Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University Enrollment Tops 20,000 Students – Sets New Record

eagleheadGeorgia Southern University announced that it has topped 20,000 students this fall, enrolling 20,212 students from 49 U.S. states and from 101 countries around the world.

Georgia Southern welcomed 3,099 new freshmen while experiencing a 1.6 percent increase in total enrollment from the previous year.  Making the achievement even more noteworthy is the fact that University enrollment increased despite two of its largest ever graduating classes departing this past year. Graduate enrollment at Georgia Southern also increased by nearly two percent, continuing a trend of attracting students interested in earning their master’s, specialist’s and doctorate degrees at the growing institution.

“Our goal is not to just grow in size, but to do so in a way that ensures that we stay true to what has made Georgia Southern so special,” said Brooks Keel, Ph.D., president of Georgia Southern University.  “Surpassing 20,000 students definitely takes us to a new level.  Not only are we growing in size, but we’re also attracting very bright and accomplished students from throughout the state and from around the world. “

Georgia Southern University

Fall 2011 Enrollment By the Numbers:

Total Fall 2011 Enrollment: 20,212

Students by State/Country:  49 U.S. states, 101 countries

Undergraduate Students: 17,525

Graduate Students: 2,687

Top Three Largest Colleges by Enrollment: 

-College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (4,657)

-Allen E. Paulson College of Science & Technology (3,637)

-College of Business Administration (3,293)

College with Largest Percentage Increase in Enrollment: College of Information Technology (24 percent)

Georgia Counties with largest enrollment:




Top four states:



-South Carolina

-North Carolina

“This past year Georgia Southern received more applications than in any other year in its history.  We believe this can be attributed to outstanding degree programs, a dedicated team of faculty and staff and an incredibly beautiful campus,” said Keel.  “Parents are looking for a well-rounded and challenging college experience for their student and they are finding both at Georgia Southern.  They are not only attracted to the University, but the charm of a classic college town that is within driving distance of Atlanta, north Florida, historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island.”


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