Spring enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale declined 8.81 percent from the previous spring semester, according to a news release from the university.

The university enrolled 13,346 students this spring compared with 14,636 in spring 2017.

SIU Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno said the decline was expected.

Enrollment for the 2017 fall semester declined 8.96 percent compared to the previous year.

“Spring enrollment usually corresponds directly with fall enrollment, since new students do not typically enroll in the spring,” Montemagno said in a statement. “Spring enrollment is also typically lower than the fall due in large part to the number of students who graduate in December.

“Enrollment is our primary focus as we revitalize SIU. We are working through proposed changes that will create excitement and opportunities for students as well as faculty.”

— The Southern

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