USF enrollment grows, academic quality strengthens
All four of USF's campuses have grown, for a record total of 45,000 students, according to first-day fall enrollment figures released this afternoon. And the freshman class that began classes Monday is, academically, the strongest in university history, with an average SAT score of 1148 and an average ACT of 25.
Last year's freshman class had an average SAT of 1131. And this year's average high school GPA for freshmen is 3.71, compared to 3.61 last fall.
“These are exciting times at USF,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “Something the founders of this university dreamed of and worked so hard for is more real than ever. Our campuses are attracting more and more terrific students."
The main campus in Tampa saw the least amount of growth, just 3 percent, for a total of 38.417 students; while the Lakeland and Sarasota campuses each grew by more than 8 percent. Lakeland has 1,116 enrolled and Sarasota has 1,824. The St. Petersburg campus grew by 4.5 percent, to 3,534 students.
Nine percent of USF's growth came among graduate and professional students, who now number 8,700. And that trend is likely to continue as universities across the state begin freezing freshman enrollment to deal with looming budget cuts of at least $100-million. For USF, the emphasis on graduate enrollment is part of their mission as a research university.
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