University and community college enrollment falls slightly

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Enrollment fell at Mississippi's eight public universities and its 15 community colleges this fall, with universities declining from an all-time record in 2016 and community colleges falling for the seventh year in a row.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 4:04 PM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 4:34 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Enrollment is falling slightly at Mississippi's eight public universities and 15 community colleges.

Preliminary counts released Thursday show students decreasing 1 percent at universities and community colleges.

Jackson State University is shrinking 10 percent, the most among four universities where the number of students is falling. It's the second year of double-digit declines at Jackson State after a financial crisis led the school to cut back on student financial aid.

The University of Southern Mississippi grew 1.8 percent, the most among four universities that added students. The university says overall enrollment is the largest since 2014.

Mississippi Delta Community College grew fastest among the eight community colleges that added students. Enrollment shrank by the largest percentage at Meridian Community College.

UNIVERSITIES

Alcorn State: 3,753, + 1 percent

Delta State: 3,784, -0.1 percent

Jackson State: 7,709, -9.9 percent

Miss. State: 22,201 +1.5 percent

Miss. Univ. for Women: 2,738, - 1.8 percent

Miss. Valley State: 2,406, +0.9 percent

Univ. of Miss.: 23,258, -2.2 percent

Univ. of Southern Miss.: 14,743, +1.8 percent

Total all universities: 80,592, -1 percent

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Coahoma: 1,911, -5.2 percent

Copiah-Lincoln: 3,123, +0.8 percent

East Central: 2,606, -0.7 percent

East Miss.: 4,086, -1.9 percent

Hinds: 11,833, flat

Holmes: 5,953, -2 percent

Itawamba: 5,280, -1 percent

Jones: 4,649, +0.5 percent

Meridian: 3,298, -6.3 percent

Miss. Delta: 2,423, +3.2 percent

Miss. Gulf Coast: 9,258, +0.5 percent

Northeast Miss.: 3,601, +2.9 percent

Northwest Miss. 7,221, -5.8 percent

Pearl River: 5,011, +2.6 percent

Southwest Miss.: 2,002, +2.9 percent

Total all comm. colleges: 72,255, -0.8 percent

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