VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University's enrollment numbers continue to soar.

"We are encouraged by the steady increase in our enrollment (over) the past few years," said Thressea Boyd, university spokesperson. "This semester's enrollment has the potential of being one of the largest spring enrollments on record."

However, exact numbers are not known at this time. Boyd said the spring semester enrollment numbers continue to fluctuate as students add and drop classes, a process that will continue throughout the first few days of the semester.

"An unofficial spring semester head count will not be finalized until later this month," Boyd added.

Spring 2002, Valdosta State University welcomed 8,856 students to its south Georgia campus, an increase of 456 students compared to spring of the previous year.

University officials are optimistic the 2003 figures will represent an additional increase.

Thursday, more than 300 new students attended a university orientation session. During the same time last year, university officials saw about 250 new students at their spring orientation.

"Valdosta State University officials are optimistic about spring enrollment numbers," Boyd said.

If tradition holds true, the university's spring enrollment numbers could surpass 9,000 students. At Valdosta State, Boyd said the spring semester numbers are normally 300 to 400 students less than the fall semester.

During the fall 2002 semester, the university boasted an enrollment of 9,900 students.

The last day for students to register for spring classes is Jan. 17.

Residence halls open today at 10 a.m.

The first day of classes is Monday.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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