October 24, 2014  

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Southern Miss Establishes Record Enrollment for Third Consecutive Year

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University of Southern Miss instructor Keltoum Rowland speaks to her French class on the first day of the Fall 2010 Semester. (Photo by Steve Rouse)

For the third consecutive year, The University of Southern Mississippi has experienced a record enrollment of freshmen students plus a record number of total students enrolled.

“This is very good news and a credit to the steadfast work of our faculty and staff,” said Southern Miss President Martha Saunders. “For us to have another record enrollment and another record freshman class in the face of the challenges in our region related to the BP oil spill and a bad economy tells me we are doing a lot of things right.” 

This increase for new Southern Miss freshmen contributes to the overall, duplicated enrollment record of 17,254 students. This is a 3.57 percent increase from the same time last year. These numbers, compiled by the Southern Miss Office of Institutional Research, reflect a duplicated enrollment that includes 14,096 undergraduates and 3,158 graduate students.

Equally as impressive is the freshman to sophomore retention, an emphasis of the Saunders administration, which is up 2.8 percent. This translates to 76.8 percent of new freshmen from last Fall returning as sophomores this Fall.

“Students and their families continue to show confidence in, and respect for, the educational opportunities offered at Southern Miss,” said Dr. Joe Paul, vice president of Student Affairs. “In addition to the 20 percent increase of new freshmen over the past three years, we also have a 5 percent increase in transfer students this Fall.”

The record freshman enrollment has also produced a record 3,288 students living in on-campus housing on the Hattiesburg campus. The Office of Residence Life reports this is the largest number of students living in dorms in more than 20 years.

Southern Miss also saw an increase in its Gulf Coast enrollments with a total of 3,166 students spread across its six coastal teaching sites.

“Despite these difficult economic times and the disruption from the oil spill, we are delighted for our Gulf Coast enrollment to be up 3.3 percent,” said Dr. Frances Lucas, vice president and campus executive officer for Southern Miss Gulf Coast. “I commend our dedicated students for their desire to advance their lives through education.”

The complete Southern Miss Fall 2010 duplicated enrollment figures are:

Location

Career

Fall 09

Fall 10

% Change

Hattiesburg

GRAD

2,487

2,575

3.54%

 

UGRD

11,058

11,507

4.06%

Hattiesburg Total

 

13,545

14,082

3.96%

Gulf Park

GRAD

438

465

6.16%

 

UGRD

2,092

2,325

11.14%

Gulf Park Total

 

2530

2790

10.28%

Meridian

GRAD

33

2

-93.94%

 

UGRD

 

4

 

Meridian Total

 

33

6

-81.82%

Stennis

GRAD

71

62

-12.68%

 

UGRD

3

18

500.00%

Stennis Total

 

74

80

8.11%

GCRL

GRAD

53

54

1.89%

 

UGRD

111

242

118.02%

GCRL Total

 

164

296

80.49%

Grand Total

 

16,659

17,254

3.57%

*These figures represent duplicated headcount, a number that reflects students by location, so some individual students may be counted twice if they are enrolled in two or more places. Figures released by the IHL are unduplicated numbers.