STATESBORO, Ga. – (WALB) What was known a couple of generations ago as Georgia Teachers College might be hardly recognizable by graduates of that era.
In the 1950's, the institute that became Georgia Southern University, was less than half the size it is today. And the school's growth is accentuated by current enrollment.
Spring Semester 2010 enrollment has climbed to 18,134. That is an increase of 1,404 students from the same period last year.
School leadership is justifiably proud of the growth the university has seen. "Georgia Southern has become a University of first choice for outstanding students from throughout the country and around the world," said Brooks Keel, Ph.D., president of Georgia Southern University.
Keel noted that while enrollment has continued to grow, so has the University's retention of students reaching an all-time high this past year.
"There are hundreds of thousands of students that may have started their degree throughout the country but life, kids and their mortgage payments made it tough to finish," said Keel. "Now is the perfect time for them to come back and we're seeing an increased interest from students that want to earn a degree from a respected state University."
GSU has long embraced the Internet as a teaching venue. Through Georgia Southern University's online degree programs, students can learn from anywhere with an Internet connection without having to travel to campus.
'Southern' is continuing to introduce new online degree programs including the new fully online M. S. Sport Management that will welcome its first students this summer. This recent addition complements the University's already wide variety of education, business, IT and healthcare online degree offerings.
Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University. It now offers 115 degree programs.
The University, one of Georgia's largest, is a top choice of Georgia's HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.