Sunday, September 20, 2015

SIU enrollment drop leads to $5.3M loss - Sarah Halasz Graham, the Southern

This fall, Southern Illinois University’s student body is smaller than it’s been in decades. Enrollment at SIU dropped off by nearly 4 percent, or 697 students, this fall, even as the university’s retention efforts appear to be paying off. The enrollment decline, from 17,989 students in fall 2014 to 17,292 this fall, is the latest in a series of dips at SIU since an enrollment heyday in the early 1990s. In 1991, for example, SIU welcomed 24,869 students to Carbondale. This year’s numbers represent a 30 percent decrease from that year.

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