With Hispanic enrollment at the University of North Georgia experiencing dramatic growth in recent years, particularly at the Gainesville campus, school officials have looked for new and creative ways to better serve this student demographic.
On Saturday, June 22, UNG will host its first-ever entire orientation day for native Spanish-speaking parents of Hispanic students.
Officials said the Spanish-speaking orientation will mirror other orientation days for new students, transfer students and readmitting students by introducing families and students to campus and college life.
Hispanic enrollment across all UNG campuses has nearly tripled since 2014 and now accounts for 13.3 percent of the total student population of 19,722.
Hispanic students alone grew to number 2,629 in 2018 from just 879 in 2014 with 1,739 now attending classes at the Gainesville campus.
These trends reflect the wider community, where 40.3 percent of Gainesville residents are Hispanic and 28.6 percent countywide, according to census figures.
And the dramatic increase in Hispanic enrollment at UNG stems from the fact that the children of first-generation immigrants are coming of age and enrolling in higher education institutions.
Officials anticipate this growth will continue.
According to school officials, UNG staff in the Orientation and Transition Programs office took notice of the rising trend and last year provided bilingual orientation leaders to translate for parents.
The orientation day's schedule includes sessions on student resources, academic policies, financial aid, academic advising and extracurricular activities, with several university departments, their faculty, staff and students assisting.
UNG orientation day for Spanish-speaking parents
What: First-ever orientation day specifically for native Spanish-speaking families of students
When: Check-in at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, June 22; program ends at 4:30 p.m.
Where: University of North Georgia, Gainesville campus, physical education lobby
More info: To register for the orientation sessions, visit the University of North Georgia’s Orientation and Transition Programs webpage.