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Florida colleges by the numbers

TALLAHASSEE — Next week, more than 1.3 million students will descend upon the campuses of Florida's public universities, community colleges and private colleges for the start of fall classes. The budget crunch will continue to affect their academic experience: bigger classes, smaller scholarships, degree programs suspended or eliminated, and higher tuition bills for public college students. But all isn't dour in the halls of academia. There are some new programs, including two new public medical schools and new doctoral programs. The sheer numbers, big and small, say a lot. Consider this sampling:

1963 Average SAT for University of Florida's incoming freshmen, out of 2400.

6,400 Expected size of UF's fall freshman class, 200 fewer than previous years.

26,875 Applicants for UF freshman class.

10,796 Admissions for UF freshman class.

143,750 Projected fall enrollment for Miami-Dade College, the largest of Florida's 28 community colleges and among the largest public colleges in the nation.

3 Presidential searches under way — at Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University and University of West Florida.

2 New public medical schools at University of Central Florida, Florida International University.

$0 What it will cost the 41 first-year medical students at UCF, thanks to full scholarships paid for by donors.

$294 Additional tuition cost for typical full-time Florida undergraduate this fall semester, thanks to 15 percent tuition hike.

$2,283 Tuition cost per semester for a typical full-time Florida undergraduate taking 15 credits.

$1,890 Tuition covered per semester by a full Bright Futures merit scholarship.

49,400 Approximate number of students studying business and management, the top undergraduate major among the 11 public universities.

4 New Ph.D. programs starting at University of South Florida, in history, government, sociology and pharmacy.

1,050 New campus dorm beds at USF's main Tampa campus, which is moving away from its commuter school roots.

, $65 million Cost of the new USF dorm.

$309 Decrease in the annual Florida Resident Access Grant, awarded to students in 28 private colleges and universities.

22,138 USF fall applications.

9,167 Admitted to USF this fall.

1199 Average SAT for USF student admitted this fall.

115 Surface acres dedicated to parking at UF's 2,000-acre Gainesville campus.

13 Percentage of FSU students in a fraternity or sorority.

7 Bachelor's degree programs eliminated at FSU, due to budget cuts.

Florida colleges by the numbers 08/16/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 7:41pm]

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