University of Florida Reports Big Drop in Black Enrollment

University of Florida
Posted at 4:47 AM, Feb 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 07:57:06-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida saw a more than 50 percent drop in enrollment of black freshmen from 2007 to 2013 and a nearly 30 percent drop in overall enrollment of black students.

The Gainesville Sun ( ) reports that enrollment of black freshmen dipped from a high of 910 students in 2007 to just 395 in 2013.

Some university officials attribute the decline to former Gov. Jeb Bush's "One Florida" initiative, which prohibits state university from using race or gender as a basis for admission.

The information was compiled by Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and shows that University of Florida had the second-highest decline in black freshmen in the Southeastern Conference.