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Georgia State University sets enrollment record

August 23,2016

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2016/08/22/post-consolidation-georgia-state-university-sets.html

Consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College is boosting student enrollment at Georgia State University to a record level.

More than 5,700 freshmen signed up for classes this fall semester, including more than 3,700 at Georgia State’s downtown Atlanta campus. The combined enrollments at GSU and Georgia Perimeter bring the university’s first post-consolidation student body to more than 50,000, the largest in Georgia.

The quality of the incoming freshman class at Georgia State is also better than ever. The average high school grade point average for incoming freshmen at the downtown campus is at all-time high 3.5, up from 3.4 last fall.

The incoming class at the downtown campus also set a record for diversity, with the number of African-American students up by 4 percent and the number of Hispanic students up by 15 percent.

“Georgia State attracts a larger and stronger class of students every year while continuing to represent the incredible diversity of the state of Georgia,” said Timothy Renick, the university’s vice president for enrollment management and student success. “With the consolidation with [Georgia] Perimeter College, we are now able to serve even a broader range of students.”

The merger of the two schools, approved in January, is part of a broader consolidation initiative launched by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. The system has merged 12 of its institutions into six since Huckaby took office in 2011, reducing the total to 29.