Enrollment at Youngstown State University is down 4.3 percent, or 654 students, this semester, according to official preliminary numbers released by the university today.
Headcount enrollment – the actual number of individual students enrolled – is 14,540 this semester, down from 15,194 last fall semester.
Full-time equivalent enrollment — a measure that is used in budgeting at both the university and state levels — is also down 3.5 percent.
Because YSU budgeted for a 1 percent increase in FTE enrollment this year, the drop in enrollment means a loss of about $4.5 million in what was budgeted for the university’s general fund. That is on top of a projected $1.7 million deficit already in the general fund budget.
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