The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, also known as USF, is an American
metropolitan public research university located in Tampa ,
USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching in the top tier of research universities, and is among three
other universities in
* 1 History
* 2 USF System
* 2.1 Leadership * 2.2 Tampa Campus * 2.3 St. Petersburg Campus * 2.4 Sarasota-Manatee Campus
* 3 Academics
* 3.1 Tuition * 3.2 Demographics * 3.3 Rankings and colleges * 3.4 Faculty * 3.5 Graduation * 3.6 Libraries
* 4 Research
* 4.1 USF Health * 4.2 Sustainability * 4.3 Center for Urban Transportation Research
* 5 Campus life
* 5.1 Student union * 5.2 Marshall Student Center * 5.3 Housing * 5.4 Dining * 5.5 Campus recreation
* 5.6 Student involvement
* 5.6.1 Fraternity and sorority life * 5.6.2 ROTC * 5.6.3 Student government * 5.6.4 Career Services
* 5.7 University and student media * 5.8 Traditions
* 6 Athletics
* 6.1 Teams * 6.2 Facilities * 6.3 Spirit squads
* 7 Notable people * 8 References * 9 External links
USF's first president, John S. Allen.
USF was the first independent state university conceived, planned,
and built during the 20th century. Former U.S. Representative Samuel
Gibbons was instrumental in the school's creation when he was a state
representative and is considered by many to be the "Father of USF."
Though founded in 1956, the university was not officially named until
the following year, and courses did not begin until 1960. The
university was built off Fowler Avenue on the site of Henderson Air
Field, a World War II airstrip. Before Henderson Field, the area was
part of the 1920s 5,000-acre temple orange grove, the largest citrus
grove in the world at the time, which gave the nearby City of Temple
Terrace its name. In 1957, the
The university grew under the leadership of
John S. Allen , who
served as its first president from 1956 until his retirement in 1971.
During this time, the university expanded rapidly, due in part to the
first master's degree programs commencing in 1964. Hani was known for
his opposition to college sports in favor of an environment more
academically-centered. Allen's ultimate legacy was to be the first
person to build a modern state university from scratch: "As a
completely new and separate institution, the University of South
In 1970, M. Cecil Mackey became the university's second president. During his time at USF, Mackey opened the university's medical school, School of Nursing, and first-ever Ph.D. program. Additionally, Mackey worked to strengthen the St. Petersburg campus, while opening new satellite campuses in Sarasota and Fort Myers. While serving as university president, Mackey continued to teach economics courses in a conference room across from his office. Mackey first coined a new descriptor for USF: "a metropolitan university." The term is still used to describe USF today. Moffitt Cancer Center on the USF campus.
USF emerged as a major research institution during the 1980s under
the leadership of the university's third president John Lott Brown.
During his tenure, the USF Graduate School was established in 1980.
In 1986, Brown oversaw the opening of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
and Research Institute on the USF Tampa campus. USF became the first
university in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in applied anthropology and
the first in the State University System of
On February 15, 1988, Francis T. Borkowski was inaugurated as the university's fourth president. He served as president for five years, laying the groundwork for the university's football program, establishing on-campus housing for the USF president at the Lifsey House, and merging several colleges into the College of Arts and Sciences.
Betty Castor became the university's fifth president and first female
president when she was inaugurated in January 1994. She served as USF
president for six years until 1999. During this time, USF grew to be
one of the largest universities in the nation in terms of enrollment.
The university is currently led by its sixth president, Dr. Judy
Genshaft, who took office in July 2000. She also serves as the
president of the USF System. Under Genshaft's leadership, the
university has emerged as a top research university and major economic
engine with an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. The university
has expanded its global reach, with the opening of the first Confucius
Established in 1926, the USF Tampa campus serves more than 41,000 students. It is composed of the larger campus in Tampa, USF Health, and the College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. The institution houses 14 colleges and is the doctoral granting campus of the USF System.
ST. PETERSBURG CAMPUS
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USF first occupied the site of the USF St. Petersburg in 1965. In
2006, USFSP was accredited as a separate entity within the University
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When USF Sarasota-Manatee was established in 1975, it originally
shared a campus with the New College of
College of Business building.
The USF Tampa campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 130 graduate, specialist, and doctoral degree programs under 14 colleges. Based on a semester system, the USF academic calendar is composed of three academic semesters each year. The academic year begins in the fall, running from August to December. The spring semester generally begins in January and ends in late April or early May. The summer semester is broken down into three overlapping sessions – A, B, and C – that generally span either six or ten weeks.
