STATESBORO — For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Georgia Southern University as one of the top national universities that students want to attend.
Recently, the magazine evaluated schools’ yield rates, which are determined by the number of first-year students who enroll after being accepted. Georgia Southern accepted 5,456 students in fall 2012, and 3,542 enrolled. The University’s yield rate was 64.9 percent — better than Yale University and MIT. Georgia Southern is the only university from Southeast on the magazine’s top 10 list.
“I think people are starting to take notice. Georgia Southern is changing, it is growing and more and more students are making it their top choice for their college education,” GSU President Dr. Brooks Keel said. “I really do think people, particularly parents and alumni who may not have visited campus in a long time, are surprised when they see how much has changed. Georgia Southern has undergone an incredible transformation not only physically with numerous new buildings, but academically as well. When you combine that with living in Statesboro, one of the truly iconic, main street college towns in this country, it is a really attractive choice for students. I tell parents all the time to just visit. If they do, they and their son or daughter are sold.”
The 2012 freshman class had an average SAT score of 1115 for math and reading — a new record for the school.