This year’s spring enrollment of undergraduates has dropped by nearly 5% from last year. according to National Student Information Exchange Center Research Center. This is approximately 10 times the drop from spring 2019 to spring 2020. Community colleges were the hardest hit, losing more than 9% of their students.
The summer admissions data has not been collected and released, because some institutions are still registering for their later courses. But anecdotal evidence points to a mixed picture. Although summer enrollment in some institutions has surged, the numbers in other institutions have been comparable to or have declined in the past few years.
For example, summer enrollment at Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan has increased by nearly 9% from last year and 3.7% from 2019, a spokesperson for the college said. The semester will not start until June 29, leaving room for some additional registration.
“As our region recovers from the pandemic, students are looking for new skills to change or advance their careers. We have been working hard to ensure that GRCC education is available and affordable to help people move forward,” The college said in a press release. Students may also take advantage of expanded financial aid programs, such as Michigan’s Frontline Future Program, which provides free tuition for people working in important industries during the pandemic.
The dean of the college, Stacy Young, said the summer enrollment at Montcalm Community College, also located in Michigan, has increased by nearly 30% from last year and 15% from 2019. Yang attributes this growth to the college’s conscious and concerted efforts. She said that the admissions team, cooperation with consulting agencies, and the focus on Gen Z all contribute to this goal. In January 2020, the number of students enrolled in rural colleges and universities declined for 10 consecutive years.
The number of summer enrollments at Laredo College in Texas declined from 2019 to 2020, but Report This year this figure is back again. Enrollment in the summer of 2021 has increased by 20% compared to 2020.
The number of students enrolled at Southern Idaho College has increased significantly this summer, with an increase of 43% over last year and an increase of nearly 41% over 2019.
“I’ve been here for 27 years. Last year we changed a new president. At least for the past 26 years, when I was here, summer vacation was really seen as an opportunity to welcome students, but we didn’t really spend it. A lot of time to actively promote why it is a good idea to participate in summer courses,” said Chris Bragg, Director of Efficiency at the Southern Idaho Institute.
Officials from the college stated that the government is interested in this summer vacation and is actively seeking to recruit students. They opened up registration in advance, visited dozens of high schools in the state, and sent a response to each enrolled student stating how many credits they could pay with the university’s federal funds.
The number of freshmen in the college is also increasing. In the past few years, after subtracting high school double credits, only 12% of summer enrollment students were new arrivals. Now, this figure has reached about 25%. Approximately two-thirds of these freshmen also participated in the fall admissions, up from approximately 45% in the past few years. All of this could mean a general increase in enrollment in places like southern Idaho.
It’s hard to say which primary factors will lead to an increase in attendance at two-year colleges this summer. Summer admissions help speed up the time it takes for community college and bachelor’s degree students to obtain degrees, which may be even more important when students respond to the financial impact of the pandemic. Students in public flagship or private universities usually take summer courses at community colleges and earn credits at a cheaper cost than in their hometown institutions. As institutions begin face-to-face courses again, students who have been online or blended learning for a year may want to join as soon as possible.
Not everyone has seen a surge in enrollment.For example, the Mining College in Missouri report Compared with last year, the number of summer students decreased by 8.3%.
In four-year colleges and universities, many institutions see a surge in summer enrollment in 2020 as students see internships and job opportunities disappear. In some cases, this year cannot compete with last year.
For example, the number of undergraduate summer enrollment at the University of Richmond has surged by approximately 54% from 2019 to 2020. The summer enrollment in 2019 is 671, and the 2020 enrollment is 1,035. This year the university saw this number drop to 797, which is still an increase of more than 18% over 2019.
Harvey Mudd College in California only started offering summer courses in 2019. The first year is very small, with only 48 students. By 2020, this number will surge to 422, all of which are distance courses. This year, the college still only offers online courses, but the number has decreased, and the number of enrollment has dropped to about 200.
From 2019 to 2020, Arizona State University’s summer enrollment has surged by nearly 10,000. It jumped from approximately 49,000 to 59,000, an increase of 20%. The number of registrations this year is expected to continue to grow, but it is currently about 60,000.
Ball State University, a four-year university, said that the number of summer enrollments this year is comparable to previous years. Although some face-to-face courses are offered, universities offer most courses online, which usually take place in the summer.
As college enrollment rates across the country are declining, it is unclear whether the high summer enrollment rate of some community colleges will become a weather vane in the fall, indicating that some colleges and universities will return to their pre-pandemic numbers and financial status.