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USF: We're Number...Four?

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The Florida Board of Governors has just announced that student enrollment in the state's universities is up three percent from last year.

But there's are three exceptions to that growth -- FAMU, University of Florida, and the biggest drop of all -- the University of South Florida, which lost almost one percent of enrollment.

That means USF is no longer the 3rd largest university in Florida -- it's fourth, behind University of Central Florida (up four percent!), UF, Florida International University, and then USF.

Of course, bigger does not necessarily mean better -- and only UF, Florida State, and USF are "Research One" universities -- recognized for doing loads of groundbreaking research.

Here are the numbers:


             Fall 2010          Fall 2011          % Change   

USF      47,800            47,362          -0.9%

FAMU   13,277                     13,207             -0.5%

FAU       28,390                    29,304             3.2%   

FGCU    12,038                    12,655             5.1%

FIU        44,010                  47,966              9.0%

FSU       40,764                  41,557                1.9%   

NCF          805                         845                   5.0%

UCF       56,338                   58,698               4.2%

UF          50,116                   49,785             -0.7%

UNF       16,320                  16,368               0.3%   

UWF      11,645                  11,990              3.0%   

Total   321,503       329,737           2.6%   

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