College Enrollment Increases In Fall 2023 Semester For The First Time Since COVID-19

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OAN’s James Myers
10:12am – Thursday, October 26, 2023

The number of college students enrolling nationwide has increased for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.


According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, undergraduate enrollment in 2023 increased by 2.1% compared to the 2022-23 academic year.

According to data in the report, community college enrollment increased by 4.4% and accounted for nearly 60% of the total undergraduate growth.

Additionally, undergraduate enrollment in non-degree programs increased by 9.9% and enrollment in associate degree programs increased by 3.6%.

“This is good news for community colleges and the growing number of continuing and returning students who have lost momentum since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Douglas Shapiro, executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. said in a statement.

However, the report also found that freshmen enrollment decreased by 3.6%, which is a significant change compared to a 4.6% increase a year ago.

“Last year’s initial recovery among freshmen appears to have stalled, especially as more 18- to 20-year-olds from four-year colleges are dropping out,” Shapiro said.

Additionally, the report showed that Black, Hispanic and Asian students accounted for a significant portion of the increase, while the number of white students decreased by nearly 1%.

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