Enrollment Forecasting Models at Colleges in the United States and Canada

Topics: Community College, Enrollment Management

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Research Questions

  • What models or methodologies do other universities use to forecast enrollment and retention?
  • What variables do they include?
  • What other planning processes and analyses do college leaders find useful?


This report explores the models and methods that several community colleges in the United States and Canada deploy to conduct enrollment forecasting, both at the institutional and program level. It also details how institutional research staff collaborate with faculty leaders to develop predictions that account for both quantitative indicators and other influencing factors.