SPSU’s fall enrollment is 6,202 students, a leap of 6.9 percent over the fall 2011 total of 5,799 students, according to the Board of Regents’ newly released Fall 2012 Enrollment Report. Only Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville experienced a larger increase among the 35 institutions within the University System of Georgia.
The report also notes that at the university, the number of new freshmen has increased by roughly 27 percent, female enrollment by 9 percent, Hispanic enrollment by 27 percent and graduate enrollment by 5 percent.
To what is SPSU attributing these increases?
Some of the new academic programs are attracting significant numbers of new students. For example, SPSU’s evening engineering programs as well as programs in new media arts, accounting, and computer game design and development (CGDD) have become very popular.
SPSU is also seeing a resurgence of interest in the computer science program. Dr. Han Reichgelt, dean of the School of Computing and Software Engineering (CSE), recently noted that CSE majors account for one out of every four SPSU students.
Specific efforts made by Student Enrollment Services in recent years to boost recruitment and enrollment are definitely bearing fruit. “We have improved the marketing of existing programs and therefore increased awareness of them,” said Dr. Ron Koger, vice president for Student Enrollment Services. In addition, “We have developed a more extensive communications plan for recruiting prospective students – including more personal contact, letters, postcards and calls from the Call Center that we established several years ago.”
The recruiting open houses have continued to be critical in providing students with experiences and insights into opportunities at SPSU. “The university is seeing a high conversion rate from prospective students who attend an open house to actually enrolling,” Dr. Koger said.
Also up at SPSU this fall is the number of financial aid applications, which has increased by 9 percent. The university received its 10,000th financial aid application in September.
To view the complete University System Fall 2012 Enrollment Report, click on this link.