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Athens State enrollment up 2.1%, new programs are credited

ATHENS — Athens State University announced a more than 2% increase in enrollment numbers for the fall semester. With a total of 2,955 students enrolled, the university’s headcount is up 2.1% when compared to last fall.

With the increase, enrollment numbers have surpassed where they were in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic when 2,945 students were enrolled. Up until the pandemic began in 2020, projections for enrollment were positive and steady growth expected.

“The increase in enrollment at Athens State comes as no surprise because of our unwavering commitment to student success and our dedication to providing accessible, flexible, and affordable higher education,” said interim President Dr. Catherine Wehlburg. “We want to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the academic and economic goals that a college degree can provide.”

Athens State’s growing number of graduate programs has also contributed to the enrollment increase. The university has increased its number of graduate programs in recent years to 13, including its newest programs, master of fine arts in integrative design  and master of education in training and development.

“We are all excited to see these continued positive gains in enrollment and retention of Athens State students,” said Dr. Lee Vartanian, interim provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “This is a reflection of the hard work of our committed staff, the quality courses our faculty provide, and the enduring value our degrees confer.”

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