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Luna sees increase in fall enrollment

Luna enrollment up this fall

Enrollment is up at Luna Community College.

Census Day for the fall 2019 semester was Friday, Sept. 6, and Luna has shown an increase in both the number of students attending and the number of credit hours they are taking, compared to the fall 2018 semester.

Student headcount reported by LCC registrar Henrietta Romero’s office is 1,144, a 7 percent increase from the 1,066 enrolled last fall. And the total for student credit hours being taken is 7,622, a 4 percent increase from the 7,319 reported Sept. 7, 2018 – the fall 2018 Census Day.

The fall 2019 semester began on Aug. 19, with the last day to register or add classes Aug. 26. The semester continues through Dec. 13.

Luna officials are cautiously optimistic that the latest uptick in enrollment is a sign of stabilization and possible growth. There have been other positive indicators in recent months. Enrollment from fall 2018 to spring 2019 remained level in terms of headcount, with an increase in the number of credit hours. Most colleges and universities experience at least a slight drop from fall to spring in the same school year. Then Luna’s summer 2019 enrollment showed a 14 percent increase in the number of students and a comparable rise in credit hours compared to the previous summer.

“We are pleased that more students are recognizing Luna as an excellent choice, either to acquire knowledge and training needed to secure gainful employment or to get an affordable, high-quality start to their higher educational journeys,” said Dr. Rolando Rael, LCC president.

“We want to continue to work toward improvement across the institution in every facet of what we do,” Rael said. “Our mission is creating opportunities for students and the communities we serve. Strengthening our accreditation status is an ongoing effort for everyone on campus, and we are taking it seriously. But helping students achieve their dreams remains our top priority.”