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Enrollment in Tennessee’s community colleges increases 2.2 percent over fall 2016

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Enrollment in Tennessee’s community colleges this fall increased 2.2 percent over fall 2016, according to new enrollment figures presented to the Tennessee Board of Regents today.

Overall enrollment in the state’s 13 community colleges on the 14th day of classes for the current fall semester totaled 86,621, up 2.2 percent from the 84,773 on the same date in fall 2016. Enrollment of full-time students was 56,918, up 2.9 percent from fall 2016.

Motlow State Community College led overall enrollment growth, with 6,597 students enrolled this fall, a 12.9 percent increase from a year ago. Southwest Tennessee Community College has 9,114 students, up 10.2 percent from last year. Pellissippi State Community College has the largest enrollment in the college system at 11,168 – up 9 percent from last fall.

Fourteenth-day student census numbers are a snapshot of enrollment. End-of-term enrollments are factored into the state’s higher education funding formula. Fall 2016 end-of-term enrollment totaled 86,162, or 1,389 more students than were enrolled on the 14th day of that semester.

Tennessee community college enrollment peaked at 98,459 in Fall 2010 during the economic recession, reflecting a national trend of higher enrollments during period of high unemployment. 

The Board of Regents' fall quarterly meeting is being held today and Friday at Southwest Tennessee Community College's Macon Cove campus.             

Below are 14th day Fall 2017 enrollments by campus and the percentage increase from fall 2016:

 

                                                                                 Fall 2016                  Fall 2017               % change

Chattanooga State

8,628 

 8,362 

-3.1

Cleveland State 

3,307 

 3,004 

-9.2

Columbia State

5,659 

 5,938 

4.9

Dyersburg State

2,818 

 2,843 

0.9

Jackson State 

4,690 

 4,745 

1.2

Motlow State 

5,841 

 6,597 

12.9

Nashville State 

8,914 

 8,219 

-7.8

Northeast State 

6,124 

 6,086 

-0.6

Pellissippi State 

10,244 

 11,168 

9.0

Roane State 

5,638 

 5,629 

-0.2

Southwest Tennessee State 

8,269 

 9,114 

10.2

Volunteer State 

8,688 

 8,841 

1.8

Walters State

5,953 

 6,075 

2.0

  Total Community Colleges

84,773 

 86,621 

2.2

 

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 100,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.