Despite strong competition from colleges and universities in the region, Middlesex Community College announced today that full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is up 2.5% over last year. The College’s current FTE enrollment is 1,627, making this the largest spring FTE enrollment to date. The previous record was in spring 2010 with a FTE figure of 1,623.

College administration believes there are many factors attributing to this rise in FTE enrollment. Since last spring, students taking courses at the Meriden Center have increased by 8.7 percent and there has been a 25 percent increase of students enrolled in online courses. The College has also seen a 5.7 percent increase of full-time students since spring 2013.

The low cost of attendance is also a factor. Less than five percent of students borrowed money to defray college costs this school year. Plus, MxCC recently launched a campaign called Take 5 as a way for students to lower college costs by taking five classes a semester for the same cost of four.

“We are delighted that enrollment is up this year at Middlesex Community College,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC. “This year, we introduced a number of initiatives designed to promote student engagement, including a smartphone app called Persistence Plus that uses information from the student and about their courses to reach out to them regularly to keep them on schedule and focused on their goals. We’re determined to keep enhancing the student experience so that more and more students succeed at realizing their dreams and ambitions by earning a college degree from Middlesex.”

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.