UNA expects enrollment drop for fall | Education – Alabama News

UNA expects enrollment drop for fall | Education – Alabama News

FLORENCE — The fall student count at the University of North Alabama is expected to dip when the semester enrollment freezes Friday.

Preliminary numbers show 25 fewer students enrolled in the current semester than the same semester last year.

Ron Patterson, UNA’s vice president over enrollment management, said there are 7,388 students enrolled in at least one course at UNA. That is compared to 7,413 last year.

There is a chance this year’s number could go up — or down — in the coming days. Patterson said that during the weekend, students with an unpaid balance were “purged” from the system.

“We are weeding out students who haven’t paid their full tuition bill and their balances yet,” he said. “We realize those students may come back in between now and Friday.”

The loss of students appears to be in the freshman class.

Last year, UNA had its largest ever freshman enrollment. The early enrollment numbers show 71 fewer freshmen students this semester — 1,089 compared to 1,160 at the same point last year.

University President Ken Kitts has previously said enrollment projections could “break your heart” because of the unpredictable nature of student counts.

The university this summer reported enrollment indicators — especially those for first-year students — looked positive. However, a bump in that number did not materialize.

University officials understood after two years of surging enrollment, repeating that feat would be difficult. In 2015, UNA reversed four consecutive years of falling enrollment, topping the 7,000 student mark for the first…

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