Black Enrollments at Some Florida Public Universities in Free Fall

The flagship campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville reports that there are 671 black freshmen on campus this fall. This is a whopping decrease of 27 percent.

At Florida State University in Tallahassee, there are 460 black freshmen. This is a decline of 15 percent. At the University of South Florida in Tampa, black enrollments are off 15 percent.

A survey by admissions officials for the University of Florida system found that half of the black families surveyed said that they were not sending their children to college due to financial reasons.

Florida A&M University, the historically black campus of the state system, saw first-year enrollments increase by 23 percent.