If you’re bemoaning the fact that it’s summer and here you are, stuck in school, at least take comfort in the fact that you are certainly not alone. This year more than 13,800 students signed up for summer sessions, breaking the previous record by at least 1,000 people. We’ve also got 1400 people signed up for online classes, a 50 percent increase from the year before.

So what gives? Are that many people so determined to avoid the “Sex and the City” sequel? Are Berkeley students really the wet blankets that the rest of the country seems to insist we are?

Well, hold on to your hat, ’cause this might surprise you: a lot of it may have to do with money. Summer session is cheaper than upcoming semesters because read more »

After we read this fall’s final enrollment numbers, it sure did seem like all our classes were more packed. The lines at FSM are a bit longer too. And people are always taking the good desks at the library now.

Then, a friend pointed out that yesterday we were saying everything seemed less crowded. Well, maybe that’s proof that Cloggers are very impressionable.

Regardless, there’s an increase of about 1,000 students from Fall 2006.

The majority of campus demographics are pretty much the same since last year, with a slight dip among African American enrollment. Susanna Castillo-Robson, associate vice-chancellor of admissions and enrollment, gave the Daily Cal reasons why this would be so:

“Our biggest competitor is actually UCLA, from the UC’s perspective,” she said. “We actually share a number of students who are interested in applying at both schools.”

We love the lingo of those who work in the admissions world. “Oh no, the competition has a new strategy! Quick, let’s out-buy them and out-sell them, and maybe clever marketing schemes will help us gain greater revenue than UCLA among minorities!”

Well, such “marketing schemes” don’t seem to be helping if the admissions department aims to increase African American enrollment.

And if those who are trying to beat UCLA competition over enrollment are in charge of football … that explains a lot.

Image Source: Ted Kwong, Daily Cal
Enrollment Up by 1,000 in Fall 2007, But Little Change in Student Demographics [Daily Cal]
Cal sees student increase from 06 [Inside Bay Area]