I've been wondering how COVID-19 will affect enrollment in US universities. Typically, in economic recessions, which will seem to accompany COVID-19, university and college enrollment tends to go up. Fewer people working generally means more time for going to school. Will this pattern apply to the current situation, at least within the US?
Negative press coverage about universities will reduce enrollment. Disruptions to high schools will reduce traditional-age enrollment. People who are laid off from jobs will be more likely to enroll.
The main action we can take is to communicate to prospective students that we encourage them to enroll as soon as practical. Students may believe education is not available to them. Informing them will reduce the severity of enrollment declines.