Most Accomplished Class Moves in August 19

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 18, 2009) – The University of South Florida’s official move-in day is always met with excitement and anticipation as students pour onto campus with boxes, furniture, computers and backpacks.  And, this year the excitement is even more heightened as students are seeing USF’s transformation firsthand, beginning with their own classmates.


The students moving into campus residence halls Wednesday, Aug. 19, make up a class defined by its distinction as the highest achieving one in USF’s history.  They arrive amidst the various changes taking place on the Tampa campus, including requiring first-time students to live on campus, opening the 1,050-bed Juniper-Poplar Hall – now filled to capacity – and a new Marshall Student Center completed in 2008.


As the most accomplished group of students to date, the incoming class of students prides itself in an impressive list of achievements.  The class of 2013 earned admission to the university with very strong academic credentials of a middle 50 percent SAT score range of 1110 to 1280 and middle 50 percent high school GPAs of 3.58 to 4.13.   While official enrollment figures will not be available until the end of the first day of classes on Aug. 24, USF estimates approximately 4,250 students will be part of the freshman class, more than 1,200 of whom began their college experience in an intensive summer program. 


"We're delighted to welcome these remarkable women and men, who come here to learn, to explore, and to grow," said USF President Judy Genshaft. "They make us proud and they challenge us to excel.  Our students keep making this a university of strength and depth. They are the secret to USF's success."


In addition to their outstanding scholastic achievements, the freshman class is also reflective of the university’s longstanding commitment to diversity.  USF estimates one third of the freshman class represents populations historically underrepresented in higher education both in Florida and nationally.


The strength of the incoming freshman clss is evidence of USF’s continued efforts to shape the university’s enrollment to best meet the needs of students seeking an education at a leading metropolitan research university,” said USF Provost Ralph Wilcox.  “USF has become a destination for high achieving students seeking rigorous academic programs, and we are committed to ensuring they have every opportunity available to realize their fullest potential.”


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 224 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.