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Early numbers show fewer students at Ga. college

ATLANTA (AP) - Preliminary figures show that more than half the schools in the University System of Georgia are teaching fewer students this fall than last year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/PSMh6y) that final figures are not expected until next month.

However, early data provided to the newspaper shows the system reversing more than a decade of record-setting enrollment.

Early projections show the system enrolled 312,600 students by Sept. 6, a 1.1% drop from the 316,095 the prior year.

It is only the third time since 1978 that enrollment dropped.

The data indicates that five schools dropped by more than 10%: Fort Valley State University; and Bainbridge, Georgia Perimeter, East Georgia State and Gordon State colleges.

The enrollment drop comes at a challenging time as the system copes with a rugged economy.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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