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Southwest Georgia college enrollment is up

November 23, 2006

Tifton - Enrollment is up at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, and it's reached a record high.  "Our official number is 3574, another record year of enrollment," says ABAC President David Bridges.

The school attributes the continued growth to quality education programs and the ability to attract students from all walks of life.  "We draw students from 153 of 159 counties in Georgia, 11 states in the country, and ten countries around the world," he adds.

Over at Valdosta State, things are much the same.  With almost 11,000 students, the school has had a record year of enrollment as well.  Recruiting from all over has helped.  "It seems that the word has gotten to the Atlanta metro area that VSU is a great place to be," says Louis Levy, Vice President of Academic Affairs at VSU.

A lot of Colleges and Universities in Southwest Georgia have seen an increase in enrollment, and the folks in charge hope this good news reflects on the way they do business and treat their students.  "I hope it means the University system of Georgia is doing its mission in the area of accessibility, affordability and achievement on the part of our students," Levy says.

Both colleges are showing no signs of slowing down.  "We would like to continue to grow.  We recognize that there's a large unserved student population out there and we want to be a part of serving that student population," Bridges says.

Levy agrees.  "We hope we grow in the next 5 to 6 years and possibly to 14 thousand and we hope to grow to 16 thousand and beyond that."

So the next time you're considering which college is right for you, it might be closer to home than you thought.

Enrollment at Darton College is up more than two percent over last year.

Valdosta Technical College also increased by one and a half percent.

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