Georgia college enrollment drops

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 7:39 AM
Last updated 8:29 PM
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ATLANTA — State education officials say fewer students than last year are attending college within the University System of Georgia this fall.

The enrollment figures were released Wednesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the system is teaching 314,365 students, a decline of 1.2 percent.

Of the system's 35 colleges, 19 are teaching fewer students. The largest declines are at two-year colleges and those that emphasize associate degree programs.

This is the third time since 1978 that enrollment dropped. It puts an end to more than a decade of record-setting enrollment growth.

State education officials have said the decline was expected since the pace of growth has slowed in recent years.

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