How College Mergers are Meeting the Shrinking Market

After 2 years of the pandemic, undergraduate enrollment has fallen by 9.4%. Up to 40% of prospective students have been delaying their college plans either due to financial strain or a desire for instruction to return completely to in-person methods. In the meantime, college mergers are on the rise. Thousands of colleges are serving a smaller population of students, so competitors are making their exit from the market. Mergers are less traumatic to a campus community than a closure, though the process is not without pain.

Most merger deals involve same-state schools with under 5,000 students. 40% of these are private non-profits. For a merger to happen, each institution’s board of trustees and the colleges’ accrediting bodies have to approve the proposal. While not formally a part of the process, it’s preferable for the merging colleges’ business partners, faculty, and alumni groups to also approve of the plan. In the unusual case of Northeastern University acquiring Mills College in California, the alumni of Mills College filed a lawsuit to prevent the merger from taking place. Concerns that can sink a merger include loss of campus identity, loss of voice for faculty or student leaders, and increased tuition costs.

The College Merger Explosion: Why Colleges are Failing


Haley Lickstein Takes the Lead in Energizing Young Voters with Women Candidates Spotlight During Women’s History Month

Article written by Michael Spinakis. This Women’s History Month, Haley Lickstein is spearheading an innovative drive to energize the younger demographic, particularly Gen Z and millennials, who are poised to form the largest voter groups in the upcoming 2024 elections. Through a fresh campaign, Lickstein aims to shine a light on forward-thinking, pro-choice female candidates […]