The University of South Florida (USF) is an AAU, Preeminent Research University. U.S News and World report recognizes USF as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation. Faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for research and achievements. There are 50,000 students representing 145 countries. 43% of the students are first-time-in-college with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. USF achieves performance based and student success metrics ranking in the top three schools of the State of Florida for 10 years. The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus offers a small campus feel within a large university.