University of South Florida

University of South Florida


The University of South Florida, also
known as USF, is a member institution of the State University System of Florida
and a public research university located in Tampa, Florida, United States.
Founded in 1956, USF is the fourth-largest public university in the
state of Florida, with a total enrollment of 48,373 as of the 2014–2015
academic year. The USF system comprises three institutions: USF Tampa, USF St.
Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each institution is separately
accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools. The university is home to 14 colleges, offering more than 80
undergraduate majors and more than 130 graduate, specialist, and doctoral-level
degree programs. USF is classified by the Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research
universities, and is among three other universities in Florida to hold this
highest level of classification. In its 2011 ranking, the Intellectual Property
Owners Association placed USF 10th among all universities worldwide in the number
of US patents granted. The university has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and
an annual economic impact of over $3.7 billion. In a ranking compiled by the
National Science Foundation, USF ranks 43rd in the United States for total
research spending amongst all universities, public and private.
USF ranks in the top 100 best public schools in the 2014 Best Colleges
edition of U.S. News & World Report. USF was named a national leader in online
education by Guide to Online Schools. USF graduate level programs – including
Public Health, Library and Information Studies, Education, and Criminology –
continue to rank among the nation’s 50 best in the U.S. News & World Report
graduate school rankings. History
USF was the first independent state university conceived, planned, and built
during the 20th century. Former U.S. Representative Sam Gibbons was
instrumental in the school’s creation when he was a state representative and
is considered by many to be the “Father of USF.” Though founded in 1956, the
university was not officially named until the following year, and courses
did not begin until 1960. The university was built off Fowler Avenue on the site
of Henderson Air Field, a World War II airstrip. Before Henderson Field, the
area was part of the 1920s 5000 acre temple orange grove, the largest citrus
grove in the world at the time, which gave the nearby City of Temple Terrace
its name. In 1957, the Florida Cabinet approved the name “University of South
Florida.” At the time, USF was the southernmost university in the state
university system. In 1962, the official USF mascot was unveiled as the “Golden
Brahman.” In the late 1980s, the mascot evolved into the “Bulls.”
The university grew under the leadership of John Allen, who served as its first
president from 1957 until his retirement in 1970. During this time, the
university expanded rapidly, due in part to the first master’s degree programs
commencing in 1964. Allen was known for his opposition to college sports in
favor of an environment more academically-centered. Allen’s ultimate
legacy was to be the first person to build a modern state university from
scratch: “As a completely new and separate institution, the University of
South Florida became the first new institution of its kind to be conceived,
planned and built in the United States in the 20th century.” Today the John and
Grace Allen Administration Building, named after the university’s founding
president and his wife, houses vital Tampa campus departments including
Student Affairs, the Admissions Welcome Center, and the Controller’s Office.
In 1970, M. Cecil Mackey became the university’s second president. During
his time at USF, Mackey opened the university’s medical school, School of
Nursing, and first-ever Ph.D. program. Additionally, Mackey worked to
strengthen the St. Petersburg campus, while opening new satellite campuses in
Sarasota and Fort Myers. While serving as university president, Mackey
continued to teach economics courses in a conference room across from his
office. Mackey first coined a new descriptor for USF: “a metropolitan
university.” The term is still used to describe USF today.
USF emerged as a major research institution during the 1980s under the
leadership of the university’s third president John Lott Brown. During his
tenure, the USF Graduate School was established in 1980. In 1986, Brown
oversaw the opening of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research
Institute on the USF Tampa campus. USF became the first university in the
nation to offer a Ph.D. in applied anthropology and the first in the State
University System of Florida to offer a degree program in women’s studies. In
January 1988, USF Lakeland opened. On February 15, 1988, Francis T.
Borkowski was inaugurated as the university’s fourth president. He served
as president for five years, laying the groundwork for the university’s football
program, establishing on-campus housing for the USF president at the Lifsey
House, and merging several colleges into the College of Arts and Sciences.
