MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - School is about to start for thousands of college students across the state and preliminary numbers show enrollment is up at many colleges and universities.
One of those learning centers is Huntingdon in Montgomery. "It's exciting," admits student Alex Taylor.
It's a big change from the late 90's and early 2000's when Huntingdon struggled with enrollment. In 2003, Huntingdon had just under 600 students; it has nearly doubled since then. Students and staff credit two things: academics and athletics.
Huntingdon kicked off a new football program in 2003. Monday it announced two new sports: men's lacrosse and women's track. With all the growth, one key to Huntingdon's success is something they the school says has always been there, "It's a close community. You can't walk across campus without knowing somebody," said student Erin Ofe.
As for other schools in our area, Auburn Montgomery expects this year to have it's largest student population in 15 years. ASU and Troy also report increases.
Meanwhile, Auburn anticipates its enrollment to be close to last year saying it goes along with the school's "steady-size, improving-quality" plan.