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Enrollment Growth Slows

Enrollment Growth Slows

Digested from RealPage

Despite a national decline, three schools still saw strong enrollment growth in the 2017 school year.

After growing at a 1.3-percent clip in each of the previous three years, enrollment grew an average of 0.7 percent over the fall 2016 semester among the 175 universities tracked by Axiometrics, a RealPage company.

“Slowing enrollment growth overall can be attributed to a number of factors, including a strong job market, decreased federal financial support for tuition and changes in enrollment demographics and the perception of value of a college degree,” wrote RealPage’s Alma Pena.

Pena pointed to three schools— The University of Texas at Arlington, Georgia Tech and The University of Northern Colorado—still enjoyed strong enrollment growth.

Overall, larger schools enjoyed more enrollment growth as institutions with the enrollment of more than 30,000 saw 1.5-percent average growth. Schools with less than 20,000 students saw 0.2-percent average enrollment growth in fall 2017, while schools between 20,000 and 30,000 students saw 0.6-percent average enrollment growth.

“Stronger growth at universities with larger enrollment occurs mainly due to the larger institutions’ ability to conduct larger marketing campaigns and broader recruiting efforts,” Pena wrote. “They also receive more federal and local financial support and benefit from well-known educational and sports programs.”

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