University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), also known as USF Sarasota-Manatee, is a four-year, separately accredited member of the University of South Florida System, which comprises USF (in Tampa) and USF St. Petersburg (USFSP).  Located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, USA, USFSM is situated a half-mile north of University Parkway in Manatee County. Just steps from beautiful Sarasota Bay, USFSM’s scenic campus is near the historic Crosley Mansion, the Ringling Museum and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).

We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our 40+ academic and certificate programs and our outstanding faculty —national and international leaders in their fields of specialization. Our campus provides a quality education for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s degrees, certificates and hosted programs. USFSM offers an outstanding learning environment that emphasizes student success and the tools necessary to fulfill your educational and career goals.

  • Our student-to-faculty ratio in courses is 12:1.
  • Our accrediting agency requires that 25 percent of undergraduate student credit hours be taught by faculty members with terminal degrees. More than 80 percent of our faculty boasts a terminal degree in the field that they teach (e.g. Ph.D.).

All of our academic programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our College of Education is accredited by CAEP and our College of Business by AACSB, the highest accreditation bodies for these colleges in the United States. We seek out faculty who are master teachers, cutting-edge researchers, and devoted to community service and leadership.

USFSM takes pride in our more than 17,000 alumni living and working in the region as civic and business leaders. Our community business partners and advisory boards help us connect to workforce needs and provide internship and research opportunities that often lead to jobs upon graduation. USFSM graduates competitive students for high-value careers that may or may not yet exist.

Over the past two years, we welcomed our first freshman classes to campus. A core curriculum provides the base for a robust, four-year bachelor’s degree, and we added Biology to our growing list of cutting-edge STEM programs with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories located at Mote Marine Laboratory. In 2014, USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership also unveiled an exciting Culinary Innovation Lab in Lakewood Ranch and hospitality training experiences at The Resort at Longboat Key Club.  The beautiful preserve areas, pond, courtyard and walkways of the USFSM campus gained a new Sarasota Bay Walk pedestrian and bicycle trail in 2014 that will enhance your overall campus experience. USFSM at North Port’s instructional site continues to offer a convenient location for south Sarasota county residents.  Beginning in 2015, USFSM will also offer its Hospitality Management program on the USF Tampa campus.

Please explore our website ( and find ways USFSM can help you prosper professionally and personally. We have no doubt that you will find USFSM to be on the front lines of quality higher education — transforming the lives of the students and community that we are proud to educate and serve.