Fall enrollments at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry are on track to break records, officials said this week.
Doug Oblander, vice chancellor for student development at USCB, predicts the university's overall enrollment will be up by about 10 percent. About 1,680 students attended USCB last fall.
"We'll probably have the largest freshmen class we've ever had," he said, noting the number of full-time students at USCB has grown steadily.
Official enrollment numbers won't be available until October, he said.
Oblander said the school has received more interest from local students and those who live in other parts of the state. Some students from North Carolina also have shown interest in the school, he said.
"We've done a good job of building relationships with high school counselors, and when people come to visit us, they like what they see," he said.
Matteel King, vice president for student affairs at TCL, said this fall's enrollment is about 25 percent higher than at this time last year. TCL served more than 2,500 students last fall.
"We are tracking really high, and that was a little surprising," she said.
"But we think it may speak to the economy and people's desires to change careers or improve their current career."
King cautioned that enrollment fluctuates throughout the summer and during the first week of classes, when students add and drop courses. Official numbers will be reported in October.
Both USCB and TCL set enrollment records last year, as well.