Thursday, March 5, 2009

Georgia State University Receives Record Number of Applications

A record number of high school seniors have applied to Georgia State University for next fall.
As of March 1, the university’s application deadline, GSU received 10,504 applications for fall 2009 from freshmen – a 25 percent increase over last year’s record of 8,409.

Fall 2009 transfer applications were also up more than 13 percent, with 2,390 received compared to 2,107 last year.

“This dramatic increase in applications is evidence that Georgia State University is fast becoming a destination of choice for freshmen and transfer students,” said GSU President Mark Becker. “The opportunities at Georgia State are amazing for students who want to pursue their educations in the heart of Atlanta, with all of the business, community engagement and cultural richness that the city has to offer.”

Many factors are credited for driving the application increase, including new, targeted recruitment strategies, said Scott Burke, GSU director of admissions.

“Our goal this year was to continue to grow the applicant pool, increase our visibility among prospective students, be a part of conversations at dinner tables and in guidance counselor offices and we definitely achieved that,” Burke said.

The surging interest in GSU also can be attributed to the increasing recognition of the university’s quality academic programs, enhanced campus-life and student housing opportunities, and to the economy.

Also, the new Panther football program, set to begin in fall 2010, and new construction projects, such as a Freshmen Residence Hall and multi-million dollar science center, have created a buzz about GSU.

Over the last decade, GSU has made great strides, transforming from its commuter school roots into a major urban research university that meets the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students.

Last fall, GSU had its largest freshman class in history with 2,753 first-time, first-year students. The overall student body for the 2008-2009 year is 28,175 graduate and undergraduate students.

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