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St. Petersburg Campus Portrait

students on kayaks and paddle board in bayboro harbor

Located on Bayboro Harbor and in the heart of the city’s Innovation District, the USF St. Petersburg campus offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs. Home to approximately 3,700 students, USF's St. Petersburg campus has many of the advantages of a large public university while maintaining the ability to offer small class sizes in a close-knit learning environment.

Many USF St. Petersburg campus students take the opportunity to engage in research and internships, and have done everything from working on presidential primary campaigns to creating startups to researching the abundance and distribution of microplastics in Tampa Bay.

The USF St. Petersburg campus is home to more than 80 student organizations, from the Co-Ed Sailing Team to the Puppy Raisers Club.

New state-of-the-art facilities include a STEM robotics lab that infuses teaching with the latest in science, technology, education and math, a Wealth Management Center equipped with the resources and technology utilized by financial experts around the world and a new residence hall that includes the campus’ first full service dining facility.

Entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann donated $10 million in 2014 to name the USF St. Petersburg campus School of Business and Finance and pledged an additional $3 million in 2019 to endow the campus dean’s position within the school. 

Research funding has increased exponentially in recent years, from $4.5 million dollars awarded in fiscal year 2017-18, to $6.1 million in 2018-19 to more than $20 million in 2019-20. Faculty set a new record for the number of research awards – 33 – in 2020-2021.

Our award-winning faculty have earned grants from a variety of major agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Archives.

Faculty members have been part of the first team to film the elusive giant squid in U.S. waters, written books that have become national PBS documentaries and conducted cutting edge research on Alzheimer's disease, the economic impact of domestic violence and climate change.

Environmental stewardship and sustainability are defining characteristics of the USF St. Petersburg campus. We strive to reduce our impact on the environment through energy efficient buildings, renewable energy projects, native plant landscaping, and sustainability education for students, staff and the community.

The Warehouse Laboratory was awarded LEED Platinum status, which is the highest and most challenging certification to earn from the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It is the first building in USF to earn this recognition. The USF St. Petersburg campus was the first in the state to install an innovative ORCA biodigester, which naturally breaks down and diverts thousands of pounds of the university’s food waste from landfills each year.

Learn more about our campus here.