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Looking Ahead to Future Enrollment and Degrees in Virginia Higher Education

by Elizabeth Liverman | Jul 16, 2015

For Immediate Release: 07/16/15

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will consider the “Preliminary Report on Enrollment Projections and Degree Estimates” at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 21st at 9:00 a.m. in Richmond. The projections are supplied by the colleges and universities and serve as a key planning tool for the Commonwealth. 

Last year Virginia’s public and private institutions enrolled approximately 442,300 undergraduate students. The preliminary enrollment projection for 2021 is approximately 475,000, an increase of more than 7%. Regarding degree estimates, Virginia’s colleges and universities expect to award more than 75,200 associate and bachelor’s degrees in 2021, which represents an almost 7% increase.

“The Virginia Plan for Higher Education has set a target to award an additional 1.5 million degrees and workforce credentials by 2030,” says SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “These projections serve as important benchmarks to make sure Virginia stays on track.”

Council also is expected to take action on measures, targets, and indicators associated with the Virginia Plan for Higher Education, for the Commonwealth’s strategic plan. These tools provide Council with ongoing information about progress toward the plan’s four goals.

On Monday afternoon, July 20, SCHEV will hold meetings of the Academic Affairs and Resource and Planning Committees. To see the full agenda and meeting details for Monday and Tuesday please contact SCHEV.

SCHEV is the coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. Together with stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, SCHEV advances postsecondary learning, research and public service through the Virginia Plan for Higher Education,

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at or (804) 225-2627.

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