About USF

A Preeminent Research University and AAU member with campuses across the Tampa Bay region, the 鶹Ƶ is dedicated to empowering students to maximize their potential for lifelong success.

Mission and Goals


Led by outstanding faculty and professional staff, the 鶹Ƶ conducts innovative scholarship, creative activity and basic and translational research, and delivers a world-class educational experience promoting the success of our talented and diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As a public metropolitan research university, USF, in partnership with our communities, serves the people of Florida, the nation, and the world by fostering intellectual inquiry and outcomes that positively shape the future - regionally, nationally and globally.


Goal 1: Student Success at USF and beyond

To promote the success of well-educated, highly skilled, and adaptable alums who, as lifelong learners, lead enriched lives, contribute to the democratic process, function as engaged community citizens, and thus thrive in a dynamic global market. 

Goal 2: Faculty excellence in research and innovation

To conduct high-impact research and innovation to advance frontiers of knowledge, solve global problems, and improve lives.

Goal 3: Partnerships and engagement with local, national, and global impact

To be a major social and economic engine creating robust global, national, and regional partnerships to build a prosperous and sustainable future for our regional communities and the state of Florida.

Goal 4: A diverse and inclusive community for learning and discovery

To provide a safe, inclusive, and vibrant community for learning, discovery, creative activities, and transformative experiences enabled through adaptive design of physical, social, and digital environments.

Goal 5: A strong, sustainable, and adaptable financial base

To practice continuous visionary planning and sound stewardship throughout USF to ensure a strong  and sustainable financial base and adapt proactively to emerging opportunities in a dynamic environment.