The number of students enrolling at colleges and universities across the country dropped 1.9% from a year ago, according to a report released Thursday by the National Student Clearing House. College enrollment reached its peak in the spring of 2011, according to National Student Clearinghouse data, and has declined by about 1 million students since.
“In periods of recession a lot of people usually go back to school to improve their workforce skills and in times of recovery enrollments decrease as those students — usually older students — go back to the workplace,” said Jason DeWitt, the manager of research services at National Student Clearinghouse.
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