COLLEGE and University ENROLLMENTS, FALL 2015
Of the 103 programs that responded this year to the fall CCPCR census, 65 have responded every year for the past 4 years. Using those 65 programs as the basis for reporting trends in enrollment, the result is:
1st year Russian: 2012: 2,680 students 2013: 2,592 2014: 2,481 2015: 2,522
2nd year Russian 2012: 1,163 students 2013: 1,217 2014: 1,077 2015 1,065
These data show that, as a whole, enrollments in 1st and 2nd yr Russian remain relatively stable.
To be sure, among these 65 programs and the other 38 programs that did not report 4 years in a row
there are some fluctuations in enrollment. This may be the result of conditions on specific campuses, more than any national trend toward or away from Russian language study. Of the 65 programs that have reported each year for the past 4 years, only 15 institutions reflect declines in 1st or 2nd year Russian enrollment that would be notable for their programs over the past 4 years. The remaining programs are either stable, or in some cases (such as Harvard, Georgetown, George Washington, U.of Chicago), are enjoying increases in enrollment
The end result; enrollments are basically stable, but nothing appears to be fueling a return to increased nationwide interest in Russian language studies.
Prof. (Emeritus) John Schillinger
Committee on College and Pre-College Russian