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YSU enrollment drop slightly less than anticipated

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University's enrollment decline isn't as severe as it appeared to be last month, but student numbers are still down for the fall semester.

The university is reporting a 3.1% decline in student enrollment this fall, after initial tabulations showed a 3.4% drop on the first day of classes.

There are currently 13,395 students compared to 13,825 last year.

YSU spokesman Ron Cole says reasons for the decline could include competition from other institutions such as Eastern Gateway Community College. Cole also points out that there are fewer people graduating from high school in the area, reducing the pool of available college recruits.

In his state of the university address last month, YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn said that the university loses approximately one million dollars for every one percent drop in enrollment.

However, the university reports that the number of graduate students is up 3.98%. 1,156 graduate students enrolled last year, compared to 1,202 this year.

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