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August 14, 2007 > Summer School Boom

Summer School Boom

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP), Aug 11 _ More University of California students are using the summer to take classes, helping school officials handle surging enrollment at UC campuses.

Since 2000, the number of students taking summer classes at UC campuses has increased by 80 percent. About 70,600 students are enrolled in classes this summer, an increase of 5,000 from last year, according to university officials.

Summer sessions are helping the UC system accommodate its fast-growing student body. An additional 63,000 students _ about the current enrollments of UC Berkeley and UCLA _ are expected to enroll at the 10 UC campuses by 2010, officials say.

Summer classes allow students to graduate on time, which makes room for new enrollees, said Carol Copperud of UC's Office of Planning and Analysis. Schools also face less demand for housing when students are spread over four sessions instead of just the traditional fall, winter and spring terms, she said.

Campuses are providing incentives to lure students over the summer. Enrollment in UC Santa Barbara's summer program for freshmen guarantees placement in housing for the entire year. UC Irvine students who take more than 8 credits over the summer receive the additional units for free.

Students say a summer session allows them to get into classes that were full during the regular academic year, and build relationships with professors when class sizes are smaller.

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