Georgia Perimeter College’s fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

GPC enrolls 10,955 freshmen, the largest number of freshmen within the University System of Georgia.

GPC’s dual enrollment program continues to lead the state, with 1,306 students. Overall, the program which allows students to earn college credit while in high school, increased statewide from 5,303 students in 2013, to 6,700 students, a more than 26 percent increase.

GPC’s online enrollment grew 3.6 percent to 8,438 students.

Dual enrollment was a focus of the statewide report.

“To help make college more accessible, we have expanded the ways to earn a degree, such as on-line courses and dual enrollment for high school students,” said USG’s Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We are seeing initial signs of progress with these initiatives in the 2014 fall semester enrollment.”

The USG enrollment numbers were released Nov. 7 in the USG’s “Fall 2014 Semester Enrollment Report,” which breaks down enrollment by institution, class, race and ethnicity, in-state, out-of-state and international students, as well as gender and age.