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AMERICUS, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2017) – Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW)’s Fall 2016 Honors Program class was the largest class in program history.

Boasting 57 students, the large group represents the surge in popularity that GSW has experienced.

“The growth really has to do with an increase in stronger students choosing GSW over rival institutions,” said Jeffrey Waldrop, Ph.D., Honors Program director and English professor.

“Prospective students are beginning to see the advantages to our optimal size (enrollment), as well as a strong veteran faculty who can train them for the careers of their choices.”

The cumulative grade point average of the Honors Program class is a 3.63. Of those students, 38 of them made the President’s or Dean’s List during the fall semester.

Since its beginning in 1999, the Honors Program has featured motivated and academically accomplished students.

“The program emphasizes various areas of enrichment that will be invaluable for their futures,” Waldrop said.  “Students get priority registration, their honors courses are identified on their transcripts, and when they graduate, ‘University Honors Scholar’ is embossed on their diplomas.  These various enhancements provide a strong draw to the program overall.”

In addition, these students live together in a residence hall setting that emphasizes the importance of their academics; they dine together regularly with faculty; and they are treated to cultural performances and exhibits, as well as academic conferences that foster their intellectual and cultural growth while at GSW.

Four Honors Program students graduated from GSW during the December 2016 Commencement ceremony, leaving the program with 53 students. In the fall of 2015, the program was at a previous record high with 49.

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