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A Back to School Special Report on the Baby Boom Echo: No End in Sight (August 19, 1999)

The Baby Boom Echo:
No End in Sight

Setting New College Enrollment Records

Our nation's colleges and universities also are setting a new national enrollment record. In 1999, 14.9 million Americans will be studying in our nation's higher education system. College and university enrollment will jump 10 percent in the next 10 years and an increasing majority of college students will be full-time students. Enrollment is projected to increase by 1.5 million between 1999 and 2009 and comes at a time when many colleges and universities are already at full capacity and becoming more selective in their admissions processes. Continuing a 20-year trend, the majority of these students will be women.

The projected enrollment increase in our nation's high schools, coupled with the fact that two-thirds of all high school graduates now go directly to college, will only increase the competition that American high school seniors already face to go to the college of their choice. Some college applicants already feel stranded on waiting lists, and a growing number of colleges and universities are adopting the unusual approach of admitting young people not just in the fall semester but in the spring and summer semesters as well.


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Last Updated -- August 19, 1999, (smj)