UA hits record enrollment of 28,807 ahead of goal

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama has surpassed its president's enrollment goal of 28,000 students faster than he hoped.

The university announced that 28,807 students are enrolled for the fall term. That's up 6.5 percent from last year.

Robert Witt arrived as Alabama's president in 2003 and soon set of goal of having 28,000 students by 2013. The campus had never had more than 20,000 students before his arrival. Enrollment soon increased faster than expected, and Witt moved up his goal to 2010. But a record freshman class of 5,207 this fall put Witt over his goal sooner than expected.

Witt said the record enrollment is a tribute to the university's faculty and staff and their dedication to the students.

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