Dwindling college enrollments…

Some interesting data from the Education Data Initiative and Statista
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College enrollments

> Undergraduate enrollment (the middle black line in the chart below) almost tripled from 1970 to 2010 … from 6.3 million to 18.1 million.

> But, from 2010 to 2020, UG enrollment has declined by 2.2 million to 15.9 million … a 12% fall off.

> Graduate school enrollments tripled between 1970 and 2015 … and have been flat around 3 million since 2015

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Source: Education Data Initiative

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Degrees granted

In 2021, 4.43 million college students graduated

  • 24.6% received associate degrees.
  • 49.9% received bachelor degrees.
  • 20.8% earned master degrees.
  • 4.7% earned doctorates or professional degrees.

Source: Education Data Initiative

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Age group penetration

The share of the 18 & 19 year old  population enrolled in college or other higher education (e.g. community colleges & trade schools):

> In the mid-1970s, about 1 in 3 of 18 & 19 year olds  were enrolled in higher education.

> That percentage peaked at 51.2% in 2010 (consistent with the above enrollment numbers) …. and has flattened at about 50%

> In 2000, The enrollment % among 18 & 19 year olds started falling below the enrollment % of 20 & 21 year olds, foreshadowing a future decline in the enrollment % among the older age group.

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Source: Statista

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