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Enrollment Numbers Fall After Record Setting Year

EUNICE - Enrollment for the fall 2011 semester at Louisiana State University Eunice was down over the fall of 2010, according to final regular fall semester enrollment figures released by the university's registrar's office.

Enrollment is 2,982 down from the record-setting enrollment of 3,431 students set in the fall of 2010.

"Over the past five years prior to Fall 2011, LSU Eunice had accrued nearly a 20 percent enrollment increase," said LSU Eunice Chancellor William Nunez. "And, therefore, many of these students who went or returned to college during the initial time of this country's recession have re-entered the workforce once again."

The economic recession facing the state and country produced economic hardship for families trying to send their children to college. LSU Eunice experienced an above average number of students unable to provide down payments on their tuition to keep their registration current while waiting for their federal financial aid to be processed.

"So, clearly, the continuing recession, and the notable impact which it has already had on our impoverished service region, identifies as one of the major reasons for our campus' drop in enrollment numbers," said Nunez.

The dramatic cutback in state funding for Dual Credit has affected LSU Eunice's enrollment for the fall. Cutbacks resulted in an overall loss of about 300 high school senior enrollees at LSUE compared to those registered by the campus last year.

LSU Eunice reported having 1,909 first-time freshman, 613 sophomores (30 plus credit hours) and 460 unclassified students, which include students with more than 60 credits.

Students from 47 parishes are enrolled in LSU Eunice classes, including off-campus classes. Parishes with 20 or more students attending the university this fall are St. Landry, 781; Acadia, 524; Evangeline, 391; Lafayette, 308; Rapides, 169; Vermilion, 103; Iberia, 95; St. Martin, 92; Jeff Davis, 91; Allen, 65; Calcasieu, 58; St. Mary, 35; St. Tammany 34; East Baton Rouge, 34; and Avoyelles, 28.

LSU Eunice currently has 1,472 full-time students (those student carrying academic loads of 12 semester hours or more) and 1,510 part-time students.