UGA enrollment up sharply to new record

University of Georgia enrollment shot up by nearly 3 percent from last year — setting another enrollment record.

 

The university’s official fall 2017 enrollment is 37,606 students, according to statistics released by the University System of Georgia.

UGA added 1,032 new students this year, more than enough to fill a big new student housing development that opened downtown.

With one of UGA’s high-rise residence halls closed this year for renovations, the university had nearly 1,000 fewer beds for students. The university spent more than $400,000 in a program that gave students money if they agreed to back out of housing contracts they’d signed with the university.

UGA has now grown its enrollment by about 9 percent in the past four years, adding 3,070 students.

Long-term demographic changes also continued at UGA, according to enrollment statistics released by the university system. The University System of Georgia is the state’s 28 public colleges and universities, including UGA.

UGA’s enrollment is about 57.4 percent female, about the same as it’s been for the past 10 years and slightly less than the state’s public college enrollment overall. The percent of Asian students, now 10.2 percent, also continues to grow. The percentage of UGA students who are black also grew, from 8.3 percent in 2016 to 8.5 percent this year. Hispanic students also increased.

The percent of students who are white continued to decline, although at 67.5 percent, only two of the university system’s schools have a higher percentage of white students than UGA - the University of North Georgia and Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

About 8.4 percent of UGA students are multiracial or don’t report a race.

Other highlights from the statistical report:

  • Statewide, the university system grew 1.1 percent to 325,203 students. Most of that growth was at just two schools — UGA and Georgia Tech, which grew by a whopping 9.4 percent, from 26,841 students last fall to 29,369 in fall 2017. Together, the two schools added 3,560 students, which accounts for most of the system-wide increase of 4,445 students.
  • Some smaller schools saw big enrollment losses. Historically black Albany State’s enrollment dropped by 7.6 percent, continuing a longer trend. Savannah State University’s enrollment dropped by 10.6 percent, and Bainbridge State College lost nearly a third of its enrollment, down 29.3 percent.
  • One historically black state university showed strong enrollment growth — Fort Valley State University, which grew by 2.7 percent to 2,752 students.
  • Only one university, Georgia Tech, added a larger number of students than UGA, but four others posted higher percentage growth rates — Augusta University, at 3.4 percent; Georgia Southwestern State University, 3.3 percent; the University of North Georgia, 3.1 percent; and the College of Coastal Georgia, 3.8 percent.
  • Statewide, the percent of white students in Georgia’s public schools and colleges was 50.2 percent in fall 2017, down from 60.5 percent in fall 2007. The percent of black students has grown modestly, from 24 percent to 26.7 percent, while Hispanic enrollment statewide grew from 3.3 percent to 8.4 percent in 10 years, and Asian enrollment increased from 6.2 percent to 8.9 percent.
  • At UGA and in the state, the percent of students who are female has declined slightly in the past several years. UGA’s female enrollment peaked at 58 percent in 2010, and this fall was at 57.4 percent. System-wide, about 56.3 percent of students are female, down from 57.9 percent a decade ago.
  • An increasing portion of students are from other countries. In the entire university system, 16,324 students were from out of the country, up from 9,565 a decade earlier; nearly half are at Georgia Tech, which reported 7,389 out-of-country students this fall. UGA counted 2,002 out-of-country students this fall.

 

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