Enrollment

Fall enrollment

Historically, fall enrollment is the traditional measure of student access to higher education. It represents the number of students enrolled in the fall at postsecondary institutions, and it is connected to national retention and graduation statistics, which are limited to first-time students who initially enroll in the fall term. Because community college students enroll year round, however, annual unduplicated enrollment may provide a more accurate picture of the number of students these institutions serve.