College enrollment declined by close to half a million (463,000) between 2012 and 2013, marking the second year in a row that a drop of this magnitude had occurred, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics from the just-released Current Population Survey. The cumulative two-year drop of 930,000 was larger than any college enrollment drop before the recent recession. (The Census Bureau began collecting data on college enrollment in this survey in 1966.)
Census Bureau Stats Show Big Drop in College Enrollments
However, much of the decline is in two-year, not four-year, institutions.