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ACCC Enrollment Reaches Historic High

October 11, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College's fall 2007 enrollment is the largest in its 41-year history. The number of students overall rose to 6,929 from last year's 6,828 for a 1.48 percent increase. The number of full-time students rose to 3,404 from 3,221, an increase of 5.7 percent, while part-time enrollment is 3,525, down 2.2 percent.

"This increase in enrollment at our Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses, and the continued strong participation in the NJ STARS program have supported the college's overall growth," Dean of Students Carmen Royal said. "ACCC provides a supportive, personalized learning environment in which students and professors explore and grow together. Our collegewide retention efforts, which have contributed to students' success, are another key factor that has impacted our enrollment."

Since 2000, ACCC's fall enrollment has grown 50 percent to more than 68,200 credits from 45,573, according to Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of administration, planning and research

The number of credits students are taking overall rose to 68,252 from 65,714 in 2006, representing a 3.86 percent increase. The number of credits taken at the Mays Landing Campus rose to 42,248 from 41,106 for a 2.78 increase. Enrollment at that campus, meanwhile, went to 4,652 from 4,708 for a 1.19 percent decrease.

After the main campus, the college's online virtual "campus" - students taking classes via the Internet - continues to represent a significant portion of the college's total credit enrollment with a 2.80 percent credit increase to 9,368 from 9,113 in 2006, and an enrollment increase to 1,887 up 2.89 percent. Online credits represent nearly 14 percent of all credits taken by ACCC students.  

At the Cape May County Campus, there has been a 5.68 percent credit increase to 9,285 from 8,786 in 2006, with a 2.15 percent enrollment increase to 1,139 from 1,115.

The largest enrollment increase, however, is at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus (WACC) with a 9.23 percent credit increase 7,351 and enrollment growth of 13.43 percent to 1,098. The increase at WACC is a result of the college's commitment to providing expanded programs and services at that site.

In addition, this semester ACCC experienced a nearly 52 percent increase in NJ STARS enrollments to 288, from 189 in 2006. This initiative, implemented by the State of New Jersey in 2004, enables high school students who graduated in the top 20 percent of their class to receive free tuition at Atlantic Cape Community College. Aside from tuition, NJ STARS covers the full cost of most fees for up to five semesters at ACCC.

ACCC is a comprehensive, two-year public institution serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties since 1966. The college offers 43 degree programs and 32 professional series programs as well as noncredit professional development and customized training services. ACCC continues to add services and programs to its campuses.