Gov. DeSantis expects students from elite colleges will come to Florida to escape discrimination

Ron DeSantis
'I think you're going to start to see a lot of people take us up on that offer.'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may have left the state to pursue two Ivy League degrees as a student, but he thinks traffic will go the other way in the wake of anti-Israel protests on campuses, with Jewish students leading the way.

“I announced in January that we would be waiving our transfer rules because usually you have to be in another university for a certain period of time. We’re going to be waiving that for students who are being discriminated against. Largely right now, that’s Jewish students in this country given what’s going on,” DeSantis said in Naples on Tuesday.

“I think you’re going to see some of these students and some of these schools to say, you know what, the hell with it, why would I want to put myself through that and be targeted by these rage mobs on campus? I can come to Florida and actually know that I can study in a good environment (and be) treated with respect. So I think you’re going to start to see a lot of people take us up on that offer,” DeSantis added.

Earlier this year, DeSantis trumpeted the rule change.

“With leaders of so-called elite universities enabling antisemitic activities, rather than protecting their students from threats and harassment, it is understandable that many Jewish students are looking for alternatives and looking to Florida … We want to again make it clear that Jewish students are welcome to live and learn in Florida where they will be respected and not persecuted due to their faith,” he said.

Students from Columbia, Yale, George Washington, and other institutions where protests have imperiled Jewish students and obstructed the normal course of business have options in Florida, including waiving credit hour requirements and application date deadlines that would normally apply, per the Executive Order issued in January.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • rbruce

    April 30, 2024 at 10:05 am

    Wish Hillsdale and Ave Maria will team up to expand Ft Myers campus.

    • rick whitaker

      April 30, 2024 at 7:16 pm

      RBRUCE, i’m sure you do.

  • Abram Nicholson

    April 30, 2024 at 10:43 am

    DeSantis is a lying jackass. Truth is that discrimination is worse in Florida than in any other state in America.

    • KathrynA

      April 30, 2024 at 11:00 am

      So agree–the truth cannot be taught and trying to make every university an imitation Hillsdale where free thought and expression is suppressed.

  • Tjb

    April 30, 2024 at 3:33 pm

    Ron wants to make our universities reeducation camps promoting hated towards folks who do not think like him

  • Joe

    April 30, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    Zero chance that is happening in any kind of meaningful numbers. Florida’s tyrannical ruling party has flushed their universities’ academic reputations down the toilet.

    • rick whitaker

      April 30, 2024 at 7:13 pm

      JOE , desantis is in denial about many things, including ruining florida’s education reputation

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 30, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    UF has the largest number of Jewish students among public schools in the US, some 6500.

  • Bwj

    April 30, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    That’s wishful thinking by the Governor.

  • Michael roberts

    April 30, 2024 at 7:03 pm

    Ron is crazed, he is supported by Neo-nazis.

  • Sneaky Pete

    May 1, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    Only those that want to be more stupid will come down here.

  • Tjb

    May 9, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    DeSantis a graduate of Yale and Harvard – said elite schools are “graduating imbeciles” … now I understand why he is an imbecile

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