Spring Break Really Picks up This Week

by March 16, 2009 • 0 comments

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Yesterday, amid overcast skies, fog and overall crumby weather, spring breakers partied in droves on the beaches of Panama City Beach.  Drinking from hollow, plastic baseball bats, followed by spinning around in a circle ten times with the butt of the bat against your head, facing down, then challenged with hitting the empty can the beer originally came from ensures quick vomiting on our beaches.

I don’t typcially work on Sunday’s, but yesterday I wanted to capture the stunt act of the Red Bull Aerobatics Helicopter.  My labors were in vain as the performance was delayed and still hadn’t happened behind Spinaker’s when I finally gave up at 2:30 pm.

This week is the largest spring break week of the season with approximately 2.1 million kids out on spring break across the country.  Compared to last week’s 1.8 million, this week is expected to pick up a little.  I’ll be quite interested to talk to hotelliers, etc. at the end of the season to see how the occupancy numbers faired.  I’m sure it will be similar to the Country Crock analagy I gave last year.

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Below is a list of the colleges on spring break this week, again, courtesy of TripSmarter.com:

March 16-20, 2009 (Mon-Fri)

College / University

Enrollment

Adams State College

2,308

Auburn University

24,137

Austin College

1,291

Brevard Community College

14,616

Brock University

14,443

California College of the Arts

1,670

California State University, Chico

14,500

Canisius College

4,857

Carthage College

2,930

Central Missouri State University

10,711

Claremont Mckenna College

1,135

Clemson University

17,409

Cleveland State University

15,706

Colgate University

2,750

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

26,884

Columbia University

24,820

Concordia University, Austin

1,400

Concordia University, Wisconsin

5,600

Cornell University

19,800

Delta State University

4,392

Des Moines Area Community College

27,000

Drake University

5,221

Earlham College

1,194

Eastern Illinois University

11,651

Edgewood College

2,500

Fairleigh Dickinson University

8,000

Florida College

600

Florida International University

38,614

Fordham University

16,009

Fort Hays State University

8,500

George Washington University

24,531

Georgia Southern University

16,841

Georgia Tech

18,747

Grambling State University

4,999

Grinnell College

1,555

Harvey Mudd College

746

Humboldt State University

7,773

Indiana University, Purdue

29,854

Indiana University of Bloomington

38,990

Iowa State University

26,160

Jackson State University

8,351

Jacksonville State University

9,000

John Hopkins University

15,000

Kansas State University

23,332

Keene State College

6,400

Lafayette College

2,403

Lakeland College

3,999

Lipscomb University

2,744

Madison Area Technical School

20,461

Manhattan College

3,000

Meharry Medical College

723

Montana State University

12,250

Morgan State University

1,221

Mount Holyoke College

2,100

Naval Academy

4,400

New York University

40,870

Northwest College

1,800

Ocean County College

9,351

Pitzer College

950

Pomona College

1,548

Princeton University

6,898

Purdue University

39,228

Rider University

5,790

Rutgers University at New Jersey, Camden

51,480

Rutgers University at New Jersey, Newark

10,246

Rutgers University at New Jersey

34,392

Saint Clair College

6,500

Samford University

4,400

Santa Fe Community College

14,500

Savannah State University

3,169

Scripps College

899

South Dakota State University

10,566

Texas A&M, Corpus Christi

8,355

Texas A&M

46,540

Texas Tech University

28,260

Towson University

18,921

University of Alabama, Birmingham

16,246

University of Alabama, Huntsville

7,100

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

25,580

University of Alaska Southeast

2,800

University of Arizona

36,805

University of Arkansas

18,647

University of Central Oklahoma

15,753

University of Denver

11,117

University of Hartford

6,225

University of Houston

35,344

University of Idaho

11,251

University of Iowa

30,409

University of Kansas

29,260

University of Kentucky

27,209

University of Lethbridge

8,001

University of Maryland

36,014

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

3,297

University of Massachusetts

60,000

University of Miami

15,449

University of Minnesota

50,402

University of Mississippi

17,323

University of Nebraska

22,973

University of New Hampshire

13,547

University of New Haven

4,480

University of New Mexico

24,092

University of North Florida

15,619

University of North Texas

34,268

University of Northern Colorado

12,981

University of Northern Iowa

14,207

University of Oklahoma

29,721

University of South Alabama

14,003

University of South Florida

34,036

University of Southern California

33,389

University of Southern Mississippi

16,050

University of Tennessee

26,400

University of Texas, Austin

49,696

University of Texas, Dallas

14,480

University of Texas, Pan American

17,048

University of Texas, San Antonio

28,534

University of Texas, Tyler

6,150

University of Tulsa

4,165

University of Utah

29,192

University of West Georgia

10,677

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

10,052

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

28,356

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

12,409

University of Wisconsin, Parkside

4,999

University of Wisconsin, Platteville

6,431

University of Wisconsin, River Falls

5,950

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

8,552

University of Wisconsin, Stout

8,416

University of Wyoming

13,301

Utah Valley State College

23,750

Valdosta State University

11,280

Vanderbilt University

11,847

Virginia Commonwealth University

31,907

Washington State University

24,396

Western Illinois University

13,600

Wichita State University

14,298

Wilson College

868

TOTAL

2,130,258

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