CSU announces record fall enrollment

In its 40th year in operation, Clayton State University in Morrow has reached an enrollment record of 6,587 students for the fall 2009 semester, university officials said Tuesday.

The campus opened in 1969 with 942 students, University Spokesman John Shiffert said.

This fall's enrollment is 8.4 percent higher than fall 2008's enrollment of 6,074 students.

"Although enrollments were up throughout the University System of Georgia, Clayton State's 8.4 percent increase from last fall is one of the largest growth rates in the system," Shiffert said in a statement. "Among the USG's research universities, regional universities and state universities -- a total of 19 universities in all -- Clayton State ranked third in percent change in enrollment from fall 2008 to fall 2009."

Only Fort Valley State University and Savannah State University increased their enrollments by a larger percentage, he added.

Shiffert said Clayton State's previous peak enrollment mark was 6,212 students. The university reached that milestone in the fall of 2005, he said.

Last month, University System Chancellor Erroll B. Davis, Jr., announced a record 301,892 students enrolled this fall in the system's 35 public colleges and universities, an increase of 18,914 students over fall 2008. The enrollment figure represents a 6.7 percent increase from fall 2008 to fall 2009, system officials said in a statement.

The system saw 4.8 percent growth in enrollment from fall 2007 to fall 2008, officials said.

-- From Staff Reports