Augusta State enrollment expected to rise again this year

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If the number of applications is any indication, Augusta State University is well on its way to another record enrollment.

Applications are up 8.7 percent against the same time last year, said Carol Giardina, the associate director of admissions. The number of students accepted so far has jumped 24.9 percent from this point last year. Based on those numbers, the university is projecting an overall enrollment growth of 2 percent to 3 percent for the fall, hitting another record and moving ASU closer to maxing out its Walton Way campus.

Tempering projections is the fact that typically about a third of the students accepted to Augusta State don't attend the university, Ms. Giardina said. Also, application numbers might be skewed because the Georgia Student Finance Commission has sped up the process of forwarding applications it collects to the appropriate institutions.

However, she said the application deadline is July 17, and students tend to apply in the final month leading up to the deadline.

"Luckily we still have physical room on campus before we are at capacity," Registrar and Director of Admissions Katherine Sweeney wrote in an e-mail. "The chairs and deans may have to add some sections and utilize more part-timers and rearrange some instructors but we should be in a good position to handle an increase."

Augusta State could break the 7,000-student mark in a year and top its 7,200 student capacity in two years. Plans are to add new academic buildings to Augusta State's Wrightsboro Road campus.

Mrs. Sweeney said the downturn in the economy is driving the enrollment uptick on two fronts.

"Some students who might have gone away will be staying at home so as to avoid room and board charges away from home," she said. "Other Augusta area residents who might have been laid off or had hours scaled back will be re-entering Augusta State to 'retool' and make themselves more marketable. We won't really know the extent of either until after orientations and registrations are over and bills have been paid."

Classes at ASU resume Aug. 17.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/09 - 03:20 am
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I'm not necessarily saying

I'm not necessarily saying this is a bad thing, but ASU would have grown much faster if there hadn't been the proliferation of other schools offerring extended facilities here and all over the country. There must be about 10 other colleges in the area now. What's up with that? It looks like they compete against each other. Maybe ASU should expand into their cities.

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shivas 06/27/09 - 04:48 am
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Only Riverman would rant

Only Riverman would rant against educational opportunities. Probably thinks it will get too many minorities a chance to break the culture of poverty supported by the right-wing.

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Riverman1 06/27/09 - 01:32 pm
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Pay attention, Shivas.

Pay attention, Shivas. Remember I've taken unpopular views often supporting minority issues such as the Elmore shooting. This has nothing to do with race, obviously. ASU will let ANYONE in regardless of scores, high school diploma v GED or anything. If you stay and pass, you graduate. More power to you.

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FallingLeaves 06/28/09 - 12:06 am
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I hope the number of parking

I hope the number of parking spaces rises, too.

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omnomnom 06/28/09 - 08:03 am
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parking there was never an

parking there was never an issue for me. there are streets all around asu that don't have ye olde yellow line. plus if you park off campus you don't have to pay for a parking pass (and one isn't required after 4 or 5pm anyway) and you get the added benefit of exercise! when I would park on campus I had an early morning class and would go out between classes to pretend like i was leaving so someone could come grab my sweet parking spot. ahahahah. so fun

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