Enrollment and Retention

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Note from the editor

College enrollment took a hit since the start of the pandemic, but institutions didn't feel the impact equally. Community colleges felt the blow much more deeply, and those that rely on international students and transfer students may have experienced a significant drop-off in their numbers.

Some colleges have attracted and retained students during these difficult times by offering additional support. They've tailored their efforts to provide exactly what different students need. But the landscape continues to be difficult, as evidenced by a concerning drop in first-year persistence rates.

In this Trendline, we look at the pandemic's impact on enrollment and how colleges can ensure students stay on course.

–​ Higher Ed Dive staff

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• Published May 26, 2021

International students face a rocky road to campus this fall

Beyond coronavirus-related restrictions, experts say perceptions of the U.S. as unwelcoming linger, though some institutions will be more affected than others.

• Published June 24, 2021

Last fall saw 'unprecedented' drops in college persistence rates, report finds

• Published July 8, 2021

How 14 private colleges are planning to improve community college transfer

Liberal arts schools and community colleges in Ohio are creating three transfer pathways together. The project's director, Winnie Gerhardt, explains why.

• Published July 20, 2021

Nearly 200,000 fewer transfer students enrolled in college last year, report finds

• Published Aug. 31, 2021

How universities are boosting enrollment and retention

College enrollment took a hit during the fall of 2020, but schools didn't feel the impact equally. Universities nationwide are seeking to attract and retain students during these difficult times by offering additional support and tailoring their efforts for specific student needs.

included in this trendline
  • International students face a rocky road to campus this fall
  • Last fall saw 'unprecedented' drops in college persistence rates, report finds
  • How 14 private colleges are planning to improve community college transfer
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.