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Student body increases for 8th consecutive semester

AMERICUS (Aug. 18, 2017) – After the first week of classes, early figures indicate Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will set a new record enrollment.

To date, Fall 2017 numbers show enrollment has increased by 4 percent over this time last year with significant gains in both undergraduate and graduate enrollment. The current total of 3,164 students easily eclipses the previous GSW enrollment record of 3,046 from the Fall of 2011.

“We are pleased and excited that the early indications show our enrollment establishing a record high this fall,” said GSW President Neal Weaver. “The entire campus community is committed to growing our student population and the Office of Admissions has successfully led our efforts to attract new undergraduate and graduate students. Even more importantly, the numbers show that GSW students are staying enrolled and enjoying success at a high rate which only happens when faculty and staff are concerned with their success.”

Fall 2017 represents the eighth consecutive semester of enrollment growth at GSW, beginning with the Spring 2015 semester. Last fall’s enrollment jumped 7.2 percent meaning enrollment has increased at the Americus-based campus by more than 11 percent in the past two years.

“Enrollment at Georgia Southwestern remains strong, with growth in almost every category of student,” said Gaye Hayes, vice president for GSW enrollment management. “A college educated population is critical to economic sustainability in any region, so we expect that our growth will be an indication of long-term success in developing the economic strength of Southwest Georgia.”

Equally excited about the recent arrival of a new school year are GSW students.

“I have loved it so far,” said GSW freshman Audrey Taylor from Leesburg, Ga., whose father and mother both attended GSW. “I am very happy with my choice to attend GSW. I am also very happy with my classes and the campus. I have loved it all, especially the relationship with students and teachers. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out at a university, but they really connect with us and take time for all of us.”

The final count for Fall 2017 enrollment will be published by the University System of Georgia later this semester.

For additional information, call (229) 931-2037 or email

GSW Freshmen class 2017

The GSW 2017 freshmen class (the class of 2021) standing for an image in the shape of "GSW" on Sanford Lawn. The Class of 2021 is one of the largest freshmen classes in school history.

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Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value colleges in the South. In NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics, Georgia Southwestern students compete under the moniker "Hurricanes," but all GSW students, faculty, staff and alumni are #PartOfTheStorm


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