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Record Level Enrollment at Tennessee's Private Colleges and Universities


Nashville, TN—The number of students attending a private college or university in Tennessee hit a record level this fall with a total enrollment of 71,752—nearly 4,000 more students than this time last year, according to the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA). 


For fall 2009, enrollment at TICUA member campuses increased by 5.79 percent over last year.  This increase is greater than the 3.5 percent increase in 2008 and continues a growth trend that has lasted more than a decade. This is also double the expected increased estimated by a National Association of Colleges and Universities survey conducted this past summer.


“This is an exciting time for TICUA institutions and students attending our member campuses,” said Dr. Claude Pressnell, Jr., President of TICUA. “In tough economic times, as the demand for higher education continues to grow, TICUA member institutions remain committed to educational opportunity and choice by ensuring that a quality education remains affordable to the citizens of Tennessee.”


TICUA membership includes 32 four-year colleges and universities, and 3 professional colleges. TICUA engages Tennessee's private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens.  For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at www.ticua.org.


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