UCCS sets enrollment records

September 26, 2013
Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Enrollment at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for the fall 2013 semester broke records for headcount, credit hours, and freshman class, according to official campus reports.

Screen-Shot-2013-09-18-at-11.53.06-AMHomer Wesley, vice chancellor, Student Success and Enrollment Management, shared the official tally of UCCS enrollment with the campus Sept. 17.

Total enrollment increased by 821 students or 8.4 percent from 9,777 students in fall 2012 to 10,598 in fall 2013. Student credit hours – the number of students multiplied by the number of courses they take – increased by 9,234 hours or 8.1 percent from 113,481 in fall 2012 to 122,715 in fall 2013.

“We are pleased that a record number of students are choosing UCCS,” Wesley said.  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.”

The freshman class increased by 135 students or 9.3 percent from 1,447 students in fall 2012 to 1,582 students in fall 2013. Additionally, there was a 73 student or 15 percent increase in the number of freshman students who consider themselves members of an ethnic minority group. There were 474 minority students enrolled in fall 2012 and 547 minority students in 2013. Thirty-five percent of the freshman class self-reported minority group affiliation.

IMG_8581Continuing students increased by 604 students or 9 percent from 6,699 in fall 2012 to 7,303 in fall 2013. Improving student retention has been a priority, Wesley said.

UCCS students represent 49 states (there were no students from Arkansas) and most Colorado counties.

“Our focus has been to support student success from initial enrollment to graduation. 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. ” Wesley said.

This fall, there are 8,871 undergraduate students, 84 percent of the total enrollment. Undergraduate credit hours increased in every UCCS college, led by the College of Engineering and Applied Science with a 16 percent increase in student credit hours. Percentage gains in student credit hour increases by the other colleges were: Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 15.9 percent; School of Public Affairs, 14.2 percent; College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 7.4 percent; College of Education, 3.8 percent and College of Business, 2.4 percent.

Graduate enrollment increased by 121 students or 7.5 percent from 1,606 students in fall 2012 to 1,727 in fall 2013. Graduate students are 16 percent of the total UCCS enrollment. Graduate student credit hours increased in five of the six UCCS colleges. The College of Education led with a 15.7 percent increase followed by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 12.6 percent; Beth-El College of Nursing, 10.6 percent; College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 6.4 percent; School of Public Affairs, 5.5 percent. The College of Business saw a 3.3 percent decrease in graduate student enrollment.

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 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.