USF bests record for transfer students
The University of South Florida saw a record number of transfer students enrolling this spring, up 40 percent over last year, said the school's assistant vice president for admissions.
J. Robert Spatig provided a breakdown of each of USF's campuses, which shows all either meeting or exceeding their goals -- except the USF Polytechnic campus in Lakeland.
That campus, remember, has been the subject of much controversy the past few months after its former leader and a powerful state senator lobbied to make it a separate university. The vision was eventually delayed by several years by the Florida Board of Governors.
The campus had 561 transfer students this year, just missing its goal of 610. Still, the school's credit hours remained steady, Spatig said, signaling that its existing students didn't leave and that students from other USF campuses are still using USF Poly for certain classes.
USF Tampa exceed its 6,350 goal by 300 students, Spatig said. That's after not opening up for transfers last year due to a large freshmen class. On a whole, the main campus is now at capacity with about 40,000 students. System-wide, USF has 45,000.
USF St. Petersburg's goal was 1,090 transfers. They came in at 1,229, Spatig said. And USF Sarasota came in at 786 -- right about at their goal.
"I think we are seeing a number of students who may not be eligible for USF as freshmen," Spatig said, "But they are coming to us as transfers later on. We really try to encourage that. We don't like to tell students no as freshmen. We like to tell them 'Not yet.'"
Spatig said most of them come from the Florida College System, particularly from Hillsborough County Community College, St. Pete College and Pasco-Hernando Community College -- which is the idea behind a recently announced partnership between USF and those institutions.