COVID-19

Stay Informed with the Latest Enrollment Information

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment

September 1, 2020

Beginning in mid-March 2020, many colleges across the U.S. shifted to online-only learning almost overnight. Currently, due to the uncertainty caused by a resurgence of the coronavirus and the challenges of responding to quickly evolving logistical concerns, institutional leaders and students alike are faced with difficult decisions that must be made with a lack of reliable, up-to-date information.

Recognizing the urgency of COVID-19’s impact on students and institutions, the Research Center’s Stay Informed series tracks outstanding college enrollment trends in near real time during the COVID-19 era. It delivers enrollment data dashboards each term, starting with summer 2020. The dashboards are updated monthly using the latest enrollment data available in the coming months and years.

To highlight unique enrollment patterns that are attributable to the pandemic, the two most recent years (2018 and 2019) serve as baselines (see Methodological Notes for more details).

Summer Enrollment (May-July 2020)

Community colleges, for-profit institutions, males, and Black students suffered most from the online-only summer sessions in 2020.

Among the nearly seven million students enrolled at 2,300 colleges in May-July 2020, growing college enrollment gaps were uncovered.

Summer Enrollment (May-July 2020)

Navigate details for different institutions and students using the tabs at the top of the dashboard.

Download the Methodological Notes (pdf) and read the Press Release

Target Release Schedule

FALL 2020
Sept 17, 2020*
Postponed until Sept 24 for expanded public sector coverage.
Oct 15, 2020
Nov 11, 2020
Jan 19, 2021
SPRING 2021
Feb 16, 2021

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