College Enrollments Fell This Fall

December 19, 2012

Memo to college presidents: Your admissions directors weren't making excuses when they told you they were struggling to fill their classes this fall. Data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on Tuesday -- in the first of what the center says will be twice-a-year snapshots of up-to-date enrollment statistics -- show that college enrollments declined by 1.8 percent in fall 2012, driven by larger drops for for-profit colleges (-7.2 percent) and community colleges (-3.1 percent). Enrollment fell by 0.6 percent at four-year public colleges and universities, and rose by half a percentage point at four-year private nonprofit colleges, as seen in the figure below.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed