Summer Enrollment for Florida Universities Is on the Rise

By: Christina Vitale
By: Christina Vitale

Robert Kearney is a freshman at FSU who says why he started school in the summer.

I thought it might be easier to get in because there would be less people applying. The other reason was because it would be easier to get to know your way around campus because there are less people."

Taking summer classes is the latest trend among students enrolled in Florida universities.

Sarah McIver, a chemistry major at Florida State, says taking classes in the summer is a matter of getting ahead.

"In my major you can't really graduate without taking summer classes in four years or less, unless you take 18 hours every semester, so I am taking classes every summer.

Another summertime student, Cedric Ferrus, has enjoyed the positives of starting school in the summer.

Ferrus says he has enjoyed the summer.

"Getting more friends and meeting new people. Plus, getting to know the staff members, and when there is not a crowd you get more things done.

In 2006, 176,630 students enrolled in summer school at Florida Universities, which is 62 percent of last year’s enrollment for the fall semester.

Yamil Cardel, an FSU student, says there should not be a rush to graduate.

"The way I look at it you’re going to work the rest of your life. You might as well enjoy college and not rush."

With summer enrollment increasing, business owners around universities say business is up compared to past summers. State education officials are surprised by the recent increase in summer enrollment and are looking into how they can better accommodate the students and staff.


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