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Date: July 31, 2002 (02-42)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Strong Enrollment Growth Continues at Montgomery College
Summer Count Jumps Seven Percent; Fall Registration on Fast Pace

             Official enrollment figures for Montgomery College's two summer sessions and preliminary data for the fall indicate continuing robust growth of the student population at all three of the community college's campuses.

            Summer enrollment in for-credit courses at Montgomery College jumped more than seven percent over figures for the summer of 2001, as all three campuses exceeded projections.  Official numbers from the College’s two summer semesters showed a total enrollment of 12,930 credit-earning students.

            “These rapidly increasing enrollment figures underscore again the important role Montgomery College plays in serving our community's growing need for a vast array of college offerings,” said Dr. Charlene R. Nunley, president of Montgomery College. "The summer figures are an indication not only of the number of existing students we serve, but also of those who are home for the summer from other schools and either taking additional classes here or getting a jump on their coursework, straight out of high school. The early fall numbers are a continued reflection of the fact that our continuing enrollment boom is due, in large part, to the rapid rise in our county's high school graduates–the very students who are also most likely to attend on a full-time basis."

With nearly a 19 percent jump over last summer's figures, the Germantown campus posted the largest summer enrollment increase of the three MC campuses. The rise was almost nine percent at Takoma Park, where the first phase of a campus expansion project is just getting started.  Work is now underway on a new health sciences center at Georgia Avenue and King Street, the first building of the expansion, which is designed to relieve overcrowding on the current 12.7-acre campus. 

Meanwhile, college-wide registration for the fall semester is on a brisk pace, currently running 29 percent ahead of last year at this time. Although College officials attribute some of that growth to the fact that more students are simply registering early–a trend fueled by the recent advent of online registration services–they do, nonetheless, anticipate the possibility of another record-breaking fall semester, in terms of total credit hours taken by students. Last fall's semester registration established a new all-time high for credit hours (185,921), although the total number of students during the fall semester (21,349) was actually below its record-setting level of 23,931 in 1991.

The 2002 fall semester begins September 3.

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