Fall 2008 Opening Enrollment Figures Released
Annapolis, MD (November 20, 2008) – Community colleges continue to be the fastest growing segment of undergraduate education in Maryland with a system-wide increase of 4.3% or 5,253 more students over last year’s opening fall enrollments.
According to a report recently released by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, enrollments in Maryland’s postsecondary institutions are at an historic high with the community colleges now serving 128,063 undergraduates; the four-year public institutions serving 110,636 undergraduates; and the independent colleges and universities serving 31,596.
All of Maryland’s 16 community colleges experienced enrollment growth. The Community College of Baltimore County grew by the largest number of students (1,247), while the colleges with the highest percentage increases were Frederick Community College with an 11.6% increase and Wor-Wic Community College with an 11.3% increase.
Traditionally community college enrollments show considerable growth during times of an economic down turn, as displaced workers seek to retool or upgrade employment skills. However, the 2008 Opening Fall Enrollments show a considerable increase in part-time as well as full-time students, with full-time students slightly outpacing part-time students by 0.3%.