Betty Castor became the university’s fifth president and first female
president when she was inaugurated in January 1994. She served as USF
president for six years until 1999. During this time, USF grew to be one of
the largest universities in the nation in terms of enrollment. The Florida
Board of Regents named USF a “Research 1” University in 1998. In 1997, the
university began its inaugural season of NCAA football. Two years later, the Herd
of Thunder marching band debuted. In 2006, Castor returned to USF to lead the
Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions. Castor stepped down from her
position as director in 2009. The university is currently led by its
sixth president, Dr. Judy Genshaft, who took office in July 2000. She also
serves as the president of the USF System. Under Genshaft’s leadership, the
university has emerged as a top research university and major economic engine
with an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. The university has expanded its
global reach, with the opening of the first Confucius Institute in Florida in
2008 and the creation of the Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholarship
Fund in 2011, which provides financial support to USF students who want to
study abroad. Under Genshaft, USF has continuously been ranked among the top
veteran friendly universities in the country. In 2009, USF became the first
university in the nation to partner with the United States Department of Veterans
Affairs to offer specialized services for veterans taking advantage of the new
G.I. Bill. USF continues to improve academically, being ranked among the
best colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012, USF was
recognized as one of the nation’s largest producers of Fulbright Program
scholars. USF System
The University of South Florida System includes three member institutions: USF
Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each institution is
separately accredited, has a distinct mission, and its own strategic plans.
The USF System once included two other satellite campuses, one in Fort Myers
and the other in Lakeland. The Fort Myers campus opened in 1974 and closed
in 2007, with the debut of Florida Gulf Coast University. The Lakeland campus
opened in 1988 and split off from the USF System in 2012 to become the
independent Florida Polytechnic University.
=Leadership=The USF System is a member institution
of the State University System of Florida, which is overseen by the
Florida Board of Governors. Each SUS member institution, including USF, has a
13-member decision-making body called the Board of Trustees. The USF BOT
appoints the USF System President, who in turn appoints the Regional
Chancellors of the member institutions. The USF System is currently led by
President and Chief Executive Officer Judy Genshaft, who was appointed by the
USF Board of Trustees in 2000.=Tampa Campus=
Established in 1956, the USF Tampa campus serves more than 41,000 students.
It is composed of the main campus in Tampa, USF Health, and the College of
Marine Science in St. Petersburg. The institution houses 14 colleges and is
the doctoral granting campus of the USF System.
=St. Petersburg Campus=USF first occupied the site of the USF
St. Petersburg in 1965. In 2006, USFSP was accredited as a separate entity
within the University of South Florida System by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools starting with the 2006–07 academic year. USFSP serves
approximately 4,500 students and offers 33 undergraduate and graduate programs
in arts and sciences, business, and education.
=Sarasota-Manatee Campus=When USF Sarasota-Manatee was
established in 1975, it originally shared a campus with the New College of
Florida. New College and USFSM continued to share campuses until a new campus was
built for USFSM in 2006. Nearly 2,000 students take classes at USFSM each
year. The university offers 43 academic programs and certificates in arts and
sciences, business, education, and hospitality and technology leadership.
Academics The USF Tampa campus offers more than 80
undergraduate majors and 130 graduate, specialist, and doctoral degree programs
under 14 colleges. USF offers academic courses year-round. The USF academic
calendar is based on a semester system, with three academic semesters each year.
The academic year begins in the fall, running from August to December. The
spring semester generally begins in January and ends in late April or early
May. The summer semester is broken down into three overlapping sessions – A, B,
and C – that generally span either six or ten weeks.
