New Orleans Universities See Spike in Enrollment

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 8:05am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For the first time since Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, 10 colleges and universities in the New Orleans area registered more students this semester than they did the previous fall.
At Delgado Community College prospective students were turned away for the first time in its 88-year history because it didn't have room for them.
The enrollment gains still left almost every institution below pre-Katrina levels. Only the LSU Health Sciences Center recorded enrollment higher than before the hurricane.
The rise in registration this fall "indicates an accelerated recovery post-Katrina that not even this recession could negate, "said Barmak Nassirian, a spokesman for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.