Virginia Perplexed: More Seniors, Fewer College Enrollees

Where have all the high school seniors gone? That’s the question perplexing state higher education officials.

Total enrollment at the state’s public and private colleges and universities dropped this academic year — a loss that came despite an increase in the pool of high school seniors who could have filled those seats.

Although public four-year universities posted a modest increase, overall enrollment fell by 1.5 percent from the prior year because of declines at the Virginia Community College System and at Liberty University.

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