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NVCC enrollment passes 70,000

Northern Virginia Community College served 72,563 students in the 2009-10 academic year, an 8 percent increase at a time of surging enrollment across the community college sector.

NVCC is the largest community college in Virginia and the largest by far in the D.C. region, and it may be the second-largest two-year college in the nation. Miami Dade College, with 170,000 students, claims to be the largest single higher education institution in the United States.

I reported last fall that community college enrollment in the D.C. region overall was up by 12,000 students, or 10 percent, in the 2009-10 year. Two-year colleges are seeing an enrollment explosion nationwide because of their low cost and practical focus at a time of economic crisis. Enrollment would be up even more but for severe budget cuts that are forcing colleges to turn students away.

Final enrollment figures for Virginia community colleges, newly released, show statewide enrollment at 281,243, up 7 percent from the previous year and 13 percent over two years.

NVCC enrollment has gone from 64,454 in 2007-08 to 67,175 in 2008-09 to 72,563 this year. The state's second-largest community college, Tidewater, is growing at an even faster clip, with enrollment up 12 percent to 45,370 in the 2009-10 academic year.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  June 4, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
Categories:  Access , Admissions , Community Colleges , Finance , Public policy  | Tags: NVCC enrollment, community college enrollment, community college record enrollment, virginia community colleges  
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Those aged 18-20 are also adults. Although enrollment for Northern Virginia Community College has increased to 70,000-79,999 range, it's much lower than that of Miami Dade College. Community colleges are worried about increases in enrollment because of cuts by state governments to their college but that reason isn't decreasing enrollment. It's good to see southeastern Virginia's Tidewater community college gain enrollment.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | June 5, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Go NoVa!

Posted by: JoStalin | June 5, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

hopefully, there will be faculty and support staff to accommodate the influx.

Posted by: swatkins1 | June 5, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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