The University of North Georgia experienced the fifth-largest increase in enrollment among the state’s public colleges and universities for the 2017 fall semester.
The 3.1 percent growth from 2016 brings the total current enrollment at all five campuses to 18,782 students, according to the University System of Georgia fall 2017 semester enrollment report.
UNG’s Gainesville campus, meanwhile, recorded its largest enrollment ever this year at 7,941.
Even with the growth, 2017 numbers are slightly below expectations. UNG officials had estimated an enrollment of 19,576 undergraduate and graduate students.
The report details enrollment by school and student demographics.
“We continue to see a heightened interest in the University of North Georgia, with applications from highly qualified and extremely talented students,” UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs said in a statement. “This interest is a positive trend and reflects our consistent recognition as one of the best values in higher education.”
UNG saw a 5.4 percent increase in enrollment for the 2016 fall semester. About 70 new faculty positions and 48 new staff positions were added at the time to manage enrollment growth.
Continued enrollment growth could be met with the addition of property UNG is expected to receive when neighboring Lanier Technical College relocates to northeast Hall County.
This year, UNG also registered the second-highest number of dual-enrolled students in the state with 964.
Dual enrollment allows high school students the opportunity to take courses that count as both college and high school credit.
Minority representation in the student body also continues to grow at UNG among Hispanics and Asians, with enrollment holding steady among African-American students.
Georgia Tech saw the highest percentage of enrollment growth at 9.4 percent.
There are more than 325,000 students in the 28-school system, a 1.1 percent increase from 2016.