In October 2018, 18.9 million people were enrolled in college in the United States. That was 1.5 million fewer than in 2011, according to recently-released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey School Enrollment Supplement.
The number of students enrolled in two-year colleges during that same period dipped by 25%, or 1.4 million, to 4.3 million.
Gregg Raisanen, vice president of academic and student affairs at Alexandria Technical and Community College, said enrollment trends there have been similar. One reason the number of college-age students at ATCC has declined, he said, is because the number of high school students in general and in this region has declined.