USFSM serves more than 2,500 students annually and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificates. The campus is located on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail), about a half-mile north of University Parkway on the border of Sarasota and Manatee counties near Sarasota Bay, the Powel Crosley Estate, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.  The 108,000-square-foot state-of-the-art academic facility houses 18 classrooms, a 190-seat lecture/exhibition hall, seminar and lecture-capture classrooms, and a Bloomberg lab.  Science laboratories are located on the campus of Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Culinary Innovation Laboratory is located on Mainstreet Lakewood Ranch.  The USFSM Strategic Plan describes the University’s commitment and planning for higher education.


The University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee provides high quality bachelor’s and graduate‐level education and scholarly activity in a personalized learning community that prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens.


As a valued member of the USF System, the University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee will be nationally recognized as a student‐centered, research focused, community‐engaged university with significant economic and cultural impact to the region.


The University of South Florida Sarasota‐Manatee embraces the values of higher education:

  • Academic excellence
  • Freedom of inquiry
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Shared governance
  • Accountability
  • Student‐centeredness

Strategic Goals

Student Success: Ensure student retention, timely completion, employment success; and student satisfaction.

Campus Life: Foster a rich culture of campus engagement.

Intentional Enrollment Management: Strategically recruit and retain students by growing existing programs and creating new programs of strategic emphasis or demonstrated demand.

Teaching and Learning: Explore and implement innovative technologies and pedagogical methods that increase student engagement in the learning process and improve student learning outcomes.

Scholarly Activity: Recognize and support diverse faculty and student research activities.

Community Engagement: Build and be known for a community engagement identity in partnership with organizations throughout the service area.

Resources: Preserve, grow, and diversify the human, physical, financial, private, and other resources, aligning them to support the strategic goals.