The Graduate School expects graduate enrollment for fall 2008 to be the highest ever at UGA. As of mid-September, preliminary figures of graduate student enrollment reached 7,125, which is considerably higher than the previous record enrollment in fall 2007.
Graduate School officials do not anticipate much change when final figures are reported to the board of regents in this month.
The record numbers are reflected across the board in the graduate student population, particularly among historically underrepresented populations.
Enrollment of African-American students is showing a 5.6 percent gain over last year, and Hispanic graduate student numbers have increased by 9.6 percent for the same period.
The total enrollment number includes both new and returning students. The university also received a record number of applications for graduate study this year.