ATLANTA — Enrollment at public universities fell slightly for the second straight year, according to a statement from the Georgia University System.
Total enrollment at the state’s 26 public colleges and universities for this fall semester stands at 334,459 students, according to the release.
Although enrollments fell overall, they increased by 1.2% at research universities, but fell at the other three institutional sectors of the system, according to the fall semester 2022 enrollment report from the USG.
The system considers UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Augusta University to fall under the category of research universities.
Comprehensive universities fell 3.7%, state universities 5.7% and state colleges 2.4%.
Overall, USG recorded a decrease of 6,179 students or 1.8% statewide. Eight establishments recorded an increase in enrollment, while 17 declined and one remained stable compared to last year.
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“Georgia’s university system faces similar challenges to undergraduate enrollment as other public systems, including a booming job market and the lingering effects of the pandemic,” said U.S. Chancellor Sonny Perdue. . “Still, I’m a facts guy, and the facts show that USG graduates will earn over a million dollars more in their lifetime from their college degrees and frankly, we need to do better marketing. work for this valuable return on investment. Our goal is to be a lifelong learning partner that helps Georgians change their lives and grow Georgia’s skilled workforce and economy.
USG between 2013 and 2020 has seen a steady increase in the number of students enrolled at its institutions, with record enrollments each fall between 2015 and 2020 – including an all-time high in fall 2020 of 341,489 students, according to the communicated.
According to the system, the recent overall drop in enrollment is linked to several trends. These trends include a strong labor market, financial uncertainty and the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
These trends include high school learning challenges that influenced high school students’ immediate decision to pursue a college education.
According to the system, this downward trend in enrollment mirrors the national trend. Nationally, this decline resulted in a 2.3% decrease in undergraduate students, while public four-year institutions decreased by 1.6% and all institutions (including private institutions) decreased by 1.1%.
Within USG, institutions with enrollment growth included Georgia Institute of Technology (3.3%), Augusta University (2.2%), Gordon State College (1.4%), the University of Georgia (1.2%), South Georgia State College (1.1%), Georgia Gwinnett College (0.7%), Kennesaw State University (0.7%), and Albany State University (0. 5%). Dalton State College has maintained steady enrollment.
Demographically, students identifying as Asian and Latino increased by 7.5% and 2.7%, respectively, while African American (-3.7%) and white (-4.6%) students %) declined, according to the statement.
The enrollment numbers were published in USG’s annual Fall Semester Enrollment Report, which analyzes enrollment data by institution, age, gender, race and ethnicity, students in the state, out of state and international.
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