=Tuition=For the 2014-2015 academic year, tuition
costs were: Undergraduate
$211.19 per credit hour for in-state students, and $575.01 per credit hour
for out-of-state students. Total tuition/fees :$6,410 for in-state and
$17,324 for out of state Graduate
$431.43 per credit hour for in-state students, and $877.17 per credit hour
for out-of-state students. Total tuition/fees :$10,428 for in-state and
$21,126 for out of state=Demographics=
More than 41,000 students were enrolled at the USF Tampa campus in the 2014-15
academic year, including approximately 30,000 undergraduate students, 9,100
graduate students, 650 doctor of medicine students, and 2,000 non-degree
seeking students. USF is one of the 40 most diverse universities in the nation,
with students representing every state, U.S. territory, and more than 130
countries. International students represent approximately seven percent of
the USF student population. As of the Fall 2014 semester, the student
diversity profile of the university consisted of: 55 percent White, 12
percent African American, 21 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian/Pacific
Islander, 0.16 percent American Indian, 4 percent two or more races, and 1
percent of students did not report. The Fall 2014 Freshman class of
approximately 3,000 students earned admission to the university with an
average SAT score of 1191, ACT score of 27, and high school GPA of 4.00. 51
percent of the members of the incoming class graduated in the top 20 percent of
their high school class. Among the incoming class were 8 National Merit
Scholars, 7 National Achievement Scholars, and 6 National Hispanic
Scholars.=Rankings and colleges=
Colleges at the USF Tampa campus include:
College of Arts and Sciences College of Behavioral & Community
Sciences Muma College of Business
College of Education College of Engineering
Patel College of Global Sustainability College of Graduate Studies
Honors College College of Marine Science
College of Medicine College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy College of Public Health
College of The Arts=Faculty=
As of Fall 2014, there are more than 1,700 instructional faculty at the USF
Tampa campus. As of Fall 2011, the student to faculty ratio for the USF
Tampa campus was 24:1. Approximately 86 percent of full-time faculty members
hold terminal degrees in their field of expertise. Additionally, the university
has more than 1,200 adjunct professors, 300 post-doctoral scolars, over 2,000
graduate assistants, and 2,800 student assistants.
USF faculty continue to be recognized on the global academic stage with over 35
scholars receiving prominent scholarly awards since 2009, including Fulbright,
National Science Foundation, AAAS, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for
the Humanities fellowships. In 2012, a USF professor was one of four in the
nation to receive the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education 2012 U.S.
Professor of the Year award.=Graduation=
The first USF Commencement ceremony was held in 1963 where 325 degrees were
conferred. In the 2014–2015 academic year, the USF Tampa campus awarded more
than 11,400 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
levels. Commencement ceremonies are held three times a year at the end of the
Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Spring ceremonies are generally the
largest, with five separate ceremonies held each semester. Ceremonies for the
USF Tampa campus are held in the USF Sun Dome. Additionally, the university
livestreams each ceremony for out-of-town guests to watch online.
=Libraries=The USF Tampa Library is the largest and
most comprehensive library in the USF System. In addition to providing
students access to more than 2 million academic journals, databases, and books,
the six-story USF Tampa library offers tutoring and writing services, laptop
and iPad checkouts, a career resource center, and reservable group study
rooms. The USF Tampa Library also houses several Special and Digital Collections,
including literature, oral histories, photographs, artifacts, and the
university archives. In 2012, the USF Tampa Library opened the Science, Math
and Research Technology Lab, a hands-on learning space which includes more than
300 computer work stations. In 2013, USF students successfully protested to keep
the library open 24 hours a day/5 days a week during the Fall and Spring
semesters. In addition to the Tampa library, the
USF System has two regional libraries and two special libraries. The regional
libraries include the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, located on the USF St.
Petersburg campus, and the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, located on the USF
Sarasota-Manatee campus. The special libraries include the Shimberg Health
Sciences Library, which serves USF Health, and the Louis de la Parte
Florida Mental Health Institute Library, which serves USF’s College of Behavioral
and Community Sciences. Both special libraries are located on the USF Tampa
campus. Research
USF is one of the fastest growing research universities in the nation,
according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the 2010-2011 fiscal year,
the university was awarded more than $400 million in research awards. The
Intellectual Property Owners Association ranked USF among the top ten
universities in the world granted U.S. utility patents in 2011.
