Why did American college enrollment rise early in the Vietnam War? 

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The only reason for college enrollments to rise during the Vietnam War was the fact that men wanted to avoid the draft.  During the Vietnam War, there was a draft through which all men had to make themselves available for military service.  Many men did not want to get drafted and have to go fight in Vietnam.  One way to avoid having to do this was by going to college.  There were, at that time, draft deferments that enabled men to get out of being drafted if they went to college.  This is why more men started going to college during this time.