Why fewer students are enrolling in college

Most of the headlines surrounding higher education would have you believe that students are competing for a limited number of spots at our nation’s colleges. But a new report adds to a growing body of evidence that in many cases, colleges are actually in search of students.

The number of students enrolled in college in the spring dropped 1.7% from last year, continuing a spate of declines over the past several years, according to a report released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollment and degrees.

In the years since the Great Recession and slow economic recovery, much of the decline in college enrollment has been driven largely by a decrease in the number of adults returning to school.

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