=USF Health=USF Health consists of the Morsani
College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public
Health, the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Physical Therapy
and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the USF Physician’s Group. USF Health
researchers are breaking ground in the fields of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease,
prosthetics, heart health, genomics, and more. In 2012, the College of Nursing
ranked first in Florida for universities receiving research funding from the
National Institutes of Health. More than 400 healthcare professionals
at USF Health treat patients throughout the state of Florida. In 2012, the
university opened the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation
in downtown Tampa. The 90,000 square foot facility serves as an education and
training center for health professionals around the world.
=Sustainability=USF is one of a small number of
universities nationwide given a gold rating by the Association for the
Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for building an
environmentally-conscious campus. In 2010, the USF School of Global
Sustainability was created. In 2012, the new Patel College of Global
Sustainability, consisting of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global
Solutions, the Master of the Arts in Global Sustainability program, and the
Office of Sustainability, was introduced. Housed in the first
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design GOLD certified building on the
USF Tampa campus, the college is a holistic academic unit that integrates
sustainability research, scholarship, and teaching.
USF signed the American College and University President’s Climate
Commitment in 2008 and submitted its Climate Action Plan in 2010 with a goal
of a 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015. Since then, the
university has introduced several sustainability initiatives, including
electric vehicle charging stations, water bottle filling stations, reusable
plastic food containers in dining halls, recycling programs in residence halls, a
biodiesel-fueled fare-free campus bus service, solar-powered golf carts, and
more. In 2011, the university introduced the Student Green Energy Fund, which
allows students to propose and vote on projects that aim to reduce campus
energy consumption, lower green house gas emissions, and promote sustainable
technologies.=Center for Urban Transportation
Research=Founded in 1988, The Center for Urban
Transportation Research conducts over $13 million in research annually for a
variety of public and private sector sponsors in Florida and the United
States, including the Florida Legislature, the Florida Transportation
Commission, and state and local governments, agencies, and
organizations. Areas of research include public transportation, transportation
planning, intelligent transportation systems, transportation demand
management, transportation economics and finance, geographic information systems,
access management, alternative fuels, and transportation safety, among others.
Located next to the College of Engineering on the Tampa Campus, CUTR
houses the National Center for Transit Research, designated by the U.S.
Congress in 1991, and reaffirmed in 1998, 2002, 2012 and 2013. The NCTR was
selected as a Tier I University Transportation Center in 2012 in
partnership with North Dakota State University, Florida International
University, and the University of Illinois-Chicago and in 2013 in
partnership with Florida International University, University of
Illinois-Chicago, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. CUTR also
houses the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute, sponsored by the Federal
Transit Administration. Through NCTR and NBRTI, CUTR conducts research projects
in rapidly growing urban areas to develop innovative, pragmatic approaches
that will enable public transportation to better meet the evolving needs of
U.S. citizens. In November 2013, CUTR launched the
Automated Vehicle Institute @ CUTR, a multidisciplinary policy and planning
program helping communities prepare for and implement automated vehicle
technology. Campus life
The USF Tampa campus provides multiple services and resources necessary for
students to succeed both in the classroom and in their personal lives.
Under the Division of Student Affairs, USF students have access to involvement
opportunities, on-campus housing, dining facilities, recreational outlets, health
and wellness services, and more.=Student union=
The original USF student union was built in 1959 and opened in 1960. Originally
called the University Center, it was one of the first five buildings that made up
the USF Tampa campus when it opened. In its early years, the University Center
held the first on-campus women’s residence hall, a cafeteria, post
office, bookstore, game room, television room, and information desk. Classes were
held in the basement and first floor of the building until other academic
building were completed. The center underwent major renovations from 1988 to
1990. It was renamed the Phyllis P. Marshall Center in 1993, in honor of the
woman who served as director of the building from 1976 to 1994.
