Colleges and universities will compete for fewer white, affluent students, according to demographic projections. That could drive some tuition-dependent private colleges out of business.
The number of black students is declining too, while the number of Latino and Asian-American students will increase significantly in the next decade. “The nation’s already seeing a sharp rise in first-generation and low-income graduates, reports the Chronicle of Higher Ed.
Some colleges and universities have stepped up recruiting of first-generation students, but most apply to low-cost community colleges.
The number of high-school graduates is projected to drop sharply in several Midwestern and Northeastern states.
Who Will Reach College Age in the Next 14 Years? shows demographic changes, interactively, down to the county level.
Nationally, the number of college-age whites will decline by 14.8 percent and blacks by 8.9 percent over the next 14 years, while college-age Latinos will rise by 13.7 percent and Asians by 14.6 percent.