College Enrollment Plummeting In U.S.

Source: Emily Babay /

College students are beginning classes at campuses around the Philadelphia region and across the country.

But lecture halls are starting to have fewer students filling the seats.

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows that college enrollment nationwide plunged last fall, after several years of significant growth. That trend, several reports issued over the past year say, is expected to continue amid a declining number of high school graduates and rising concerns over college costs.

In fall 2012, there were 19.9 million college students in the United States, according to the Census Bureau figures — a drop of 467,000 students from the previous year.

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