UGA summer enrollment totals 15,387

Athens, Ga. – Final summer semester enrollment figures at the University of Georgia show a total of 15,387 students taking classes this summer, down slightly from a year ago.

Figures released by University Registrar Rebecca Macon show a total of 14,461 students at the Athens campus, 619 students in UGA degree programs offered at the Gwinnett University Center (GUC) and 13 students at the university’s center in Tifton. An additional 294 students are enrolled in independent study.

This summer’s total enrollment is down by 136 students, or 0.9 percent, from summer of 2004, but enrollment on the Athens campus is up by 22 students.

The total includes 9,918 students enrolled in undergraduate classes and 4,800 students in master’s and doctoral programs. The number of students enrolled in the professional programs of law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine is 375 – exactly the same as last summer.

Arnett C. Mace Jr., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, noted that this is the first enrollment report to include students in UGA’s new College of Public Health, which began operation earlier this year. The report shows 86 students enrolled in the college this summer. Previously, students in the college would have been counted in either the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or the College of Education.

Mace also explained that the slight decrease in off-campus enrollment was expected as the transition begins to phase out UGA undergraduate offerings at the Gwinnett University Center. “Many students who will enter the final cohort that will graduate in 2008 will delay their start date until this fall rather than entering in the summer,” Mace said. “This is just one of a number of factors that could contribute to what amounts to a minimal variance from a year ago.”

Summer semester classes at UGA end Aug. 2, and summer commencement will be held Aug. 6 in Stegeman Coliseum. Fall semester at UGA begins Aug. 18.