USF also shatters record for most applications ever received
TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 25, 2022) – More high school students than ever before are interested in enrolling at the University of South Florida, helping lead to the largest and strongest academic incoming class of first-year students in the university’s nearly 70-year history.
With fall semester classes underway this week, USF is poised to break several all-time records:
- USF is welcoming its largest-ever class of first-year students. A total of 6,919 students are enrolled, an increase from 6,324 last year (9.4% increase).
- The fall 2022 class is the strongest academically in USF history. The group carries an average high school GPA of 4.20 (up from 4.18 last year), an average SAT score of 1308 (up from 1297 last year) and an average ACT score of 29 (up from 28 last year).
- This year’s class includes a record 79 National Merit Scholars, an increase from 62 last year (27.4% increase).
- More than 65,000 prospective students applied to USF, which is approximately 15,000 more than last year and the most ever at USF (30% increase).
- Nearly 7,500 students live on campus this fall, the most ever for USF.
“The size and strength of our incoming class shows that students and their families see the value and significant return on investment that comes with earning a degree from the University of South Florida,” USF President Rhea Law said. “We are excited to welcome this new group of students to our university, and we are committed to maximizing their success and preparing them for careers in high-demand fields.”
USF’s overall enrollment remains steady at nearly 50,000 students, a similar total to previous years. The enrollment data included is as of the first day of classes on Aug. 22.
About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than white and higher income students. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at www.usf.edu.