University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
August 25, 2009
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA Enrollment Sets Multiple Records

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The University of South Alabama this fall has experienced another record enrollment, including the largest number of new students in its history.

A record 14,757 students enrolled at USA this semester, representing a 478-student increase from one year ago.

USA this fall set multiple new records, including a record:

  • 4,215 new students entering USA for the first time
    (these include new freshman and transfer students)
  • 11,408 undergraduates
  • 2,824 graduate students
  • 525 medical students, and
  • 2,543 African-Americans.

Additionally, USA reported a historic number of students living on campus, with more than 2,700 now residing at the University. 

“High quality and diverse academic programs remain the primary force behind USA's strong growth in recent years,” said USA President Gordon Moulton.  “This year, the addition of football and marching band created even greater interest in the University, which contributed further to our positive growth trend.”

USA drew new freshmen from more than 300 high schools nationwide, with Baker and Murphy each producing more than 100 members of the University's freshman class.

Here are USA's top feeder schools and the number of new freshmen from each:

  Murphy 142
  Baker 117
  Alma Bryant 99
  Davidson 97
  Mary G. Montgomery 80
  Theodore 74
  McGill-Toolen 60
  Faith Academy 49
  Daphne 44
  Satsuma 40
  Fairhope 37
  St. Paul's 35
  Mobile Christian 29
  Blount 24
  Ocean Springs 24
  Cottage Hill Christian 22
  Spanish Fort 22
  Alabama School of Math & Science 19
  Foley 19
  LeFlore 18

The following are USA's college and school enrollments for 2009:

Arts and Sciences 4,147
Business 1,730
Education 2,023
Engineering 1,189
Allied Health Professions 1,803
Nursing 2,556
Medicine 577
Computer and Information Sciences 443
Continuing Ed. and Special Programs 272

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The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has not yet compiled enrollments for the state's universities this fall, but ACHE data indicates that USA has consistently been one of Alabama's fastest-growing universities in recent years. USA's enrollment has grown by more than 3,400 students in the last decade, representing an increase of nearly 30 percent.

In addition to numbers, USA grew in academic quality as well. The entering freshman class included 149 students with ACT scores of 28 and above, 102 with 29 and above, and 71 with 30 and above.

USA this past year awarded 2,580 degrees, bringing the historical number of degrees awarded by the University to more than 64,500.

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