=Marshall Student Center=In order to better serve the growing
student population on the Tampa campus, the building was torn down and replaced
with a new 230,000 square foot union in 2008. The new facility, now called the
Marshall Student Center, still pays homage to its former director. The
four-story building features a 1,200 seat ballroom, 700 seat auditorium, 100
workstation computer lab, study and meeting spaces, several student lounge
areas, and outdoor courtyards. The facility offers several retail outlets
including a pharmacy, computer store, credit union, and identification card
center. The building features nine dining options, including the first-ever
Beef O’Brady’s on a college campus. As the home of the USF Center for
Leadership and Civic Engagement, Student Government, the Center for Student
Involvement, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Office of
Multicultural Affairs, the center is considered to be the gathering place for
all things student life at USF. The Centre Gallery is a student-run art
gallery located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center with a focus
on innovative, contemporary art work. The gallery is open to the general
public.=Housing=
There are 34 residence halls on the USF Tampa campus, offering traditional,
suite, and apartment style housing. In total, these residential halls provide
housing to more than 5,600 students. The university also offers specialized
housing options such as family housing, female-only housing, graduate student
housing, and Greek Village. Each bedroom on the USF Tampa campus is furnished
with a twin extra-long bed, dresser, desk and chair, trash can, and closet
space for every resident. Each residence hall has at least one resident
assistant. In 2009, the university implemented a
new policy requiring all first-year, full-time undergraduate students to live
on campus. The goal of the policy is to provide new students with a
comprehensive educational experience. Students exempt from this new rule
include those who remain living with their parents and/or legal guardians
within Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties, are above the age of 21 by the
first day of fall classes, have a dependent child or family member, or are
married. The university offers 12 Living Learning
Communities in various residence halls throughout the Tampa campus. The
residential communities place special interest on academic majors or areas of
interest, such as business, education, and sustainability. Residents are
required to submit an application and meet certain eligibility criteria to be
admitted into an LLC. In addition to on-campus housing, USF
has formal relationships with four off-campus properties. Though the
university has no ownership or management role in these entities, it
recommends these alternative options on the basis of proximity to the USF Tampa
campus and amount of USF students residing there. These properties include
Campus Club, The Province, 40 Fifty Lofts, and Avalon Heights.
=Dining=There are 24 dining locations of the USF
Tampa campus, including several national food brands and three dining halls:
Juniper Dining, the Fresh Food Company, and Champion’s Choice. In addition to
traditional menus, each dining hall provides special dietary options,
including gluten-free, Halal, vegetarian, and vegan selections. The
largest concentration of dining facilities is located in the Marshall
Student Center, which houses Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bros.
Bagels, Jamba Juice, Moe’s Southwest Grill, On Top of the Palms, Panda
Express, Papa John’s Pizza, and Subway. There are three Starbucks locations on
campus — in the library, bookstore, and Juniper-Poplar Hall. USF is also home to
the only Ben & Jerry’s shop in the Tampa Bay area.
=Campus recreation=The Campus Recreation Center on the USF
Tampa campus is a 21,000 square foot, WiFi-enabled fitness facility featuring
a two-basketball court gymnasium, six group fitness rooms, an indoor suspended
three-lane running track, 120 pieces of cardio equipment, six racquetball
courts, and an indoor swimming pool. Inside the facility, members can
workout, take group fitness classes, play intramural sports, rent equipment,
receive personal training, undergo fitness assessments, and more. In
addition to the Campus Recreation Center, there are two remote fitness
facilities conveniently located near major residential halls on the USF Tampa
campus: Argos Fitness Center and Magnolia Fitness Center.
