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Ga. Southern Spring enrollment at 16,664
Graduate, online students boost enrollment by 5 percent
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       Georgia Southern University announced that its Spring Semester enrollment reached 16,664 - an increase of 804 students, or more than five percent, from a year ago.
       "Georgia Southern is continuing to attract outstanding students at record levels," said Bruce Grube, president of Georgia Southern. "We had a record enrollment this past fall and graduated a large class this past December, but yet we are continuing to grow."
       Grube attributes the increased enrollment to the growing interest from students not only in the state of Georgia, but the Southeast and across the nation. Graduate enrollment as well as enrollment in the university's popular online degree programs also contributed to the record Spring numbers.
       Georgia Southern began the fall semester with an enrollment of 17,764, an all-time record for the institution. Even more important than the numbers is how the university is growing. This year's incoming freshman class had a record average SAT score of 1,111 and an average grade point average of 3.1. Additionally, the university recently celebrated a new record rate of retention - the number of students who stay the entire four years.
       Georgia Southern was recognized this year as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, one of America's Best Values by Kiplinger and one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes.
       "We often say that we're Georgia's large-scale, small-feel research university," Grube said. "Students and their parents are seeing that we offer all of the benefits of a major institution with the personal touch of a much smaller private college. They appreciate not being just a number and as a result, are choosing Georgia Southern at a record level."