Engaging with our community is a daily project and an institutional cornerstone at USF. As a Carnegie Community Engaged University, we work at the local, regional and global levels to make a difference in the lives of our students, our communities and the world at large. Our faculty and staff are at the forefront of that effort. Dr. Jonathan Gaines of the College of Engineering is a champion of community-engaged teaching and learning.
USF is one of the country’s most diverse institutions – a national model not only for attracting the most diverse students and faculty, but also for the retention, elevation and success of all of these individuals.
“USF continues to build its reputation as one of the most globally engaged universities across the entire United States through our work with the Fulbright Commission." – Dr. Roger Brindley, USF System Vice President for USF World
As a top producer of Fulbright Scholars in 2017-18, USF cultivates research and scholarship that create real-world solutions and build global collaboration.
We consistently reach higher than our peers and other top universities when it comes to diversity and student success. In 2017, the graduation rates for Latino students at USF soared past the national average by 13 percent – catapulting us to #4 in the nation and #1 among public universities for Latino student success.
Our commitment to student success – and our firm belief that every student will succeed when given the opportunity to do so – has broken barriers, leading to skyrocketing graduation rates for minority and first-generation students. USF eliminated the completion gap between white and black students and are ranked #1 in Florida and #6 across the country for black student success.
While USF takes pride in being a young and intrepid university, we are honored when our students and faculty receive recognition from the world’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning. In 2018, four USF students earned full scholarships for graduate study at Oxford University – joining the selective ranks of scholars studying at the top university in the world.
Each and every member of the USF community is certain to share one commonality – they are exceptional. For 11-year-old William Maillis and 75-year-old John Beeman, their 64-year divide is bridged during their shared astronomy course, where the eldest and youngest student on campus often sit together, demonstrating the boundless community that makes USF extraordinary.
"As a globally engaged university committed to addressing the challenges of the 21st century, the work of the Peace Corps speaks directly to USF's strategic goal for positive societal change.” – Judy Genshaft, USF System President
Students and graduates of USF take their education beyond the classroom and around the world. We rank among the top 25 large undergraduate schools and top 5 graduate schools for producing Peace Corps Volunteers.