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The freshman fifteen: it’s a phenomenon where college students gain fifteen pounds the first year away from home. However, a growing number of students don’t add weight — they lose it.

According to a new study conducted by Temple University and the Wisconsin Hope Lab, 36 percent of U.S. college students experience food insecurity – the limited availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.

Our Take A Number series is exploring problems around the world through the lens of a single number.

Some high school students think of applying to colleges as a full-time job. There are essays and tests, loads of financial documents to assemble and calculations to make. After all that comes a big decision — one of the biggest of their young lives.

For top students who come from low-income families, the challenge is particularly difficult.

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If you've ever dined out and wondered why you chose a cheeseburger over the salad, the choice may not have entirely been your own -- you might have been influenced by the music the restaurant was playing. 

That's one of the findings from a study by a University of South Florida researcher. 

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Advances in DNA technology are guiding police departments in Tampa Bay to identify suspects from small and dated samples. That’s helping law enforcement close cases that have been on the books for decades.

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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is commemorating World Refugee Day this Friday by inviting the public to hear stories from refugees themselves.  

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The building currently known as the University of South Florida Sun Dome will soon have a new name - one that's well-known to Tampa Bay area beer drinkers.

Under a 10-year deal announced Tuesday, the home of the USF basketball and volleyball teams - as well as other events like concerts and graduation ceremonies for USF and local high schools - will soon be known as the Yuengling Center.

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Minh Duong Dinh was born to Vietnamese parents in the Netherlands, before the family moved to Cape Coral six years ago. His father works for a furniture company, his mother in a nail salon. But Dinh had a dream of being the first in his family to go to college and chose the University of South Florida.

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The Young Universities Summit wrapped up at the University of South Florida Thursday. But before that, the United Kingdom-based publication sponsoring the summit, Times Higher Education, released its annual list of the best "young universities."

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The inventive prowess of University of South Florida faculty, researchers and students was on display once again in 2017, as the school placed fifth in the country - and 12th worldwide - among public univerisities in producing new U.S. utility patents. 

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The University of South Florida turns 62 this year -- old enough to retire if it were human, but a veritable infant compared to other institutions of higher education, like the nearly 400-year-old Harvard University or Oxford, which was founded more than nine centuries ago.

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University of South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan, who had been the subject of rumors he was moving on to other jobs almost since the day he was hired four years ago, is taking the same job at Utah. 

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A new study finds that health care spending is reduced by about 10 percent when patients using Medicare Advantage and Medicaid managed care plans  are connected to social services to help with things like housing, medical transportation, healthy food programs, and assistance with utility bills.

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Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the levels of the world’s oceans.

But it’s also apparently affecting the oxygen levels throughout the oceans, as well as our coastal waters including the Gulf of Mexico.

A Degree With Zero Student Debt. Does It Work?

May 28, 2018

Justin Napier is exactly the kind of community college graduate Tennessee was hoping for.

In high school, Napier didn't have his eye on college. In fact, he had a job lined up working on race cars after graduation. But in the spring of 2014, a year before Napier graduated, Gov. Bill Haslam announced a plan to make community college free for graduating high school seniors, part of a broader plan to dramatically increase the number of adults in Tennessee with college credentials. It was called, grandly, the Tennessee Promise.

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The University of South Florida St. Petersburg announced a plan Wednesday to expand scholarship programs for students from Pinellas County.

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One thing would-be homeowners in Florida have to worry about is if their potential property might be affected by flooding in a hurricane. Now, a pair of USF graduate students have created a database that helps tell people if that might be the case. 

The University of Central Florida and Oregon Health & Science University have launched the first clinical trial for a 3D-printed prosthetic arm for children.

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The history of the Gulf of Mexico is often times relegated to the footnotes in history textbooks.

It’s a wrong that historian Jack Davis said he hopes to make right in his latest book, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.”

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The University of South Florida has been named one of the top public universities in the country at serving low-income students.

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For most college students, Friday nights are a time to wind down and enjoy their youth. But for one group at the University of South Florida, it’s a time to give back to their community.

Project Downtown Tampa is a student organization that prepares and distributes food to the homeless once a week.

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Florida Polytechnic University's inaugural class graduated Friday with more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The state's newest university opened its doors four years ago in Lakeland. 

Florida College Students Can Now Use Bright Futures For Summer Term

May 4, 2018

For the first time in 17 years, top-performing students will be able to use their Bright Futures scholarships to attend summer classes at state universities and colleges.

Defense attorneys in the Andrew Coffey hazing case have asked the court to drop charges against their clients. Even after a judge granted the defense’s request for more specific charges, one attorney says the prosecution still can’t say exactly what his client did to cause Coffey’s death.

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Cue "Pomp and Circumstance," as graduation season is once again upon us.

Spring Commencement begins for the University of South Florida Thursday, and by the time Monday night comes around, more than 7,000 students at USF's three campuses will have received their degrees.

That includes the oldest graduate, who's not done learning just yet.

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At a recent visit to the University of South Florida ALS Clinic — amid appointments with neurologists, respiratory therapists and more — Leigh Hotle worked with her social worker to nail down a date for her next peer support group meeting.

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When she finished high school, Radhika Dang wanted to go to the University of South Florida, but got turned down from the Tampa campus.

The American-born Indian student, who grew up in Queens, was denied because her grades were too low. But she could go to USF St. Petersburg.

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In the next 30 years, figures show the fastest growing demographic in the Sarasota-Manatee region will be people 80 or older. In addition, just 31 percent of the nurses currently there have baccalaureate degrees.

The University of South Florida Health College of Nursing hopes to remedy both of those issues by offering its program at its Sarasota-Manatee campus.

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Just in time for final exams, a pair of University of South Florida sophomore engineering students have come up with an app that allows people to match with the ideal study partner -- think "Tinder for study groups."

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The University of South Florida is asking students, alumni, faculty and staff for their feelings about an on-campus football stadium.

Five men have accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time for the hazing death of a Florida State University student.

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