TAMPA — Enrollment at the University of South Florida ticked up about 1 percent this fall, but freshman minority enrollment grew robustly.
Total enrollment on the USF system's four campuses was 47,110 on the first day of classes Monday, with 40,013 students at USF Tampa.
USF officials said the freshman class, which grew 7.4 percent compared with last year, is likely the most ethnically and racially diverse ever at USF Tampa. Black students account for 8 percent and Hispanic students make up 18 percent of the 2,983 freshmen at USF Tampa. Almost 59 percent of first-year students are women.
Average SAT test scores and high school grade-point averages for first-year students declined 1.5 and 0.5 percent, respectively.