Through Campus Recreation, the USF Tampa campus offers more than 30 intramural
sports throughout the academic year. USF Campus Recreation also maintains the USF
Riverfront Park, located two miles away from the Tampa campus. The recreational
park is only open for use to USF students, faculty, and staff. Located on
the Hillsborough River, the park boat house offers canoeing, kayaking, and
paddle boarding. Groups can sign up to climb the 55-foot high ropes course
located at the park, which features three levels of challenges. A less
challenging version of the ropes course, called the low ropes workshop, allows
teams to participate in trust building exercises and group problem solving.
The Outdoor Recreation department of USF Campus Recreation hosts several
recreational trips throughout the year. USF students, faculty, and staff can
sign up to participate in guided backpacking, tubing, white water
rafting, kayaking, and hiking trips both in Florida and throughout the Southeast
United States. Outdoor Rec regularly hosts “beach days” during which the
department provides transportation to and from nearby beaches including Fort
De Soto Park, Clearwater Beach, and Honeymoon Island State Park.
Additionally, the department hosts moonlight canoeing trips at USF
Riverfront Park four times a semester.=Student involvement=
There are more than 600 registered student organizations at USF, including
academic, professional, special interest, Greek, and multicultural
groups. USF students are welcome to join existing organizations or apply to
create their own. The USF Center for Student Involvement, housed in the
Marshall Student Center, provides multiple programs that organize student
events throughout the academic year, including the University Lecture Series,
Homecoming Week, USF Week, and more. Fraternity and sorority life
There are more than 40 fraternities and sororities recognized by the Office of
Fraternity and Sorority Life on the USF Tampa campus. Four councils govern these
chapters: the Interfraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the
Panhellenic Association, and the Unified Greek Council. Greek Village, a
residential area on the USF Tampa campus offers housing for members of 13
fraternities and sororities. ROTC
The USF Tampa campus offers three Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
programs: Air Force, Army, and Naval. USF is one of only 38 universities in
the nation to offer all three service ROTC programs. The university was the
first in the nation to create a Joint Military Leadership Center to house all
three programs. Located in the C.W. Bill Young Hall, the JMLC is a 53,000 square
foot state-of-the-art facility featuring a weapons simulation room, an outdoor
rappelling wall, a joint cadet and midshipmen lounge, three lecture halls,
and five classrooms. The building is equipped to handle web-casting, video
conferencing, and distance learning. The university offers three
military-related minors at the Tampa campus. The sixteen-credit hour
Aerospace Studies Minor provides an understanding of military officer
management and leadership concepts, as well as an analysis of the evolution of
American defense policy and strategy. The eighteen-credit hour Military
Science Minor provides students with an in-depth understanding of Army
leadership doctrine and a framework for applying such concepts outside of the
classroom. The eighteen-credit hour Naval Science and Leadership Minor
places special emphasis on character development and effective communication
skills, while providing an understanding of the Naval leadership doctrine and the
fundamental principles used by leaders in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Students enrolled in a USF ROTC program have the opportunity to live in the
on-campus ROTC Living Learning Community. Located in the suite-style
Maple Hall, the ROTC LLC allows students to be exposed to the customs of each
military branch, while developing camaraderie with their fellow cadets and
midshipmen. Student government
The USF Student Government, like all Florida student governments, is an
agency of the state created under Florida Statute 1004.26. Student
Government, made up of 250 student volunteers and employees, is responsible
for advocating for students at the university, local, state and national
levels. The Student Senate allocates and expends over $14 million in activity and
service fees a year by Florida law. The Student Government is set up much like
the federal government and is bound by the Student Body Constitution, student
government statutes, university regulations, and applicable law.
The executive administration, headed by the student body president and vice
president, oversees several departments and service agencies including SAFE
Team, Student Government Computer Services, and Bulls Radio. The student
body president also sits on the University Board of Trustees and is a
member of the Florida Student Association.
