Public University Enrollment in Arkansas Down 2 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 2:56 pm  

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education said Monday that average enrollment at the state's 33 public colleges and universities was down 2 percent from last fall, driven by a 6 percent drop in two-year college enrollment.

The numbers are based on a snapshot of enrollment the department takes on the 11th day of classes. Final enrollment numbers aren't available until after the semester ends, according to ADHE Interim Director Shane Broadway.

"We’ll be able to further analyze enrollment trends when final data is collected at the end of the semester," he said.

In all, the number of students enrolled in higher education in Arkansas was 170,056. The four-year universities reported an average enrollment increase of 0.4 percent and a full-time equivalent enrollment increase of 3.6 percent.

Two-year colleges saw a 6 percent drop in enrollment and an FTE enrollment drop of 5.6 percent.

The department said total enrollment at all Arkansas colleges and universities has increased by more than 3 percent over the last five years.

Among the universities reporting enrollment increases was:

  • Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, up 4 percent to 11,385 student.
  • University of Central Arkansas in Conway, up 3.8 percent to 11,534.
  • The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, up 3.3 percent to 25,341.

Two-year schools with the highest increases include:

  • College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, up 6.1 percent to 1,498 students.
  • Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, up 3 percent to 2,039.
  • Cossatot Community College of the UA, up 2.6 percent to 1,575.
  • Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and ASU-Newport had an increase of 2.3 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively.
  • UA-Morrilton had an increase of 0.2 percent.

The department also said private schools reported an average enrollment decline of 2.9 percent. FTE data was not available for those schools. Arkansas' nursing schools, Baptist Health and Jefferson School of Nursing, reported an average increase of 16.6 percent.



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