GCSU welcomes its largest freshman class ever


A whopping 144 new freshmen at Georgia College & State University never made a B on a final report card in high school.

That's just one of the highlights for the incoming freshman class, numbering 1,800-something strong. It's GCSU's largest freshman class ever, as the university continues to play catch-up from the pandemic...


Here are some other facts and stats about the Class of 2027, courtesy of THIS university press release: 

• A record number of honors students, 149

• Average GPA is 3.62

• Two international students are coming from Vietnam and India

• Out-of-state students originate from Alabama, Florida, Illinois and Wisconsin

• In-state students hail from 112 different counties across Georgia

• The biggest numbers this year are from Gwinnett/Forsyth County (194), Cobb County (163), Fulton County (147) and Cherokee County (102)

• Top majors for this class are nursing, business undeclared, biology, marketing and psychology

On top of that, GCSU received nearly 8,000 applications for this school year, which broke its old record by roughly 2,200.

“We are welcoming a historically high number of first-year students to Georgia College, while maintaining high academic standards and small-class sizes –the things that distinguish our institution,” said Dr. Costas Spirou, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. "We have been intentional about increasing the number of classes we offer and have recruited highly qualified faculty. We want to ensure that all of our students receive personalized attention."

One of the statistics that wasn't made available was average SAT score, as that wasn't required for applicants to any of Georgia's public universities this year. As recently as 2018, however, GCSU had the third-highest SAT scores out of Georgia's 26 public universities.

In terms of a freshman breakdown by Georgia county, the complete numbers aren't immediately available. Back in 2013, for whatever it's worth, 73 percent of incoming freshmen hailed from the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area. More specifically, 64 percent of all freshmen in 2013 came from either Fulton County or a county that directly bordered Fulton.

Until 2008, Gwinnett annually was the most-represented county at Georgia College. That year, however, Fulton County took over the top spot for the first time. Roughly 25 years ago, GCSU recruiters began more aggressively recruiting north Fulton County and Cobb County, while putting fewer resources into recruiting Gwinnett. Later came Forsyth County, which has grown from a Census population of 44,083 in 2000 (roughly the size of Baldwin County) to 251,283 in 2020.

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