Wednesday, August 28, 2013
On Monday, Aug. 26, 2103, University of West Georgia students officially returned to campus to start fall semester classes. This year’s record enrollment includes registered students from all over Georgia, the southeast region and many other countries from around the globe.
“What a thrill it is to see our campus come alive with a record class of freshman, over 2,000, and record total enrollment of 12,000,” said UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero. “From move-in last weekend, through Freshman Convocation and the Welcome Back Blast, to our first day of classes, our faculty and staff are dedicated to transforming the lives of these students. UWG is indeed a special place. These students know it and chose to ‘Go West!’”
“This record enrollment is clearly linked to the public's opinion about the quality of education students are receiving at the university,” agreed Dr. Scot Lingrell, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “It is a testament to the increased numbers of students we can attract with our new facilities, and very much connected to the awareness we are getting with our ‘Go West’ campaign.”
Students were greeted with “Welcome West” signs throughout campus and the annual Welcome Back Blast, a fun filled event held the Sunday before the first day of class. The Freshman Convocation included a ceremony that marked the beginning of every student’s journey at UWG. Freshmen also had the opportunity to participate in the ceremonial lighting of the flame, a UWG tradition where they are encouraged to wear their “Class of 2017” t-shirts.
“We have worked very hard to create a campus culture and support systems to help students succeed,” said Lingrell. “Our whole campus is focused on student success and meeting Governor Deal's expectations with Complete College Georgia initiatives. Parents and students alike are telling us that West Georgia was their first-choice destination institution, and how impressed they are with the facilities, faculty, staff and caring atmosphere they experience on campus.”
This year’s overall enrollment appears to be up by around two percent according to Dr. John Head, UWG’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “A strong enrollment of both new freshmen and graduate students are keys to our continued enrollment growth. Additionally, one of the exciting things about the increase in new freshmen is that the increase comes after the university raised the entrance requirements last fall for this year’s incoming freshmen class.”
Welcome activities will continue through September for students. For more information, visit westga.edu.