CMU sees a decrease in spring enrollment

Freshmen enrollment is down by 13.1 percent from last year, according to the Office of Institutional Research.

Currently 3,097 freshmen are enrolled, 467 fewer than last year. However, there was 16.74 percent more sophomores than last year. Overall, undergraduate enrollment is down by nearly three percent and on campus enrollment is down by two percent from last year.

Freshmen enrollment is down by 11.3 percent from the fall semester.

Enrollment at CMU has decreased since its height in 2010. Since the Spring 2011 semester, freshmen enrollment has declined 22.8 percent and overall campus enrollment has slipped by 8.6 percent.

CMU did experience an uptick in enrollment from the 2013/2014 to 2014/2015 year, but not enough to cover the losses experienced in previous years from the 2014/2015 to 2015/2016.

In the 2014 State of the University address, CMU President George Ross expressed concerns how declining enrollment would affect the university.

“If we drop down to 17,500 students from 20,000 by 2020, that’s a $50 million loss in revenue,” Ross said at the address. “That’s pretty tough stuff. But it’s an economic reality.”

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