The sixth annual report on national college completion rates offers a look at the six-year outcomes for students who began postsecondary education in fall 2011.
Undergraduate Enrollments Down 300,000 for Spring 2017; Graduate and Professional Enrollments Up 27,000
Declines led by adult learners enrolled in four-year, for-profit institution or a two-year public college.
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Signature Report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2010 Cohort, recent declines in the overall national six-year completion rates have ended.
Declines in graduation were seen not only in the overall national completion rate, but also every institution type and all student subgroups.
Spring postsecondary enrollments declined in 2015, according to the Spring Term Enrollment Estimates from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. College enrollments in spring 2015 totaled just under 18.6 million, down 1.9 percent compared to spring 2014. As in each of the last three years, the bulk of this spring’s decline is among students over the age of 24, whose numbers fell by 264,000 (-3.6 percent).