The Burning Question: Why did college enrollment drop?

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For years, students have faced ever-increasing competition to get into colleges, but at some schools that might no longer be the case. In fact, more and more often, schools are now finding themselves competing for students.

2012-2013 enrollment numbers dropped two percent from the previous year, the first significant decrease since the 1990s, The New York Times reported on Friday. And those declining numbers are wreaking havoc at lower and middle-tier institutions.

So why is college enrollment dropping, and what does it mean for the future of education in America?

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