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USF Ranked No. 7 in the U.S. among “Golden Age Universities”

Ranking highlights USF’s strong performance compared to like-aged institutions

TAMPA, Fla. (April 7, 2017) – The University of South Florida (USF) is the seventh best public university in America and 34th best university in the world, according to new rankings released this week comparing universities founded between 1945 -1966.

The “Golden Age Universities” rankings unveiled by the Times Higher Education (THE), a global higher education news publication, offer a unique analysis of USF and like-aged institutions. Traditionally rankings show how USF, founded in 1956, compares with all U.S. and international universities, most of which were established more than 100 years earlier.

USF is the only university in Florida and the southeastern United States to be ranked among 201 global universities.

This recognition reflects USF’s continued progress toward becoming a Preeminent University in Florida and USF’s stated goal of positioning itself for eligibility by the Association of American Universities (AAU). USF is joined in THE’s top 10 by AAU member institutions including UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Stonybrook and Brandeis.

“USF is very proud of this well-earned achievement. While we celebrate this latest accomplishment our top priority remains our commitment to our strategic goals of student success, research and innovation, and global engagement,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft.

This designation by THE follows recent top 50 placements in other prominent university rankings such as Washington Monthly, THE World University Rankings, Top American Research Universities (TARU) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

About the University of South Florida

The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is ranked in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.