University of São Paulo

The University of São Paulo (in Portuguese Universidade de São Paulo; USP) is one of the three public universities funded by the State of São Paulo.

USP is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Brazil and Latin America, with approximately 75,000 enrolled students. It comprises eleven campi, four of them in the City of São Paulo (the main campus is called Campus Armando de Salles Oliveira, with an area of 7,443,770 m²). There are campuses in the cities of Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and two in São Carlos. USP is involved in teaching, research and university extension in all areas of knowledge.


During the "search for alternatives" period in the 1930s, political centralization and the first attempt to provide Brazil with modern administrative, military and educational institutions took place. The main initiatives included the University of São Paulo, which was created in 1934. Its nucleus was the creation of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, with professors coming from France, Italy, Germany and other European countries. USP also brought together several research and higher-education institutions in the state created before, such as the Faculty of Medicine (Faculdade de Medicina), the Polytechnic School (Escola Politécnica), and the College of Law (Faculdade de Direito).

The Polytechnic School includes civil, electrical, mechanical, mining, metallurgical, naval and oceanic, and chemical engineering departments.

Schools, Faculties and Institutes

School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities
School of Communications and Arts
School of Physical Education and Sports
School of Nursing
Ribeirão Preto School of Nursing
Lorena School of Engineering
São Carlos School of Engineering
Polytechnical School
Luiz de Queiroz School of Agriculture
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ribeirão Preto Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law of Ribeirão Preto
Faculty of Economy, Management and Accounting
Faculty of Economy, Management and Accounting of Ribeirão Preto)
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Ribeirão Preto Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Faculty of Odontology
Bauru Faculty of Odontology
Ribeirão Preto Faculty of Odontology
Faculty of Public Health
Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering
Institute of Oceonography
Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences
Institute of Biosciencies
Institute of Biomedical Sciences
Institute of Mathematics Sciences and Computer Science of São Carlos
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics of São Carlos
Institute of Geosciences
Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
Institute os Psychology
Institute of Chemistry
Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos
Institute of Foreign Affairs

University of São Paulo ranked:

175 in the 2007 THES-QS World University Ranking

196th in the 2008 THES-QS World University Ranking

169th in the 2011 QS World University Ranking

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