It's not the U.S. News list of top universities, but the University of South Florida is at least getting the attention of another national media outlet.
Citing its research power, the Washington Post's "College Inc." website has named USF as one of five "up-and-coming" universities.
The Post's Daniel de Vise says this about USF:
Founded in 1956 as a modestly ambitious state university. Evolved into sprawling Research I status over the past 20 years and now considered one of 63 top-tier “very high research” institution, as well as the eighth-largest U.S. university. Ranked 181st among national universities by U.S. News. Like GMU, USF is known less for selectivity and more for the sheer, impressive scale of its research and scholarship.
Other schools on de Vise's list include George Mason, Binghamton, UC Santa Cruz and Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County.