Meet the Class of 2024

One of Augusta University's most resilient classes yet

With so much happening this year, there’s some good news to be “prowl’d” about.
Augusta University is celebrating the increase of our total student enrollment with 5,676 undergraduate students.
Included in that number is over 1,000 freshmen that make up the Class of 2024. From graduating high school in the midst of a pandemic to adjusting to campus life, take a look at what makes this class one of the most resilient there is.

Editor’s note: Fall enrollment is tentative until October 2020.

JagNation welcomed amazing new students

Augusta University‘s Class of 2024 was officially welcomed to campus in the virtual Freshman Convocation ceremony Aug. 9.

Adjusting to the 'new normal'

"We place our students as our

3,060 calls

Over 3,000 phone calls were made by orientation leaders to incoming students.

241 mentees

Over 240 new students opted to stay connected with their orientation leader as a mentor throughout the fall semester.

60 hours

This year's orientation leaders spent 60 hours of meeting with their new students virtually in small groups throughout the summer.

"The introduction of the Office of New Student and Family Transitions in December 2019 couldn't have come at a better time. Having an office that focuses on the experience students have from the time they are admitted through their first day of class is integral for the long-term success and retention of students."
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Lyndsey Williams-Mayweather
Director, New Student & Family Transitions

"Augusta University is a

2,152 miles

The student attending from the farthest hometown comes from 2,152 miles away in Madera, California.

17 countries

Seventeen countries are represented in the freshman class, including Cameroon, Canada, Chile, France, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

13 states

Outside of Georgia, 13 states are represented, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Jacqueline Duca: "They are young, and undaunted by unprecedented times."

From our leadership

'The Class of 2024 is resilient, flexible, and ready to

Hear more from Dr. Susan Davies, vice president for Enrollment and Student Affairs.  Full story on Jagwire.

'Our university on embracing our unique experiences, identities and perspectives.'

Total Enrollment


total undergraduate students


total new & transfer students
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Augusta University freshman Brandon Shakespeare, center, celebrated with his family at a drive-thru high school graduation in June. "I’m actually really hopeful for the future,” Brandon said about starting his college career amid the pandemic.

Largest undergraduate growth by college


Computer & Cyber Sciences

The School of Computer and Cyber Sciences welcomed 76 more students this year, making an overall 14% increase in the school's enrollment compared to Fall 2019.



The College of Nursing welcomed 51 more students this year, making an overall 6% increase in the college’s enrollment compared to Fall 2019.



The College of Education welcomed 30 more students this year, making an overall 5% increase in the college’s enrollment compared to Fall 2019.

Committed to Safety

For everyone’s safety and wellbeing, students are encouraged to follow these guidelines. Uniting under these best practices makes AU a safer place for everyone in our community, and puts our values of compassion and integrity to action.

Did You Know?

Below is just a sample of the things that make the Class of 2024 even more unique than the classes before.

Most freshmen were born in 2002, which means they are younger than the Segway and about half of the Harry Potter film franchise.

The most common last name is Jones, with Williams in close second.

Sarah wins the most popular first name, with Brianna in close second.

The youngest new student is 15 years old; the oldest is 29.

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Written by Raysean Ricks

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