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Agnes Scott reports record enrollment, touts new ranking

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Agnes Scott reports record enrollment, touts new ranking

Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_Scott_College#mediaviewer/File:Agnes_Scott_College_-_Across_the_quad.jpg

Looking across the quad at Agnes Scott College. Photo by Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Agnes Scott College in Decatur is reporting a record first-year enrollment and also ranked 20th on U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.

School spokesperson J.D. Fite told Decaturish the school had an enrollment of 276 first-year students for the fall semester.

“The previous record was 265 in 2010,” he said. The enrollment includes nine transfer students from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Agnes Scott offered the students scholarships after the school announced plans to close. The school has been able to remain open for another year.

The liberal arts women’s college encompasses 100 acres in Decatur and recently began a push to expand enrollment to a total of 1,100 students by 2020, a project known as Summit. In fall of 2014, the college’s total enrollment was 882 students. U.S. News and World Report says the school’s current total enrollment is 873 students.

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“While it officially launches this year we do believe that our new initiative, Summit, played some part in our new record class,” Fite said. “Summit is a unique college experience available only at Agnes Scott. Every student, regardless of major, completes a four year curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development. Students also have a board of advisers which supports them throughout their four years. Advisers include a peer adviser, major adviser, Summit adviser and career mentor.

“This past year we launched one of the key aspects of the global component of Summit, we sent every first year on a two week global experience. Students traveled to New York, Brazil, Trinidad-Tobago and Chile. This year first year students are traveling to more than 12 different parts of the globe.”

According to a press release from the school, Agnes Scott improved its U.S.News & World Report ranking over last year, moving from 21 to 20.

‘The college ranked No. 67 overall among national liberal arts colleges, up from No. 73 last year, making it once again the highest ranked liberal arts college in Georgia,” the press release says. “U.S. News also recognized the college for its diversity, naming Agnes Scott to its list of top schools for students interested in studying with people of different backgrounds from their own. In addition, the college was ranked 50th as a great school for veterans.”