Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a public research university considered as the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida. A preeminent and global research university, USF offers over 240 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty, and doctoral levels. With more than 50,000 students across 14 colleges, undergraduates choose from over 180 majors and concentrations, from business and engineering to arts. Over the past five years, USF has been the fastest-rising university in the nation, public or private, on the US News and World Report’s list of best universities. USF ranks as the 44th best public university in America.