The number of newly enrolled college undergraduates declined yet again, dashing hopes that the fall 2022 semester would bring about a rebound in college enrollment following precipitous declines during the pandemic-affected school years.
The semester enrollment report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released Thursday showed overall undergraduate enrollment fell by 1.1% in the fall 2022 semester, in line with pre-pandemic trends in declining enrollment. Graduate enrollment declined by 1%, reversing a 2.7% increase in 2021. However, overall graduate enrollment remains above pre-pandemic levels.
These data are the first indicator that high school graduates that elected to forgo college during the COVID-19 pandemic are still not pursuing post-secondary education and dashed hopes that a new, mostly pandemic-free school year would provide a rebound.