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YSU enrollment drops more than expected

Published: Thu, September 5, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



Youngstown State University’s enrollment has dropped more than anticipated, and the drop has budget implications, said a university spokesman.

Enrollment figures show a 3.11 percent drop from this time last year, said Ron Cole, YSU’s communications director.

Last year’s enrollment included 13,825 students, and this year, there are 13,395, Cole said.

The university had anticipated a drop in enrollment of 1 percent, Cole said, and that will affect the school’s budget.

“Every 1 percent decrease translates to a $1 million loss,” he said.

The difference in the anticipated drop and the actual figure, which is 2.1 percent, means a $2.5 million loss, he added.

“We are developing contingency plans,” he said, adding that details about those plans should be available within the next several weeks.

Cole said there are several reasons for the enrollment drop.

“There’s no simple answer,” he said. “There’s a variety of factors.”

“It’s cyclical,” he continued. “For 10 years, it was going up, and now it’s on the downside.”

Cole said a lot of universities are seeing the same cycle.

There also is a lot of competition for students, Cole said, including Eastern Gateway Community College.

This marks the third- consecutive year of YSU enrollment declines.

Cole said, however, the university believes there is positive news in the figures.

The numbers of transfer and graduate students are up, he said.

The school also is seeing a higher quality of student, he added, with ACT scores up.


1handymandave(578 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Quick, raise the tuition again. That's sure to get even more students to go there.

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2willinnyny(121 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The YSU trustees and administration are FAR too socially conservative to attract today's modern and liberal-minded students.

Too many dull right-wingers in charge at YSU turns off young and vibrant students.

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3Southsidepride(3 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

What's amazing to me is the lack of truth demonstrated by this article, albeit from YSU directly or leaving out a few quotes. There is a SEVERE loss of population in this region, and in most rust belt regions and institutions, given YSU is primarily a commuter school, one can only realize the population loss would impact YSU.
Second- YSU refuses to acknowledge they have lost their population due to competition. Competition in the form of Eastern Gateway Community College. Going after a "higher quality" student is really their way of saying, "We lost the displaced worker-population to Eastern Gateway and National College." Again, their heads are in the sand. There is nothing wrong with admitting the truth in order to fix what is broken. As long as they stay in denial YSU will not increase it's population. Also, increasing population and tuition is no longer a viable option in Higher Education. Degrees are different, cost matters to students now... YSU must find an identity of either that of Kent (who did transform into an actual college only accepting higher standard students on their main campus and then created branches to attract the regional population) through creation of Doctorate degrees (I think YSU has one) and higher standards for their employees.
Or YSU must take on the West Liberty State U route- and be the "best value" of an university.

The choice is theirs. If they're willing to admit it. And I do agree to an extent they must clean up the area, for even Wheeling Jesuit is feeling an impact of having a private school in an impoverished region with their students now facing violent crime. In this day where school shootings are a yearly story, brick and mortar schools face closures, rapidly being replaced by online degrees.

Wake up YSU, take over Youngstown, make the city a college town and get your act together.

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4republicanRick(1734 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Wiilie in ny thinks we need more gay students and hipsters. Now that sounds dumb.

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5willinnyny(121 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

YSU could save a few million dollars by cutting out football and focusing on academics for a change.

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6southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like a tuition increase to me...

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