Grambling announces 7-year high in enrollment

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - Grambling State University announced its enrollment has reached a seven-year high. Officials say its total enrollment for this fall semester stands at 5,232 students for this fall semester.

Grambling officials say the total enrollment stands at 5,232. (Source: KNOE)

GSU executive vice president Martin Lemelle says it's a result of the support the school has received both at home and throughout the state. "It speaks to the progress,” Lemelle says. “It speaks to the investment both at the state as well as our alums and other stakeholders in Grambling State University that Grambling is a credible and very viable force in education."

He says that while Grambling is world-famed mostly for its athletic programs and band, the enrollment increases also speak to the progress the university is making in the classroom.

“As we add new programs like cyber security and nursing and cloud computing in the future, 24/7 dining, and you wrap that around the experience that is an HBCU where you get to connect with the essence of who you are, it's a winning combination for any student.”

SGA president Steven Wilson says he was born to be a Tiger. "I was legacy with my grandfather, Mr. Hershel West,” Wilson says. “He played basketball here at Grambling State University.

For Wilson, he found his own love for the same school his grandfather attended. “The culture, the tradition. I just fell in love with the G. So, Grambling is everything."

Wilson says since he started his freshman year in 2016, he's noticed the major improvements his school has made. To him, what separates GSU is how everyone takes care of their newest students when they arrive on campus.

"We try to bring in all our freshmen, treat them like family when they come in,” Wilson says. “This is their home away from home for the next four years of their career here at Grambling State University.”

Students like Grace Powell feel the positive energy around campus. "Just being around people who look like me, people who want to excel in life,” Powell says. “I just want to be around all of that positivity and Grambling is coming up. I want to be a part of that greatness."

Lemelle says Grambling hopes to not only sustain its current growth, but also continue to improve the school through other programs as well.