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The Enrollment Crunch: A Special Report
Disappearing Students

The Shrinking of Higher Ed

In the past, colleges grew their way out of enrollment crises. This time looks different.

Nearly 1.3 million students have disappeared from American colleges since the pandemic began. That contraction comes at a precarious moment for the sector. Inflation is driving up costs and straining budgets, stock-market volatility is reducing endowment returns, and federal stimulus funds are running out.

Why is the enrollment crunch happening now? How are colleges responding? What might turn things around? Those are the questions fueling this special report.
  • Stopping the Slide

    A community college, a public regional, and a small private institution try to innovate their way out of yearslong enrollment declines.
  • Finishing What They Started

    As the number of traditional-age students shrinks, educators strive to re-enroll the 39 million Americans who left without a credential.
  • The Perilous Predicament of the Very Small College

    Many campuses with fewer than 1,000 students survived the pandemic on fumes. What’s next?
  • Whither Black Enrollment?

    After more than a century of Black activists’ fight for college access, Black enrollment this past decade has tumbled at an alarming rate.
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