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Georgia Southern University announces record fall enrollment

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern University's fall 2012 enrollment set a new record totalling 20,574 students.

Freshmen class of 2012 also set a University record with their average SAT score being at 1115, making it the most highly qualified freshman class in the insitution's history.

The University's student body includes students from 49 states and 93 countries around the world.

The enrollment numbers were released in the University System of Georgia's (USG) "Fall 2012 semester Enrollment Report." The report notes that fewer students are attennding college within the USG this fall. Georgia Southern however is up 1.8 percent, making it the sixth consecutive year that the University's enrollment has increased. 

Georgia Southern was able to increase enrollment despite having a record graduating class this past year.

"We are excited that an increasing number of outstanding students are choosing Georgia Southern University for their college education," said Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel, Ph. D.

The increase in enrollment has had an impact on the economy. Keel said that "this past year the University's estimated economic impact totaled a record $846 million. That's good news for Statesboro, Savannah, our region and the state of Georgia as a whole." 

Georgia Southern University's record enrollment is just the latest achievement for the growing institution. The University announced the creation of the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology this past year, named one of the most military friendly universities in the country, and more then doubled its research efforts when Georgia Governor Nathan Deal transferred management of Savannah's Herty Advanced Materials Development Center to the University.

In 2012 U.S. News & World Report named the University one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country. Georgia Southern is a top choice of Georgia's Hope scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.

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