The Lone Star College System experienced a 3% increase in enrollment this spring compared to spring 2022, the college system announced Feb. 2. According to a news release Feb. 2, enrollment numbers for spring climbed from 78,463 students to 80,595 students year over year.

However, according to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, enrollment in most Texas community colleges fell 1.7% from 2020 to 2021. Nationally, enrollment dropped 7.8%.

LSCS Chancellor Stephen Head said despite the decrease nationally, he is pleased to see LSCS's enrollment increasing.

"Whether a person is interested in academic transfer programs or workforce training, Lone Star College is ready to help them be successful," he said in the release. "We are also seeing more students choosing face-to-face instruction."

According to the release, last semester saw 42% of LSCS students participating in traditional, face-to-face classes compared to 34% in the spring 2022 semester.

"Lone Star College faculty, staff and administrators remain committed to providing high-quality education, whether a student chooses in-person, online or a combination of the two," Head said.

The LSC-CyFair campus saw one of the largest increases in spring enrollment, data shows. According to an analytics and institutional report on the LSCS website, spring enrollment jumped from 200,200 to 200,643 year over year.

In the same time period, LSC-Kingwood saw a slight increase with 33 more students enrolling from spring 2022 to 2023.

Enrollment decreased year over year at the other five college campuses, including Montgomery, North Harris, University Park, Tomball and Houston North, data shows.

Enrollment at LSC-University Park and LSC-Tomball declined by more than 700 students each. University Park's enrollment dropped from 11,201 to 10,416 students year over year, while LSC-Tomball dropped from 8,093 to 7,337 students, according to LSCS data. LSC-Houston North enrollment dropped by 514. Spring enrollment at LSC-North Harris dropped by 514. The LSC-Houston North campus saw the smallest decrease, enrolling 100 fewer students year over year.

The launch of LSCS's eighth campus, LSC-Online, boosted the spring semester enrollment rate increase by adding 4,291 new students, according to the report.