Columbus State University Hits Record Enrollment

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University has hit a record for enrollment, topping 8,200 students on campus this year.

The official number will change before being reported to the Board of Regents late next month, but fall 2009 marks the second year in a row that the university has reached an enrollment milestone.

In fall 2008, the number of enrolled students hit the 8,000 mark briefly before a count of students-in-seats settled to a final, official enrollment of 7,953.

For the past five years, Columbus State University’s official fall enrollment has been:

  • 2008: 7,953

  • 2007: 7,590

  • 2006: 7,597

  • 2005: 7,475

  • 2004: 7,224

This week, Columbus State University’s enrollment was at 8,212 students, a number that will fluctuate as student payments are processed, and as new students sign up for second session classes that will start in early October for freshmen who were not able to complete their paperwork for the start of the regular fall semester on Aug. 17.

“It is so exciting for me to see the great things we’re doing here translate into enrollment by students,” said Columbus State University President Tim Mescon. “In the face of unprecedented budget challenges, our faculty has taken the necessary steps to find ways to continue to deliver an education that is far better than most realize. The staff here has worked hard to spread the good message about who we are and what’s ahead for Columbus State.”

The record fall enrollment for fall 2009 includes well over 200 students enrolled at Fort Benning and West Point, Ga.

“CSU has hit several records this fall,” said Chip Reese, dean of students and enrollment management. “We have had more applications for admission and financial aid than ever before, served more veterans than ever, and our residence halls are at capacity. The cooperation of the entire campus working toward these goals has been very rewarding.”