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University of South Florida St Petersburg

A university in the heart of a lively downtown and near some of the country’s best beaches. An intimate campus nestled on the waterfront, steps from world-class cultural institutions. Faculty committed to student success and innovative research on all levels and across disciplines. 

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus is Pinellas County’s only residential, public research institution. 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. 


Led by outstanding faculty and professional staff, the University of South Florida conducts innovative scholarship, creative activity and basic and translational research, and delivers a world-class educational experience promoting the success of our talented and diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.


Our curriculum is tightly focused on arts and sciences, business and education within a close-knit, student-centered learning community.

Research is at the heart of the USFSP experience, and it’s not limited to graduate students. Among the most distinctive aspects of our curriculum are the myriad opportunities for undergraduate research.

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Student services

We seek to create and promote a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The office provides diversity programming, activities and workshops with a goal to function as a resource for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Housing services

College isn’t just about classrooms, textbooks, homework, and exams. At the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the time you spend in university student housing will be one of the most significant and unique aspects of your college experience.

Medical services

The Wellness Center empowers the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (USFSP) community by promoting a proactive and compassionate approach to holistic wellness and student development in an inclusive, collaborative and multidisciplinary environment.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Founded: 1965
  • Campus size: 63 acres
  • Number of buildings: 29
  • Residence halls: 2

Student clubs

The Office of Leadership & Student Organizations at USF St. Petersburg seeks to empower students to enhance their aptitude as leaders and understand how they can make a difference, whether as positional leaders or active participants in a group or community process. The office strives to engage all students in purposefully designed leadership programming and experiential learning opportunities that support the mission of USF St. Petersburg, along with being a hub for student organizations. 


The University of South Florida St. Petersburg is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. 

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It quite interesting and challenging, especially on the funding. I am presently having issue with my sponsor and trying to outsource my sponsor. With the award to be I think if one is successful will go along way to alleviate some of my fundamental obligation with the University. I have already started studies and been actively participating in the distance learning...

USF - A post-grad honest evaluation
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I wasn't on campus much, only when necessary. I worked full-time so I mostly took classes online. However, my experience with faculty and other students was an overall pleasant experience.

USFSP: small but mighty
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience at USFSP was very positive. USFSP allowed me to find my passion and guided me in a direction that I would have not been able to find on my own. Small class sizes and professors that truly care about their students made all the difference.

Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States

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