Columbus State University on Track Toward Another Record Enrollment

COLUMBUS, Ga. — For the third consecutive year, Columbus State University is headed toward another record enrollment, preliminary figures for fall semester show.
The official figure will slide before being computed by the state Board of Regents later this fall, but the 2010 semester started with a 3 percent increase in enrollment from last year, with 8,427 students recorded on campus this week.  In fall 2009, the number of enrolled students topped the 8,000 mark for the first time. For the past six years, Columbus State University’s official fall enrollment has been:

• 2009: 8,179
• 2008: 7,953
• 2007: 7,590
• 2006: 7,597
• 2005: 7,475
• 2004: 7,224

The 2010 figure of 8,427 is preliminary because enrollment fluctuates at the beginning of each semester as student payments are processed, and as students finalize which classes they will keep, drop or add.

“We made a strong push this year to attract more academically qualified students,” said Columbus State University President Tim Mescon. “Retention statistics prompted us, with faculty encouragement, to move up our application deadline to June 30 and to raise our minimum academic qualifications for entry. I’m very appreciative to the faculty and our staff for their work in continuing to grow enrollment, which is a critical component to our budget allocation from the state.”

Also important in that budget allocation formula is the number of credit hours that Columbus State University students are taking each semester. Preliminary numbers show those credit hours also are increasing, from 87,322 last year to 88,689 this semester, said Chip Reese, dean of students and enrollment management.

“We’ve been successful in our attempts to bring in more academically qualified students from around the region and from the Atlanta area, while also serving local populations at the Fort Benning and West Point instructional sites,” Reese said. “Our residence halls are full, and we have awarded a record amount of $11.3 million in financial aid and student loans during the first disbursement.”