GGC enrollment increases 5.1 percent

Georgia Gwinnett College continued its growth trend with yet another significant increase. According to a recent enrollment report issued by the University System of Georgia (USG), GGC’s fall 2016 enrollment of 12,052 is 5.1 percent higher than its fall 2015 enrollment of 11,468. 

GGC’s current enrollment includes 5,106 freshmen, 2,496 sophomore, 1,817 juniors, 2,025 seniors and 151 transient/other. This last category includes students taking courses but not pursuing a degree. 

Another 457 students are dual-enrolled at GGC and their local high schools, mostly in Gwinnett County. These students are getting a jump-start on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. They represent a 28 percent increase over the 358 students dually enrolled in fall 2015. 

The GGC student body is 56.2 percent female and 43.8 percent male, and its average age is 22.7.  About 1,742 students are of non-traditional college age, and represent students who may have delayed going to college, have returned to college or are pursuing additional degrees. Others may be taking a bit longer to complete college due to work and family obligations.

Just over 70 percent of GGC students reside in Gwinnett County, with 448 from Barrow, 712 from DeKalb, 385 from Fulton and 690 from Walton. The majority of GGC students commute, and almost 68 percent are full-time.

A total of 11,584 students are Georgia residents.  Another 204 are other U.S. states and the remaining 264 report residency of other nations.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized GGC as the most ethnically diverse Southern Regional college, both public and private, for the third consecutive year. Its student body reflects the rich ethnic diversity of Gwinnett County and the northeast metropolitan Atlanta region. 

The fall 2016 USG enrollment report includes the following self-declared student race/ethnicity data for Georgia Gwinnett College.* 

Black or African American – 4,018 or 33.3 percent
White – 3,979 or 33 percent
Hispanic/Latino of any race – 2,180 or 18.1 percent
Asian – 1,287 or 10.7 percent
Two or more races – 447 or 3.7 percent
Unknown/undeclared – 107 or 0.9 percent
American Indian or Alaska Native – 22 or 0.2 percent
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – 12 or 0.1 percent 

*Statistics include rounded data

The full USG news release and the Semester Enrollment Report for Fall 2016 may be accessed at http://www.usg.edu/assets/usg/docs/news_files/BOR-USG_Fall_2016_Enrollment.pdf.

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