Fall 2015 enrollment in the University System of Georgia’s 30 colleges and universities totaled 318,164 students, an increase of 1.7 percent (or 5,228 more students) over fall of 2014. This fall’s enrollment continues a trend, for two years in a row, of increasing student enrollment in the University System of Georgia.
East Georgia State College is one of the 18 institutions that saw a rise, with 3,001 students this fall, compared to 2,910 this time last year. That is a rise of 3.1%.
“East Georgia State College staff and faculty have worked long and hard over the last two years to raise expectation in the region about college attendance and to remove barriers to attendance,” said EGSC President Dr. Bob Boehmer. “It is exciting to see tangible results of those efforts.”
The USG attributes part of this rise in enrollment to the Move On When Ready program, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school The program increased across the USG from 6,700 students in fall of 2014 to 7,916 students in 2015—a more than 18 percent increase. The Move On When Ready program streamlined dual enrollment programs and removed financial barriers to participation for students.
This is reflected in EGSC’s numbers, as they welcomed 94 new MOWR students, 1,095 beginning freshmen, 206 freshman transfers, 23 sophomore transfers, one junior transfer and nine other new students for a total of 1,428 new students in fall of 2015. Of the 3,001 students, 2,932 are Georgia residents, while 62 are out of state and seven are international students.
These enrollment numbers were released in the System’s “Fall 2015 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.
“We are encouraged by the year over year increase in our fall enrollment, but this is just the beginning and we still have work ahead of us to continually increase the number of Georgians with college degrees,” said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We are staying focused on our Complete College Georgia initiative, and will continue our efforts to recruit and retain students, and fully support them through their completion of college.”
Since 2009, the number of online courses offered by the USG institutions has increased from 1,571 to roughly 6,200. EGSC is no different, and recently added an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration to its programs.
“To help make college more accessible, we have expanded the ways to earn a degree and are experiencing growth with online courses and dual enrollment for high school students,” said Huckaby. “We continue to see signs of progress with these initiatives in the 2015 fall semester enrollment.”
“This fall 2015 enrollment increase causes East Georgia State College to be even more focused on the importance of continuing efforts to make college more accessible,” said Dr. Boehmer. “We are particularly excited about our upcoming College Readiness Bus Tour in early 2016, during which our team will visit 30 high schools in our region to deliver these messages directly to students.”