The University of Southern Mississippi has reached a record enrollment
for the 2003 fall semester with just more than 16k students registered
at its campuses in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast.
officials announced Monday that 16,049 students had registered for
classes, which continues a trend of increasing enrollment at all
of the university's campuses.
record enrollment is evidence that we have a lot to offer at Southern
Miss, and students recognize that," said Southern Miss President
Dr. Shelby Thames. "We anticipate steady growth in the future
as we continue to offer quality academic programs that can help
students secure a bright future."
to the university's Hattiesburg campus total of 14,140, Southern
Miss Gulf Coast experienced a record enrollment of 1,909. "That's
the largest enrollment that we've experienced on the Gulf Coast,"
said Sheila White, director of public relations for Southern Miss
Gulf Coast. "That's up 6.8 percent over last fall."
This is the
second year that Southern Miss Gulf Coast has admitted freshmen,
with 119 first-year students enrolling for the fall.
excited that we are reaching new heights with our enrollment on
the Coast," said Dr. Jay Grimes, Southern Miss Gulf Coast provost.
"Our students and their education are our first priority. We
pride ourselves in being innovative and responsive to our customers
and our community."
figure represents a fourth-straight record fall enrollment, topping
last year's total of 15,172.
a Southern Miss junior from Okolona, says she's not surprised that
more people are choosing the university for their education. "There
are a lot of good things going on here," she said. "It
has a great environment, and the social work program (Pargo's major)
is good. It's a really friendly campus - I love it."
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul said the record
number "shows that people recognize the value of higher education
and the quality faculty and academic programs at Southern Miss."