GGC enrolls over 3,000 students

Georgia Gwinnett College enrolled its 3,000th student this week as classes began, nearly doubling in size over last year’s enrollment. Nick Falkenhagen, 27, registered for classes Thursday and put student enrollment at the 3,000 mark. He was followed by a handful of other students, and final numbers are expected to be around 3,050. About half of those are students new to GGC.

Georgia Gwinnett College enrolled its 3,000th student this week as classes began, nearly doubling in size over last year’s enrollment. Nick Falkenhagen, 27, registered for classes Thursday and put student enrollment at the 3,000 mark. He was followed by a handful of other students, and final numbers are expected to be around 3,050. About half of those are students new to GGC.

“We planned for 2,500 students this fall, growing to 3,000 by the end of the academic year,” GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said today. “We have exceeded our expectations, so we are thrilled with the result.”

Dr. Kaufman credits the fact that the college was awarded accreditation in June by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the addition of new majors – including early childhood education, political science, English, history, mathematics, special education and exercise science – that have been approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Next summer, residential housing; a new student activities building, which will include a dining hall and expanded bookstore; and a new state of the art Library and Learning Center are slated to open their doors as the college expects to educate more than 5,000 students.

Nick Falkenhagen, who works as a police officer with the Gwinnett County Police Department decided he wanted to attend college and seek a degree in early childhood education or criminal justice.

“When I heard they were adding majors in early childhood education and criminal justice, I knew that it was the place for me,” Falkenhagen, who previously served in the U.S. Air Force, said. “I am among the thousands of students today who are going to school and working full-time, so the convenience of the college and its stellar reputation helped me make my decision.”

Falkenhagen is planning to take U.S. history and a math this semester and hopes to graduate in four years so that he can either continue his law enforcement career or begin teaching physical education to elementary school students.

Georgia Gwinnett College opened its doors in 2006 to 118 juniors and seniors. The following year, freshmen and sophomores were admitted, bringing the student population to 778. Enrollment doubled in 2008 to more than 1,500 last fall and the college had over 1,600 by the end of the 2008-09 academic year.

The college has been successful retaining students as well. Over 1,500 students enrolled at the college in the spring of 2009 have returned this fall.

“The faculty has stepped up their efforts in individual mentoring and engagement within the classroom to match the significant growth we have experienced with the additional students,” Stas Preczewski, vice president of academic and student affairs said. “This explosion in enrollment, that we hoped for but didn’t count on, also has caused our student affairs division to increase its services and activities throughout the campus. Our students are going to see a lot of significant things happen this year at GGC. They are part of a great time in the history of this college.”

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