College Insurrection has been covering the issue of lower enrollment at small colleges and large colleges. Now Dr. Susan Berry of Breitbart offers a report with some shocking numbers.

2012 College Enrollment Dropped by Half Million Students

College enrollment in the United States dropped by a half million students in 2012 compared to 2011, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Daily Mail reports that the overall number of college students decreased by 419,000, with the largest drop being in students who are 25 and older.

Enrollment by Hispanic students in U.S. colleges and universities rose, however, by 15 percent from 2011 to 2012. Hispanics now account for 17 percent of the total student population, which is an increase from 11 percent in 2006.

“This increase in the number of Hispanics enrolled in college can be attributed to the combination of an increase in the adult Hispanic population and their climbing likelihood of being enrolled,” Julie Siebens, a statistician for the Census Bureau, said in a statement.

The Census Bureau report, entitled “School Enrollment: 2012,” came as President Obama completed a two-day tour during which he intended to propose ways to “fundamentally rethink and reshape” the higher education system in the U.S.

“We’ve got a crisis in terms of college affordability and student debt,” Obama said during a stop at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “We can’t price the middle class, and everybody working to get into the middle class, out of an education.”

Obama proposed a college rating system that would help students decide which colleges would provide the best return for their tuition money spent.