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Archive for July, 2009

Fall Enrollment Numbers Look Promising

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Admissions deans at private colleges have been worried that the recession would mean a decrease in enrollment this fall, but according to a new survey by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, it looks like most schools will maintain or even slightly increase enrollment.  Many colleges kept tuition increases to a minimum, and increased financial aid and merit scholarships, in order to remain competitive with public universities.  Some schools also accepted late applications.  Admissions officers at many colleges are trying to minimize “summer melt” by continuing to reach out to students who have submitted enrollment deposits, hoping that regular contact will keep them committed to the school.  These steps probably account for the fact that about 74 percent of responding colleges are not projecting a decline in enrollment.  The problem is that many of these schools will have a tough time continuing the enhanced financial aid/scholarships and minimal tuition increases after this year.  If the recession lingers, the fears about falling enrollment will likely become reality at some colleges.