Macon colleges show fall enrollment gains

Staff reportsNovember 7, 2012 

Three Macon-based colleges showed enrollment growth for fall semester.

For the sixth straight year, Mercer University enrolled a record number of students, according to a statement from the college. The university-wide student population was up slightly to 8,341 students.

The school enrolled the largest-ever incoming undergraduate class on its Macon campus, with 766 entering freshmen and transfer students in the fall. Mercer enrolled an additional 313 students in non-credit programs, mostly international students in its English Language Institute.

Macon State College was one of 16 University System of Georgia institutions with a fall enrollment increase.

The college grew by 1.4 percent over last year, to an enrollment of 5,780, the school reported.

There were gains in dual enrollment, beginning freshmen, students studying at the Warner Robins Campus, and in online learning.

Macon State has campuses in Macon and Warner Robins. In January, Macon State is consolidating with Middle Georgia College to become Middle Georgia State College. The new institution will have campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.

New student enrollment at Wesleyan College saw a boost for the fourth straight year, according to communications director Mary Ann Howard. In that time, the college’s enrollment grew from 110 to 168 students, a 53 percent increase.

This fall’s full-time traditional student enrollment is Wesleyan’s highest in almost 10 years, Howard said.

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