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GGC bucks trend, sees enrollment rise

The need for Georgia Gwinnett College has been touted by university administrators and local officials since it opened in 2006. But recent enrollment numbers back up that sentiment.

In a report released this week by the University System of Georgia at a meeting of the Board of Regents, Georgia Gwinnett College was one of nine colleges or universities around Georgia to report an increase in enrollment of more than one percent since the fall 2012 semester.

This fall’s enrollment at GGC rose by 3.2 percent since last year to give the Grizzlies 9,719 students. Across the state, this fall’s enrollment at the University System of Georgia’s 31 colleges and universities totaled 309,469 students, a decline of 1.6 percent, or 4,896 students, since last fall.

“Georgia Gwinnett College continues to grow and demonstrate the market demand for higher education in Gwinnett County and the northeast region of Georgia,” said acting Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost Lois Richardson.

University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said there were several factors to explain the dropoff in enrollment, including higher admissions requirements for remedial courses.

“This enrollment decline reflects a national trend in higher education that has a number of contributing factors, including demographics, the economy and, frankly, some price sensitivity,” he said in a press release.

Other schools that recorded a spike of more than one percent were the University of West Georgia, Clayton State University, Georgia State University, Savannh State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, the University of North Georgia, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College.