibility through a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and learner centered research environment that incorporates a global curriculum. USF is committed to engage in research that will have a positive impact on the greater community. The University ranks 25th in the nation among public universities for total research expenditures by the National Science Foundation (2014).
Founded in 1956, USF was the first independent state university conceived, planned, and built in the 20th century. The university has developed into one of the nation’s leading research institutions. The USF System is comprised of the main doctoral-granting, research-intensive campus in Tampa, as well as USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. It is home to nearly 50,000 students from over 130 different countries, making USF one of the 40 most diverse public institutions in the nation, and the second most diverse in the state of Florida.
USF students study in more than 79 undergraduate programs, 105 graduate programs, and 49 doctoral programs. The USF Tampa campus has 14 distinct colleges, all of which contribute to our greater social and economic impact, these include; College of The Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Muma College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, Patel College of Global Sustainability, College of Graduate Studies, Honors College, College of Marine Science, Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Public Health.
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