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September 5, 2001

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Georgia State reports record fall enrollment

ATLANTA - The number of degree-seeking students at Georgia State University grew by 1,888 students this fall compared to the same semester in 2000, resulting in a record enrollment year, university officials reported today (Sept. 5).

"Georgia State University is a natural choice for students who want to learn, live and work in a vibrant international setting," said university President Carl V. Patton. "Our extensive and flexible academic programs, highly respected faculty and advanced facilities create an environment where students thrive intellectually."

This semester, 25,506 undergraduate and graduate students registered for classes at Georgia State, an 8 percent increase from the 23,618 students enrolled in fall 2000. The number of undergraduates rose to 18,192, up 10.7 percent from last fall's 16,439 undergraduates. There are 7,314 graduate students registered this year, up slightly from last year's graduate enrollment of 7,179.

New transfer students accounted for the most significant portion of the university's enrollment increase. This year, a record 2,348 students transferred from other colleges to Georgia State -- up a whopping 35 percent from last year's 1,738 new transfers.

There are 2,489 first-time freshmen enrolled at Georgia State this fall, compared to 2,309 freshmen last year, up 8 percent. The freshman applicant pool increased by 8 percent and the admissions office accepted 53 percent of those who applied, compared to 59 percent accepted last fall. About 49 percent of first-time freshmen accepted to Georgia State actually registered for the fall, compared to last year's 46 percent. The average SAT score of freshmen accepted to Georgia State is 1070, compared to last fall's accepted pool average SAT score of 1050.

The recent strengthening of Georgia State's admissions standards have resulted in a brighter, better prepared and more diverse student body than in years past, said Ron Henry, Georgia State provost and vice president for academic affairs.

"Georgia State's reputation in the community and in Georgia has been growing significantly over the last several years and we'll continue to capitalize on that," he said.

Henry also credits the university's new facilities (the Student Recreation Center, which opened in August, and the Helen Aderhold Learning Center, scheduled to open next fall), the availability of residence halls and Georgia State's "student-friendly" climate with the influx of new students.

 

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