Summer vacation is over, and Fort Valley State University is coming alive. The campus is bustling with activity as freshmen adjust to campus life. Vanescia Holman is among 1,100 first-year students making the transition. The projected number of freshmen this fall represents a 35 percent increase over last year. She’ll join a swelling Wildcat student population of more than 4,000 returning, traditional, out-of-state, international and graduate students, a 15 percent boost over last year.
The mass communications student, a Columbus, Ga. native is the first in her immediate family to earn a high school diploma.
Holman chose Fort Valley State University based on a recommendation by her cousin, Sherry Brown, an FVSU alum and a major in the U.S. Army. Brown is the first person in Holman’s extended family to receive a college degree.
“My cousin said FVSU is awesome, and told me to ‘rock with the Blue and roll with the Gold,’” says the 19-year-old student who decided to “keep up the family tradition” by being the second to graduate from FVSU. “My experience at FVSU, so far, has been fantastic.”
This semester, Fort Valley State is expecting a record enrollment. “We’re going to have to see how many students can resolve their finances,” says Rivers. “But, right now our enrollment picture is looking beautiful. I believe we’ll have a historic enrollment.”
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