UGA maintains enrollment at almost 35,000

October 15, 2010

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Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia's 2010 total fall student body enrollment is 34,677, down one-half of one percent from last year. There are 7,752 new students attending the university, with 4,333 first time freshmen. Freshmen enrollment is down less than one percent.

Significant growth of more than eight percent was seen in many schools, colleges and programs throughout the university, with slight decreases experienced at UGA's extended campuses. For the second year in a row, the Faculty of Engineering saw the largest enrollment increase, with a 47.4 percent growth from 114 students in 2009 to 168 in 2010.

Other UGA enrollment increases included:

- the College of Public Health, recording a 20.4 percent increase, with the addition of 95 new students

- the Odum School of Ecology and the School of Social Work, with increases of 8.5 percent and 9.9 percent respectively

- the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Education, experiencing slight overall growth

In addition, the professional schools of law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine had a three percent increase in enrollment, up from 1,604 in 2009 to 1,652 this year.Graduate enrollment remained relatively unchanged at 6,307 students, a decrease of two students.

UGA's total enrollment figures included 33,713 students on UGA's main campus in Athens, a decrease of less than one quarter of one percent. At the university's extended campuses in Gwinnett County, Tifton, Griffin and Buckhead in Atlanta, 871 students enrolled, an 8.6 percent decrease from last fall. An additional 93 students took part in UGA's independent study.

"Despite difficult economic times, families and students are continuing to see the value of an education at the University of Georgia," said Nancy McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management."While we continue to maintain impressive enrollment figures, UGA also is retaining students at an unprecedented rate, which translates to a more educated population throughout our state and beyond."

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