ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We've been following enrollment numbers for the new Albany State since they consolidated with Darton State College.
With less than a month until the start of the fall semester, the question remains the same as last year: Are enrollment numbers increasing or stagnant?
"We expect our enrollment to be somewhere between 6,400 and 6,600 just where it was last year, and we're on track to meet that target," said Stephanie Lawrence, Assistant Vice President at ASU.
About a month ago that was not the story for Albany State University. In an email, there was a statement that said they needed to have 2,000 new and returning students before the start of the fall semester.
"I don't think it was a need for 2,000 students as much as it was that we had students that had not registered that we were reaching out to," said Lawrence.
As of June, they had a total of 4,645 new and returning students enrolled and in a months time. Through recruitment, they were able to bring that number to 6,069 registered students.
"In the past, we had a presidential tour where we went locally to all the high schools in the area, so we're reaching out to all students. We want to make sure we serve any student in Southwest Georgia and beyond that wants to attend Albany State University," said Lawrence.
In the fall of last year, we reported nearly 6,000 students enrolled which means not much has changed.
"We are on target to be larger than we were before. So we're just continuing that trend," said Lawrence.
But is that a good thing? In Fall 2016, they had over 7,000 students, which means this has decreased. However, the school said their main goal is to maintain numbers from last year.
"Through our student success initiatives, we are working with the academics department and enrollment management. We're all coming together to make sure we have early alerts for students who may need additional support in the classroom. So we're working really hard to retain and recruit," said Lawrence.