USF Sarasota-Manatee fall enrollment hits 7-year high

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SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee student enrollment has surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time in seven years.

Admissions officials say total enrollment for the fall semester has risen by 135 students (7.1 percent) compared with the same period a year ago for a total 2,038 students. Undergraduate enrollment rose by 79 students to 1,773 (4.5 percent) while graduate registrations increased by 56 students to 175 (47.1 percent). Another 90 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in non-degree programs or coursework.

This marks the first time since 2008 that USFSM’s total full-time “home” enrollment has eclipsed 2,000 students. Enrollment hit 2,009 students in fall 2008.

“We are very excited about reaching this milestone in our projected enrollment growth,” USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone said Tuesday. “Clearly we are meeting a need for higher education in our service area.”

Admissions officials say enrollment levels have escalated for years, but the pace has recently picked up.

“The continued ability to recruit and admit freshmen as well as lower-level transfer students for the past three years has helped tremendously,” Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Andrew Telatovich said. “Our new biology program has also been a factor in the university’s growth, along with the interest generated by our Culinary Innovation Lab for our hospitality management program.”

While records show freshman enrollment at roughly the same level as last fall, campus leadership expects higher freshmen numbers for fall 2016 after the state University System’s board of governors voted in June to remove enrollment caps for incoming freshmen and sophomores.

Removing the caps will enable admissions representatives to increase freshmen recruitment efforts, which in turn will aid overall enrollment growth.