The University of Georgia announced that a record number of new students will be on campus for the fall semester. There are 5,500 freshman students this year, an increase of 10 percent from a year ago.
There are 480 African American students in the freshman class. This is an all-time record. The previous record was in 1995 when there were 440 black freshmen on campus.
This fall, African Americans make up 8.9 percent of all first-year students. While considerable progress has been made at the state’s flagship university, it is important to point out that blacks make up more than 30 percent of the college-age population in Georgia.