Campus Priorities 


Science, Research and Technology Center

One of the most significant strategic priorities for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is to build a new 75,000-square-foot Science, Research and Technology center on the south side of campus. The $35 million facility will include much-needed teaching labs, lecture halls, clinical space, conference rooms, and areas for students to congregate, study and learn.

This building will enable USFSM to continue to develop and sustain transformational academic programs and revolutionary experiential learning opportunities for our students, faculty and staff so that they can achieve at the highest level in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), business, education, and more. 

At the same time, we strive to serve our communities in a most impactful way by sharing our expertise, research, thinking and resources to help companies and organizations thrive. The facility will enable USFSM to train students to meet the growing workforce needs in the Sarasota-Manatee region and Southwest Florida.

Student Housing

USF Sarasota-Manatee plans to build an on-campus residence hall near the Sarasota Bay that will transform the student experience and make USFSM into a destination campus. 

Students and prospective students have consistently reported their desire to live on campus, therefore, a feasibility study will be performed in the spring of 2018 to determine most appropriate way to turn this aspiration into a reality.  We seek to partner with members of the community to support this exciting endeavor.

A residence hall will expand the university’s ability to recruit students, serve the housing needs of students in the region who prefer to live on-campus, and develop summer camps for K-12 and college students, conferences and programs.  The residence hall will feature areas for student engagement and will provide USFSM with an opportunity to host programs that contribute directly to student success on topics such as leadership, career development, global and cultural engagement, health and wellness, and more.


Approximately 80% of USF Sarasota-Manatee students qualify for financial aid, and our generous supporters help fund a variety of scholarships to help students meet their need for financial resources, thus reducing the amount of debt they must take on in order to earn a college degree. 

Many USF Sarasota-Manatee students are the first in their families to attend college and a vast majority work part-time or full-time jobs while they attend classes.  Donating to student scholarship funds opens up windows of opportunity for students who otherwise may not be able to afford the cost of a college education.

USF Sarasota-Manatee offers a wide range of scholarships to help students through annual giving programs, endowed scholarships, support of events such as the Brunch on the Bay, and more.

NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Team

USF Sarasota-Manatee is partnering with USF Athletics on a fundraising campaign to bring an NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing team to the Sarasota-Manatee community!

The Sarasota-Manatee region is already home to one of the top rowing venues in the nation, Nathan Benderson Park, which hosted last year’s World Rowing Championships and will host the 2018 NCAA Division I women’s rowing national championships May 25-27. 

Through the support of generous donors and community leaders, USFSM and its Rowing Steering Committee are working to cultivate the support that a program like this requires. We are eager to engage this community and build on its passion for rowing.

There are also numerous opportunities to directly support students, faulty research, facilities upgrades, and expanded programming through USFSM’s four colleges and major programs.  Supporters may personalize a gift to USFSM to enhance their personal areas of interest at any time. 

For more information, please contact Lee Williams at or 941-359-4582.


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