College Enrollment Down Slightly, Report Finds
Overall enrollment in college is down slightly this fall, as fewer students are going to two-year, public and four-year, for-profit schools compared to the previous year.
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a report Dec. 11 with the latest enrollment estimates. It found a total of 19.6 million students attended some kind of postsecondary institution in the fall of 2014, a drop of 1.3 percent from last year when it was 19.9 million and from 2012 when enrollment was 20.2 million.
Examining closely by sector, however, the report shows a growth in students going to public, four-year colleges (2.2 percent) and nonprofit, four-year instituions (1.6 percent). In the same period, public, two-year schools dropped by 6 percent and four-year, for-profits fell by .4 percent.
The nonprofit center based in Herndon, Va., found the decrease in college participation was greater for students over the age of 24 than under. The decline in matriculation was about even for men and women, as well as for part-time and full-time students.
Enrollments declined in 39 states and the District of Columbia, and increased in 11 states, with the largest increases seen in New Hampshire (19.9 percent) and Arizona (5.2 percent).
The center's numbers include 96 percent of enrollments at U.S degree-granting institutions.