UCCS enrollment surpasses 12,000; records set

IMG_4632-EditCOLORADO SPRINGS – More than 12,000 students enrolled at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs for the fall 2016 semester, an almost  7 percent increase from last year’s record student enrollment.

UCCS set a record for its overall enrollment and enrollment of new freshmen students. Classes began Aug. 22. Enrollment figures are preliminary. Official, detailed enrollment reports will be available Sept. 12.

Preliminary reports prepared by the Office of Admissions and Records show 12,068 students enrolled for the fall 2016 semester, a 769 student or 6.8 percent increase from the 11,299 students who enrolled in fall 2015.

“We are pleased that UCCS continues to attract students who are interested in improving their futures and that of their families and home communities,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said. “UCCS is an institution that is both high-quality and financially accessible to students from throughout our region.”

Of the 12,068 students enrolled, 2,072 are freshman, a 434 student or 26 percent increase from the 1,638 freshmen who enrolled for fall 2015. This is a record.

UCCS saw growth in both its undergraduate and graduate student enrollments.

For fall 2016, there are 10,259 undergraduate students, a 641 student or 6.7 percent increase from fall 2015 when 9,618 students enrolled. There are 1,809 graduate students this year, a 128 student or 7.6 percent increase from the 1,681 students who enrolled in graduate programs in fall 2015.

Transfers increased by 128 students or 12.8 percent. This year, 1,125 students transferred to UCCS – often from the state’s community colleges – compared to 997 transfers in fall 2015.

Each year since 2007, UCCS has posted a record enrollment and has grown by more than 4,300 students or 57 percent. In 2007, 7,715 students were enrolled at UCCS.

Students enroll in 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs offered by the College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Science, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs.

The preliminary enrollment figures will be shared Sept. 8 with the members of the University of Colorado Board of Regents. The board is meeting in regular session Sept. 8-9 at UCCS. For more information about the meeting, visit http://www.cu.edu/regents.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.