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It's official: UCCS breaks three enrollment records

By Debbie Kelley Published: October 4, 2013 0

As expected, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs officially has broken enrollment records for headcount, credit hours and the size of its freshman class, the campus reported Thursday.

Total enrollment now tops 10,000, and at 10,598 for this fall semester is 8.4 percent more than last fall's 9,777 students, according to Homer Wesley, vice chancellor of student success and enrollment management.

Student credit hours - the number of students multiplied by the number of courses they take - increased by 8.1 percent over the fall of 2012, to 122,715. Undergraduate credit hours increased in every UCCS college, led by the College of Engineering and Applied Science with 16 percent growth.

And the freshman class has grown by 135 students, or 9.3 percent, to 1,582 students this fall.

Student retention also is improving, which Wesley said has been a goal. Students continuing their education at UCCS increased by 604 students, or 9 percent, over last fall, at 7,303 this year.

This year's student body represents 49 states, with Arkansas being the hold out.

There are 8,871 undergraduate students, which is 84 percent of total enrollment. Graduate enrollment is up by 121 students to 1,727 this fall. The College of Education had the biggest increase in graduate student credit hours, up 15.7 percent.

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