USP is one of the most prestigious higher education and research institutions in Brazil and figures among the best universities in the world. With several campuses distributed over eight cities (Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto, Santos, São Carlos and São Paulo) within the state of São Paulo, USP has almost 98,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 5,600 faculty members. The schools of USP cover most disciplines and provide students with a fertile study and research environment.
The university has an active role in disseminating science, culture and quality health care for citizens across the country. Strongly integrated with the local community, USP runs several hospitals, museums and public services that benefit the population. These range from scientific and cultural activities to innovative health care and therapy. Furthermore, most of the services provided by USP are free of charge.