Students have flocked to Southern Oregon University this winter, pushing winter term enrollment to record levels, the school reported today.

Students have flocked to Southern Oregon University this winter, pushing winter term enrollment to record levels, the school reported today.

The 5,644 students attending classes during the term that started Jan. 4 is the highest number for any winter term and the second highest number of students SOU has ever had, university officials said in a news release. The largest enrollment at SOU was 5,772 students in fall of 1999.

The number of students is up 2.8 percent from winter 2009.

The full-time equivalent, a standard measure based on credits earned that accounts for full- and part-time students and is used to determine state funding, is 4,095, up 3.3 percent from a year ago.

In a statement included in the news release, SOU President Mary Cullinan stressed that the strong enrollment numbers were the result of "good planning, sustained effort, and many people working together to attract students and help them be successful."

Other enrollment highlights include 114 transfer students and 206 new students, the largest numbers in those categories since winter 2001. This term also has the highest number of graduate students for a winter term — 47 — and the highest number ever of non-admitted students — 1,093.

— Anita Burke