GGC tops charts in enrollment systemwide

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The University System of Georgia recently announced that overall enrollment continues to set records.

Locally, Georgia Gwinnett College topped the charts with a nearly 44-percent increase between fall 2010 and fall 2011, from 5,380 students to 7,742.

"Georgia Gwinnett College's dramatic growth since it opened in 2006 sends a clear message about the need for convenient access to higher education in the Gwinnett area," said Lois Richardson, acting vice president of Academic and Student Affairs with GGC. "We expect to continue growing at a significant rate for the next several years."

In total, 318,027 students are attending college in the University System of Georgia.

According to a statement released last week by the University System of Georgia, fall semester enrollment increased by 2 percent, or 6,585 students from fall 2010 to 2011.

The system has 35 public colleges and universities statewide.

"While the growth over the past year is smaller than in some recent years, we continue to see more individuals seeking access to public higher education," said Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

While enrollment was up overall, growth over the past year was not even across the system.

Enrollment increased at 23 institutions, while it decreased at 12 others. The report stated that enrollment dropped primarily at the state and two-year colleges.

The University System of Georgia oversees 35 colleges and universities.

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