Enrollment drops from fall to spring

By Luke Nozicka

The university released 10-day enrollment numbers for spring 2014, and numbers are down from fall’s 17,964 to 16,619; a loss of 1,345 students.

Overall student enrollment has decreased and continues to be one of the lowest enrollment numbers in 40 years.

Enrollment is down from the 18,442 students in spring 2012.


Chancellor Rita Cheng said from fall to spring freshmen retention rate is 86.7 percent, up from the 2012-2013’s 83.1 percent.

“I’m thrilled, we worked really hard to retain the students from fall to spring,” she said. “That goes as well for retention in the future, although we have a lot of work to do.”

Based on the retention percentage, there are 2,229 freshmen still enrolled of the original 2,571 in the fall.

There was a decline of 241 students compared to the spring of 2013, and an increase of 223 freshmen from last year.

Cheng said fall 2013 enrollment was down 3.1 percent and spring 2014 enrollment is down by 1.6 percent.

“We have been catching up,” Cheng said.

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