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Connecticut College Enrollments Reach New High

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Students at graduation ceremony.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A new tally of students in Connecticut colleges and universities shows enrollments have reached a record high for the 10th consecutive year, driven partly by noteworthy growth at small independent schools.

Connecticut higher education officials said Tuesday that about 202,900 students attend the state’s private and public institutions. Although that is the highest figure recorded, it is only 1.1 percent greater than last year, an indication that the growth is slowing.

Officials say much of the increase is due to students enrolling part time, probably due to the economy.

The largest growth was at four for-profit institutions in Connecticut: Lincoln College of New England, Paier College of Art, Post University and Sanford-Brown College.

Enrollment was stable at most of the other four-year private schools, such as Trinity, Wesleyan and Yale.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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