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Enrollment Growth Continues this Spring at ACCC

February 13, 2009

Enrollments at Atlantic Cape Community College are continuing an upward trend, with the highest spring semester enrollment ever.

According to enrollment records, credits taken for spring 2009 totaled 69,616, an increase of 6.67 percent over spring 2008. A total of 6,908 students are registered this spring, compared to 6,574 last spring-a 5.08 percent increase.

"Recession tends to increase enrollment at community colleges because of our affordable tuition compared with private institutions or four-year public colleges," said Carmen Royal, Dean of Students. "ACCC's spring enrollment has reached an all-time high and is expected to grow even more in the fall semester."

Enrollment at the Mays Landing Campus rose to 40,739 credits from 39,175 in 2008 for an increase of just under 4 percent. The number of students enrolled increased to 4,642 from 4,447, an increase of 4.38 percent.

Credits taken at the Cape May County Campus were up 10.15 percent with 8,941 credits taken for 2009, up from 8,117 in 2008. Student head count rose 7.28 percent to 1,105 from last spring's 1,030.

The number of students enrolled at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus is up 7.52 percent to 1,186 from 1,103, with credits taken up to 8,167 from 7,536 for an 8.37 percent increase.

There was a 12.77 percent increase in credits taken for the online courses to 11,769 from 10,436, with head count rising 7.01 percent to 2,275 from 2,126. Online offerings have grown steadily since fall 1997 when the college offered six online classes.

ACCC includes the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.