USM announces record enrollment

Enrollment at The University of Southern Mississippi has reached an all-time high, as a fourth-straight record freshman class and an emphasis on student retention have pushed overall enrollment up by nearly 5 percent.

A duplicated enrollment record of 17,968 represents a substantial increase over the Fall 2010 semester, and includes another record freshman class that is eight percent larger than a year ago.

“We are thrilled, but not surprised, to see so many first-year students making Southern Miss their university of choice,” said University President Dr. Martha Saunders. “Recruiting and graduating students remain top priorities for this university, and we continue to be committed to creating the most enjoyable and rewarding university experience for our students.

“Our enrollment strategy calls for steady, incremental growth so that we can maintain reasonable class sizes and effectively meet student needs. These numbers allow us to continue to do that.”

While the size of the 2011 freshmen class is notable, its quality is as equally as impressive as its quantity. The class is highlighted by 49 freshmen who have accepted Presidential Scholarships, the University’s most prestigious academic scholarship. These students all have ACT scores of 30 or higher as well as proven records of achievement inside and outside the classroom.

The enrollment figures include 14,795 students registered for courses in Hattiesburg and 3,167 students registered for courses at the Gulf Park campus or teaching sites along the Gulf Coast.