CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Carbondale's 2017 spring enrollment fell 7.4 percent compared to the previous spring, dropping the student population below 15,000.
This semester's enrollment dip mirrors the decline in fall enrollment reported in late 2016. This is as expected given that spring enrollment is always lower than fall enrollment because of the students who move on after December graduation, Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell said in a statement.
“This means that we held our ground,” he added. “Typically spring semester figures are a direct reflection of what we have seen in the fall.”
Overall, spring 2017 enrollment totaled 14,636, compared with 15,806 students enrolled in spring 2016, the university reported. The university reports enrollment figures 10 days after the start of each semester.
Fall 2016 enrollment declined 7.55 percent when compared with the previous fall.
There were 1,383 students scheduled to graduate in December, which correlates closely with the 1,351 difference between the fall 2016 enrollment of 15,987 and spring enrollment of 14,636, SIU reported.