News Release
April 8, 2011

ANSON C. SMITH AT 203-332-5229

HCC Enrolls 5,989 Students
Sets New Spring Record

Up 126 percent in 15 years

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College this semester has set a new enrollment record, registering 5,989 students at its downtown Bridgeport campus.        

The number represents an increase of 1.5 percent over the 5,903 students who registered in the Spring of 2010, and a 126 percent increase over the 2,653 who registered in the Fall of 1996, the college’s last semester at its old Barnum Avenue campus in the city’s east end.

 “Once again, we’re seeing the impact of the economic downturn on our enrollment,” said Registrar James Connolly. “As has been the case in recent semesters, more and more people are looking at community colleges as employees are outsourced or downsized and as families tighten their financial belts. Many realize that they can cut their tuition bill in half by going to a community college for two years and then transferring to a four-year school.”

This semester’s full-time enrollment totaled 2,132, one more than last Spring’s number. However, part-time enrollment hit 3,857, up 12 percent from last Spring’s 3,772. Full-time equivalent enrollment at the college reached the 3,422 mark, up 1.2 percent over last Spring’s 3,380.

The new results show that women still outnumber men at the campus. Some 62.5 percent (3,742) of the enrollees are women.

HCC continues to attract a diverse student body. Some 58.9 percent reported their ethnicity as either Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, multiple race or other non-Caucasian. Of these, Black students comprised 29 percent (1,737); Hispanics, 23.7 percent (1,422); Asians, 2.9 percent (171);  American Indian/Alaskan Natives, 0.2 percent (14); Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders,  0 percent (2), other races, 2.0 (118)  percent, and multi races, 1.0 percent (60).

The college still draws the majority of its students from Bridgeport (2,722 students, 45.4  percent) and Stratford (766 students, 12.8 percent); followed by  Milford (389 students, 6.5 percent); Shelton (381 students, 6.3 percent); Trumbull (341 students, 5.7 percent); Fairfield (249 students, 4.2 percent); Ansonia (176 students, 2.9 percent); Monroe (139 students, 2.3 percent); Derby (86 students, 1.4 percent); Seymour (66 students, 1.1  percent); and Easton (20 students, 0.3 percent).  

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.