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College Enrollment

College enrollment is defined as the number of individuals currently pursuing higher education. Higher education in the United States consists of technical colleges, community colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities. The number and characteristics of students enrolled in college vary over time and by type of higher education institution. This entry provides an overview of current trends in enrollment, the factors that affect whether an individual enrolls in any college, and the factors that affect whether an individual enrolls in a specific college.

Current Trends in Enrollment Rates

Traditional college students are high school completers who are between the ages of 18 and 24. Nontraditional college students are typically older students who may or may not have completed high school. Figure 1 shows the age distribution ...

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