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The University of South Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels, including the Doctor of Medicine.



USF St. Petersburg offers distinctive graduate and undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business and education within a close knit, student-centered learning community that welcomes individuals from the region, state, nation and world. We conduct wide-ranging, collaborative research to meet society’s needs and engage in service projects and partnerships to enhance the university and community’s social, economic and intellectual life. As an integral and complementary part of a multi-campus university, USF St. Petersburg retains a separate identity and mission while contributing to and benefiting from the associations, cooperation and shared resources of a premier national research university.



Guided by its mission and values, USF St. Petersburg commits itself to leadership in education, research and outreach on behalf of the people and communities it serves.

USF St. Petersburg will develop academic programs known for excellence and distinctiveness that focus on interdisciplinary study, creativity and exploration. We will provide the means and environment to ensure that our graduates acquire the skills and aptitudes for lifelong learning and achievement.

USF St. Petersburg will move aggressively and strategically to enhance existing academic programs and anticipate and address future needs by developing new initiatives determined by community-based educational priorities.

Our vision includes:


Approved by the USF St. Petersburg Campus Board on February 24, 2003

About USF St. Petersburg

USF St. Petersburg is the oldest and largest regional campus of USF, and it offers a wide range of complete programs in undergraduate and graduate studies. Classes are small and students receive individual faculty attention and a full array of services. Flexible scheduling and affordable tuition allows students of all ages to accommodate family, work and school in a balanced fashion.

Equal Opportunity Policy

It is the goal of the University to create and maintain a work and study environment free of discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, Vietnam or disabled veteran status, handicap, or age is prohibited by University policies, federal and state laws. Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination may file a complaint with the Office of Equal Opportunity Affairs, ADM 274. The telephone number is (813) 974-4373. It shall be prohibited for any employee of USF to discriminate or take retaliatory action against any individual who, in good faith, has opposed an alleged unlawful practice or has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the provisions of applicable law.

Guide to Resources for Students with Disabilities

All University programs, events, and services are open and available to persons with disabilities. The University of South Florida is committed to the principles of Equal Educational and Employment Opportunities without regard to disability.

Academic Assistance for Students with Disabilities: Student Disability Services (SDS) exists to ensure that students with disabilities have the technical, academic, and emotional support necessary to achieve academic and personal success at the University of South Florida. Course related assistance and academic accommodations are provided to eligible students with documented disabilities. Services may include advocacy, reader services, interpreters, alternate exam administration, and note takers. Adaptive equipment, such as FM systems, large print computer access and Visualteks, is available for student use in Poynter Library. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Office (BAY 111 – Phone (727) 553-4413) as early as possible prior to enrollment to make arrangements for appropriate services.

Admissions: Students with disabilities apply under the same guidelines as other students. If students believe that their disability has had an impact on grades, course choice or standardized test scores for admission, they may request consideration of this in the admissions process.

Course Substitution: Students with disabilities requesting substitution of course work for General Education, foreign language requirements, or CLAST should contact the Coordinator of Student Disability Services. Students with declared majors requesting substitution of departmental graduation requirements will need to contact the chair of their department. In either case, students will be requested to submit documentation to support their request for an exception.

Disabled Parking: Students with state parking privileges need only supply their state card as documentation for eligibility for a USF disabled parking hangtag/sticker. Students without state privileges need medical documentation to be considered for on-campus disabled parking.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to participate fully in all University events, programs, and other campus activities. Information on whom to contact to request accommodation or assistance should be listed on program information and advertisements. If you are unable to secure the requested assistance or need additional help with accessibility contact the Office of Student Disability Services.

The following offices arrange academic accommodations and assistance for students with disabilities:

USF St. Petersburg Student Disability Services Office
Location/Phone: BAY 111 (727) 553-4413, Florida Relay 711
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Facilities and Atmosphere

USF St. Petersburg sits on 46 acres, much of it bordering tranquil Bayboro Harbor. The campus features many inviting walkways and outdoor alcoves in which to study. Students can enjoy an outdoor pool that is heated in the winter or take part in the waterfront program that includes sailboats, kayaks and canoes. A full-service fitness center, racquetball courts and a gymnasium are available as well. The campus atmosphere is informal. Students and faculty dress casually and enjoy an unusually close relationship. Some classes are even held outside to take advantage of the area’s extraordinary climate (average annual temperature is 72°F). Most buildings have open hallways, which blend colorful interiors with spacious exteriors, symbolically and architecturally suggesting the casual accessibility that has become a USF St. Petersburg trademark.

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University Police

The USF St. Petersburg Police Department provides a full range of public safety services to the campus community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All University Police officers are certified by the State of Florida. The USF St. Petersburg Police Department is accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement accreditation, Inc. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards, and has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.

General services provided by the University Police include car patrol, foot patrol, bicycle patrol, criminal investigation of all misdemeanors and felonies, traffic law enforcement, traffic crash investigation, special events management, and crime prevention programs.

The University Police Department has an excellent working relationship with all local law enforcement agencies. The University Police maintain 24-hour contact with local, national, and international law enforcement agencies via computer networks such as the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and other local, state, and federal agencies are available to assist the University Police upon request.

