Why USF St. Petersburg?

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is a small, nonprofit, public university located along Bayboro Harbor in the heart of the culturally rich and dynamic city of St. Petersburg, FL, within the Tampa Bay region.

As an autonomous institution within the USF System, USF St. Petersburg students enjoy the benefits of membership in a premier national research university system, including world-class facilities and academic resources, American Athletic Conference athletics, and an expansive alumni network, along with the advantages typically found only at higher-priced universities.


  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Teacher Education Program is also approved by the State of Florida Department of Education.
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)


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Best Colleges Regional Universities South 2016

USF St. Petersburg has been named a 2016 “ Best Regional Public University South” U.S. News & World Report. Learn More

USF St. Petersburg is one of only 115 new institutions in the country to earn the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Global Top 100

The Kate Teideman College of Business is ranked 36th among the global top 100 schools for integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into the MBA program.

Ranking 23

USFSP’s rank among Southern Regional Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Smartest 94

USFSP’s position among the “Smartest Colleges in America” ranking by Yahoo Finance.

Position 23

USFSP’s position among the 25 Most Exclusive Public Bachelor’s Colleges by Admission Rate per AffordableSchools.net

Top 1 Percent

Of the more than 12,000 business schools worldwide, the Kate Tiedemann College of Business is one of only 175 that are accredited by AACSB – for both the college and program of accountancy levels.