Total enrollment across the district's five campuses came in at 59,278 for fiscal year 2018-19, according to a Sept. 16 news release. That figure represents roughly a 6% annual increase in credit and noncredit students.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to serve our largest student population to date,” Collin College District President Dr. Neil Matkin said in the release.
Collin College officials expect enrollment to grow in tandem with regional population, the release stated. Collin County's population could triple by 2040, according to the release.
Opportunities for local high school students to earn college credits are also fueling the increase. Dual credit enrollment alone grew by 30% over the past year, according to the release.
The college plans to open four additional campuses over the next couple of years. An additional campus in Allen and a new Wylie campus will open in 2020. The following year, campuses will open in Farmersville and Celina.
“Collin County is growing, and we are growing with it," Matkin said in the release. "Our board of trustees designed a comprehensive master plan to create meaningful educational pathways to serve all of Collin County, now and in the future. The new programs and campuses are part of that plan.”
Editor’s note: The original post has been edited to correct an error. The record enrollment figure is for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage increase in enrollment was also incorrectly attributed to a news release.