ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fall enrollment at Darton and Albany State University has taken a plunge.
Numbers from the first fall semester after the merger was announced show a dramatic decrease in enrollment.
Albany State's enrollment fell six percent from last fall, and Darton is down by a whopping 22 percent.
But school officials said that enrollment at Darton will rise once B-term starts.
School officials also said that some students procrastinated and others simply decided not to pursue higher education.
They also admit uncertainty over consolidation is having an impact.
College leaders are working to boost enrollment by promoting Georgia's Move On When Ready Program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to take college courses.
They're also pushing the Better Together Campaign, highlighting the benefits of consolidation.
"What I share at our orientation at ASU is you have a unique opportunity to be a part of history. And you get to be here during the consolidation which no other students can really say in the rest of our history and before," said ASU Institutional Advancement VP Cynthia George.
ASU will host an Open House recruitment event on October 1.
School officials said the consolidation is still on track to be completed in January of 2017.