New Report Shows College Enrollment Dropping

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- According to a new report, there will be fewer students on college campuses this year.

The New York Times reports that enrollment at traditional four-year colleges is expected to drop.

One reason is that the number of 18-year-olds is down.

"That dip can certainly affect - it will affect - the number of students going on to college," said Russ Ingersoll, an independent college and career counselor.

Ingersoll said he expects private colleges to be hit the hardest by the decline.

"Cost is a very major part of a consideration when students and parents are looking to choose schools," he said. "And the private colleges do cost considerably more than the in-state state schools."

Filling out college applications is never an easy process. But with college enrollment dropping, the waiting game after applicants submit applications could get a little less stressful. The report says it will likely be easier to get into middle-tier colleges.

"A school that years ago may have set a certain limit for their SAT or ACT scores or a certain GPA to be a really viable candidate, will now begin to relax that a little bit," he said.

Also according to the report, adults who went back to school while the economy struggled are now starting to re-enter the workforce. Ingersoll says if that is the case, he looks for online courses to pick back up, because they can fit more easily into busy schedules.

Even with the drop in enrollment, and schools possibly seeing less money come in, Ingersoll said he does not expect financial aid to take much of a hit.


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