Campus grows 6 percent

Spring 2012 student enrollment increased by more than 6 percent from a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Enrollment Management.

Homer Wesley, vice chancellor, Student Success and Enrollment Management, said 8,993 students enrolled for the spring 2012 semester, a 535 student or 6.3 percent increase from the 8,458 students who enrolled for spring 2011.

Student credit hours – the number of students on campus and the courses in which they are enrolled – also increased. For spring 2012, students enrolled in 103,745 credit hours, an increase of 6,355 credit hours or 6.5 percent more than the spring 2011 record of 95,556 credit hours.

“These figures reflect the dedication of faculty and staff who deliver an excellent education value to the people of our region and state,” Wesley said. “I am appreciative of those who took time to talk with prospective students, allowed extra enrollments in their courses, or took other steps that enabled our collective enrollment success.”

Noteworthy in initial spring enrollment analysis are 570 new transfer students, a 71 student or 14.2 percent increase from last year’s 499 transfer students, and 104 new freshmen students, a 46 student or 79.3 percent increase from last year’s 58 new freshmen. UCCS also saw an increase in the number of minority students enrolled. There are 1,983 students who self-identified as being an ethnic minority this spring, a 267 student or 15.6 percent increase from spring 2011.

While pleased about the results of spring enrollment, Wesley is turning his attention to enrollment for fall 2012. Applications for fall enrollment are 160 percent greater than at the same time a year ago. Staff members in the Department of Admissions Services are working hard to ensure timely processing of a record number of applications, Wesley said.

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