by India Westbrook

The first day of fall semester got off to a great start for University of West Georgia Newnan as student enrollment continues to increase. UWG Newnan experienced a 6.6 percent rise in enrollment, bringing a total of 772 students in fall of 2016.

Newnan also saw a boost in the dual enrollment program with 136 students enrolled for fall 2016. Students are taking advantage of Move on When Ready, a program that allows high school students to attend a postsecondary institution full time during their junior or senior years of high school.

“I decided to sign up for dual enrollment at the university because I wanted to take advantage of a free college education,” said dual enrolled student Haley Lowin. “Also, I want to go out of state to finish my college career to participate in a veterinarian program, and the transfer credits from UWG will help me achieve that.”

Students were also greeted with events from the new student service team that focuses on students and their college campus experience. This team also helps students with financial aid, health services, career services, and counseling.

“The first day of class was awesome here in Newnan,” said Allyson Fisher, senior nursing major. “We received t-shirts and got to participate in the stuff-a-Wolfie activity. It was a neat experience and made it a great day.”

Overall, UWG expects to have another year of record enrollment after preliminary estimates show 13,400 students. This is a 4 percent increase from last year’s overall enrollment and would mark the seventh consecutive year the university has seen record enrollment. Official enrollment numbers will be released in October.

Video by Eric Nauert

Posted on August 17, 2016