LaGrange College freshman class second largest in school's history

amccallum@ledger- enquirer.comSeptember 20, 2009 

LAGRANGE, Ga. — This year’s freshman class at LaGrange College is one of the largest in the school’s history, officials said Friday.

The final count of this fall’s freshman shows 229 first-year students, which is a tie for the second-largest class ever. In 2002, the school also had 229 freshman.

The highest freshman enrollment was in 2006 with 270 students. Officials cited the start of a football program as the reason for the large number that year.

This year, though, the school boasts a total of 1,027 students.

“We’re especially pleased that growing numbers of students are choosing LaGrange College as the place to earn their bachelor’s degrees,” LaGrange President Dan McAlexander said in a statement. “We believe in preparing young people for both success in a career and success in life, so it is gratifying when others realize the value of the educational experience we offer.”

Dean Hartman, a college spokesman, said he couldn’t attribute this year’s increase to specific factors.

“The visibility of the institution is on the rise,” he said. “More and more people are discovering the level or experience we offer here. A lot of things have been happening over the course of the years here.”

LaGrange isn’t alone in it’s growth. Columbus State University announced earlier this month its enrollment topped 8,200, which marks the highest enrollment in the university’s history.

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