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Some small Maryland colleges see large enrollment drops over 5 years

Some small Maryland colleges see large enrollment drops over 5 years

Many of Maryland's smallest colleges and universities have seen steadily declining enrollment over the past five years, in some cases by double-digit percentages, straining budgets and prompting layoffs.

The declines occurred even as overall enrollment in four-year institutions in the state swelled, driven largely by big gains in online students at University of Maryland University College. Nationwide, enrollment grew nearly 1.2 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Small schools around Baltimore were particularly hard-hit. Coppin State University's enrollment fell by 18 percent from about 3,800 students in the fall of 2010 to about...

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