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University of South Florida Tampa continues to climb in U.S. News and World Report rankings

TAMPA, Fla. (September 18, 2017) –In the recently announced 2018 U.S. News and World Report rankings of National Universities, the University of South Florida Tampa jumped to No. 68 among public research institutions and No. 140 among all universities. The year-over-year gain of 15 spots represents the largest increase among the Top 100 public National Universities ranked in 2017. Since 2014 USF Tampa’s ranking has risen from No. 170/No. 94 (all universities/public only) to No. 140/No. 68. This unprecedented gain comes on the heels of The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizing USF Tampa as the nation’s leader among public universities showing the greatest improvements in six-year graduation rates from 2011 to 2015.

U.S. News and World Report rankings consider seven elements in determining a university’s relative position: undergraduate academic reputation; faculty resources; graduation and retention; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving. The greatest year-over-year improvement at USF Tampa, from 2017 to 2018, was in academic reputation; student selectivity; and graduation rates.

“Our rising stature and reputation as a global research university together with becoming a national model for student success have contributed to USF Tampa’s unmatched trajectory to preeminence” said Judy Genshaft, USF System President.

Like other multi-institutional universities, those institutions classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity, such as the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, and the University of South Florida Tampa are included in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of National Universities. In turn, their separately accredited institutions, each classified differentially by the Carnegie Foundation based upon mission, such as the University of Michigan – Dearborn and the University of Michigan – Flint; the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the University of North Carolina Pembroke, and the University of North Carolina Asheville; the University of Virginia’s College at Wise; and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, are included in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of either Regional Universities or National Liberal Arts Colleges.

University of South Florida St. Petersburg is ranked No. 66 among all Regional Universities – South, and No. 24 among public institutions only. Like USF St. Petersburg (also a separately accredited, Carnegie classified Master’s College and University: Medium Program), University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will become eligible for ranking among Regional Universities – South, upon graduation of its first freshman class in 2019.

About the University of South Florida System

The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF Tampa; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 50,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.


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