Kentucky College Enrollment

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New statistics say Kentucky colleges are seeing record enrollments with nearly 240,000 people taking classes this fall and the Hilltoppers are leading the way.

State officials said the enrollments in public and private colleges across Kentucky are the largest in history, increasing 1.7 percent over the past year, and since the fall of 1998 enrollment at the state's public colleges and universities have increased 31 percent. Western Kentucky University leads the way among regional universities with a nearly 27 percent increase over that period.

Council on Post-Secondary Education President, Tom Layzell, said the main driver is the economy, and the demand for higher levels of education for jobs.

The stats also show that the state's public community and technical colleges have recorded a 69 percent increase in enrollment since 1998.