Enrollment jumps 5.2% at state's colleges, universities

November 19, 2009

Enrollment at Maryland colleges and universities increased by a record 5.2 percent this fall, wiping away concerns that the recession might keep students from pursuing higher education, according to a report released Wednesday by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Though all sectors, public and private, saw increases, a 9.3 percent surge in enrollment at community colleges drove the record haul of students. "What it means is that people are beginning to see a lot of opportunities out there for those with less than a baccalaureate degree," said state Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons. "Two-year schools are looking like a good option for people who have been laid off or are retooling their skills." Enrollment at the state university system increased by about 3 percent and enrollment at private institutions increased by about 2 percent. Lyons said the report was an overall demonstration that Maryland remains an attractive place to attend college.

-Childs Walker

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