FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After a spike in admission just two years ago, the University of North Alabama is reporting a decrease in enrollment this school year.
University leaders are actively working to regain that student population.
School officials say the decrease came as a surprise, because more freshmen were admitted to the university than ever before. However, with a small freshmen class, several prospective students chose not to study at UNA.
“We`re not particularly alarmed about it,” said University Enrollment Management Vice President, Dr. Thomas Calhoun. “We do think we need to pay attention, but we don`t think we have a trend.”
During the university trustee meeting, Calhoun reported 122 fewer students than the previous school year, with nearly 1,100 fewer credit hours being taken.
Even though fewer students are on campus this school year, university leaders are looking to the future. In the new student commons facility being built now, the entire second floor will be filled with an academic success center. This focus on student achievement is something university leaders hope will encourage students to come to UNA.
“We are making a number of strides for a comprehensive enrollment management, so we not only are effective in recruiting and enrolling students, but that we have the appropriate kinds of supports for them, academically and socially,” said Calhoun.
School officials say there is a silver lining to this enrollment decline in that the retention rate for current student improved by two percent.
University leaders say declining enrollment this fall is being felt at many campuses across the county.
There are about 6,900 students attending class at UNA this semester.