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University System enrollment down; UNG, Ga. Gwinnett show increases

By Staff
ATLANTA - Fall 2013 enrollment in the University System of Georgia's 31 colleges and universities totaled 309,469 students, a decline of 1.6 percent (or 4,896 fewer students) over fall 2012. But enrollment was up at two institutions in northeast Georgia, the University of North Georgia and Georgia Gwinnett College as well as the University of Georgia.

The "full-time equivalent enrollment," a statistical measure of students taking a full load of courses, was 274,499 students, a decline of 1.4 percent, or 3,877 students from fall 2012.

The enrollment numbers were released in the System's "Fall 2013 Semester Enrollment Report," which breaks down enrollment by institution, class (freshman, sophomore, etc.), race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and foreign students, as well as gender and age.

Enrollment was up 2.5 percent at UNG, 3.4 percent at GGC and 0.1 percent at UGA. Georgia Tech showed a decline of 0.4 percent. (Click on the link below for detailed information on all colleges and universities in the system.)

"As we have noted to the Board of Regents and the institutional presidents, this enrollment decline reflects a national trend in higher education that has a number of contributing factors, including demographics, the economy and, frankly some price sensitivity," said Chancellor Hank Huckaby. "In addition, here in Georgia, over two years ago the Board adopted higher admissions requirements related to remedial courses that have affected University System enrollment, primarily at our access colleges."

The enrollment decline from fall 2012 to fall 2013 follows a similar drop from fall 2011 to fall 2012 of 1.2 percent.

Enrollment changes were not uniform across the system. Thirteen institutions recorded enrollment increases. Of these, four had increases at or above five percent. They are: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Savannah State University and Southern Polytechnic State University. On the other side of the ledger, 18 institutions saw enrollment declines.
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