YSU enrollment down 3.1 percent

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Youngstown State University suffered a 3.1 percent enrollment decrease for the fall 2013 semester, school president Randy Dunn said.

Dunn, in his first months as YSU president, said the decrease will cost the school about $2.5 million. Students enrolled for the fall semester sits at 13,395 which is about 430 less than last year.

Dunn previously said the school was anticipating a decrease and said it could be as high as 5 percent. The school originally believed they would suffer a 1 percent decline.

“One of the things we’ll work on this year, particularly is looking at how we market ourselves across the entire catchment area,” said YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn. “We recruit trying to refresh our presence in the backyard in Northeast Ohio if you will.”

Dunn said while the overall number is down, other areas at the university are picking up. Graduate school numbers are up by 5 percent with 1,202 students, compared with 1,156 in 2012.

YSU reported the numbers Wednesday, the 14th day of the semester, as required of all public colleges and universities.

Dunn previously said no cuts or changes have been finalized and will explore options after the official  enrollment numbers are counted.

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