UNG hits record 3.1 percent student enrollment growth
Bonita Jacobs, UNG President

A spokeswoman for the University of North Georgia said student enrollment numbers are at a record high — the result of 3.1 percent growth in the fall 2017 semester.

According to UNG’s Director of Communications, Sylvia Carson, the university currently has 18,782 students enrolled on the university’s five campuses, with 1,133 currently enrolled on the Cumming campus.

While the actual total enrollment numbers are lower than predicted — in August, the school projected 19,576 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, with a Cumming enrollment of 1,078 — UNG’s enrollment growth is the fifth-largest among Georgia’s public colleges and universities, falling just behind Georgia Southwestern State University, which saw 3.3 percent growth.

Georgia Institute of Technology recorded the highest percentage of enrollment growth, coming in at 9.4 percent.

“We continue to see a heightened interest in the University of North Georgia, with applications from highly qualified and extremely talented students,” said UNG President Bonita Jacobs.

“This interest is a positive trend and reflects our consistent recognition as one of the best values in higher education.”

The enrollment numbers, which were released in the University System of Georgia (USG) Fall 2017 Semester Enrollment Report, are broken down by institution, class, race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and international students, as well as gender and age.

This semester, UNG had the second-highest number of dual-enrolled students within the USG, recording 964. Dual-enrollment allows high school students the opportunity to enroll in college prior to their high school graduation and take courses that count as both college and high school credit.

Student diversity also grew at UNG in the last year, Carson said. The number of Hispanic students increased from 2,085 to 2,323; the number of Asian students increased from 610 to 661; and the number of African-American students remained constant at 828.

Fall 2017 enrollment in the USG’s 28 colleges and universities also increased by about 1.1 percent, totaling more than 325,000 students.

“While enrollment has continued to grow, the University System of Georgia has been focused on students completing college and has increased the number of students annually earning degrees for six consecutive years,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Ensuring more Georgians enter the workforce with a college credential is a key priority for the University System of Georgia, and through the Complete College Georgia imitative, we have increased the number of students annually earning degrees by 18 percent, from 54,000 in 2011 to almost 65,000 in 2017.”