Ohio Public College Enrollment Declining

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COLUMBUS — Enrollment in Ohio’s public universities is now on the decline, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Universities saw a spike in enrollment in 2007 after the economic meltdown, but the number of students going to college began to fall in 2012. Last year, statewide college enrollment dropped nearly 6 percent; this year, admissions fell another 2 percent.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio University had the largest growth among Ohio’s 13 traditional four-year universities. The university saw an enrollment increase of more than 4 percent.

Officials say the enrollment decline is due to a number of factors, including a drop in high school graduates, the record number of students trying to graduate before their college moved from quarters to semesters and changes in financial aid.

Many Ohio public colleges are laying off employees due to the declining enrollment and funding. Over the past several weeks, Shawnee State University, the University of Akron and Youngstown State University all announced cuts.

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