TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 20,
2017) – The
University of South Florida announced its 2017-18 freshman class will
break records as the strongest academic and most diverse group of incoming
students in school history. USF System’s
total enrollment now exceeds 50,000 students for the first time, with 50,577 students currently enrolled across
the three separately accredited institutions: USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and
undergraduate and graduate students USF Tampa has seen a rise in the average
high school GPA of the 2017-18 first time in college (FTIC) class, from 4.08 to
4.12 this year. The GPA of incoming freshmen is one element used by the State
of Florida to determine “Preeminent” research universities. USF exceeds the current benchmark.
This year’s class also
features more students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school
class, including 50 percent for USF Tampa, which is classified among the
nation’s Doctoral Universities: Highest
Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Members of USF's 2017-18 incoming freshman class turned out in big numbers at USF Baseball Stadium to participate in the annual USF Class Capture photo.
“Careful enrollment planning and management has been the foundation
for our student success initiatives,” said Paul Dosal, USF Vice President for
Student Affairs & Student Success. “As an institution, we
value diversity and promote a teaching and learning environment that reflects
the state, national and global markets in which our students will one day compete.”
Currently home to
students from all 67 Florida counties, all 50 states and more than 145
countries, the USF System continues to admit a very diverse student body. Enrollment of new black (+12.5 percent),
Hispanic (+6.2 percent), Asian (+1 percent) and multiracial (+3 percent)
students increased compared to the 2016 incoming class. International student enrollment is also up 8
percent over the prior year. All
data was verified following the deadline for the students to drop or add
classes for the fall semester.
“We are proud to be
considered a top choice among diverse and academically talented students from
across the nation and around the world,” said Ralph Wilcox, provost and executive
vice president for the USF System.
In June 2016, USF Tampa was
recognized by the Florida Board of Governors as the state’s first “Emerging
Preeminent” institution. The strong
academic profile of the incoming freshman class continues to position USF Tampa
for earning the full “Preeminent” designation.