Fall 2014 enrollment in the University System of Georgia’s 31 colleges and universities totaled 312,936 students, an increase of 1.1 percent (or 3,467 more students) over fall 2013. This fall’s modest enrollment increase reverses a two-year trend in student enrollment in the University System of Georgia.
"While our fall 2014 enrollment is encouraging, we still have much work ahead,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We must stay focused on our Complete College Georgia initiative, continue to recruit and retain students, and fully support them through their completion of college.”
The enrollment numbers were released in the System’s “Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment Report,” which breaks down enrollment by institution, class, race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and international students, as well as gender and age.
“To help make college more accessible, we have expanded the ways to earn a degree, such as on-line courses and dual enrollment for high school students,” said Huckaby. “We are seeing initial signs of progress with these initiatives in the 2014 fall semester enrollment.”
For example, Georgia Institute of Technology’s creation of a new on-line Master’s of Science in Computer Science program enrolled 1,256 new students. Since 2009, the number of on-line courses offered by University System of Georgia institutions has increased from 1,571 to nearly 5,000.
Dual enrollment, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school, increased from 5,303 students in fall 2013 to 6,700 students in fall 2014, more than a 26 percent increase.
Meanwhile, enrollment patterns varied by the institutions of the University System of Georgia. Eighteen institutions recorded enrollment increases, while thirteen institutions experienced declines.
East Georgia State College is included as one of the 18 institutions recording an increase in enrollment. The rate of growth increase also exceeded the USG average. EGSC continues to offer students what they need at a very affordable price. Whether you are just beginning as a traditional college student, going back in order to move forward in your career, or at some point in between, EGSC has the resources to help you reach your goals. Call us today at 478-289-2169 or visit our website at www.ega.edu.