Friday, November 21, 2008

UWG Fall Enrollment Peaks

Enrollment at the University of West Georgia has broken another record with an official fall semester total of 11,252 undergraduate and graduate students, which is a 5.4 percent increase from last year.

The University System of Georgia has designated the university as one of four comprehensive doctoral institutions in the state. West Georgia offers 115 programs of study that include 59 bachelor’s, 32 master’s, three doctorate and nine specialist degrees.

The university also offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and 12 certificate programs of study. University President Beheruz N. Sethna said the numbers are noteworthy.
"I am delighted at the significant increase in enrollment, which is above the average growth for the University System of Georgia and for our sector,” said Sethna.

“More significantly, I am very pleased at the way we are growing in standards and stature,” said Sethna. “For example, the SAT scores are 1010 and high school grade point average of entering freshman is 3.03. Based on current admission standards, only 24 percent of the fall 1994 entering freshmen would be admitted to UWG.”

We are grateful to our faculty and staff colleagues who make this happen, to our external friends and supporters, and most of all to our students who continue to invest in higher education for the betterment of their future, and that of UWG, the state, the nation and the world."

The fall 2008 numbers for first-time, full-time freshmen are 1,988, which is almost 11 percent higher than last year’s freshman class of 1,793. The retention rate has also increased for that group to 75 percent.

The USG predicts that the state of Georgia will experience an increase of 100,000 students in higher education in the next decade and West Georgia is preparing to serve many of those students. An expansion of its campus to 645 acres, the construction of new housing for students, additional facilities and a new stadium is just some of the growth and expansion West Georgia is experiencing.

The record enrollment for UWG coincides with several other accomplishments, including recognition as a Best Business School in the nation, a Best Southeastern College and a Best Regional College by The Princeton Review. It is also recognized as one of 200 institutions in the nation to offer superior programs in music, drama and art by Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers and Musicians.

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