Enrollment up at Md. public, private colleges

By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 19, 2009

Enrollment increased at Maryland's public and private colleges this fall, with public two-year colleges seeing the greatest growth and private institutions the least, according to a report released Wednesday.

Total college enrollment in the state rose 5 percent to 354,858, according to an analysis by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Growth was biggest at low-cost community colleges, which experienced a 9 percent increase, and smallest at independent colleges and universities, with a 2 percent increase. Enrollment at four-year public campuses grew by 3 percent.

The overall growth rate was the highest since fall 2000, according to the data on the commission's Web site. In a release, the state agency described the report as "stunningly positive."

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