Hat’s off to Sweet Briar College for increasing its new student enrollment for the fall by 42 percent. The Class of 2022 will be made up of 114 first-year students, up from 79 this time last year. These gains represent a significant turnaround for a school that almost closed three years ago.
Other small institutions of higher learning — Burlington in Vermont, St. Joseph’s in Indiana, Atlantic Union in Massachusetts, among others — haven’t been so fortunate. They’ve closed their doors. Some colleges have been saved by merging with others.