A report from The Washington Post, sent to us by Randy McKnight, from AGM-College Advisors, explains how it is common in the U.S for some Universities to have several empty seats in the Freshman year. Higher education costs or high school drop outs could be the cause. Please read more details in the following article focusing on St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s case.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland joins troubling U.S. trend: Too many empty freshman seats
By Nick Anderson, Published: November 22 in the washingtongpost.com
A growing number of colleges nationwide are scrambling to fill classes, a trend analysts say is driven by a decline in the number of students graduating from high school and widespread concern among families about the price of higher education.
The admissions upheaval at schools ranging from lower-tier colleges to esteemed regional ones, including St. Mary’s College of Maryland, contrasts with the extraordinary demand for the most elite colleges and universities.
Demographics pose a major hurdle for many colleges that market primarily to high school students. The number of new high school graduates peaked in 2011, after 17 years of growth, and is not projected to reach a new high until 2024, according to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Analysts and educators expect that a rising share of incoming students will need major financial aid.
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