Fall Enrollment of 6,200 Sets New Record For CSU

COLUMBUS, GA. - As predicted, the fall 2002 class at Columbus State University is the largest in its history, with a record enrollment of about 6,200.

Final numbers won't be reported to the state until October, but officials predict the tally will settle between 6,175 and 6,200, an increase of about 675 students over last year's record enrollment of 5,522. That represents an increase of better than 12 percent.

'We're elated that more and more students are discovering the opportunities available at CSU,' said President Frank Brown. 'We are no longer the best-kept secret in town; word of our achievements and excellence are spreading throughout the region, state and indeed the country.'

He said there are many reasons that could be attributed to the increase, including those outside of CSU's control, such as the economy. But there are plenty of reasons on campus that also have contributed to the success, including: the growing reputation of the university through its successful graduates, productive partnerships with the community and local businesses, new and veteran faculty members who are at the tops of their fields and a staff that has rededicated itself to spreading CSU's message and creating a student-centered campus.

One factor in the enrollment increase is the number of students from the Atlanta area who are making their way to Columbus. Kathy Carlisle, CSU's director of enrollment services, said there has been a 31 percent increase in students from the Atlanta area - 231 from 177 in 2001 - enrolling at CSU. Other factors, said Carlisle, include enrollment increases among international students, transfers and graduate students. In fall 2002, graduate student enrollment is up to 1,000 from 900 in fall 2001.

Many of those Atlanta students are attracted to CSU because of its combination of a quality education and attractive student housing. With new construction and renovations, almost 200 more beds have opened since last fall around main campus and in Uptown Columbus meaning CSU now has residential housing for 800 students.

CSU officials were expecting to log a record enrollment this semester after seeing summer enrollment jump by 18.6 percent - the largest increase among state universities in the University System of Georgia.

Fall Enrollment at CSU:

1997: 5,404
1998: 5,122
1999: 4,911
2000: 5,191
2001: 5,522
2002: 6,200

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Contact: Kathy Carlisle, (706) 568-2035 or by e-mail at carlisle_kathy@ColumbusState.edu