USF Shows Diversity and Growth

USF starts new school year with increased enrollment and diversity.


Media Contact: Lara Wade, 813-974-9060


TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2010) – With the start of the new academic year, the University of South Florida is welcoming a growing and highly diverse student body that also shows impressive increases in doctoral and international students. 


“The first day enrollment data supports the USF System’s vision and goals including modest growth and management, credit hour growth, promoting diversity and growth in our doctoral students,” said USF Director of Student Success Paul Dosal.  “In fact, we are pleased to note that the freshman class at the USF Tampa campus is quite likely the most ethnically/racially diverse group of students that we have ever enrolled. Creating and maintaining a diverse and pluralistic learning environment is an essential part of our effort to promote undergraduate and graduate student success.”


The first day enrollment snapshot (though not final as numbers will change as the week unfolds) indicates the USF System welcomed 47,110 students, which represents an increase of 1.1 percent compared to the first day last fall.  There are 3,394 freshmen this fall. There will be 482 new students enrolled in the Honors College with an SAT average of 1357.  In this group, 31 are National Merit, Achievement and Hispanic students.


It appears there will be a sharp increase in Hispanic enrollment matching the changing demographic profile of the state.  First day numbers show Hispanic enrollment at 18 percent, a rise of 26.79 percent over Fall 2009. Black enrollment has risen by 25.90 percent, to 7.9 percent of the incoming freshman class. Asian enrollment is 6.8 percent; Native American is 0.3 percent; Hawaiian Pacific, 0.3 percent; and those identified as multi-race will represent 3.4 percent.  Non-resident aliens have grown to 2.1 percent, a 42 percent increase over Fall 2009.


Overall student credit hours (SCH) are expected to rise by 2.1 percent and doctoral level SCH by 5.6 percent compared to last year. 


In summary, the fall 2010 first day headcounts are as follows:


·         USF System: 47,110

·         USF Tampa: 40,013

·         USF St. Petersburg: 3,947

·         USF Sarasota-Manatee: 1,903

·         USF Polytechnic: 1,247


Please note that these figures will change once drop/add enrollment data is calculated this weekend and will be further adjusted throughout the semester.


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