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USF Sarasota-Manatee

A Source of Economic Development and Community Pride

USFís Sarasota-Manatee campus is located on the county line about 60 miles south of Tampa. Situated on the beautiful Sarasota Bay and adjacent to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport, the campus is a convenient and easily accessible location for students coming from the surrounding counties. USF Sarasota-Manatee offers upper division (junior and senior) undergraduate, graduate, and certification programs including the new School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Full and part-time students are provided with a flexible schedule of daytime, evening, and weekend classes to accommodate commitments to work, family and community.

USF has always been on the forefront of economic development in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Leading in the production of teachers, nurses, accountants, business people and community leaders, USF Sarasota-Manatee is training a workforce that is tremendously important in this economy and community.

In 1974, USF began offering evening courses in education, business and liberal arts at some of the public schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. In less than a year, the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus opened, providing courses for upper level undergraduates, graduates, and continuing education students. Nearly 30 years later, USF Sarasota-Manatee attracts more than 2,700 students annually to an expanded and growing schedule of offerings that includes 34 degree programs. In recognition of its strategic location, USF decided to locate its School of Hotel and Restaurant Management on this campus.

A defining moment for USF Sarasota-Manatee:

Now offering more degree programs, more scholarships, with more students graduating with honors, and with a retention rate of 92% from fall to spring semester, our students are happy with their experience. Many say the reasons for choosing USF were small class size and convenient close-to-home location. USF has expanded the market to finish degrees here on the Sarasota-Manatee campus thus more effectively serving the needs of the community.

New programs include the school of hotel and restaurant management, masterís degrees in social work, special education, and criminal justice administration. The first graduates of the MBA program have completed their studies and the MA in educational leadership now meets 100 percent of the local needs for school principals and assistant principals.

New USF Sarasota-Manatee South County classes offered at MCC Venice:

USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer classes at Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice for the first time starting in January 2004, thanks to a grant given by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer classes in business, elementary education and interdisciplinary social science to students who will now be able to obtain a bachelorís degree.

List of Majors and Programs:

Undergraduate Degrees

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of Nursing

College of Undergraduate Studies

Certificate Programs:

Graduate Programs

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Education

College of Nursing

Endorsement (Certificate):

Reading Education

2002-2003 Enrollment

2,536 Students

Average Age (Mean Age-Fall 2003)

Undergraduate: 29
Graduate: 36

Full-Time vs. Part-Time (Fall 2003)

45 % Full-Time
55 % Part-Time


Fastest Growing Area on the Southwest Coast of Florida

Geography Diversity

Students come from Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, southern Hillsborough counties and other surrounding counties.

Points of Pride:

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004