The New Hampshire Department of Education says that in the past decade there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of high school graduates continuing on to college, but also a five percent increase in the number of high schoolers leaving the state for college.
The DoE’s Status of Higher Education report shows that overall college enrollment is at record levels in the Granite State. This is despite the fact that more New Hampshire students than ever are leaving the state to go to college.
Community colleges saw the steepest rise in student numbers, rebounding to nearly 15,000 enrolled students after having been on the decline since 2002.
The report says this increase was due to a spate of job-training grants and initiatives aimed at training a high-tech manufacturing workforce.
However, there was a decrease in the number of students attending private four-year colleges in New Hampshire.
The DoE also says that Bachelor in Engineering and Associate in Health Professions are the fastest growing degree programs in the state.