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First day YSU enrollment down 3.4%

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - 475 fewer students are enrolled in classes on the  first day of the fall semester at Youngstown State University compared to the start of last year's fall semester. 

University spokesperson Ron Cole tells 21 news that preliminary figures show 13,336 students were signed up for classes on Wednesday, compared to 13,811 on the  first day of  the Fall, 2012 semester.

Cole says the  3.4% decline was expected by university officials. He says that the university will have a final enrollment number in fourteen days after accounting for students who drop out and new students who register late.

In his state of the university address on Monday,  YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn warned that he expected the university to experience a reduction in enrollment for the third consecutive year.  He said that the university loses approximately one million dollars for every one percent reduction in enrollment.

The president said that a four to five percent enrollment decrease for the coming year would translate to a $4 million to $5 million dollar loss, not including the $1.9 million deficit. Dr. Dunn estimated losses in tuition, state and other funding amounts to $16 million in the coming years.

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