For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition costs were: Undergraduate $ 211.19 per credit hour for in-state students, and $575.01 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Total tuition/fees :$6,410 for in-state and $17,324 for out of state Graduate $431.43 per credit hour for in-state students, and $877.17 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Total tuition/fees :$10,428 for in-state and $21,126 for out of state
More than 41,000 students were enrolled at the USF Tampa campus in the 2014-15 academic year, including approximately 30,000 undergraduate students, 9,100 graduate students, 650 doctor of medicine students, and 2,000 non-degree seeking students. USF is one of the 40 most diverse universities in the nation, with students representing every state, U.S. territory, and more than 130 countries. International students represent approximately seven percent of the USF student population. As of the Fall 2014 semester, the student diversity profile of the university consisted of: 55 percent White, 12 percent African American, 21 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 0.16 percent American Indian, 4 percent two or more races, and 1 percent of students did not report.
The Fall 2014 Freshman class of approximately 3,000 students earned admission to the university with an average SAT score of 1191 (reading and math only), ACT score of 27, and high school GPA of 4.00. 51 percent of the members of the incoming class graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school class. Among the incoming class were 8 National Merit Scholars, 7 National Achievement Scholars, and 6 National Hispanic Scholars.
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* College of Arts and Sciences * College of Behavioral "> USF Tampa main library
The USF Tampa Library is the largest and most comprehensive library
in the USF System. In addition to providing students access to more
than 2 million academic journals, databases, and books, the seven
story USF Tampa library offers tutoring and writing services, laptops,
a career resource center, and Course Reserves and reservable group
study rooms. The USF Tampa Library also houses several
In addition to the Tampa library, the USF System has two regional
libraries and two special libraries. The regional libraries include
the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, located on the USF St. Petersburg
campus, and the
Jane Bancroft Cook Library , located on the USF
Sarasota-Manatee campus. The special libraries include the Shimberg
Health Sciences Library , which serves USF Health, and the Louis de la
USF is one of the fastest growing research universities in the
nation, according to
The Chronicle of Higher Education
USF Health consists of the Morsani College of Medicine , College of
Nursing , College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health , the School
of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Physical Therapy and
Rehabilitation Sciences, and the USF Physician's Group. USF Health
researchers are breaking ground in the fields of diabetes, Alzheimer's
disease, prosthetics, heart health, genomics, and more. In 2012, the
College of Nursing ranked first in
More than 400 healthcare professionals at USF Health treat patients throughout the state of Florida. In 2012, the university opened the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa. The 90,000 square foot facility serves as an education and training center for health professionals around the world.
USF is one of a small number of universities nationwide given a gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for building an environmentally-conscious campus. In 2010, the USF School of Global Sustainability was created. In 2012, the new Patel College of Global Sustainability, consisting of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions , the Master of the Arts in Global Sustainability program, and the Office of Sustainability, was introduced. Housed in the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design GOLD certified building on the USF Tampa campus, the college is a holistic academic unit that integrates sustainability research, scholarship, and teaching.
USF signed the American College and University President\'s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2008 and submitted its Climate Action Plan in 2010 with a goal of a 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015. Since then, the university has introduced several sustainability initiatives, including electric vehicle charging stations, water bottle filling stations, reusable plastic food containers in dining halls, recycling programs in residence halls, a biodiesel-fueled fare-free campus bus service, solar-powered golf carts, and more. In 2011, the university introduced the Student Green Energy Fund, which allows students to propose and vote on projects that aim to reduce campus energy consumption, lower green house gas emissions, and promote sustainable technologies. Engineering buildings at USF.
CENTER FOR URBAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH
Founded in 1988, The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
conducts over $13 million in research annually for a variety of public
and private sector sponsors in
Located next to the College of Engineering on the Tampa Campus, CUTR
houses the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR), designated by
the U.S. Congress in 1991, and reaffirmed in 1998, 2002, 2012 and
2013. The NCTR was selected as a Tier I University Transportation
Center in 2012 in partnership with North Dakota State University,
The original USF student union was built in 1959 and opened in 1960. Originally called the University Center, it was one of the first five buildings that made up the USF Tampa campus when it opened. In its early years, the University Center held the first on-campus women's residence hall, a cafeteria, post office, bookstore, game room, television room, and information desk. Classes were held in the basement and first floor of the building until other academic building were completed. The center underwent major renovations from 1988 to 1990. It was renamed the Phyllis P. Marshall Center in 1993, in honor of the woman who served as director of the building from 1976 to 1994.
