Jun 14, 2022 - News

Arkansas sees drop in college enrollment

Percentage change in undergraduate enrollment
Data: National Student Clearinghouse; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Arkansas had the sixth-highest decline in undergraduate enrollment between 2019 and 2022, with only Alaska, Missouri, Michigan, Vermont and New Mexico seeing sharper drops, according to National Student Clearinghouse.

Context: College enrollment has been on the decline over the past decade, but the pandemic accelerated the trend, raising concerns about a possible generational shift in attitudes about higher education, Axios' Erin Doherty reports.

By the numbers: Arkansas saw a 14.2% drop in undergraduate enrollment from 2019 to 2022, going from about 138,800 students to 119,000 students.

Yes, but: The University of Arkansas still had its strongest enrollment ever in fall 2021.

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