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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs sets another enrollment record

By: Debbie Kelley
September 8, 2016
Another year of school, another toppling of enrollment records at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Another year of school, another toppling of enrollment records at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

More than 12,000 students are attending this semester, a nearly 7 percent increase from last fall, which also surpassed student counts from previous years.

"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 in a statement.

She attributes the growth to "high quality" programs and "financial accessibility."

Shockley-Zalabak announced enrollment figures at a CU Board of Regents meeting Thursday at the local campus of the CU-system. The meeting continues Friday.

University officials also released pupil totals for the three other campuses, in Boulder, Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus.

UCCS broke records for both overall enrollment and enrollment of new freshmen students.

And, the largest group of students in campus history - some 1,680 students - moved into UCCS residential housing in mid-August, when the campus opened a new dorm, the San Juan House in the Village at Alpine Valley. This is the 20th year UCCS has offered on-campus student housing. A renovated dining hall also made its debut.

Classes began Aug. 22, and preliminary reports show 12,068 students enrolled, which is 769 more students than last fall.

The size of the freshmen class is another record. There are 2,072 freshman, a 26 percent increase over 2015.

Each year since 2007, UCCS has posted record enrollment and has grown by more than 4,300 students or 57 percent. In 2007, the school had 7,715 students.

New this year are men's baseball, women's lacrosse, expanded track and field sports programs, and bachelor's degrees in exercise science and engineering education.

The school offers 45 bachelor's, 22 master's and five doctoral degree programs in business, engineering, nursing and health sciences, humanities and public affairs tracks.

 
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