Department of Higher Education
State of Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Higher Education announced
preliminary 1996 fall college enrollments at the October 15, 1996
meeting of the Board of Governors. Highlights are shown below. If
you would like a complete copy of this report including charts,
please send an E-Mail request.
Connecticut College Enrollments
Down Again Connecticut college enrollments are
down again this fall, due to losses at public colleges and
universities where changing age trends, rising tuitions and
limited financial aid are making it harder to recruit students.
Across the public and independent system, enrollments are down
1.3 percent this fall compared to last year, for a total of
155,486 students. Counts at state-supported colleges are down 3.1
percent to 96,284, while they are up 1.9 percent to 58,376 at the
"The upturn at the independents may be a bright sign for
college enrollments in Connecticut," stated Higher Education
Commissioner Andrew G. De Rocco. "The long seven-year drop
in overall enrollments could soon be over."
"Population trends show that the number of the
states 18 to 25 year-olds is finally growing while the
number of persons aged 25 to 34 is dropping. This shift is having
its greatest impact on our public institutions which have
traditionally relied on adults to compensate for shortfalls in
younger students. Combined with improved job opportunities,
rising tuitions and limited student aid, public colleges and
universities may likely be finding it increasingly difficult to
recruit new students."
Across the system this fall, full-time enrollments rose a
marginal 0.7 percent to 83,724 while part-time counts dropped 3.6
percent to 71,762. The number of undergraduates slipped 1.4
percent to 122,095; graduate and first-professional enrollments
dipped 0.7 percent to 33,391.
Within the public system, enrollments at the University of
Connecticut fell 3.7 percent to 22,122. The largest declines
occurred at the Waterbury Campus (down 16.9%) and at the Avery
Point Campus (down 9.0%).
All four campuses of Connecticut State University experienced
fewer enrollments with the largest drop occurring at Western
(down 3.7%). Combined, the four CSU institutions enrolled 33,016
students, down 1.6 percent.
Among the 12 community-technical colleges, only one -
Quinebaug Valley in Danielson - showed a modest increase, up 4.8
percent to 1,174. The community-technical colleges collectively
enrolled 41,146 students, down 3.9 percent.
Within the independent sector, counts climbed 1.2 percent to
18,405 at the four-year nationals. All four of these schools -
Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and
Yale University - posted gains as compared to last fall.
The pattern at the four-year regionals was mixed but overall,
enrollments at these institutions rose 2.4 percent to 38,108. The
largest increase occurred at Albertus Magnus College (up 28.1% to
Student counts dropped 2.6 percent to 1,863 at the two-year
All Connecticut colleges and universities reported their
preliminary enrollments to the Department of Higher Education
earlier this month. The Department expects to make its final
tallies for 1996 available in January.
Copies of the Preliminary Fall 1996 Connecticut College and
University Enrollments are available. Request by E-Mail.