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Fall Enrollments Still on the Decline

DECEMBER 19, 2019

Higher education enrollments for the Fall of 2019 declined for the eighth consecutive year, finds the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  Overall enrollments dropped by 1.3 percent this Fall, more than 231,000 students to 17.9 million students.  This was the case for all kinds of institutions:  public four-years, public two-years, private non-profit four-years, and private for-profit four-years.  Fifteen states, particularly in the South and West, saw enrollment increases.  The decreases were the greatest in the Northeast and the Upper Midwest.  

The report also found that over the past four years, the average age of full-time undergraduates dropped from 22 to 21 while the number of students over the age of 24 decreased at all institutions.  For the second year in a row, public two-year institutions had an increase of dual-enrolled students under the age of 18.  These findings are consistent  with what I am observing with respect to private, Christian colleges and universities affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education and/or the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities which is why enrollment management must continue to  be a high priority.

Larry J. McKinney
Higher Education Consultant

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