Enrollment at public colleges and universities across Ohio may be decreasing, but at Heidelberg University, it is trending in an upward direction.
A preliminary report released by the Ohio Department of Higher Education indicates overall enrollment at public institutions has dropped 5.9 percent statewide since last year, according to a recent article in the Associated Press.
While Heidelberg is a private institution, the same economic factors are at play as colleges and universities increasingly compete for a smaller pool of college students, said Lindsay Sooy, vice president for enrollment management at Heidelberg.
For the fall semester, Heidelberg’s enrollment increased by about 70 freshmen over the previous year, and transfer student enrollment is up as well, Sooy said.
The Dayton Daily News newspaper, according to the AP, attributes the enrollment decline, in part, to changes in federal financial aid that means fewer students are eligible. Economic conditions have forced some potential students to choose work over school, the Daily News said.