Education
Change in College Enrollment


Change in College Enrollment

What does this measure?

The change since 2002 of people enrolled in a postsecondary educational institution (college, university, community college).

Why is this important?

Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living, and the rate of students pursuing further education also provides an indirect measure of the strength of the high schools.

How is our county performing?

In 2019, Berks County had a 9% increase in college enrollment since 2002, enrolling over 25,000 students. Among neighboring counties in 2019, Lebanon (-37%) and Schuylkill (-64%) had decreased enrollment, while Lehigh (32%) and Montgomery (39%) counties had increased enrollment since 2002.

Notes about the data

This measure includes students attending vocational schools and 2- and 4-year colleges. Data for this indicator are released annually in November.

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Change in College Enrollment
200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
PennsylvaniaN/A5%8%8%11%13%15%18%26%27%24%20%20%17%15%12%10%7%
Berks CountyN/A10%19%25%28%30%32%39%39%40%37%31%25%22%19%17%13%9%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester CountyN/A-2%2%12%14%15%15%15%19%17%14%12%8%4%3%2%2%-0%
Lancaster CountyN/A8%11%15%20%26%29%-9%-6%-4%-6%-3%-4%-4%-5%-4%-5%-4%
Lebanon CountyN/A3%3%2%3%4%2%-35%-34%-34%-35%-38%-35%-38%-39%-40%-37%-37%
Lehigh CountyN/A21%28%32%35%35%38%42%49%44%38%34%28%25%30%30%33%32%
Montgomery CountyN/A5%11%12%17%19%22%26%34%39%38%29%76%71%63%51%42%39%
Schuylkill CountyN/A2%29%35%35%35%32%83%296%336%175%172%183%115%-40%-39%-58%-64%

Source: Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Notes: Rate is percentage change since 2002.




Number of People Enrolled in Local Colleges
200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania832,104872,949895,459897,859922,486941,825956,534978,6491,046,9781,055,5211,029,375998,982999,010976,541952,875933,499914,163886,725
Berks County23,10125,36827,40728,85829,51830,08530,51932,12132,15632,44931,65430,26328,93428,13527,55227,03326,08325,267
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County28,60828,03629,13231,94832,66932,90832,93632,94434,11933,52732,70131,94230,83329,74529,40929,28529,06728,531
Lancaster County22,47924,36324,89725,85627,08528,35729,08020,45721,07921,46921,22821,70021,48121,53521,35621,66621,37121,531
Lebanon County4,1034,2354,2064,1704,2424,2514,2032,6572,7082,7202,6812,5612,6622,5482,5232,4712,6042,575
Lehigh County17,32621,04822,10422,78623,44123,36223,99624,66625,87725,01823,95423,14322,15521,62622,48622,55422,98822,829
Montgomery County40,25042,26544,52044,97346,92347,90948,98250,70753,75855,95655,70352,00371,03468,87265,62060,64757,10956,008
Schuylkill County2,5092,5523,2363,3973,3813,3793,3044,5949,92510,9426,8946,8137,1095,3921,5171,5201,048915

Source: Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS)




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