Federal University of Santa Catarina

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Federal University of Santa Catarina
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Brasao UFSC vertical extenso.svg
Other names
MottoArs et Scientia
Motto in English
Arts and Science
RectorIrineu Manoel de Souza
Administrative staff
Location, ,

The Federal University of Santa Catarina (Portuguese: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, UFSC) is a public university in Florianópolis, the capital city of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.

Considered one of the leading universities in Brazil, UFSC is the 6th best university in Latin America in the ranking of Times Higher Education; the 23nd by QS World University Rankings, and was ranked as the 10th best institution of higher education in Latin America by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. In the annual ranking of the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo, it is the 6th best Brazilian university, with courses being among the ten best in the country.[1][2][3][4][5]

The structure of its campus comprises 11 Academic Schools (Centros de Ensino), divided by field of study. Every School is divided in departments, the largest one being the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The oldest school at UFSC is the School of Law. The Department of Law was the first of UFSC's departments to be officially recognized in 1932.


First installation of the Law school

The history of the Federal University of Santa Catarina has its roots in the Polytechnic Institute of Florianópolis founded on March 13 of 1917 by José Arthur Boiteux. Organized as a free institute, it was the first college degree institution of Santa Catarina state. On February 11, 1932 the Law School was incorporated, officially in 1935.

View over the central square of the main campus

That triggered a movement to start the first state university and on December 18, of 1960 it became the University of Santa Catarina, offering the courses of Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Economics, Social Service and the School of Industrial Engineering. On July 15, 1968, as an effort of the Brazilian government to improve college education in Brazil with education reform, the major universities in Brazil were reorganized in Schools and Departments and acquired a new education structure, more resembling the American and English methodology. Since then the university became the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

In 1961 the institution earned a new place in the city to build its structure, located in the region of Trindade near downtown Florianópolis. The area was previously occupied by a model farm called Assis-Brasil and is located near the coast, having several streams crossing the actual campus. The moving was finished in 1980.

A young university, the Federal University of Santa Catarina continues to grow. During the 1980s, it began to invest heavily in the expansion of graduate programs and research, besides supporting the creation of technology centers in the state of Santa Catarina and the development of a number of outreach projects for the community. Today, UFSC has four other campuses distributed in the cities of Araranguá, Blumenau, Curitibanos and Joinville.[6]


The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina undergraduate admission process is almost similar to all others in Brazil, using a process called vestibular. It is comprised by several written tests usually performed in 2–3 days. The competition is fierce and the percentage of successful applicants is usually lower than 15% (12,6% in 2018's process[7]).

The admission process for graduate school is more complex and usually involves a test and a recommendation from the previous college. People interested in graduate degrees at UFSC should contact the department of the intended program directly. The Brazilian Ministry of Education, through CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Nível Superior, Superior Level Personnel Enhancement Coordination) evaluates graduate programs in Brazil every three years, ranking them from 1 (worst) to 7, being 6 excellence and 7 international excellence level.

The following graduate programs at UFSC have received grades 6 or 7, as per the last CAPES evaluation (2013):[8]


Rectory of the University.

2016 numbers, provided by the institution.

  • 119 undergraduate programs;
  • 82 Master's degree programs;
  • 55 Doctoral degree programs;
  • 45,006 students (total);
  • 2,670 professors;
  • 3,242 administrative staff.

Academic schools[edit]

School of Technology (CTC)
  • School of Agricultural Sciences – CCA
  • School of Biological Sciences – CCB
  • School of Communication and Arts – CCE
  • School of Education – CED
  • School of Health Sciences – CCS
  • School of Law – CCJ
  • School of Philosophy and Human Sciences – CFH
  • School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences – CFM
  • School of Sports – CDS
  • School of Socio-Economic Sciences – CSE
  • School of Technology – CTC

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Rankings and reputation[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[10]751-800 (2019)
THE World[11]801–1000 (2019)
USNWR Global[12]597 (2019)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Latin America University Rankings 2017". Times Higher Education (THE). 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ Wenzel, Karine (8 March 2017). "UFSC é a sétima universidade entre as públicas do país com melhor nota do Índice Geral de Cursos do Inep" (in Portuguese). Diário Catarinense. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Ranking Web of Universities - Latin America". Ranking Web of Universities. July 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  4. ^ "QS Ranking - Latin America". QS World University Rankings. 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ "UFSC é a sexta melhor universidade do país no ranking 2017 da Folha de S. Paulo". Notícias da UFSC. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina".
  7. ^ "Dados Gerais do Vestibular 2018 - UFSC" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Trienal". avaliacaotrienal2013.capes.gov.br.
  9. ^ Morgan, Rhodri (6 May 2021). "Who is Anheuser-Busch InBev's new CEO? Just Drinks looks at Michel Doukeris – focus". Just Drinks. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2019". Top Universities.
  11. ^ "Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina". Times Higher Education (THE). 13 November 2021.
  12. ^ U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2019

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Coordinates: 27°36′04″S 48°31′12″W / 27.60111°S 48.52000°W / -27.60111; -48.52000