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Georgia College recruits stellar freshmen as classes begin

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August 16, 2010

Eager students made their way to their first classes Monday across the Georgia College campus, including more than 1,100 new freshmen.

The Georgia College Class of 2014 brings impressive credentials, including an average SAT score of 1,157—18 points higher than last year’s average.  Among the state’s public universities, Georgia College is in the top three, along with the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, in its average SAT score.

Entering freshmen also boast an average high school GPA of nearly 3.5, an increase of almost .1 over last year. Women compose 63 percent of the new freshmen, and minority students are up 15 percent.

“I’m excited about starting my college classes here at Georgia College,” said Bekah Belisle of Canton. “The beautiful campus and small class sizes really sold me. My best friend told me about the school, and we enrolled here together.”

“Our students continue to raise the bar scholastically,” said Georgia College President Dorothy Leland. “The upward climb in our students’ SAT scores and GPAs shows our commitment to keeping the best and brightest in Georgia, offering these top students the benefits of an esteemed liberal arts education with the affordability of a public university. We are proud to welcome our new students to campus.”

This term’s student body includes 33 Georgia College Early College 11th graders who are enrolled in English, environmental science and political science alongside college freshman.  These are the first Early College students in the state to enter college classes.

The campus also welcomes 42 new international students representing 27 countries — from France to Zimbabwe, from Australia to Moldova and from Mexico to Vietnam. Those students join 58 returning international students.

Enrollment in graduate programs increased 10 percent with a 30 percent enrollment jump at Georgia College’s Center for Graduate and Professional Learning in Macon. More than 500 graduate students now are enrolled at the Macon center.

“Our graduate center in Macon is meeting the needs of young professionals by providing classes at convenient times and at a convenient location,” Leland said. “Georgia College is helping prepare middle Georgia professionals to advance in their chosen careers and serve their communities.”

The graduate center is located in the Thomas Jefferson Building on Cherry Street in downtown Macon. Georgia College also offers graduate programs at the Robins Graduate Center at Robins AFB.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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