U.S. College Enrollment Dropped By Nearly 1.3 Million Students In The Past Two Years, According To A Recent Report

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Over the last two years, college enrollment in the United States has decreased by approximately 1.3 million students, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

There has been a 7.4 percent decrease in post-secondary enrolment over the previous two years according to Clearinghouse’s study. Before the pandemic, undergraduate enrolment had dropped by 9.4%, which accounts for the majority of the drop. There were a total of more than 604,000 students who dropped out of public institutions in spring 2022, according to a new study.

In the spring of 2022, enrollment grew in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Utah, and West Virginia, in part because of the abundance of online institutions in those areas, according to the study findings.

Among students aged 18 to 24, enrollment has dropped by 3.2% since the spring of 2021, according to the data. In 2020, college-age students’ enrolment dropped by 5%. Undergraduate enrolment in computer science and psychology programs grew, while other academic fields either stagnated or decreased.