AUG. 28, 2013 – Early indications are that enrollment at SPSU will settle at approximately 6,500 students this fall, representing a 5.5 percent increase over last fall. Last year at this time, SPSU had the second highest increase in enrollment (6.9 percent) of any school within the University System of Georgia. As has been the trend for the past several fall semesters, there is no question that SPSU will set a new record for enrollment – last year’s total was 6,202 students.
The university has enrolled SPSU’s largest freshman class ever, with the number of first-year students up 9 percent to date over last year's class.
International students represent another robust segment of the student body – an orientation session for these students held in the ETC Auditorium on Aug. 12 was a standing-room-only event. The largest number of students is from the People’s Republic of China, but there are also students from the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy Pakistan and Syria, among other countries.
SPSU’s most popular undergraduate majors are mechanical engineering, information technology, computer science, electrical engineering and architecture. The most popular graduate programs are the Master of Science in Information Technology, the Master of Science in Accounting, and the Master of Business Administration. The fastest growing programs at SPSU are: new media arts, which has doubled in size since fall 2012; mechanical engineering, which is up by a third; and accounting and electrical engineering, both of which are up by 25 percent since last year.
"Students and their parents are seeing the real value of a polytechnic education, in which our graduates contribute to the economic development of the region, our academic programs provide relevance in meeting the needs of industry and the faculty and staff are focused on student success," said Dr. Ron Koger, vice president for Student and Enrollment Services.
Not only is the size of the student body setting a record, SPSU is experiencing an unprecedented demand for on-campus housing. Campus-wide, the occupancy rate is 94 percent, according to Kasey Helton, director of Campus Services. Dr. Bill Prigge, vice president for Business and Finance who oversees Housing and Residence Life, indicated that more than 1,600 students are living on campus this fall, compared to 1,536 last fall.