I’m so pleased that your path has led you to become a part of the University of South Florida family. We offer enormous opportunities for educational enrichment, personal growth, career guidance, and just plain fun as you form friendships and find new interests in a stimulating environment. This is a particularly exciting moment in time at USF – a vibrant period of increasing growth, state-of-the-art new programs and buildings, further recognition for our world-class research and innovation, and our status today as the fastest-rising university in the United States based on data from U.S. News & World Report.
I’m also delighted that we are sharing this fulfilling journey together in my new presidential administration. In our world of One USF, you can select from more than 200 majors and concentrations regardless of whether you are on our campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee. On this website, you’ll find a complete list of those offerings, from Art History to Cell and Molecular Biology to Communications to Mechanical Engineering, Music and so much more. I urge you to review the full list to find the course of study that suits your interests, and puts you on a course toward a rewarding career.
The fact is, opportunities for learning abound at USF, and you can pursue your academic interests at a university committed to excellence – and continually recognized for achieving it. We are a Preeminent university in the state of Florida, have earned a highly prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and rank as a Top 50 research university in the United States, with our sights set on reaching the Top 25 – and we will get there! You can be proud that the degree you eventually obtain from USF will carry weight and respect, earned at a vibrant university making an impact on the state, nation and world.
At USF, we specialize in student pipelines., partnering with leading local organizations – from Raymond James to Tech Data to Nielsen – that provide invaluable hands-on experiences and prepare you for future occupational success. Here’s a perfect example of a new program that will do precisely that: The recently opened, cutting-edge Bellini Center for Talent Development for Muma College of Business students provides a unique professional development program – one that will benefit students, business partners, and the entire USF community for generations to come, serving as a national model as well.
Or perhaps your interests lie in the hospitality and tourism management world. Our recent partnership between USF and hotel management powerhouse McKibbon Hospitality, which operates nearly 100 hotels across the 20 largest hotel brands, will create a steady flow of highly trained USF students into the hospitality industry. You get the idea!
In addition to cultivating your knowledge, you’ll find vast opportunities for personal fulfillment outside the classroom. USF offers more than 700 student organizations on our three campuses, and I promise you will find one or more that suit you. You will form lasting friendships and further hone your interests in a region that abounds with culture, recreational and social opportunities, and a bevy of collegiate and professional sports.
At USF, we are fully committed to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We embrace student and faculty success, and endeavor to continue making a global impact. These are pillars of our new, five-year Strategic Plan, In Pursuit of Excellence. And I urge all of you to acquaint yourself with the plan – it is the responsibility of everyone of us at USF to put it into action in everything we do.
I wish you all the best in finding the right academic path forward. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help as you explore your options – we are here to support you. I couldn’t be happier that you have chosen USF to shape your future and make your mark on the world.
And, as you will no doubt find yourself saying often from now on, Go Bulls!