College Enrollment Numbers Show 'Dramatic' Drop in Spring

College Enrollment Numbers Show 'Dramatic' Drop in Spring


Undergraduate college enrollment numbers this Spring are down nearly 5 percent from last year, meaning there are 727,000 fewer students attending colleges and universities in the wake of classroom disruptions stemming from the Chinese coronavirus.

Overall spring enrollment fell to 16.9 million from 17.5 million, marking a one-year decline of 3.5 percent or 603,000 students, seven times worse than the decline a year earlier, with undergraduate students accounting for a 4.9 percent drop (727,000 students), according to new data published by the National Student Clearinghouse.

“That’s really dramatic,” says Doug Shapiro, who leads the clearinghouse’s research center, according to a report by MPR News.

The report added that fall enrollment numbers had indicated the situation was bad with a 3.6 percent undergraduate decline compared with a year earlier — but experts were waiting to see if those students who held off in the fall would decide to enroll in

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