Friday, September 7, 2012

UCCS hits enrollment record ... again

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 6:10 PM

UCCS: Growing and growing.
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • UCCS: Growing and growing.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs may not yet have the legendary status of its sister campus in Boulder, but that could be changing. In what has become an annual tradition, UCCS has once again shattered its enrollment record.

Perhaps word is getting out about the relatively affordable university in southern Colorado, which still boasts a beautiful and scenic campus and a rigorous academic program. Of course, it could also be that high school grads no longer ask, "Should I go to college, or straight into the the workforce?" Colorado's unemployment rate still hovers at 8.3 percent, and unexperienced youth face big challenges in finding jobs.

Read on to learn more about UCCS's record-setting year:

UCCS enrollment surpasses 9,800; record freshman class expected

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Student enrollment for the Fall 2012 semester at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will be the largest in the history of the university, according to preliminary enrollment estimates.

The Office of Institutional Research estimates that total UCCS enrollment will be 9,850 on-campus students, a new record, and a 529 student or 6 percent increase from a year ago. For the Fall 2011 semester, 9,321 students enrolled in on-campus courses. An estimated 2,000 additional students enroll in online and extended studies courses offered by the university.

“While preliminary, these figures demonstrate that more southern Colorado residents are recognizing that higher education is the pathway to personal and professional success,” Shockley-Zalabak said.

Early enrollment reports also show a record-breaking number of freshmen students enrolled this fall. The UCCS freshman class has 1,457 students, a 105 student or almost 8 percent increase from last’s year’s record-breaking freshman class of 1,352.

In the last 10 years, UCCS enrollment has increased by more than 32 percent. For the Fall 2002 semester, UCCS enrolled 7,446 students.

UCCS classes began Aug. 20. Official enrollment reports providing a complete breakdown of enrollment including enrollment by college and the number of credit hours in which students enrolled will be available after Sept. 10.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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