University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee
|Motto||"Truth and Wisdom"|
|Chancellor||Terry A. Osborn, Ph.D. (Interim)|
|Location||Sarasota, Florida, USA|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Mascot||Rocky the Bull|
The University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee, also known as USF Sarasota-Manatee, is a separately accredited institution in the University of South Florida System, which includes the University of South Florida of Tampa, Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, USA, USFSM is situated a half-mile north of University Parkway with its main entrance on Seagate Drive in Manatee County.
USFSM was established in 1975 as a regional campus of the University of South Florida and gained separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award baccalaureate and master's degrees in June 2011. Overall, USFSM serves students from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.
USFSM offers more than forty bachelor's degree, master's degree and certificate programs in four colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Math, Business, and Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. Day, evening, weekend and online classes serve more than 4,500 students annually.
In August 2013, USFSM took in its first freshman class (first time in college).
In October 2013, USFSM opened the Culinary Innovation Lab as part of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership's teaching center, as well as a venue for various, signature USFSM events.
In 2014, USFSM's Biology program partnered with Mote Marine Laboratory as part of its new Biology program.
Initial tie with New College
After its creation in 1975, the University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee shared the original campus of New College of Florida, which it adopted as its honors college for more than two decades. New College and USF Sarasota-Manatee continued to share campuses until a new campus was built for USF Sarasota-Manatee and New College returned to being a separate institution.
Move to a new solo campus
A new campus for USFSM opened on August 28, 2006. The campus was built on the eastern portion of the nearby Dunham-Crosley-Horton property that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. After a campaign by Friends of Seagate for public acquisition this property had been brought into public ownership in 1991 by the state for the use of the sixteen bay front acres by Manatee County as a historical site and the remainder for research use by the environmental studies department of New College. Potential development purposes were remote at the time.
When New College and the university separated, however, the upland pine forest on the eastern portion of this property was allocated for the development of a new campus for the university. University students and community leaders participated on the team that created the design of the new facilities in a protracted charrette.[clarification needed]
The college campus is a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) facility with twenty-four classrooms, a 190-seat lecture and exhibition hall, seminar and video-conferencing rooms, computer laboratories, student gathering places, faculty and staff offices, a technology and learning center, a library commons and dining facilities.