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Most Connecticut colleges and universities are seeing an increase in applications this year. And registration at community colleges has jumped. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.

More high school students are going on to college. Many apply to 8 or 10 schools, compared with three or four a decade ago.  So colleges and universities everywhere are receiving record numbers of applications.   Enrollment at Connecticut’s community college system is up roughly 11% this semester. Dan Zaneski is director of admissions at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich.

"We had an increase this spring to last spring of better than 19% which is unbelievable.  Even to the extent that our numbers for our spring class exceeded our number for the fall class. I mean that’s just not heard of in higher education."

Zaneski says the student population at Three Rivers has changed from mostly non-traditional older students, to a majority of high school graduates.  Many are using community colleges as stepping stones, completing general education requirements at community college, then transferring all the credits on  to 4 year institutions, saving thousands in tuition costs along the way.  

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.