Aggressive Recruiting Boosts Applications at Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Figures from Columbus State University are in line with record numbers of high school seniors applying to colleges and universities in Georgia.

Freshman applications at Columbus State increased from last year by 11.7 percent, from 1,718 to 1,947. The spike yielded a 30 percent increase of freshmen accepted to the university — 906, up from 632 the previous year.

While standards of admission have incrementally increased at Columbus State, aggressive recruiting during the economic downturn has fueled the increases, which are based on fall semester figures, said Chip Reese, dean of students and enrollment management at Columbus State. “We’ve been more proactive in the recruiting process, getting students to commit early and getting a better quality of student,” he said. “We’ve also recruited metro Atlanta more aggressively, and students from there tend to make their decisions early.”

Regarding recruitment, Columbus State is staging a pair of free, upcoming events that target high school seniors and nontraditional prospective students:

• Visitation Day, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, is for high school seniors and their parents. The program begins in the Lumpkin Center and activities include a tour of campus and an opportunity to speak with current CSU students and professors. CSU also offers daily tours 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to register, call 706-507-8800 or visit

• A career planning workshop, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center targets mid-career professionals and prospective graduate students with an opportunity to explore Columbus State’s two-year, four-year and graduate degree opportunities through traditional, online, weekend and evening programs. Register online by March 28 or call the CSU Career Center at 706-569-3198.


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Contact: Chip Reese, dean of students and enrollment management at 706-507-8845.