USF Among Nation's Top "Up and Coming Universities" in U.S. News & World Report

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2008) –The University of South Florida placed among the nation’s top 20 "up and coming universities" in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings coming in at number 14.

"We're quickly creating the learning and research environment of the future," said USF President Judy Genshaft. "Some of the best students in the nation know that USF is the place to find top quality academics and exciting campus life."

The class of 2012 began the fall semester with the strongest academic credentials of any freshman class in the university’s history.

“The class of 2012 is incredibly prepared for the challenges they will face at one of the nation’s leading research universities,” said USF Provost and Senior Vice President Ralph Wilcox. “They will continue contributing to our rising reputation as those before them have done so ably.

“One can’t help but notice USF’s growing strengths in so many areas without taking into account how much we have gained in such a short period of time,” said Wilcox. “Our peers around the nation are taking notice and this is very gratifying to our outstanding faculty and staff.”

According to U.S. News: “In the spring of 2008, the magazine asked top academics as part of the regular U.S. News peer assessment survey to name the schools that they think are ‘Up-and-Coming Institutions.’ College presidents, provosts, and admissions deans were asked to nominate up to 10 colleges in their U.S. News America's Best Colleges ranking category ‘that are making improvements in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity, and facilities. These schools are worth watching because they are making promising and innovative changes.’ This item on the peer survey enabled college officials to pick schools within their ranking category that are rapidly evolving in ways that the public should be aware of and that are not always quickly noticeable in a college's year-to-year rankings.”

USF is tied with six other colleges for the number 14 spot (two University of California campuses, Irvine and San Diego, Ball State U, University of Indiana-Purdue University – Indianapolis, Northeastern University and Ohio State University, Columbus).

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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