University Police Department Location:
The USF St. Petersburg Police Department is located near the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and Second Street South. The emergency number is “1-9-1-1” and the non-emergency number is (727) 553-4140.

Victims’ Advocacy Program

Location: DAV 115
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 9 am – 8 pm Tuesdays (during Fall and Spring Semesters); 8 am – 5 pm Fridays.

This service is coordinated by the Counseling & Career Center at USF St. Petersburg. The service is available to assist all USF students or employees who are victims of actual or threatened violence, including but not limited to battery, assault, sexual battery (date, acquaintance or stranger rape), attempted sexual battery, stalking, or sexual harassment. The victim advocate provides information, support and guidance including short-term crisis intervention, assistance through the campus judicial process, referral to community-based victim assistance programs, help in resolving academic problems resulting from victimization, and referral for necessary counseling, medical, legal and social service assistance.

Advocates are available during regular office hours to provide crisis intervention, options, assistance and referrals. Police reports are not necessary to receive services from an advocate, and services are free and confidential.

Important numbers:
St. Petersburg Police Emergency 911
USF St. Petersburg Police (727) 553-4140
USFSP Victim Advocate (727) 553-4129
Pinellas County Rape Crisis Line (727) 530-7233
Domestic Violence Crisis Line  
South County: CASA (727) 898-3671
North County: The Haven (727) 442-4128
Emergency Mental Health (727) 791-3131

Parking and Transportation

Do you have to have a parking permit?
Parking permits are required for all vehicles parking at USF St. Petersburg 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each person may purchase only one vehicle permit (additional permit for motorcycle and/or bicycle are allowed). Permit campus designation is based on home campus/class location. Parking permit fees vary based on parking lot location. If you don’t have a permit, you must park at a metered parking space. For additional permit information, call 553-4510.

Do visitors need a parking permit?
Yes. Effective August 1, 1999 a daily parking fee of $2.00 for a daily permit was implemented. The Fee is applicable to visitors and event attendees who park in campus lots, or visitors can choose metered parking during their visit.

How do you obtain a permit?
Parking permits may be purchased at the Cashier’s Office located in Bayboro Hall. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (A copy of the vehicle registration and a valid driver’s license is required.) Permits also may be purchased by mail at the following address:

Parking Services
USF St. Petersburg
140 7th Avenue South, ONE 304
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

How can I get help when I have a problem with a vehicle?
Low Tire? Keys locked in car? Need to jump-start your car? You can call Parking Services at 553-4510 Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays). You can call Campus Police at 553-4140 after hours and on weekends. The Department of Public Safety and Parking Services Department provide these services to our campus community free of charge.

Need an escort to your car?
Call Campus Police at 553-4140 for evening escort to your vehicle.

What happens if you get a parking ticket?
Parking regulations are designed to provide safe and orderly parking. Violation of these regulations can result in parking citations, immobilization of your vehicle, towing, or loss of parking privileges. Creating, modifying, or altering a parking permit is a serious parking violation and will result in immediate immobilization or towing of the vehicle. Respond to parking citations within 14 business days of issuance to avoid a late fee of $11. Most common citations are for no decal, expired parking meter, and parking out of assigned area. For additional information, call 553-4480.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 553-4480 or by visiting the Parking Services website:

Special Services

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

USF St. Petersburg is approved for the education of veterans, eligible dependents, members of the selected reserve, and active-duty personnel who are eligible for benefits under public laws now in effect. All degree programs currently offered at USF St. Petersburg are approved by the State Approving Agency.

Students who may be eligible for benefits are urged to contact Veterans Services for information, procedures, and forms as early as possible. To initiate, change, or renew benefits at USF St. Petersburg, a request must be submitted through that office.

To be eligible for full-time VA benefits at USF St. Petersburg, undergraduate students must enroll for 12 or more semester hours, and graduate students must enroll for 9 or more semester hours each normal academic term.

VA regulations require that students take only courses that are applicable to their degree program or other approved program and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students should consult the “Handbook for VA Students” by logging on to USF St. Petersburg Veterans Services web site: http://usfweb.usf.edu/vetserve for information on various programs/services, and VA rules and regulations. Under no circumstances will the VA pay benefits to a student taking a course by audit. It is the student’s responsibility to inquire concerning all VA rules and regulations and to report any change in number of registered hours, change of majors, or adding a double major and/or minor which affects his/her benefits. Additionally, VA benefits will be terminated for students who are dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons and can only be reinstated after academic counseling.

Veterans with a service-connected disability approved for benefits under Chapter 31 may contact the Office of Student Financial Services no earlier than one week prior to the start of classes for a book and supplies voucher. Other VA benefits include additional amounts of compensation and pension, which may be payable to eligible veterans and widows or widowers of veterans for the enrollment of dependent children. The students, parents, or guardians are responsible for notifying the VA Regional Office directly of enrollment and termination of enrollment. The VA toll-free number is 1-888-442-4551.

*See “Resident Status,” above

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004