The Student Senate, headed by the senate president and senate president
pro-tempore, creates legislation and allocates and expends activity and
service fee funds per Florida Statute 1009.24. The senate has 60 seats that
are filled by the 14 colleges. Each college is allotted a certain numbers of
seats depending on the size of the college. The Senate carries out its
duties mostly through committees. The student supreme court, headed by the
chief justice, hears cases involving students and Student Government and also
hears all final parking appeals for students at the USF Tampa campus.
Career Services Housed in the Student Services building
near the center of campus, the University of South Florida Career
Services offers support to students and alumni in the process of dreaming,
planning, and achieving their career goals. The on-site staff of Career
Counselors teach students how to use a strategic approach in planning for a
career path and job search. Career Services helps undergraduates
self-assess, learn how to conduct career research, seek out experiences that will
give you transferable skills, and search for full-time employment or prepare for
graduate school. The office also provides similar assistance to graduate
students and alumni to break onto the scene in their field of study and assist
them in creating a brand for themselves and gain the tools necessary to be a
real competitor in the workforce. Career Services is responsible for a
host of networking and professional development opportunities on campus,
including career fairs, resume workshops, mock interviews with
recruiters from local businesses, professional etiquette dinners, and
virtual job searching through Employ-A-Bull. USF Career Services also
collaborates with several student organizations such as Alpha Kappa Psi
Professional Business Fraternity, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, the
American Marketing Association as well as the College of Business to hold
on-campus events for the student body throughout the academic year.
=University and student media=Beginning in 1961, a local afternoon
newspaper, The Tampa Times, covered university news in the one-page weekly
“Campus Edition.” Now defunct, the newspaper was succeeded by The Oracle.
First published in 1966, the weekly broadsheet was distributed every
Wednesday. Housed today in the Student Services Building of the Tampa campus,
the student-run newspaper is published four times a week during the Fall and
Spring semesters and twice a week during the Summer semesters. The 12,000
circulation newspaper has been recognized by the Society of
Professional Journalists and the Associated Collegiate Press for
excellence in journalism. Owned by USF, WUSF first began airing in
1963. A member station of National Public Radio, the broadcast studio is
located on the USF Tampa campus. Currently, the FM station broadcasts NPR
and local news during the day and jazz music in the overnight hours. The
station is funded by local corporate and private contributors, as well as the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is affiliated with the Public
Broadcasting Service. In 2003, WUSF 89.7 became the first public radio station in
the nation to broadcast a digital signal. Today, WUSF Public Media offers
local and national news coverage, educational programming, and jazz and
classical music through WUSF 89.7, WUSF 89.7², WSMR 89.1, WUSF-TV,
IntellisMedia, and WUSF New Media. The student-run radio station at USF,
now known as Bulls Radio, first went on the air in 1988. Formerly known as
“WBUL” until 2009, the original station broadcast from the Andros building on
the Tampa campus. The station has since moved to the Marshall Student Center,
where student reporters and DJs broadcast from a studio featuring a
window that overlooks the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant. Now one of the
largest student-run radio stations in the state of Florida, Bulls Radio can be
heard on 1620 AM, 88.5 HD2 or online.=Traditions=
The university alma mater was composed by USF professor of music Wayne Hugoboom
in 1960. The song was the result of a campus competition, for which Hugoboom
won the first-place $250 prize. The alma mater was first used in 1961, and can be
heard at the opening of every USF Commencement Ceremony. It is also played
by the USF Herd of Thunder marching band before every football game.
The Golden Brahman March, more commonly known as the USF fight song, is named
after the original USF mascot. In 1962, the university chose the mascot the
Golden Brahman because of the state’s history in cattle-raising. Though the
university mascot has since evolved into the Bulls, the fight song name preserves
the history of this USF icon. In 2011, the university athletics department
launched a campaign to encourage students, faculty, staff, and fans to
memorize the song. Today, incoming students are taught the song, along with
other USF cheers, during new student and transfer orientation sessions.
