University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (2015)

Brief Description:

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is a separately accredited, four-year institution in the University of South Florida System, comprising USF Tampa and USF St. Petersburg. USFSM has 2,017 students and offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and certificate programs at four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. Established as a regional campus in 1975 by USF Tampa, USFSM gained separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in June, 2011. It welcomed its first freshman class in 2013.


Mission Statement:

USFManatee - 40Years logoThe University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee provides high quality bachelor’s and graduate-level education and scholarly activity in a personalized learning community that prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens.

President's Quote:

“Our campus has had a busy and successful year, so this anniversary offers us an opportunity to celebrate our past while also acknowledging all of our successes still to come.”  — Dr. Sandra Stone, USFSM Regional Chancellor

Major Accomplishments:

The State University System of Florida Board of Governors voted in June 2015 to allow USF Sarasota-Manatee to lift the cap on newly enrolled freshmen and sophomores. This offers the potential to greatly expand future enrollments. Also that same month, USF’s board of trustees approved USFSM’s five-year strategic plan. And in May 2015, USFSM’s College of Education earned separate accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now known as the Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP). This represents an additional and specialized accreditation. USF Sarasota-Manatee, including all of its colleges, is wholly accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Also, in 2014, USFSM’s College of Business received separate, specialized accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Fun Facts:

  • 92 percent of our graduates are “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their experience.
  • There are over 30 student clubs and organizations at USFSM, including Rowing.
  • Our students enjoy a personalized education with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • There are over 17,000 alumni in the area.
  • 8 out of 10 USFSM faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
  • USFSM offers over 100 internship and research opportunities for students.
  • USFSM has over 300 employees that help to serve over 4,500 students annually.


Notable Alumni:

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee alumna Amanda Evora, class of 2012, is a retired professional figure skater who appeared in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Evora was a two-time United States Pairs Silver Medalist in 2009 and 2010, and a Bronze Medalist in 2011. In 2013, Evora, a College of Business graduate, competed and won the Canadian Broadcast Company's Battle of the Blades.


"We're fortunate to have an institution like USF Sarasota-Manatee in our community." — Bob Turner, USF Alumnus and Publisher of the Bradenton Herald