College Enrollment Declining, ATCC Matches National Trends

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.

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