University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
August 31, 2010
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6640
 

USA Enrollment Tops Record 15,000

 
Record enrollment - 15,007
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The University of South Alabama this fall has experienced another record enrollment, topping 15,000 for the first time in the University’s history.

 

A record 15,007 students enrolled at USA this semester, representing a 250-student increase from one year ago.

 

USA this fall set multiple new records, including a record 11,658 undergraduate students and a record number of students living on campus, with more than 2,800 now residing at the University. In the midst of this growth, USA will add another 300-student residence hall next fall.

 

“We are truly gratified that the reputation of USA’s faculty, the quality and diversity of our academic programs, expanded academic facilities, and the continued enrichment of student life through such initiatives as the new student recreation center, football, and marching band continue to insure the University of South Alabama’s position as a first-choice university among ever-increasing numbers of today’s students,” said USA President Gordon Moulton.

 

USA drew new freshmen from more than 200 high schools nationwide, with Alma Bryant, Baker, Davidson 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:

 
  1. Davidson
  2. Murphy
  3. Alma Bryant
  4. Baker
  5. Mary G. Montgomery
  6. Satsuma
  7. Theodore
  8. McGill-Toolen
  9. Faith Academy
  10. St. Paul's
  11. Spanish Fort
  12. Daphne
  13. George County (Miss.)
  14. Robertsdale
  15. Ocean Springs (Miss.)
  16. Alabama School of Math & Science
  17. Booker T. Washington (Fla.)
  18. Foley
  19. Biloxi (Miss.)
  20. Fairhope
  21. Prattville
131
129
127
106
87
62
62
54
42
36
34
33
23
20
19
18
17
17
16
16
16
 

The following are USA’s college and school enrollments for 2010:

 

Arts and Sciences
Business
Education
Engineering
Allied Health Professions
Nursing
Medicine
Computer and Information Sciences
Continuing Ed. and Special Programs

4,200
1,578
1,898
1,226
1,898
2,782
584
496
317

 
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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 nearly 30 percent in the last decade. In fact, the University's enrollment has steadily risen since admitting its inaugural class of 928 students in 1964.
 
In addition to numbers, USA grew in academic quality as well. The entering freshman class included 141 students with ACT scores of 28 and above, 94 with 29 and above, and 64 with 30 and above. Additionally, the average ACT composite score of 22.1 at USA continues to surpass state and national averages of 20.3 and 21.0, respectively.
 
USA’s this fall has 2,819 students enrolled in graduate studies.
 
The number of students taking advantage of courses offered in an online instructional format continues to  increase.  In  fall
  2010, the  number  of unique students  taking an  online class

grew to 4,465 students, an increase of 76 percent over fall 2009. Likewise, the number of registrants for online courses grew by 57 percent to 6,896.

 

USA this past year awarded 2,465 degrees, bringing the historical number of degrees awarded by the University to 67,197.

 
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