College Enrollment Set Record in 2008

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Tamar Lewin

10/29/2009 - Almost 40 percent of the nation’s 18- to 24-year-olds in 2008 were enrolled in college, a record number, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Thursday.

The rise was driven almost entirely by a surge in students attending community colleges.

“We have anecdotally got this sense that there’s been this college enrollment boom,” said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at the Pew center who wrote the report, “but now we’ve got confirmation, and we know that at least among young adults, the increase seems to be a two-year college phenomenon.”

“What’s behind this,” Mr. Fry added, “is that we have the biggest pool of young adults we’ve ever had who’ve finished high school.”

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