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About USFSP

Imagine a university in the heart of a lively city center. An intimate campus nestled on the waterfront, steps from world-class cultural institutions. A faculty committed to learning and research on all levels and across disciplines. Students working in partnership with the community.

Creative. Collaborative. Engaged.

Welcome to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where a half-century of tradition meets innovation.

Biology laboratory

Biology laboratory

At USF St. Petersburg, students enjoy smaller classes. Professors who know you by name. Students conducting research on the undergraduate and graduate levels – side by side with professors. A setting that encourages creativity.

All the advantages of a large public university, including nationally ranked NCAA football, men’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s sailing.

Students sailing in Tampa Bay

Students sailing in Tampa Bay

Located on beautiful Bayboro Harbor on the shores of Tampa Bay, students, faculty and staff have access to sailing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding.

A bustling downtown is a short walk away, with an array of world-class museums, a performing arts center, restaurants, nightclubs and parks. Some of the finest beaches in the country are just a 15-minute drive away. A growing residential student population totaling more than 600, including 200 at the new University Student Center, which also includes a dining facility called The Reef offering full-service meal plans, outdoor basketball courts and spacious meeting rooms.

The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center

The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center | Student photo by: D. Mutter ’12

Because of the intimate size of the campus, a walk to class or the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library is a walk with friends — students with spirited energy who like to get things done and make a difference.

Innovation, collaboration and community engagement are not just buzz words at USF St. Petersburg. They are among the core principles and the outgrowth of a creative environment on display in every corner of the community.

Students on USFSP campus

Students on USFSP campus | Student photo by: L. Parr ’13

Our students and professors are not cloistered in an ivory tower but engaged in the broader community — future journalists writing about real people in Midtown St. Petersburg, psychology majors working with African-American families on co-parenting strategies, education faculty training middle school teachers better ways for kids to learn math, accounting students helping low-income and elderly residents with their income taxes.

The Saturday morning market takes place a few blocks from campus | Photo: City of St. Petersburg

The Saturday morning market takes place a few blocks from campus | Photo: City of St. Petersburg

The community also comes to campus: business and political leaders offering real-word experiences, lectures by visiting scholars, thousands of book lovers drawn to best-selling authors at an annual reading festival, and thousands more to the annual St. Petersburg Science Festival.

No need to imagine: Exciting things like these are happening around every corner at USF St. Petersburg.

Creative. Collaborative. Engaged.