CSU–Pueblo records highest spring enrollment in almost 15 years


Colorado State University – Pueblo recorded the highest enrollment for a spring semester in nearly 15 years, according to census figures released this week, while early projections for next fall signal continued growth.

Student headcount for Spring 2009 semester rose 12.7 percent over Spring 2008 at 4,310, a gain of 484 students. The 2009 headcount is the highest spring census since 1995. Full-time equivalency numbers, upon which funding is based, rose 14 percent Spring of 2008 to 3,528 in Spring 2009. The FTE figure is the highest since the Spring of 1996, said CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia.

Both new (+16, +3%) and continuing (+468, +14%) students increased. Undergraduate growth occurred across all class levels, except seniors, which declined slightly. Spring 2009 graduate enrollment increased by 37 percent, or 76 students, thanks to the addition of a master’s degree program in English, nursing, and education. Enrollment growth also was spurred by recent gains in the Exercise Science program and continued interest in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Garcia attributed the enrollment gains to the double digit growth of the Fall 2008 semester as well as enhancements to academic and student life programs and increased efforts to retain currently enrolled students. The retention of students from Fall 2008 semester to Spring 2009 was 85 percent, up from 82 percent a year ago. The 1,033 new freshmen in Fall 2008 represented a 65 percent (+ 407) increase over Fall 2007 and became the largest freshman class in University history.

“While we are delighted with the continued interest from new students, we are most pleased by the increase in our retention rate of the current freshmen class,” said Garcia.

According to Joe Marshall, assistant vice president of admissions and records, the University is on track to meet its goals for next fall, although it truly is too soon to tell. Early indicators are positive (10 percent up in applications, 20 percent up in admits), but the University is only one third of the way through the admissions cycle at this point.

A complete chart of Spring enrollment patterns follows.

CSU-Pueblo Spring Semester Enrollment

 

Census

 

 

1995*

Headcount

4196

 

FTE

3622

 

 

1996

Headcount

3951

 

FTE

3395.4

 

 

1997

Headcount

3912

 

FTE

3372.4

 

 

1998

Headcount

3832

 

FTE

3237.4

 

 

1999

Headcount

3851

 

FTE

3205.1

 

 

2000

Headcount

3892

 

FTE

3228.6

 

 

2001

Headcount

3901

 

FTE

3200

 

 

2002

Headcount

3875

 

FTE

3100.6

 

 

2003

Headcount

3938

 

FTE

3069.2

 

 

2004

Headcount

3898

 

FTE

3103.2

 

 

2005

Headcount

4026

 

FTE

3182.6

 

 

2006

Headcount

3954

 

FTE

3191.1

 

 

2007

Headcount

3718

 

FTE

3028.9

 

 

2008

Headcount

3826

 

FTE

3094.5

 

 

2009

Headcount

4310

 

FTE

3528.8

 

* 1995 figures are "final", usually higher than the "census" figures.

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