use matriculating in a sentence.
A quick look for historical data failed, but if you can find the data, the big shift should have occurred with the class matriculating in 1994±1.
Continuing Education offerings are rarely a substitute for the quality of courses they offer to a matriculating student.
Given how often educational institutions have raised their tuition in recent years, I'd love to see them institute a program where they charge a (possibly large) fee to allow non-matriculating adults to audit a course, without limitation or requirement, and use those fees to subsidize enrolled student tuition.
It's unclear how far down the applicant pool you could go before you start allowing in the fundamentally incapable, but I have a hard time believing the current matriculating class size is anywhere near that threshold.
I don't think the type-A helicopter parents who insist on their children matriculating to elite pre-schools/boarding schools/colleges are that way because they expect their child to be the next Mozart.