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Brenau welcomes students for fall semester
Parents and students hurry in out of the rain as they carry bags and boxes into Brenau University’s Crudup Hall during move-in day at the Gainesville school.

The newest class of Brenau University students moved into dormitories Wednesday despite some morning showers.

The freshman class, at 215, is the largest ever at the Women’s College in Gainesville, according to a news release from the university. Last year’s class was 176. The total enrollment expected at the college this year is between 860 and 875, Scott Briell, Brenau senior vice president of enrollment, said in the news release.

Officials expect the enrollment universitywide to increase 2 percent to 3 percent, according to the release. The university last year included 2,800 students between campuses in Norcross, Fairburn, Augusta and Kings Bay, along with online students.

Officials did not have a solid expectation for universitywide enrollment due to new five-week programs that start in September and are offered to allow more flexibility for adult learners.

Classes start Monday at the Women’s College, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year.

Other new additions to the college include 70 mattresses to furnish the near-capacity dorm rooms and a new look for the serving area in the Hopkins dining hall, according to the release. That renovation project includes new serving line countertops, ceiling, lighting, flooring, steam well to maintain food temperatures and framed artwork. An overhaul of the dining area began last summer, and the continuing project has a total price tag of $280,000.

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