Fall freshman profile reflects rising reputation of USF
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2015) – As the University of South Florida’s graduation rate has risen to an all-time high and the university’s reputation as a national research leader continues to soar, USF can now add another feat to its rising academic profile. The class of 2019 is the strongest academically in the history of the school.
“Balancing our priorities when higher education is rapidly changing can sometimes be challenging, but USF has risen above and beyond expectations,” said Paul Dosal, Vice Provost for Student Success. “Through well-orchestrated recruitment efforts, we are proud to welcome our strongest class ever. All data indicate that we have enrolled students who are well-positioned for success in higher education.”
This year’s achievement continues a trend at the university. In just 15 years, the average SAT has improved from 1064 to 1223 (1806 on the three-part SAT) and the average high school GPA has increased from 3.49 to 4.08. Incoming ACT scores now stand at an impressive average of 28.
Approximately 700 freshmen are enrolled in the USF Honors College, the largest intake ever, including a growing number of high school valedictorians, salutatorians, National Merit Scholars, and Provost Scholars. This news comes on the heels of the USF’s Morsani College of Medicine enrolling the strongest entering class of medical students in the state of Florida this fall.
“Boosting our student academic profile is a phenomenal achievement, and reflects the growing reputation of USF as a world class teaching and research university,” said Ralph Wilcox, Provost and Executive Vice President. “For a university to make such impressive and sustained gains in research productivity, student enrollment, progression and completion is a remarkable feat. Our improvements over the past 15 years tell an incredible story and show that USF has truly become a nationally competitive, destination university for the best and brightest minds.”
Gains in the academic profile could also strengthen USF’s eligibility for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU), preeminence status within the State University System of Florida and national rankings.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.