ATLANTA -- Georgia State University is poised to become the state of Georgia's largest university.
At the Jan. 6 meeting of the state Board of Regents, Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended that the board merge Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College, a move that would create the largest university in the state and one of the largest in the nation.
Georgia State had a fall enrollment of 32,556 and Georgia Perimeter 21,371, for a combined 53,927. That would make the combined school far larger than The University of Georgia, which had a fall enrollment of 35,197.
"The consolidation would greatly improve opportunities for students and expand Georgia State's reach and impact across the metro-Atlanta area and the state," said Georgia State President Mark Becker in a message broadcast to the campus.
The consolidation would leave the University System with 29 institutions.