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Undergraduate Enrollment in U.S. Drops 4.9% Amid Pandemic Pause

  • California had the biggest decline of almost 123,000 students
  • The drop was mitigated by a 4.6% increase in graduate students
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Undergraduate enrollment at U.S. colleges declined 4.9% for the spring semester as many students opted to wait out the pandemic.

California led the nation in enrollment loss by total headcount with a decrease of almost 123,000 students, according to data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.