WASHINGTON (AP) - Many colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region are seeing a shrinking pool of potential students and tuition dollars.
An analysis by The Washington Post of about 80 schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia finds 50 had fewer students than they did a year ago. And 20 schools have seen declines of more than 5 percent since 2010. Some were down more than 10 percent.
The contraction has hit schools that serve distinctive niches, including historically black universities, liberal arts schools, women's colleges and others.
At St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., enrollment is down 9 percent since 2010. The small school's student count has sunk below 500 students.
Others have seen significant gains, including Liberty University in Virginia and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
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