believe this record enrollment is driven by word of
mouthour current students telling our incoming
students and their families that USA has high quality
academic programs and caring faculty who are committed
to the individual success of each student, said
USA President Gordon Moulton. We will continue
to provide these things even as we grow.
today have many college options, and were gratified
that they continue to see USA as an exceptional value
for their educational dollar, making South Alabama one
of the fastest growing universities in the state.
has also enrolled a record number of graduate students
for the third straight year. Graduate school enrollment
is 2,670 students, up 13.7 percent from last years
average ACT score for USAs freshmen is 22.4. While
national data has not been compiled this year, this
would rank USA in the 73rd percentile nationally based
on 2002 comparisons. The USA entering class also reflects
strong diversity, with African-Americans making up approximately
14 percent of the freshman class.
2,800 USA students this year hold academic scholarships,
bolstered by increased private giving to the University
and a new scholarship program approved by the USA Board
of Trustees four years ago.
USAs schools and colleges, Nursing saw the greatest
one-year increase in undergraduate enrollment, up 36.4
percent to 1,150. The largest increase in graduate enrollment
is in Engineering, with 208 students, up 47.5 percent
from last year.
are total enrollments for USAs colleges and schools:
Arts and Sciences, 3,562; Mitchell College of Business,
1,855; Education, 2,557; Engineering, 960; Allied Health
Professions, 1,253; Nursing, 1,709; Computer and Information
Sciences, 564; Continuing Education and Special Programs,
341; and Medicine, 485.
total of 2,064 students graduated from USA in 2002-2003,
and the schools alumni now number more than 51,000.
enrollment had risen to a peak of 12,600 in 1994, but
fell by more than 400 when the Alabama Legislature in
1996 declared that students in four USA feeder counties
in Florida and Mississippi would be required to pay
non-resident tuition, after earlier being allowed to
attend USA at the in-state tuition rate. Students in
Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida and Hancock
and Pearl River counties in Mississippi saw their tuition