University of South Florida

Innovative education in paradise

The University of South Florida, or USF, is a place of innovation and diversity with a commitment to student success.

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At University of South Florida, students and faculty are #OneUSF across three campuses. USF is ranked the No. 46 top public school in the US by U.S. News & World Report 2021 and the No. 2 best affordable college for international students in the US by College Factual 2021.

USF has distinguished faculty and is designated with Tier 1 highest research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The diverse student body helps students succeed as scholars and global citizens, putting it in the top five in the nation for student success, according to Edventures’ Student Success Ratings 2018.

The university has earned international recognition for its global impact. USF ranks No. 3 in the US and No. 30 in the world for efforts toward meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, according to the Times Higher Education 2021 Impact Rankings.

USF has three campuses spread across Tampa Bay, a metropolitan area of 3.1 million people on Florida's west coast featuring 35 miles of beaches. There is a wealth of arts, entertainment, sports and outdoor recreation opportunities.

A commitment to international education is in everything the university does. USF welcomes around 4,300 students from nearly 145 countries annually.

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The INTO USF Center

Established in 2010, the INTO USF Center is INTO’s second center in the US. Facilities feature modern classrooms, an expansive learning resource center and specialized support areas. Students learn and make new friends all in the heart of campus, giving them a welcoming community at INTO USF.

  • More than 20 faculty members and tutors provide personalized academic, language and cultural support.
  • Since opening in 2010, the center has welcomed students from 130 different countries.
  • 92% of INTO USF Pathway students were eligible to progress to degree programs in 2019-2020, 95% of whom enrolled.
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In partnership with the University of South Florida, INTO offers Pathway programs that prepare students to pursue a USF degree. Students can also apply for direct admission into a variety of more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Top-ranked USF degree programs include a top 20 graduate entrepreneurship program at the Muma College of Business, according to the Princeton Review 2021, and the No. 20 Best Graduate Program in Public Health in the US, according to U.S. News & World Report 2021.

INTO USF Programs:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees: Students who meet academic and English requirements for their desired undergraduate degree programs can apply directly to the university program.
  • International Year One: Students can earn credits toward their degree even if they don’t meet academic and English requirements for their chosen undergraduate degree program.
  • Graduate Pathway: Provides a direct path to various degree programs, offering academic foundation, essential language skills, and GMAT/GRE test preparation.
  • Academic English: An intensive program offering students rapid progress in preparation for an academic degree.



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Career outcomes

  • Over the last seven years, 7,500+ USF graduates from 157 countries completed OPT or Optional Practical Training.
  • Florida is the No. 2 best state to start a business, according to Forbes 2020.
  • 800+ employers visit USF every year.
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Contact the center

INTO University of South Florida
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue, FA0100
Tampa, FL 33620

T: +1 813 905 4686

Center leadership

Sean Gilmore

Sean Gilmore

Executive Director, INTO University of South Florida
Sean Gilmore

Sean Gilmore

Executive Director, INTO University of South Florida

Sean Gilmore is currently the Executive Director for INTO USF. This role serves as the chief executive of the joint venture and is responsible for all operations and administrative functions, including fiscal oversight, student experience, and academic operations.

As part of the initial center startup team in 2010, Sean has led teams in operations, admissions & evaluation, student services & support as well as overall operation of the center. In 2014, he assisted with the startup of INTO Mason at George Mason University as interim Executive Director.

Sean has been with USF for over 20 years and brings experience in academic advising, policy management, student success & retention, and overall enrollment management to the center. With a background in Information Technology, his style is to break things down into simpler steps in order to understand an issue and find new solutions.

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