Inspire scholars to lead lives of impact.


USF St. Petersburg will shine. USF St. Petersburg faculty and administrators will work shoulder-to- shoulder with students and community partners to build a better world. We will challenge ourselves to excel in research, teaching and service.

Strategic Plan

“Our goal is a vision for USFSP that focuses our resources to have a powerful impact in Pinellas County and beyond. We are eager to move forward and build on the vision of making USFSP one of the best public institutions in the region.”
– Regional Chancellor Wisniewska

View The USFSP Strategic Plan

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Core Values

Student-Centered Success

We provide a personalized experience for every student. We will grow by design to sustain academic programs that prepare our graduate and undergraduate students for work and life while retaining our intimate learning environment.

Research and Innovation

Our faculty members conduct nationally and internationally significant research and scholarship. Faculty members convert individual and collaborative efforts into new knowledge to improve lives far beyond our campus and community.

Inclusion of Differences

We seek divergent voices and tell untold stories. We actively recruit students, faculty, staff and administrators who bring global and domestic diversity to campus, with emphasis on representing our evolving regional demographics. We notice where conceptual differences synthesize, complement — or clash. In classes, in meetings and in public forums, we invite difficult dialogues to enable everyone to better understand different worldviews. We strive to create synergy.

Commitment to Community

USF St. Petersburg connects seamlessly to St. Petersburg and the surrounding region. Our students enroll in the city as well as USFSP, bringing to the city the exuberance that only a residential campus culture can provide. Our community-based partners and mentors multiply opportunities for students and challenge faculty and administrators to recognize new areas for innovation and exploration. Together we shine.

Care for Natural Environment

We celebrate our organic connection to the waterfront and cityscape. Through study and service, we serve as stewards for the plants, animals and systems that sustain us. We take seriously our commitment to become carbon neutral.