UCCS enrollment


Transcript: 09/13/2017: KOAA (NBC) more evidence tonight that u-c- c-s in colorado springs is one of the fastest growing universities in the country. new numbers out tonight show fall enrollment up 3-point-6 percent,… bumping it to nearly 12- thousand, 500 students. in the past decade, enrollment has increased 60-percent. uccs says they’ve been actively growing, as well as building new facilities and programs, to keep up with enrollment numbers. we spoke to one student today who tells news5 the increase is noticable, but the campus doesn’t feel any more crowded than before. there’s obviously the complaints about parking–but you’ll find that at any university.but our class sizes–i think they’re managed really well.you still are able to have that great connection with professors.i’m really not worried about the growth of our campus–i think it’s growing at a steady rate. u-c-c-s says many of their undergraduate programs are in high demand… like engineering and health care.. and believe that has also contributed to the continued increase in enrollment. not as encouraging news at csu-pueblo though, with their fall enrollment down four and a half percent. news5’s laura wilson joins us from our pueblo studio… and laura… this wasn’t a huge surprise for them? it really wasn’t. the school saw several state and national trends that they predicted would impact their enrollment this fall. the good news is, it’s given them time to put a plan together on how to improve those numbers for next year. csu-pueblo’s campus is a little emptier this fall, down about 200 students, compared to this time last year. “you know, it wasn ‘t unexpected.” vp of enrollment chrissy holliday says one early indicator was smaller graduating classes from the college’s feeder schools. “we also previously had had higher enrollment in classes that were graduating from here.so continuing enrollment was a little bit down as well because we were losing some of those larger classes.” but while the campus braced for a smaller enrollment, they also started planning for how to get those numbers back up… like changing their recruitment approach, as well as improving the campus atmosphere for current students. “our new occhiato university center will be opening later this year.we know having that nice renovated space is very attractive to our students.and then, our foundation has actually opened up a brand new taphouse and restaurant.” which has already generated a lot of buzz, in the short time its been open. “it’s great.every time i wear my shirt and go back on campus, people are like ‘oh you wear that, that’s so cool!'” nikitaq wint says the new taphouse gives reason to stay close to campus when they’re not in class. “we had our first game about two weeks ago.just the turnout here was amazing.it’s really picking up and its a great attraction for our school.” and back on campus, the 4.5 percent dropoff hasn’t seemed to affect students. “i hadn’t really noticed.” some of them actually hoping it will be more noticeable in the classroom this semester. “you get more interaction with the professor.you get more interaction not just with the staff, but your fellow students as well.you actually get to know them and see the progression with them.” csu-pueblo says they’re going to rampp recrtment efforts in southern california. they tell me people there really seem to enjoy pueblo and its climate…. so that could have a positive impact on next year’s enrollment numbers. …