Fostering a Welcoming and Inclusive Campus

By uplifting and empowering Black students through extracurricular and educational programs that center on the varied experiences of the USF black community — we have increased the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of our Black students.

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USF Ranks #1 for Ethnic Diversity

U.S. News & World Report rates USF among the top in the nation — and No. 1 for campus ethnic diversity.

Our Numbers Show the Difference


increase in black identified students from 2019-21


in tuition scholarships awarded to students in the Black Scholars Program


graduation rates for of Black-identified students


in funds distributed to Black-identified students facing economic hardship through the Tomasello-Millard Base Economic Hardship Fund


average cumulative GPA of first-year undergraduate Black students

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Julia Chinyere Oparah and Paul J. Fitzgerald S.J.

The number of Black incoming first-time, first-year, and transfer undergraduates accounts for 14.67% of the USF's incoming class of 2026. These are the highest numbers we have had at USF.

Julia Chinyere Oparah and Paul J. Fitzgerald S.J.

Building Better Futures

BASE offers a variety of resources and services to ensure Black students thrive and succeed at USF and beyond.

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Full-Tuition Scholarships

Full-tuition scholarships are awarded to ten first-year students each year. These students are committed to serving marginalized communities and have exceptional academic, leadership, and service records.

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Community Living

Students can join a living-learning community to deepen their understanding of Black history, politics, culture, and identity. Twenty freshman and ten sophomores spend the year living together and engaging with the Black Bay Area through community-engaged learning courses.

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Resources to Succeed

The Black Resource Center provides a space for students of African descent to connect with each other to receive mentorship and academic, spiritual, and emotional support services.

Thank You for Your Commitment to BASE

Your support provides transformative learning experiences to Black students. The future of BASE is bright, and together we all have an opportunity to uplift more students.