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Jarius Whitworth, left, and Brian Benton are among the more than 7,000 students enrolled this semester at Clayton State.
MORROW Fall semester enrollment at Clayton State University topped 7,000 for the first time in the school’s 43-year history.
According to unofficial figures released Monday, Clayton State enrolled 7,145 students for the fall term, up 4.1 percent from last year’s fall enrollment of 6,864.
Enrollment was even higher than had originally been expected, according to Mark Dadonna, Clayton State associate vice president for enrollment.
“We are very excited about our increase in enrollment,” Dadonna said. “This growth reflects months of planning and interventions at many levels of the institution in an attempt to increase enrollment of new and current students.”
The numbers will be made official when released by the University System of Georgia later this term. According to Dadonna, the final figures aren’t likely to fluctuate “by more than three or four students.”
Dadonna said the increased numbers were in part due to Clayton State doing a better job of making it easier for students to transfer.
“Because so many students are coming from other schools, it takes a lot of manual work to determine what will transfer,” Dadonna said. “They’re always very anxious to see which credits will transfer.”
Processing transfer credits — and showing students more quickly what will transfer and what won’t — makes it more likely students will choose Clayton State over other options, Dadonna said.
More than 60 percent of Clayton State students transfer in from elsewhere. Top feeder schools include Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College.
Dadonna added that he hadn’t heard enrollment numbers yet from other state schools but that Clayton State’s 4-percent increase may be “a little higher" than most.