University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations


January 23, 2003

USA Posts Record Spring Enrollment

MOBILE -- The University of South Alabama has posted its largest spring semester enrollment in the University’s 40-year history.

USA’s 2003 spring semester enrollment of 12,138 is up 482 students, or 4.1 percent, from one year ago. The University’s spring enrollment has increased three straight years by a total of 12 percent or 1,304 students. USA’s students are also taking more classes, with credit hours up more than 3 percent from spring 2002.

“In reviewing our growth, it’s very apparent that students, as well as parents, are realizing the value of a University of South Alabama education, ” said USA Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services Dr. J. David Stearns.

Stearns attributed USA’s increase to a combination of greater awareness of the University’s quality, increased academic scholarship opportunities for new and returning students, and improved recruiting and retention efforts.

Comparing this spring to last, Nursing saw the greatest one-year increase among USA’s colleges and schools, with combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment up 25 percent to 1,311. Education grew 6.9 percent to 2,448; Arts and Sciences was up 2.2 percent to 3,144; Continuing Education and Special Programs was up 1.6 percent to 328; Engineering grew 1.5 percent to 871; and Medicine was up 1.3 percent to 476. Other enrollments include the Mitchell College of Business, 1,798; Allied Health Professions, 1,176; and Computer and Information Sciences, 586.

USA alumni now number more than 50,000.

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Contact: Keith Ayers, director of public relations
251/460-6211 or

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