Georgia Gwinnett College starts 2010 fall semester by surpassing 5,000 student goal

Georgia Gwinnett College today surpassed projections by welcoming more than 5,700 students to campus for the 2010 fall semester. This figure represents an increase of more than 75 percent over last fall’s enrollment of 3,200.

Georgia Gwinnett College today surpassed projections by welcoming more than 5,700 students to campus for the 2010 fall semester. This figure represents an increase of more than 75 percent over last fall’s enrollment of 3,200.

“Our enrollment this fall is a strong indicator that GGC has become a college of choice,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “With only 118 students when we opened in the fall of 2006, this is a remarkable ramping up of a new college, and we will grow at double-digit rates for years to come.”

This year’s enrollment includes a sizeable class of seniors who were freshmen in the fall of 2007, and who are the first class to have spent all four academic years at the new college. All previous graduating classes transferred to GGC to finish their education.

The 2010-11 student body also includes GGC’s largest freshman class so far, numbering more than 2,300. While most of the students are Gwinnett County natives, many are from throughout Georgia.

The College recently hired more than 130 new faculty members to serve the dramatically expanding student body. The larger enrollment will require even more faculty.

“GGC is committed to its educational mission, and one of our key standards is small class size,” Kaufman said. “We are actively recruiting additional faculty so we can maintain the level of quality expected of the GGC student experience.”

Based on this year’s enrollment, GGC enrollment management staff anticipate next fall’s projections to be in excess of 8,000 students.

“Nothing affirms this College more than the dramatic growth we have seen in our student body,” Kaufman said. “The leaders of Gwinnett County and the surrounding region should feel proud that their vision and leadership were right on target with the needs of our young people, the region and state.”

Returning students are discovering a new campus.

Last week, more than 400 students moved into the College’s new residence halls, officially transforming GGC from a commuter-only college to a full residential campus. Once fully occupied, the buildings will house more than 1,000 students in suites of up to 12 private bedrooms. Land has been cleared for new athletic fields adjacent to the residence halls.

GGC’s new Library and Learning Center opened over the summer. It provides a state-of-the-art educational resource not only for students and faculty, but for the community at large. The Student Center’s dining facility also opened, and the rest of that facility will be completed later this fall.

Applications for the 2011 spring and fall semesters are now being accepted.

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