US College enrollment still in a ‘deep hole’

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Undergraduate college enrollment is continuing its years-long decline, though at a much less drastic rate than during the pandemic. According to data released Thursday, Feb. 2, U.S. colleges and universities saw a drop of just 94,000 undergraduate students, or 0.6%, between the fall of 2021 and 2022. This follows a historic decline that began in the fall of 2020; over two years, more than 1 million fewer students enrolled in college.

“I certainly wouldn’t call this a recovery,” said Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the National Student Clearinghouse. Shapiro spoke to NPR in October, after the Clearinghouse released preliminary enrollment data, which it updated this week. “We’re seeing smaller declines. But when you’re in a deep hole, the fact that you’re only digging a tiny bit further is not really good news.”


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