Official fall 2017 enrollment numbers released by the University System of Georgia shows Clayton State University grew to 7,003 students. This is a slight increase from 2016 of 6,996 students.
Overall, the USG increased by 1.1 percent reaching a record level enrollment for the System.
The university admitted 560 incoming, first-time freshman, up from 531 in 2016. The number of students who transferred to Clayton State also increased to 802, more than the 732 enrolled the previous year.
As part of Clayton State’s five-year strategic plan, enrollment management and admissions has worked to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. So far, the plan has generated positive results as overall undergraduate enrollment increased by 7.2 percent.
“Through a number of strategies, our commitment to student success will ensure that we provide a growing amount of students the opportunity to make their dreams real at Clayton State,” says Dr. Stephen Schultheis, assistant vice-president for enrollment management.
Clayton State’s business and health sciences programs experienced an increase in population as students pursue degrees in high-demand careers.
A reported 1,121 students are enrolled in business programs, an increase from 990 last year. Likewise, 1,734 students are in the healthcare programs, up from 1,689 in 2016.
For the coming year, the university is focused on increasing student retention through a number of strategies that will identify students who need additional academic support early in their college career.
The Center for Advising and Retention will work with faculty to identify students who need early intervention based on their performance five weeks into the semester to provide additional academic support.
The Center will also continue to promote its Graduate Sooner initiative, whereby students will be advised to enroll in 15 credits each term and continue study into the summer term. As a result, students will be put on a path to graduate within four years.
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