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Summer Semester Enrollment Continues to Grow

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More than 900 students took advantage of classes offered during the Summer 2018 semester at Gordon State College.

Summer enrollment topped 945, a 12 percent increase over Summer 2017’s number of 844 which was a 7 percent increase from Summer 2016’s enrollment of 883.

Enrollment increased in part because of the number and variety of online classes offered as well as the availability of Pell awards.

“Year-round Pell, implemented during the 2017-18 academic year, allows more students to utilize their Pell award summer semester,” said Jody Defore Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services and Director of Financial Aid. 

Pell is a federal grant program that provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduates to promote access to postsecondary education.

Rising junior Shaleese Jefferson has taken advantage of courses the past two summers. She likes the pace of summer classes and the offerings.

“This summer I took statistics on campus. I knew the class would be difficult for me so taking it over the summer allowed me to concentrate and focus since it was my only course,” said Jefferson, a Health Information Management major. “Last summer I took a required course that was offered only at that time.”

Gordon State College offers eight-weeks of summer courses in two half-term formats as well as a full-term format.