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Colleges Could Reportedly Lose 20 Percent of Student Enrollment Due to Coronavirus

Colleges Could Reportedly Lose 20 Percent of Student Enrollment Due to Coronavirus

“finding are based on several surveys”

This would be a catastrophe for many schools. They would be forced to make drastic changes in order to survive.

Inside Higher Ed reportsreports:

Colleges Could Lose 20% of Students

Four-year colleges may face a loss of up to 20 percent in fall enrollment, SimpsonScarborough, a higher education research and marketing company, has predicted on the basis of multiple student surveys it has conducted.

The findings are based on surveys of more than 2,000 college-bound high school seniors and current college students in March, just after the coronavirus began spreading in the United States, and in April, after three weeks of record unemployment claims.

The finding are based on several surveys, one of which was released previously.

– Ten percent of college-bound seniors who had planned to enroll at a four-year college before the COVID-19 outbreak have already made alternative plans.

– Fourteen percent of college students said they were unlikely to return to their current college or university in the fall, or it was “too soon to tell.” Exactly three weeks later, in mid-April, that figure had gone up to 26 percent.

– Gap years may be gaining in popularity. While hard to track, there are estimates that 3 percent of freshmen take a gap year. Since the pandemic, internet searches for gap years have skyrocketed.

– College students do not like the online education they have been receiving. To finish their degrees, 85 percent want to go back to campus, but 15 percent want to finish online.

The numbers are particularly bleak for minority students.


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When you have the media and “experts” telling us non-stop that this virus is a reincarnation of the Black Plague, this is no surprise. What do you see all around America? Schools shut down, playgrounds roped off, sit-down areas of restaurants closed, many other businesses shuttered, church services banned, The message is clear – what used to be normal activities are now considered dangerous! You need to wear a mask everywhere you go! No more than ten people gathered in one place at once, unless you’re an “essential” business. Don’t leave your home unless it is absolutely essential!
So, why wouldn’t some college students and their parents be scared about the “safety” of crowded campuses.

Add to that uncertainty about employment. Parents have lost jobs. Also, a lot of college students work part-time jobs to pay for school. Will those part-time jobs be coming back soon? I have a 20-year-old friend who had the same part-time job for two years to help pay for college, and she’s been laid off and is not sure when or if that job will come back. She has not signed up for fall classes because rent and food are taking priority right now over tuition. Her savings and stimulus check are only going to last her another three months. What then? All of this uncertainty is making people put college on the back burner, or it’s making them reconsider college altogether.

    GWB in reply to RestLess. | April 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Her savings and stimulus check
    Wow, she has savings? That already puts her in the top of her class.

    And, as an addendum to my comment below: lots of good people will get hurt – good colleges, good students. But the long-term fallout could be good for actual education in America.

      RestLess in reply to GWB. | April 29, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      Her parents are solid conservatives who attend my church, and they taught their daughter the importance of saving for a rainy day. I, too, was shocked to hear a 20-year-old college student say she had $3000 in her savings account!

        MajorWood in reply to RestLess. | April 29, 2020 at 9:33 pm

        My 17yo high school junior has $8000 in his from summer jobs. He is even tighter than his dad. I guess you have either non-workers who spend or workers who don’t.

        I am surprised that the rank and file dems are still on board with the shutdown. At some point of suffering granny becomes expendable.

          I am not surprised “that the rank and file Dems are still on board with the shutdown”. If the economy is still in the tank in November, they may think that Biden could babble his way through a debate and he could still beat Trump – no price is too high to pay. Most, in my opinion, are also not able to assess the huge economic and health costs of a continued shutdown versus the very low death rate from Covid that is emerging, versus what was presented to justify the shutdown in the first place.

YAY! Maybe, just maybe we can crush the idiotic “You have to go to college to not be a loser” conventional wisdom. THAT is one half of the demon destroying higher education. (The other half is progressive religion.)

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to GWB. | May 2, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Did you know that Apple and Microsoft have dropped the college degree requirement for new hires?