During the Golden Brahman March and other USF songs, fans will circle the
“Go Bulls” hand symbol above their heads. Created with the pointer and
pinky finger, the gesture was first used as a good luck symbol during free-throw
shots at USF basketball games. Today, it is used as a greeting and cheering
symbol by USF students and alumni. Often confused by many as the USF fight song,
“The Bull” is a rally cry played by the USF Herd of Thunder marching band that
encourages fans to stand up and circle the “Go Bulls” hand symbol above their
heads. Athletics
USF competed in its first intercollegiate athletic event in 1965,
when it defeated the Florida Southern College men’s soccer team. The
university was admitted into the NCAA in 1968, and currently competes at the NCAA
Division I level. USF was a charter member of the Sun Belt Conference,
joined Conference USA in 1995, was admitted into the Big East Conference in
2003, and is currently a member of the American Athletic Conference. There are
nearly 500 student-athletes competing for the university each academic year.
=Teams=The university currently sponsors 17
varsity men’s and women’s sports, including:
=Facilities=Located on the Tampa campus, the USF
Athletic District is the home for Bulls intercollegiate sports. The district
includes the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center, the Corbett Soccer Stadium, the
Frank Morsani Football Practice Complex, the Pam & Les Muma Basketball Practice
Center, the USF Sun Dome, The Claw, the USF Baseball Stadium, the USF Softball
Stadium, the USF Track & Field Stadium, and the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.
Opened in 2004, the Lee Roy Selmon Athletic Center is the main hub for USF
Athletics. In 2012, the facility was dedicated to the late Lee Roy Selmon, a
Pro Football Hall of Fame member, former Director of USF Athletics, and the
“Father of USF Football.”. The 104,000 square foot facility houses all USF
sports teams, except for men’s and women’s basketball, sailing, and
volleyball. The building features include a large strength and
conditioning center, and a sports medicine clinic.
The USF Sun Dome on the Tampa campus is the home facility of the men’s and
women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team. The first event held in
the facility was a basketball game in 1980. The arena has been the site for
other major university events, and a number of outside events, including
sports, concerts, and other entertainment events.
The USF football team plays at Raymond James Stadium, home to the professional
football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, making USF one of only a few American
college teams to play in an NFL stadium. Located ten miles away from the USF
Tampa campus, the stadium has a capacity of more than 65,000 people.
=Spirit squads=The USF Spirit Squads — consisting of
the USF Sun Dolls, USF Cheerleading, Rocky the Bull, the USF Herd of Thunder
— play an integral role in USF Athletics. In addition to supporting USF
varsity athletic teams during sporting events, the spirit squads themselves
compete at the national level. Rocky the Bull first began as a toy idea
for the USF Bookstore in 1965. Today’s Rocky was unveiled in 2003. As the
official mascot for USF, Rocky the Bull can be seen at USF Athletic events, as
well as other major university and community events.
The USF Herd of Thunder consists of several bands, including a 320-member
marching band, pep band, show band, winter guard, and indoor drumline. The
marching band performs at all home USF football games. The pep band performs at
all home USF basketball games. The show band is a 30-piece group that performs
at events that are unable to accommodate the full marching band.
Notable people USF has more than 228,000 alumni. USF
alumni can be found in all 50 states and 124 foreign countries. Major business
enterprises run by USF graduates include SeaWorld Entertainment, BAE Systems,
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, FedEx, Google, Norwegian Cruise Line, TECO
Energy Inc., and Symantec among many others. USF alumni have also led such
professional and governmental regulatory bodies such as the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Office of National Drug Control
Policy, the International Astronomical Union, and Surgeon General of the United
States Navy. In addition, USF alumni have been members of and held positions
in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Florida State Senate and Florida
House of Representatives, and the Florida Secretary of State. USF alumni
have served as the presidents of the Central Michigan University, Cedarville
University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, among others. Alumni of USF
have also won many distinguished awards including Emmy Awards and the Pulitzer
Prize. Notable USF alumni and attendees include:
References External links
Official website South Florida Athletics website

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