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Fall semester applications up at ASU

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:02 PM
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Applications to Augusta State University for the fall semester are up 15 percent from this time last year, which some are attributing to excitement about the upcoming merger with Georgia Health Sciences University.

Ryan Mitchell (left) talks with prospective student Arsha Mian about his application at Augusta State University.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Ryan Mitchell (left) talks with prospective student Arsha Mian about his application at Augusta State University.

About 3,670 people have applied for undergraduate and graduate programs for fall 2012, compared with 3,204 by mid-June 2011, according to registrar and director of admissions Katherine Sweeney.

The rate of acceptance is up 28 percent from this point last year, and Sweeney said more will be considered as paperwork and applications are completed.

Sweeney said officials will not know the cause of the increase until the fall when the school conducts a survey of students.

“The jury is still out on why that is, and we’ll poll students asking why next semester,” Sweeney said. “But it might well have something to do with the excitement about consolidation.”

Sweeney said the school will expand recruitment efforts this year to attract even more prospective students. The university is placing a permanent recruiter in Atlanta next semester, among other expansions.

One obstacle for recruiting is convincing students to commit to a university where there are several unknowns – including what the school is called.

The Consolidation Wor­king Group is still mulling various names for the new university and is expected to submit its recommendation to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in August.

Recruiters also cannot yet tell prospective students how tuition will change during their time at the university. Tuition will remain unchanged until fall 2013, but students could see increases after that, said Therese Rosier, ASU’s vice president for business operations.

Tuition, fees and parking costs could change when Augusta’s two public universities merge.

Despite the potential changes, it appears the eagerness to be a part of a new university outweighs any fears, Rosier said.

“By the numbers, it certainly is not having a bad effect,” she said.

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Riverman1 07/04/12 - 07:30 am
Exactly as Predicted

This is the effect predicted when an undergraduate school merges with a med school. U of Akron, example. The merger is going to help ASU tremendously.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 07/04/12 - 08:51 am
You know, I just gotta say

You know, I just gotta say something in "defense" of Augusta State. And nothing in the article is making me defend ASU, but it did remind me of how many local people feel about the place. Actually it's the local PARENTS that make me want to defend ASU. Through the years, I have met many, many local parents of college-bound kids who feel that if their child ends up going to ASU instead of an "away" school, that they have somehow failed and that their child's education would be better off going away to school. Of course, the kids have been brainwashed into thinking this also....that if they don't go off to Georgia, or Tech, or Auburn, or GSU, or South Carolina, or (you fill in the blank), they they will have "failed" somehow. But, at the same time, bookoos of local adults who live in this area are attending ASU. And, the biggest kicker to me, I have meant bookoos of college-bound kids who have moved here FROM OTHER CITIES just to attend ASU! So, why is it that some local folks don't think that ASU is a good enough place for their child to attend, right from the get go? Of course, I know alot has to do with their major...if ASU doesn't offer it, then they don't offer it. ASU is an excellent school! Housing has gotten much better. I don't know, but I'm guessing the "student life" of activities has gotten better. And of course, compared to the bigger universities, tuition and other costs are much lower. In these economic times, parents may need to alter their way of thinking and be more realistic. And now, depending on their major, they can attend ASU and step right over to Georgia A&M (or whatever it's going to be called!).
Okay....that's off my chest!

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