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Savannah State welcomes new students Aug. 12
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SAVANNAH - Savannah State University will welcome freshmen and transfer students to the 2008-09 academic year during new student orientation Aug. 12-17.
To date, the office of admissions staff has received 4,641 applications from first-time and transfer students, an increase of almost 10 percent from this time in 2007. Of the total applications, admission officials have made decisions on approximately 3,200, admitting 54 percent (2,156) who met our academic standards and denied admission to 26 percent (1,038). Last year this time, university officials had admitted 1,484 students and denied 746.
"While we cannot predict exactly the fall enrollment, indicators are we will have a substantial enrollment increase when classes get underway later this month," said Michael Crow, director of institutional research and planning.
The indicators include requests for campus housing and the number of new students who took advantage of the New STAR - Student Testing, Advisement and Registration - sessions held during the summer.
University Commons, a 742-bed complex purchased last year, is expected to open fully occupied, along with University Village and the Freshman Living and Learning Center, which can house 660 and 306 students, respectively. Savannah State can house up to 2,288 students in six residence halls, including Bowen-Smith, Bostic and Peacock.
Approximately 660 first-time and transfer students took advantage of the five New STAR sessions held in June and July to complete testing, advisement, financial aid, registration, housing, meal and other arrangements for matriculation. More students are expected to participate in new student orientation, Aug. 12-17, which includes a series of sessions focusing on registration, academic survival, student clubs and campus activities.

Established in 1890, SSU is the oldest public historically black college or university (HBCU) in Georgia. The university’s 3,169 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate degree majors and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.

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