Estimate Undergraduate Student Enrollment in Courses by Re-purposing Recommendation Tools


  • Md Akib Zabed Khan Florida International University
  • Agoritsa Polyzou Florida International University



student enrollment prediction, course recommendation, regression models, administrative support, AI in education


Resource allocation in educational institutions is a very challenging task in higher education. To prepare for every new semester, academic administration faces various challenges in allocating instructors, classrooms, sessions, teaching assistants, and laboratories for different possible courses considering students' needs and the limited available resources. Predicting the number of students enrolled in a specific class in the next semester can help with this task. To address this problem, we investigate various machine learning models (direct and indirect methods) using different features of course enrollment data of past students to predict the number of enrollments in possible courses in the upcoming semester. In this work, we propose to use a course recommendation model as a first step to generate suggestions for students, and then, use those to estimate student enrollment in the courses of the next semester. We test four course recommendation models, two time series models, three regression models, and three baseline approaches for course enrollment prediction. The experimental evaluation demonstrates that our proposed approach achieves good behavior and similar or better performance compared to other competing approaches to predict student enrollment in courses.

Author Biography

Agoritsa Polyzou, Florida International University

Assistant Professor,

Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences,

Florida International University.




How to Cite

Khan, M. A. Z., & Polyzou, A. (2024). Estimate Undergraduate Student Enrollment in Courses by Re-purposing Recommendation Tools. The International FLAIRS Conference Proceedings, 37(1).