College enrollment fell for the spring 2021 semester to a level not seen for a decade due to the “severe impact” of coronavirus school closures, mandates, and lockdowns, national data showed.
The number of spring students dropped to 16.9 million from 17.5 million in 2020, a 3.5% dip, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse. The semester’s decline is “seven times worse” than 2020’s reduction in those seeking higher education, and researchers said it is the “largest decline in year-over-year percent change and student headcount since spring 2011.”
Between fall 2010 and spring 2011, college enrollment fell 4.4%. There were 19.6 million college students enrolled in the spring 2011 semester, according to data Student Clearinghouse provided to the Washington Examiner.