YSU Spring Enrollment Drop Smaller than Expected

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Enrollment for spring semester is down at Youngstown State University, but the drop is less than anticipated, says the university’s spokesman.

Headcount for the semester that started two weeks ago is 12,315, down 4% from the 12,823 students enrolled during spring semester 2014, according to figures released Tuesday.

“Fall 2014 semester enrollment was down more than 6%, so we anticipated a spring 2015 enrollment decline of about the same magnitude since spring enrollment traditionally closely follows fall,” says Ron Cole, YSU public information officer. “The fact that we are down 4% for the spring is an indicator that we may be on track to begin to stabilize our enrollment situation.”
Full-time equivalent enrollment for spring is 9,566 students, down 3.4% from the 10,002 reported last spring. The projected FTE enrollment for spring semester was 9,486, “so we surpassed that by 80 FTE,” Cole says.

Additionally, while undergraduate enrollment is down 4%, graduate enrollment is up 5.8%.

Positive indicators for the fall 2015 semester Cole cites include significant increases in applications, students accepted and students who have registered for orientation.

“There is work left to be done, but our hope is that we will have a large number of new, incoming students in fall 2015,” he says. “With that, we are anticipating that our overall enrollment, after four years of decline, will begin to stabilize in the fall 2015 semester.”

SOURCE: Youngstown State University.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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