Mississippi college enrollment numbers released

Published: Sep. 10, 2016 at 11:57 PM CDT
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Enrollment for the fall semester rose strongly at Mississippi's eight public universities, but fell for the sixth straight year at the state's 15 community colleges.

Preliminary counts released Friday show students rose 2.5 percent at universities, hitting a new record, and fell 0.9 percent at community colleges.

Community college enrollment has fallen since the end of the recession, as a better job market means fewer people are brushing up on job skills. Universities grew fastest since 2011.

Among universities, enrollment grew fastest at the four smaller regional universities, with Mississippi University for Women adding 11 percent more students. Student counts were flat at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Meridian Community College grew fastest among the four two-year schools that added students. Enrollment shrank the most at East Central Community College.