ATLANTA – The Georgia University System (USG) saw a slight decline in enrollment this fall after seven consecutive years of growth.
The total number of enrollments at the 26 colleges and universities in the university system stands at 340,638 students, system officials reported on Monday.
The decline in enrollment results from a 3.7% decrease in the number of students at state universities in the system and a 6.7% drop at state colleges.
In coastal Georgia, Savannah State University recorded a 2.7% drop to 3,395 in total current enrollment. The College of Coastal Georgia had 3,249 total enrollment and experienced a 6% decline. Georgia Southern University was almost flat with growth of 0.5% and total enrollment of 52,350
The number of students at research and comprehensive universities in the system has actually increased, helping to offset losses at state colleges and universities. At the four research universities, enrollment increased 2.6%, while comprehensive universities saw a slight increase of 0.5%.
Overall, the enrollment drop was only 0.2% – or 851 students – that system officials blamed on disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I appreciate all of the challenges our students overcame as they persisted in their journey to graduate from a US government institution,” said Teresa MacCartney, Acting Chancellor of the System.
Undergraduate enrollment at four-year institutions in the system declined 2.1%, while graduate enrollment increased 7.9%. In both cases, the USG numbers were higher than the national average for four-year establishments.
Enrollment increased at five institutions in the system: the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Augusta University, and Georgia Southern University. Georgia Tech recorded the biggest jump at 10.3%.
Twenty establishments experienced a drop in registrations. The largest drop came at East Georgia State College, where enrollment fell 16.2%.
Enrollment at Georgia Southwestern State University was stable.
Demographics showed growth among Hispanic and Asian students, who increased their enrollment by 3.4% and 10.3%, respectively. Enrollment for black students fell 2.4%, while enrollment for white students fell 2.2%.
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