Southern Illinois University Reports Spring Enrollment Drop

Carbondale (AP) — Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is reporting enrollment has dropped more than 5 percent for the spring semester. SIU administrators said Tuesday enrollment for spring is down to 15,806 from 16,684 during spring 2015. Graduate student enrollment fell 11.5 percent, or 420 students, for the period. Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell attributes the decline, in part, to a delay in awarding graduate assistantships because of state budget uncertainty. Administrators said uncertainty surrounding MAP grant funding also impacted enrollment.