UCCS reaches record high enrollment

Posted: 09.26.2013 at 3:32 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) has reached record enrollment numbers, according to school officials.

Records broken include headcount, credit hours and freshman class.

The total enrollment of the University increased by 8.4 percent or 821 students. For the fall 2013 semester, officials said 10,598 students are enrolled.

As for the number of student credit hours – that’s up by 8.1 percent to 122,715.

The freshman class increased by 135 students or 9.3 percent for a total of 1,582 students. Officials said there was also an increase of 15 percent for students who consider themselves members of an ethnic minority group.

“We are pleased that a record number of students are choosing UCCS,” said Homer Wesley, vice chancellor, Student Success and Enrollment Management.  “I appreciate the effort of faculty and staff who continue to provide a very personal level of support for students. It’s important to point out that improved student retention played an important role in these outcomes and that this year’s freshman class is not only the largest ever but exceptionally well qualified.”

UCCS continuing students increased by 9 percent from last year to this year.

Wesley said improving student retention has been a priority.

“Our focus has been to support student success from initial enrollment to graduation,” Wesley said. “The university community has done very good work in addressing the needs of students who are transitioning into this campus community and supporting their studies.”

The University said its students represent 49 states and most Colorado counties. The only state that isn’t represented is Arkansas.

Totals for the entire university are 8,871 undergraduate students and 1,727 graduate students. Graduate enrollment increased by 7.5 percent year-to-year. According to the university, it has about 2,000 students enrolled in online programs.

UCCS offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s degrees and five doctoral degrees.