Michigan: College Enrollment Numbers Are a Shocker
Michigan college enrollment is declining, but by how much? According to new research released from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, it’s going down a lot. The decrease in enrollment wasn’t just during the pandemic, either. Here are the numbers.
Before we get to Michigan, let’s look at some national trends. Overall, female enrollment declined by 1.2 percent (-118,000 students) while male enrollment grew by 0.4 percent (+25,000 students), according to the study. Also, most of the states follow the same “national trend, with slowing declines, stabilization, or growth over last spring. Both multi-state institutions and primarily online institutions (POIs), which are not included in individual states, regained the enrollments they lost last year, returning to spring 2021 levels.”
Finally, one booming field is computer science. According to the study, “computer science undergraduate programs at four-year institutions reached their highest rate of growth in three years (+11.6%, +62,000 students) in spring 2023. At two-year institutions, computer science enrollments are now above pre-pandemic levels, reversing three years of flat or declining numbers.”
Michigan College Enrollment
Michigan’s colleges and universities experienced enrollment drops four times larger than the average decline in the U.S., according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. In Michigan, spring college enrollment for 2023 dropped 2.2% over 2022. Nationally, college enrollment went down just 0.5% over that same time, so a major difference. As for the hard numbers, overall college enrollment in Michigan for the spring was at 417,216, which is 75,000 fewer students than in 2019. Michigan is currently ranked No. 48 among U.S. states. One bright glimmer of hope is that the rate of decline isn’t as steep as in previous years. In spring 2021, the rate was -6.6%, and in spring 2022, it was -5.1%. Find the full report here.