CUNY’s Enrollment Drops Continue Amid COVID, BC Follows Suit

BROOKLYN COLLEGE–Enrollment in colleges nationwide has dropped throughout the pandemic and CUNY colleges are no exception. Community colleges like LaGuardia have undergone steep declines, with Brooklyn College and other senior colleges following suit.

As of press time, Brooklyn College’s total enrollment this spring stands at 14,313, a figure that noticeably dropped from last fall semester’s 15,938 total enrollment, according to BC’s Institutional Research and Data Science. The ongoing trend has persisted since the university’s move to online learning back in March 2020, where preliminary data showed a total enrollment of about 17,000 students. In comparison to the pre-pandemic spring 2019 semester, this current spring term represents approximately a 17% decrease, according to Richard Pietras, Brooklyn College’s Media Relations Manager. To address the ongoing drops and competitive admissions process, Brooklyn College staff and faculty have engaged in a five-year strategic enrollment plan, Pietras explained in a statement to the Vanguard.