YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Total enrollment is up at Youngstown State University for the first time in five years.
The university reports a significant increase in new students this past fall semester. There are 12,361 students enrolled in this spring semester, an increase of 41 students from last spring’s semester.
It was also YSU’s first semester-to-semester enrollment increase since spring 2011.
Gary Swegan, associate vice president for Enrollment Planning and Management, said the university also expects enrollment to increase this coming fall semester, even thought it has traditionally been on the decline since 2010.
“Over the course of the past two years, we have worked hard to establish a comprehensive and sustainable enrollment infrastructure that we believe provides a foundation for the continued growth of our student population,” he said.
While total enrollment was down 0.7 percent this past fall semester, the university experienced a 13.5 percent increase in the number of freshmen, a 20 percent increase in the number of new students (freshmen, transfer, graduate and dual-enrollment students) and a significant increase in freshman-to-sophomore retention. The university also reported a freshman class with more out-of-state students, minority students and honor students.
Swegen said he believes this can be attributed to the university’s accredited programs and having the lowest tuition among Ohio’s large public comprehensive universities.
“With our quality academic offerings and extensive scholarship and financial aid opportunities, we believe YSU provides the best higher education value in the region,” he said.