Colleges: Next Year: 20% More Kids

"When he's ready for college, will college be ready for him?" goes a familiar refrain. Last week the U.S. Office of Education announced that U.S. college enrollment has broken all records for the twelfth straight year: 2,140 colleges and universities now enroll 4,529,000 degree-seeking students, up 7.7% over last year and more than double the total in 1951. And the big crush has barely begun.

Next year the number of 18-year-olds in the U.S. will jump by about 20% —progeny of G.I.s demobbed in 1946. By 1970 this population bulge may well result in 7,000,000 collegians. After that will come...

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