By Denise Dick
Youngstown State University is downplaying a 3.8 percent decrease in spring enrollment.
“Spring enrollment is a reflection of the fall,” said Ron Cole, a YSU spokesman.
This year’s spring enrollment of 13,698 students is down from last year when 14,253 students were enrolled. Spring 2010 enrollment was 13,837 students.
From 2000 until last year, YSU’s spring enrollment increased 31 percent.
Fall 2011’s enrollment also decreased from the previous fall.
YSU reported that enrollment for fall semester dropped 4.3 percent, or 654 students, from the same time in fall 2010.
The number of students enrolled fell from 15,194 in fall 2010 to 14,540 last fall.
Cole said the university expected the spring decrease.
Generally, spring’s enrollment is about 92 percent of fall enrollment, he said, pointing out that the percentage is slightly higher this year.
“Enrollment always goes down from fall to spring and that’s not just here, it’s all over the country,” he said.
He said Jack Fahey, vice president for student affairs at YSU and Fahey’s staff have been developing strategies to try to increase enrollment.
Late last year, television advertisements began airing touting the univeristy and its offerings.
Spring enrollment at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus in Champion, meanwhile, saw a nearly 7 percent increase from last spring, increasing by 208 students to 3,255. This marks the third-consecutive year KSU-Trumbull saw a spring enrollment increase.
The spring 2012 number tops the previous high from fall 2011 of 3,207 students. Spring marks eight straight semesters of increased enrollment at the Trumbull campus.
“I think what makes our campus most attractive to the student population is our outstanding faculty,” Kent-Trumbull Dean Robert Sines said in a news release. “More than 90 percent have earned a master’s degree or Ph.D and our small class sizes afford our students to forge one-on-one relationships and gain a truly personalized learning experience.”
Eastern Gateway Community College is still compiling its spring enrollment figures and may release them later this week.