College enrolment in US declines for second year

September 29, 2014

College enrolment in the US has dropped for the second year in a row, according to new data from the US Census Bureau. Although the decline of 463,000 enrolments from 2012 to 2013 put the 2-year cumulative total at almost one million, it follows an expansion of 3.2 M between 2006 and 2011. The majority of the drop in enrolment occurred at 2-year colleges, which experienced a 10% decline from 2012–2013. Enrolment at 4-year colleges grew slightly, by 1%. The enrolment drop was equally divided between older and younger students, with enrolment of those 21 and younger falling by 261,000 and of those 25 and older by 247,000. Earlier this year, the US Department of Education predicted that PSE enrolment would grow by 14% from 2011–2022, but that the rate of growth would be much smaller than the increase seen in the previous 14 years. Inside Higher Ed  | Census Bureau News Release