Spring Undergraduate Enrollment 5.9 Percent Lower Than Last Year

May 10, 2021

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Title: Spring 2021 Enrollment (As of March 25)

Source: National Student Clearinghouse

The National Student Clearinghouse has updated its dashboard to include new data on spring enrollment. Trends represent 76 percent of higher education institutions. Key findings include:

  • As a whole, spring undergraduate enrollment fell 5.9 percent, relative to spring 2020.
  • Community colleges experienced the steepest enrollment decline of 11.3 percent.
  • When broken down by degree type, bachelor’s degree enrollment fell 2.2 percent, while associate degree enrollment dropped by 10.9 percent.
  • Across student demographic markers, those between the ages of 18 and 20 (7.2 percent) and Native American students (13 percent) have experienced the largest enrollment declines.
  • Undergraduate health care programs “have weathered the effects of the pandemic better” than other common majors.
  • Graduate enrollment continues to grow, with a 4.4 percent increase in enrollment from this time last year.

Click here to read the report.

Anna Marie Ramos

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