The University of North Georgia (UNG) started fall semester with a record enrollment of 16,508 registered students, a 2.5 percent increase over fall 2013.
Created in January 2013 from the consolidation of Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University, UNG has experienced significant growth in the past decade. Based on enrollment, UNG is the sixth-largest public university in Georgia.
"Through consistent enrollment growth, we continue to make progress toward our goals of increasing educational access and college completion in the region," UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs said. "The University of North Georgia combines a long-standing focus on academic excellence, student success and leadership development opportunities with a broad scope of degree programs and admission pathways through our four campuses."
UNG offers more than 100 programs of study, ranging from certificates and associate degrees through graduate programs. Since consolidation, UNG has expanded academic offerings, including increasing the number of bachelor's degree programs on the Gainesville Campus from eight to 20. Despite its large enrollment, UNG maintains an emphasis on student success and student-teacher ratio was 22 students for every one faculty member as of fall 2013.
Students can begin an associate degree program or one of 53 bachelor's degree programs on any of UNG's four campuses in Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, or Oconee County. To complete a four-year degree program, students must transition to either the Dahlonega or Gainesville campuses, depending on area of study. A two-year associate degree can be applied to a four-year baccalaureate degree should a student choose to continue post-secondary education.
The university's fall enrollment includes 3,372 new freshmen, representing 20 percent of the university's overall enrollment. While UNG continues to record steady growth, UNG's students remain successful academically, said Jennifer Chadwick, associate vice president for enrollment management at UNG.
"By assessing students' academic readiness during the admissions process, we align students with their pathway to success as they enroll at UNG," Chadwick said. "This, along with the student engagement and academic support we provide, gives our students an advantage toward degree completion and career attainment."
This year's freshmen entering bachelor's degree programs have an average SAT score of 1117 (reading and math only) and an average high school GPA of 3.63.
While many public colleges and universities have recorded declining enrollment in recent years, UNG has recorded a trend of steady strategic growth. UNG was one of only 13 universities in the University System of Georgia (USG) to report an enrollment increase in fall 2013.
Statewide enrollment numbers for the USG's 31 institutions will be reported later this fall in the system's "Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment Report," which breaks down enrollment by institution; class (freshman, sophomore, etc.); race and ethnicity; in-state, out-of-state and foreign students; and gender and age.
UNG also recorded record enrollment for summer semester, with 5,853 students taking classes on the university's four campuses. The figure represents a 1.1 percent increase over summer 2013 enrollment of 5,791 students.
In addition to undergraduate degrees, UNG also offers nine pre-professional programs, 12 certificate programs, 14 graduate-level degree programs, eight online programs, and dual-enrollment opportunities for high school students. For more information about certificates and degree pathways offered at UNG, including a listing of academic programs by degree level and campus, visit the admissions website at ung.edu/admissions.