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UNG hits record student enrollment

November 6, 2017

With 18,782 students currently enrolled, the University of North Georgia (UNG) experienced a growth of 3.1 percent for the 2017 fall semester.

Among Georgia’s public colleges and universities, UNG’s percentage increase is the fifth-largest, just behind Georgia Southwestern State University at 3.3 percent growth. Georgia Institute of Technology saw the highest percentage of enrollment growth at 9.4 percent.

"We continue to see a heightened interest in the University of North Georgia, with applications from highly qualified and extremely talented students. This interest is a positive trend and reflects our consistent recognition as one of the best values in higher education," said UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs.

The enrollment numbers were released in the University System of Georgia (USG) Fall 2017 Semester Enrollment Report, which breaks down enrollment by institution, class, race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and international students, as well as gender and age.

Fall 2017 enrollment in the USG's 28 colleges and universities totaled 325,203 students, an increase of 1.1 percent over fall 2016.

"While enrollment has continued to grow, the University System of Georgia has been focused on students completing college and has increased the number of students annually earning degrees for six consecutive years,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Ensuring more Georgians enter the workforce with a college credential is a key priority for the University System of Georgia, and through the Complete College Georgia imitative, we have increased the number of students annually earning degrees by 18 percent, from 54,000 in 2011 to almost 65,000 in 2017."

UNG had the second-highest number of dual-enrolled students within the USG with 964. Dual-enrollment allows high school students the opportunity to enroll in college prior to their high school graduation and take courses that count as both college and high school credit.

Student diversity also grew at UNG from 2016-17. The number of Hispanic students increased from 2,085 to 2,323; the number of Asian students increased from 610 to 661; and the number of African-American students remained constant at 828.

The full enrollment report can be accessed online.

*some data in this article was revised on Nov. 7, 2017.

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