GGC’s fall enrollment increases again in 2019

Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) enrollment gain was the largest among the state colleges within the University System of Georgia (USG) and one of eight in the 26-institution system that showed a gain.

Lawrenceville, GA, Nov. 13, 2019 – From its inception in 2005, GGC has seen consistent gains in enrollment. This year is no exception, according to recently released data from the USG.

The USG lists GGC’s overall fall enrollment at 12,831, a 2.6% increase from 2018. GGC also saw a 3.1% gain in full-time student enrollment. The overall enrollment increase was the largest among the state colleges within the USG and one of eight in the 26-institution system that showed a gain in 2019.

GGC is the eighth largest of the 26 institutions within the USG.

According to the USG report, one of GGC’s largest gains was the fall incoming freshman class, up 14 percent from 2018.GGC’s Vice President of Enrollment Management Services Michael Poll attributed the gains to an intentional strategy that began with high schools. “We made a concerted effort to collaborate more efficiently with our feeder schools and counselors to ascertain and meet their needs,” he explained.

Poll also said that GGC streamlined its application processes and revamped campus tours to enhance the visitor experience. “We created a special room for visitor presentations and gave a more personalized experience to our visitors,” he said. “That personalized experience now extends on to the application process, where we are helping our applicants navigate the process.”

As recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past six years, GGC is the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college among ranked institutions. The college’s demographics support that ranking. The Hispanic/Latino student population has the largest growth with 3,016 or 23% in 2019, according to self-declared student race/ethnicity data for Georgia Gwinnett College.

Other race/ethnicity data*, provided by the USG Semester Enrollment Report for fall 2019 includes the following:

Black/African American – 4,159 or 32%
White – 3,614 or 28%
Asian – 1,400 or 11%
Two or more races – 424 or 3%
Unknown/undeclared – 112 or 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – 21 or less than 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native – 17 or less than 1%

*Statistics include rounded data.

“We are pleased with the overall increase in enrollment but even more encouraged by the fact that this year’s class has increased its average course load from 11.49 to 11.73 credit hours per student,” said Poll. “It might not sound like much, but this increase reduces the time to graduation by one to two semesters and results in savings of up to $4,700 by graduation.”

Access the full USG enrollment report and a related news release.

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