Enrollment at Arkansas Colleges Reaches All-Time High

SEPTEMBER 21, 2004 - Posted at 7:38 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - New statistics out from the state Department of Education show that fall enrollment at colleges and universities throughout Arkansas has reached record levels.

College enrollment statewide reached an all-time high of 137,342 this year.  The enrollment marked a 3.2 percent increase over last year and was the tenth consecutive year that college enrollment in Arkansas has topped 100,000 students.  Since 2000, college enrollment in Arkansas has increased 17.3 percent.

According to the enrollment data released by the department, enrollment at all of Arkansas' public colleges and universities reached an all-time high of 124,011.

Among the state's two-year colleges, 15 of 22 saw enrollment increase over last year.  The state's two-year colleges have an overall enrollment of 46,166.  Southern Arkansas University, Southern Arkansas Community College, Pulaski Technical College and Mid-South Community College (West Memphis) all saw a one-year enrollment increase of more than ten percent.

Ten of Arkansas' eleven four-year colleges and universities saw enrollment increase from last year, but student numbers at Arkansas State University's Jonesboro campus are down this fall.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)