More students pick UCCS; fall enrollment surpasses 12,400


New students form the letters UCCS as part of welcome week activities.

Editor’s note: This post was updated Sept. 12 with official enrollment figures.

More than 12,400 students enrolled at UCCS for the fall 2017 semester, a 3.6 percent or 427 student increase from last year’s record student enrollment.

The university’s official census was Sept. 7. Figures were released Sept. 11. The CU Board of Regents received preliminary figures at its Sept. 7 meeting.

“We are committed to helping every student on our campus succeed,” Chancellor Venkat Reddy said. “Graduation is the ultimate measure of that, but student success for us means so much more – providing job opportunities on campus, off campus, scholarships, internships, connection to the community, research opportunities and the knowledge and skills for success in life. We are excited to welcome our new first-year freshmen as well as our returning students and graduate students.”

Official figures show fall enrollment at 12,422 students, a 3.6 percent or 427-student increase from the 11,995 students who enrolled last fall.

Of those students, there are 10,437 undergraduate students, a 250-student or 2.5 percent increase from the 10,187 students who enrolled last fall. There are 1,822 graduate students enrolled, a 156 student or 9.4 percent increase from last fall.

Enrollment of new freshmen declined by 36 students or 1.75 percent from last year’s record class. There were 2,020 freshmen students who enrolled for fall 2017 compared to 2,056 in 2016. The 2016 freshmen enrollment represented a 418 student or 25 percent increase from the 1,638 freshmen who enrolled in 2015.

UCCS students are from all 50 states and more than 2,000 are military affiliated.

“We are deeply appreciative of efforts by faculty, staff, current students and UCCS alumni to encourage new students to see UCCS as a place where they can improve their futures,” Mathew Cox, senior executive director of enrollment management, Admissions Services, said.

In the past decade, UCCS enrollment increased by more than 60 percent. There were 7,715 students enrolled for the fall 2007 semester.

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