AU fields its largest-ever freshman class

AU fields its largest-ever freshman class

Augusta University saw its largest freshman class ever this fall, with more than half from outside Augusta, and is continuing to grow overall, enrollment figures show.

The University System of Georgia released Fall 2019 enrollment figures on Tuesday and AU grew from 9,072 students the previous fall to 9,274. That includes its largest freshman class of 1,089. About 54 percent of those new students were from outside the Augusta area, a trend that the university has been seeing for a while now, “which is great news,” said AU Provost Gretchen Caughman.

“We always want to continue to be Augusta’s university but we know that to reach our aspirations and to achieve the mission that we need to go further out so it’s great that we are drawing in from broader areas.”

The university has been recruiting and advertising the university in other areas of the state, particularly the Atlanta area, and appealing to out-of-state students as well, she said.

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