Tuesday, April 14, 2009

UGA sets spring semester enrollment record with 32,968 students

The University of Georgia has set a new spring semester enrollment record with a total of 32,968 students attending classes in Athens and at the university’s four extended campuses.

The total is 2.5 percent above last spring’s enrollment of 32,177, and exceeds by 458 the previous spring record of 32,510 students, set in 2007.

The total includes 32,044 students attending classes at UGA’s main campus in Athens and 924 students at the extended campuses in Gwinnett County, Griffin, Tifton and Buckhead in Atlanta.

Enrollment on the main campus in Athens–up by 751 students over last spring–includes 24,337 undergraduates, 6,042 graduate students and 1,543 students in the professional schools of law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. Another 122 students are enrolled in independent study.

Enrollment at the extended campuses increased by 4.5 percent from last spring. Gwinnett has the largest with 472 students, all but three of whom are studying for graduate degrees. UGA offers only graduate courses at Gwinnett after phasing out undergraduate courses when Georgia Gwinnett College opened in 2006. The three undergraduates still are coded for enrollment purposes as enrolled at Gwinnett but are attending classes in Athens.

The Griffin campus has 74 undergraduates and 52 graduate students, and the Tifton campus has 44 undergraduates and 14 graduate students. Griffin’s enrollment is up 48.2 percent from last spring and Tifton’s enrollment increased by 16 percent.

A total of 268 students is enrolled at the Buckhead campus, which is mainly for working professionals and enrolls only students studying for master’s degrees in business administration. This is the first spring semester enrollment report in which Buckhead students are counted separately; in previous reports they were counted as enrolled either in Athens or at the Gwinnett campus.

For all four campuses combined, undergraduate enrollment totals 24,458, a 2.8 percent increase from last spring. Total graduate enrollment (6,845) and professional school enrollment (1,543) are both up 1.2 percent from last year.

UGA’s enrollment is part of a 5.8 percent growth in spring semester enrollment for the University System of Georgia. A total of 272,910 students are enrolled in the system’s 35 colleges and universities. UGA has the largest enrollment, followed by Georgia State University (27,424), Georgia Perimeter College (23,315), Kennesaw State University (20,729) and Georgia Institute of Technology (18,025).

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