With some 385,500 first semester higher education students for 2008, the country has almost reached its goal of having 40 percent of its university-age students enrolled, Destatis said. The ratio is calculated based on the share of new entrants in the population of the same age.
The numbers were up by seven percent from 2007, with traditional universities reporting a three percent increase in enrollment, and technical universities reporting a 13 percent increase.
Almost every state reported a hike in enrollment, Destatis reported, with the highest increases in the states of Hesse, Saarland, Brandenburg and Hamburg.
The total number of students registered for the 2008-2009 winter semester is 2.01 million, an increase of 4 percent from the same time last year, making it the first time since the 2003-2004 winter semester that the number has exceeded 2 million.