Higher education won’t be the same after this. Schools are already worrying about lower enrollment.

Campus Reform reports:

1 in 6 say coronavirus has changed their plans to go to college full-time

A new poll shows one in six high school seniors who had planned to go to a four-year college in the fall are reconsidering in light of coronavirus. The poll was released around the same time that Moody’s Investor Service downgraded the economic outlook for the higher education sector from stable to negative.

The poll, conducted by Art and Science Group LLC, surveyed 487 students who are set to graduate high school this academic year. The findings show that young people are actually “highly engaged” with coverage of the pandemic, with 90 percent of those polled saying they keep themselves updated with “at least one daily headline of the pandemic.” Ten percent of that group say they check in at least hourly.

One out of six students say their plans to attend a four-year university have changed due to coronavirus, with 35 percent of those students now planning on taking a “gap year” rather than starting their college career in 2020. Another 35 percent say they will go to school only part-time.

Thirteen percent of those whose plans have been upended said they “don’t know” what their college plans are now.


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