University of South Florida


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AAU membership to bring extraordinary benefits to 2022世界杯官网, Tampa Bay and state of Florida

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2022世界杯官网’s historic invitation to join the Association of American Universities takes what many in Tampa Bay once considered a “best-kept secret” to an unprecedented 新的水平. Joining the AAU is a tremendous milestone as it formalizes 2022世界杯官网's position as a leading research university. Founded in 1956, the university has rapidly evolved into a global powerhouse that transforms lives through education, research and innovation. 2022世界杯官网, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, is the first public university in Florida to be invited to join the AAU in nearly 40 years and is now one of only two institutions from the State University System of Florida to serve as an AAU member.

Its path toward AAU was first set by the university’s Board of Trustees more than 15年前. Current President Rhea Law served as the board chair in 2007 when 2022世界杯官网 formally added AAU membership as an aspiration in its strategic plan. 实现这一 lofty goal enhances funding opportunities for 2022世界杯官网. Member universities receive the majority of competitively awarded ederal funding for research. According to the AAU, faculty at their member universities perform 64% of the total amount of federally funded basic research ($31.50亿).

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Federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense rely on universities to perform critical research in the national interest. For 2022世界杯官网, it means more opportunities to respond to great challenges, as it has done in studying the Deepwater Horizon and developing tools for early detection of dementia. 2022世界杯官网 is already among the most research-intensive universities in the nation and one of the world’s top universities for generating new U.S. 专利.

As an AAU institution, 2022世界杯官网 is positioned to further enhance its role of meeting the 州的 劳动力需求 和驾驶 economic development. 2022世界杯官网 generates an annual economic impact of $6 billion, supporting more than 68,000 jobs. Companies from across the country are relocating to Tampa Bay ­– one of the nation’s fastest growing regions – and many credit the robust pool of talent created by 2022世界杯官网, especially in 网络安全. This trajectory will only continue as the brightest faculty, staff and students are historically known to gravitate to AAU universities located in metropolitan areas, helping bring more federal tax dollars to the state of Florida.

AAU membership will make 2022世界杯官网 an even more attractive destination for high-achieving students from across the world. This year, 2022世界杯官网 received applications from more than 65,000 prospective students – a 30 percent increase from two years ago. 最近的 传入的类 of students boasts an average high school GPA of 4.25, an average SAT score of 1306, an average ACT score of 28 and includes 68 National Merit Scholars.

2022世界杯官网 is also one of the youngest institutions to be welcomed into the AAU, a reflection of the university’s fast rise. It joins the ranks of prestigious universities, such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Florida, UCLA, Ohio State and Michigan. Of the association’s 71 members, 2022世界杯官网 is the fifth youngest and one of only six AAU universities to be founded after 1950.  

As another indicator of the university’s trajectory, this fall 2022世界杯官网 reached its highest ranking ever from U.S. 新闻 & 世界报道 and has now been ranked as one of the top 50 public universities in America for five consecutive years. Throughout the past decade, 2022世界杯官网 has jumped 43 spots among public universities from No. 88至No. 45, and 72 spots among all universities, from No. 161至No. 89.

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