Friday, August 15, 2008

MTSU’s summer enrollment drops 7.1% - COLBY SLEDGE, the Tennessean

ummer enrollment at Middle Tennessee State University dropped 7.1 percent from last summer, and school officials are blaming high gas prices for keeping students away. The school's preliminary count this summer is 8,210 students, down from 8,845 on campus and online last year. The decrease marks the third straight summer decline. "The cost of gasoline certainly has been a concern, especially for those who commute several miles," said Sherian Huddleston, associate vice provost for enrollment services, in a university news release. "I expect we will see more students opting for online and other distance-learning methods."

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