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OCC SHOWS 1.1 PERCENT DECLINE IN SPRING 2004 ENROLLMENT
Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Orange Coast College is showing a 1.1 percent decline in spring semester enrollment compared to last year. The college is offering 6.7 percent fewer classes than it offered a year ago.

Enrollment figures were released Tuesday (Dec. 9) by OCC's Admissions and Records Office. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Feb. 2.

OCC had a total of 13,363 students enrolled for spring classes as of Tuesday morning, compared to 13,513 for the same date last year. OCC's enrollment is up by 1.0 percent over figures recorded two years ago.

"Though our enrollment is down by 150 students this spring, students are taking more classes than they did a year ago," said Dr. Nancy L. Kidder, OCC's administrative dean of Admissions and Records. "Enrollment is down by 1.1 percent, but we are seeing increases in seats taken (2.9 percent), units taken (2.8 percent) and hours taken (2.8 percent).

"Our gains this spring in average seats, units and hours demonstrate the increased efficiency of the college's schedule."

OCC will offer 152 fewer course sections this spring. The college has scheduled 2,103 sections for the spring of 2004, compared to 2,255 for the spring of 2003.

Registration by touch-tone telephone for new and returning students continues through Thursday, Jan. 29. All students who are California residents are charged an $18 per-unit registration fee for classes.

Spring applications are being accepted ­ and registration appointments are available ­ in OCC's Admissions Office. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus will be closed for the holidays, Dec. 20 through Jan. 4.

OCC's spring class schedule is posted on the college's website (orangecoastcollege.com). Printed copies of the schedule are available for pick-up, free of charge, in the Admissions Office.

For spring registration information, phone (714) 432-5072.