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Spring 2015 Sees Decline in Student Enrollment

Spring 2015 Sees Decline in Student Enrollment

Spring postsecondary enrollments declined in 2015, according to the Spring Term Enrollment Estimates from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. College enrollments in spring 2015 totaled just under 18.6 million, down 1.9 percent compared to spring 2014. As in each of the last three years, the bulk of this spring’s decline is among students over the age of 24, whose numbers fell by 264,000 (-3.6 percent).

Downward Trend in College Enrollments Shows Signs of Slowing

Downward Trend in College Enrollments Shows Signs of Slowing

In the current term, college enrollments continued to decline, but at a slower rate than in recent terms, according to the just-released Spring Current Term Enrollment Estimates from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. In spring 2014, overall postsecondary enrollments decreased 0.8 percent from the previous spring, the smallest decrease since spring 2012, when enrollments declined 0.3 percent. The Clearinghouse first started reporting on current term enrollments in fall 2011.

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