Enrollment at CMCC reached a record high in fall 2019 with 3,218 students enrolled in credit-bearing courses. This represents an increase of almost five percent over the fall 2018 enrollment of 3068. Total fall enrollment at Maine’s seven community colleges is up 4.2 percent from last year. Headcount at the seven colleges is 17,327 students, compared to 16,622 last year.
The strong showing is due in part to a number of new initiatives at the colleges, including plumbing and heating, HVAC, esports and a new athletic complex at CMCC, aimed at attracting and retaining more students. The Maine Community College System (MCCS) also did not raise tuition for this academic year, maintaining the lowest tuition and fees in New England. The enrollment increase is in sharp contrast to a nationwide trend of declining enrollments at two-year public colleges over the last several years.
“This kind of growth is gratifying to see, because we are constantly focused on meeting the needs of today’s students by offering an affordable, accessible quality education in a wide range of fields,” said MCCS President David Daigler. “We want to prepare people for the meaningful work and lives they have ahead of them.” Maine’s community colleges offer nearly 300 degree and certificate options in over 140 occupational fields. More than 75 percent are the only ones of their kind in the state.