HARTFORD, Conn. – New statistics show that the number of students transferring into the Connecticut State University System has increased by 44 percent in the past decade.

The statistics, released last week by state education officials, show 3,054 students transferred last year into Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities. That’s up from 2,124 between 2000 and 2001.

Of those who transferred in last year, 92 percent were Connecticut residents and many transferred from community colleges throughout the state.

The Connecticut State University System has about 36,000 students and 180,000 alumni.