Jackson State University’s fall 2019 enrollment decreased 3.2 percent from fall 2018. This year’s enrollment of 7,020 declined by 230 students from the previous fall figure of 7,250.
The dip reflects a nationwide trend among colleges over the past eight consecutive years, according to recent data by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
However, President William B. Bynum Jr. said the university is pressing ahead to increase enrollment through affordability and offering more online courses.
“We are optimistic that the University will recover from its enrollment decline with the implementation of the out-of- state fee reduction. JSU drastically reduced this fee from $11,000 to $1,000 per year in an effort to bolster enrollment. As well, we’re projecting more student applicants as the university improves its online infrastructure and adds more courses for traditional and nontraditional students.”