With 8,000 Students, CSU Hits New Enrollment Record

COLUMBUS, Ga. -– Unofficial numbers from Columbus State University show a new enrollment record for the fall 2008 semester, with more than 8,000 students signed up for classes.

“Achieving this unique milestone is very important – not only in terms of the importance of the growth but also in recognition of the quality of our programs and because of our unique budget challenges,” CSU President Tim Mescon said. “I’m very appreciative of the commitment that all our staff and faculty have made in support of this growth.”

Final enrollment figures won’t be available until later in the year, when released by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. But on the first day of classes Thursday, CSU’s Enrollment Services offices showed 8,002 students enrolled.

That’s a new record for CSU and an increase of about 400 people from last year’s enrollment of 7,590. From a historical perspective, the fall 2008 figure is up 2,880 students from 10 years ago, when 5,122 students were enrolled. That’s a 56 percent increase over the last decade.

Year - Fall Enrollment
1998 – 5,122
1999 – 4,915
2000 – 5,191
2001 – 5,522
2002 – 6,250
2003 – 6,937
2004 – 7,224
2005 – 7,475
2006 – 7,597
2007 – 7,590
2008 – 8,002 (unofficial)