MARSHALL STUDENT CENTER
In order to better serve the growing student population on the Tampa campus, the building was torn down and replaced with a new 230,000 square foot union in 2008. The new facility, now called the Marshall Student Center, still pays homage to its former director. The four-story building features a 1,200 seat ballroom, 800 seat auditorium, 100 workstation computer lab, study and meeting spaces, several student lounge areas, and outdoor courtyards. The facility offers several retail outlets including a pharmacy, computer store, credit union, and identification card center. The building features nine dining options, including the first-ever Beef O\'Brady\'s on a college campus.
As the home of the USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, Student Government, the Center for Student Involvement, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the center is considered to be the gathering place for all things student life at USF.
The Centre Gallery is a student-run art gallery located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center with a focus on innovative, contemporary art work. The gallery is open to the general public. Juniper-Poplar Hall.
There are 34 residence halls on the USF Tampa campus, offering traditional, suite, and apartment style housing. In total, these residential halls provide housing to more than 5,600 students. The university also offers specialized housing options such as family housing, female-only housing, graduate student housing, and Greek Village. Each bedroom on the USF Tampa campus is furnished with a twin extra-long bed, dresser, desk and chair, trash can, and closet space for every resident. Each residence hall has at least one resident assistant .
In 2009, the university implemented a new policy requiring all first-year, full-time undergraduate students to live on campus. The goal of the policy is to provide new students with a comprehensive educational experience. Students exempt from this new rule include those who remain living with their parents and/or legal guardians within Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties, are above the age of 21 by the first day of fall classes, have a dependent child or family member, or are married.
The university offers 12 Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in various residence halls throughout the Tampa campus. The residential communities place special interest on academic majors or areas of interest, such as business, education, and sustainability. Residents are required to submit an application and meet certain eligibility criteria to be admitted into an LLC.
In addition to on-campus housing, USF has formal relationships with five off-campus properties. Though the university has no ownership or management role in these entities, it recommends these alternative options on the basis of proximity to the USF Tampa campus and amount of USF students residing there. These properties include Campus Club, The Province, 40 Fifty Lofts, The Flats at 4200, and Avalon Heights.
There are 24 dining locations of the USF Tampa campus, including
several national food brands and three dining halls: Juniper Dining,
the Fresh Food Company, and Champion's Choice. In addition to
traditional menus, each dining hall provides special dietary options,
including gluten-free, Halal, vegetarian, and vegan selections. The
largest concentration of dining facilities is located in the Marshall
Student Center, which houses Beef 'O' Brady's,
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Phi Gamma Delta
Phi Delta Theta
Pi Delta Psi
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Kappa Phi
Alpha Delta Pi
Gamma Phi Beta
Lambda Theta Alpha
Mu Sigma Upsilon
Omega Phi Beta
Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Lambda Gamma
USF C.W. Bill Young Hall.
The USF Tampa campus offers three Reserve Officers\' Training Corps (ROTC) programs: Air Force, Army, and Naval. USF is one of only 38 universities in the nation to offer all three service ROTC programs. The university was the first in the nation to create a Joint Military Leadership Center (JMLC) to house all three programs. Located in the C.W. Bill Young Hall, the JMLC is a 53,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility featuring a weapons simulation room, an outdoor rappelling wall, a joint cadet and midshipmen lounge, three lecture halls, and five classrooms. The building is equipped to handle web-casting, video conferencing, and distance learning.
The university offers three military-related minors at the Tampa campus. The sixteen-credit hour Aerospace Studies Minor provides an understanding of military officer management and leadership concepts, as well as an analysis of the evolution of American defense policy and strategy. The eighteen-credit hour Military Science Minor provides students with an in-depth understanding of Army leadership doctrine and a framework for applying such concepts outside of the classroom. The eighteen-credit hour Naval Science and Leadership Minor places special emphasis on character development and effective communication skills, while providing an understanding of the Naval leadership doctrine and the fundamental principles used by leaders in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Students enrolled in a USF ROTC program have the opportunity to live in the on-campus ROTC Living Learning Community (LLC). Located in the suite-style Maple Hall, the ROTC LLC allows students to be exposed to the customs of each military branch, while developing camaraderie with their fellow cadets and midshipmen.
The USF Student Government, like all
The executive administration oversees several departments and service agencies including SAFE Team, Student Government Computer Services, and Bulls Radio . The Student Body President can also be voted in to sit on the University Board of Trustees and is a member of the Florida Student Association (FSA).
The Student Senate, headed by the Senate President and Senate
President Pro-Tempore, creates legislation and allocates and expends
activity and service fee funds per
The student supreme court, headed by the chief justice, hears cases involving students and Student Government and also hears all final parking appeals for students at the USF Tampa campus.
