First-year enrollment for college students dropped precipitously over fall 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, a national survey found.
First-year college enrollment dropped by 16.1%, a major reduction when compared to fall 2019, which saw only a 0.4% decrease in enrollment, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found in a report released Thursday. Overall undergraduate enrollment at colleges saw a 4% drop, while graduate enrollment increased this fall by 2.7%.
Schools across the country have been forced to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, and different institutions have taken varied tacks. Some colleges have opted to go fully virtual, others have allowed students to return