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College Cited as Most Popular Choice

Release Date: 11/21/2005


CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Community Relations Coordinator/Web Editor

Carroll Community College Cited as Most Popular Choice

Among Carroll County residents who attend two and four-year undergraduate institutions in Maryland, Carroll Community College (Carroll) is the most popular choice, according to figures from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

Of the 6,014 Carroll County residents attending Maryland colleges as undergraduates, 2837, or 47.2 percent, attend Carroll Community College.

Based on these figures, Carroll enrolls four times as many county residents as the next most popular college, Towson University, at 10.3 percent.

"These statistics demonstrate that Carroll Community College provides a strong and vibrant education to those who live in Carroll County and wish to advance their educational, professional, and personal goals," said Dr. Faye Pappalardo, president of Carroll.

"Time and time again, students who participate in focus groups and new student orientation surveys tell us the convenience and affordability of Carroll Community College are the reasons they enroll here," said Janet Nickels, director of Institutional Research at Carroll.

In fall term 2005, credit headcount at Carroll was 3, 115 students. Fifty seven percent were part-time students and 43 percent were full-time. Of that number, 712 students were attending college for the first time. Enrollment at Carroll, based on full-time equivalent figures, is projected by MHEC to grow 42 percent over the next nine years.

In fall term 2005, General Studies was the most popular major. Eighty-three percent of students in the fall term were enrolled in transfer programs.

In addition to credit classes, Carroll offers non-credit classes in workforce development, business training, and personal enrichment. In fiscal year 2005, a total of 12,307 different individuals enrolled in all classes at Carroll, a record high for the college. Two-thirds were enrolled in non-credit classes. Credit students seeking a degree or certificate were the remainder.

While 71 percent of credit students were under age 25, 57 percent of non-credit students were 40 years of age or older, indicating the appeal of a community college education to students of all ages.

Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Rd. in Westminster, Md.




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