May 1 was National College Freak Out Day (aka National College Decision Day), the nationwide deadline for prospective college students to decide where they’re going to go. Although many of Capture Higher Ed’s partner schools will keep accepting deposits — and even applications — for the next couple of months, this deadline gives us a good opportunity to see how our schools are doing.
The answer: very well.
Almost three-quarters of Capture’s partners are on track to surpass last year’s enrollment, some of them by significant margins, like 35 percent, or 47 percent, even 76 percent. Our median school is on track to surpass last year’s enrollment by 7 percent.
This is not the norm.
Most schools decrease in enrollment from year-to-year. According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), college enrollment has been dropping steadily every year since 2010, and only 37 percent of schools saw enrollment increase between 2014 and 2015 (the most recent year where IPEDS data is available).
The median school lost 3 percent in enrollment between those years.
In other words, partnering with Capture means you have a much better chance of making your enrollment class.
John Foster, Data Analyst, Capture Higher Ed