Though USG enrollment on the rise, state colleges see decline

by | December 7, 2018 9:00 am

Last Updated: December 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm

   The University System of Georgia saw Fall 2018 enrollment at their 26 colleges and universities rise to a total of 328,712 students, a 1.1 percent increase over the previous year. This fall’s enrollment continues a five-year trend of modest increases in student enrollment across the USG. However, the state college sector, with the exception of Georgia Gwinnett College and Georgia Highlands College, saw a decline in enrollment for Fall 2018, averaging a decrease of 3.1%. East Georgia State College saw a decrease in enrollment, one of 14 institutions across the USG that also saw fewer students attending this fall.

   East Georgia State College’s Fall 2018 enrollment is 2,942, down 2% from last fall’s 3,003. This number is made up of 408 Dual Enrollment students, 1,801 freshmen, 562 sophomores, 102 juniors and 37 seniors, as well as nine transient students and 23 others.

   Though EGSC’s numbers for Fall 2018 are down overall, there has been an increase in Dual Enrollment students, up from last year’s 379. There are also more seniors this year, up from Fall 2017’s 10. In the state college sector, EGSC also has the third-highest number of freshman and beginning freshman students, after Georgia Gwinnett and Georgia Highlands.

   These changing enrollment numbers are reflected across the region EGSC serves, with Georgia Southern University seeing an…

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