Enrollment drops in Minnesota, Midwest higher than in other states

While I was researching yesterday’s story on how Minnesota enrollment has returned to its pre-recession levels, the state Office of Higher Education analysts pointed me to this recent federal report.

The report, released last week, shows Minnesota has had the ninth-biggest yearly enrollment drop among U.S. states and the District of Columbia since 2011 (see the chart below).

(Institutions that teach students in multiple states are in a separate group called “multi-state institutions.” Their enrollment is not included in the individual state totals.)

The Chronicle of Higher Education touches on the regional angle:

Regional differences were largely due to demographics.

Enrollments dropped by 2.6 percent in the Midwest, 0.9 percent in the South, 0.7 percent in the West, and 0.3 percent in the Northeast, where the large concentration of private colleges drew a welcome influx of out-of-state students.

Eleven out of 12 states in the Midwest saw decreases, largely because of the disproportionate and early drop in the number of high-school graduates. Their numbers peaked in 2007-8, while the other three regions were projected to peak in 2010-11.

States’ Estimated Enrollment
State Fall 2013 Fall 2011 Change 2011-13
New Hampshire 93,599 78,112 16.5%
South Dakota 47,590 45,398 4.6%
Idaho 100,371 96,649 3.7%
Delaware 57,848 56,103 3.0%
Utah 260,802 254,731 2.3%
Connecticut 194,994 193,381 0.8%
Texas 1,439,253 1,431,062 0.6%
Nevada 112,285 112,736 -0.4%
South Carolina 245,117 246,121 -0.4%
Rhode Island 72,284 72,722 -0.6%
Virginia 524,792 529,007 -0.8%
Maine 69,383 70,051 -1.0%
New York 1,177,997 1,191,463 -1.1%
West Virginia 167,194 169,510 -1.4%
California 2,516,524 2,559,423 -1.7%
Kansas 200,219 203,748 -1.8%
New Jersey 413,510 421,196 -1.9%
Florida 1,055,846 1,077,332 -2.0%
Tennessee 314,571 320,979 -2.0%
Massachusetts 467,884 477,423 -2.0%
North Carolina 543,182 555,392 -2.2%
New Mexico 140,512 144,202 -2.6%
Pennsylvania 735,709 755,158 -2.6%
Wisconsin 341,140 350,803 -2.8%
Alabama 286,410 294,853 -2.9%
Missouri 399,669 411,508 -3.0%
North Dakota 54,731 56,359 -3.0%
Washington 333,247 343,300 -3.0%
Montana 54,162 55,945 -3.3%
District of Columbia 74,912 77,652 -3.7%
Wyoming 31,506 32,729 -3.9%
Indiana 386,892 402,850 -4.1%
Oklahoma 202,671 211,151 -4.2%
Nebraska 136,118 141,944 -4.3%
Vermont 41,396 43,201 -4.4%
Georgia 503,452 525,734 -4.4%
Colorado 306,967 320,626 -4.4%
Maryland 370,114 387,487 -4.7%
Oregon 240,920 253,403 -5.2%
Michigan 600,947 633,576 -5.4%
Hawaii 62,253 65,638 -5.4%
Ohio 652,248 689,862 -5.8%
Minnesota 397,330 420,655 -5.9%
Illinois 714,308 758,074 -6.1%
Arkansas 167,154 178,628 -6.9%
Mississippi 168,276 180,310 -7.2%
Arizona 397,718 427,789 -7.6%
Kentucky 258,098 277,688 -7.6%
Alaska 32,623 35,473 -8.7%
Iowa 291,765 327,712 -12.3%
Louisiana 231,959 261,494 -12.7%
Multi-State Institutions 1,027,370 1,263,770 -23.0%
Table measures enrollment of degree-granting institutions that receive federal Title IV funding
  • Guest

    For profit schools highest drop. 9.7% in Midwest mostly due to recent controversy with their practices and gov’t investigations of fraud across US. Schools in news Everest, Herzing, Corinthian, Globe U/MSB etc. Students seem to be finally understanding the decrepit and “we care” about profits mentality that they demonstrate. Good news for their financial futures and wiser choices.