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Clayton State sets new unofficial enrollment record

MORROW — While colleges and universities across the nation have struggled to maintain enrollment numbers, Clayton State University has managed to see its student body grow.

Unofficial figures released this week reveal the university has a record 7,263 students this fall. The previous high mark was 7,146 last fall.

Mark F. Daddona released the report. He is the associate vice president for enrollment management and academic success.

The report includes significant growth in the university’s dual enrollment program, from 222 to 347 new students; growth in freshmen enrollment and total graduate enrollment, from 332 to 367.

The university has seen its enrollment steadily increase over the past decade. Daddona said total enrollment has increased by 19.4 percent since 2006.

“We are very pleased with our fall enrollment,” he said.

Daddona said the university has been diligent in helping get the larger student body acclimated to campus life. He said that, over the past year, the university has encouraged its accepted students to attend new student orientation and enroll in classes.

Official enrollment statistics are expected to be released by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia later this year.