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DDN: Wright State enrollment up for first time in several years

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Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State University’s enrollment this semester increased 2.2% from the previous year, the first growth of overall student population since fall 2015.

“We are thrilled that more students in the region and throughout Ohio are recognizing that Wright State provides an affordable, quality education,” said Susan Schaurer, vice president of enrollment at Wright State. “It’s a great return on investment. It is a high-quality degree.”

Wright State had seen an overall decline in enrollment between 2018 to 2022 year over year up until this fall. The enrollment decline forced the university to lay off faculty and staff in 2021. It also led to fewer tuition dollars for the university.

Wright State administrators said 1,713 first-time students enrolled this semester, an 11% increase from the fall of 2022 and the highest number of first-time students since the fall of 2018.

The university noted this is the second consecutive year that the number of first-time students at Wright State increased by more than 10%.

First-time students are students who enrolled in the university for the first time, whether they are freshmen undergraduates, master’s students or in another program.