College enrollment fell to lowest level since 2007 amid pandemic

By: | October 20, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic hit the education sector exceptionally hard, and college enrollments plunged in 2020 to the lowest level since 2007.

According to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday, enrollment in schools dropped by 2.9 million from 2019 to 2020 and colleges by 615,000. Enrollment among those aged 35 and below has also dipped to the lowest level in over 20 years, with community colleges leading the decline.

Brookings has suggested that many young people are forgoing a college education to work amid a historic race between employers to fill jobs as the country recovers from the pandemic-induced recession.

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