Housed in the Student Services building near the center of campus,
the University of South
Career Services is responsible for a host of networking and
professional development opportunities on campus, including career
fairs, resume workshops, mock interviews with recruiters from local
businesses, professional etiquette dinners, and virtual job searching
through Employ-A-Bull. USF Career Services also collaborates with
several student organizations such as
Alpha Kappa Psi
UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT MEDIA
Beginning in 1961, a local afternoon newspaper, The Tampa Times, covered university news in the one-page weekly "Campus Edition." Now defunct, the newspaper was succeeded by The Oracle . First published in 1966, the weekly broadsheet was distributed every Wednesday. Housed today in the Student Services Building of the Tampa campus, the student-run newspaper is published four times a week during the Fall and Spring semesters and twice a week during the Summer semesters. The 12,000 circulation newspaper has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Collegiate Press for excellence in journalism.
Owned by USF, WUSF (FM) first began airing in 1963. A member station of National Public Radio , the broadcast studio is located on the USF Tampa campus. Currently, the FM station broadcasts NPR and local news during the day and jazz music in the overnight hours. The station is funded by local corporate and private contributors, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service . In 2003, WUSF 89.7 became the first public radio station in the nation to broadcast a digital signal. Today, WUSF Public Media offers local and national news coverage, educational programming, and jazz and classical music through WUSF 89.7, WUSF 89.7², WSMR 89.1 , WUSF-TV , IntellisMedia, and WUSF New Media.
The student-run radio station at USF, now known as Bulls Radio , first went on the air in 1988. Formerly known as "WBUL" until 2009, the original station broadcast from the Andros building on the Tampa campus. The station has since moved to the Marshall Student Center, where student reporters and DJs broadcast from a studio featuring a window that overlooks the Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant. Now one of the largest student-run radio stations in the state of Florida, Bulls Radio can be heard on 1620 AM, 88.5 HD2 or online.
The university alma mater was composed by USF professor of music Wayne Hugoboom in 1960. The song was the result of a campus competition, for which Hugoboom won the first-place $250 prize. The alma mater was first used in 1961, and can be heard at the opening of every USF Commencement Ceremony. It is also played by the USF Herd of Thunder marching band before every football game.
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The Golden Brahman March, more commonly known as the USF fight song, is named after the original USF mascot. In 1962, the university chose the mascot the Golden Brahman because of the state's history in cattle-raising. Though the university mascot has since evolved into the Bulls, the fight song name preserves the history of this USF icon. In 2011, the university athletics department launched a campaign to encourage students, faculty, staff, and fans to memorize the song. Today, incoming students are taught the song, along with other USF cheers, during new student and transfer orientation sessions.
During the Golden Brahman March and other USF songs, fans will circle the "Go Bulls" hand symbol above their heads. Created with the pointer and pinky finger, the gesture was first used as a good luck symbol during free-throw shots at USF basketball games. Today, it is used as a greeting and cheering symbol by USF students and alumni. Often confused by many as the USF fight song, "The Bull" is a rally cry played by the USF Herd of Thunder marching band that encourages fans to stand up and circle the "Go Bulls" hand symbol above their heads.
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USF competed in its first intercollegiate athletic event in 1965,
when it defeated the
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Located on the Tampa campus, the USF Athletic District is the home
for Bulls intercollegiate sports. The district includes the Lee Roy
Selmon Athletic Center, the Corbett Soccer Stadium, the Frank Morsani
Football Practice Complex, the Pam & Les Muma Basketball Practice
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The USF Spirit Squads — consisting of the USF Sun Dolls, USF Cheerleading, Rocky the Bull, the USF Herd of Thunder — play an integral role in USF Athletics. In addition to supporting USF varsity athletic teams during sporting events, the spirit squads themselves compete at the national level.
Rocky the Bull first began as a toy idea for the USF Bookstore in 1965. Today's Rocky was unveiled in 2003. As the official mascot for USF, Rocky the Bull can be seen at USF Athletic events, as well as other major university and community events.
The USF Herd of Thunder consists of several bands, including a 370-member marching band, pep band, show band, and winter guard. The marching band performs at all home USF football games. The pep band, called the Herd of Thunder Rumble Pep Band, performs at all home USF basketball games. The show band is a 30-piece group that performs at select events that are unable to accommodate the full marching band.
USF has more than 228,000 alumni. USF alumni can be found in all 50
states and 124 foreign countries. Major business enterprises run by
USF graduates include
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