Despite budget cuts that could mean larger class sizes and reduced course offerings, fall semester begins today at most of Florida's 11 universities, including the University of South Florida, the University of Florida and Florida State University.
USF officials are predicting enrollment on its four campuses will exceed last year's record 45,000, once again securing the school's spot as the state's third-largest public university. While gains are expected to be relatively modest on the Tampa campus, regional campuses are likely to see more growth as university officials redistribute students to maximize capacity.
Statewide, student enrollment is expected to top 300,000, a 59,000 increase since 2000.
By the numbers
Some recent numbers to consider:
26,504 First-time college students.
15,385 Community college transfers.
49,414 Undergrads enrolled in business and management, the most popular major.
19,143 Undergrads enrolled in health-related fields, the second most popular major.
1,152 Average SAT score.
3.7 Average high school GPA.
57 Percent female students.
14 Percent African-American students.
17 Percent Hispanic students.