Adult learner enrollment keeps sliding, new data shows

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

The number of students who are older than 24 and enrolled in college declined by 2.7% to 6.2 million in the fall of 2019, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.  The adult student population has been declining since the fall of 2011, and it contributed to the continued downturn in college enrollment this year.  The decrease in adult students occurred across all institution types: public and nonprofit private four-year colleges, public two-year colleges and private for-profit four-year institutions. Students in the traditional college-age range of 18 to 24 are expected to enroll at higher rates than their older peers in the coming years.

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