Today’s Youth: College? No Thanks.

  • Students are electing to avoid college in the hundreds of thousands since before the pandemic, with many choosing to take jobs amid fears of tuition and debt.
  • What first looked like a pandemic blip has turned into a crisis. Nationwide, undergraduate college enrollment dropped 8% from 2019 to 2022, with declines even after returning to in-person classes, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • The slide in the college-going rate since 2018 is the steepest on record, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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