College enrollment in the U.S. declined for the second year in a row from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the Census Bureau, led by a decline at community colleges.
About 463,000 fewer students enrolled in college in 2013 than the year before, and college enrollment was down 930,000 from 2011.
It seems like two-year colleges were hit harder by the numbers. These institutions experienced a 10 percent enrollment decline from 2012 to 2013, while four-year college enrollments actually increased by 1 percent.
According to the Census statistics, the decrease was split almost equally between students of traditional college age and older students.
The overall enrollment drop is larger than any decline before the recession. From 2006 to 2011, college enrollment had grown by 3.2 million. In that 5-year span, enrollment grew 50 percent more than it had in the previous decade.