Student enrollment at IU Southeast is down 5.6 percent for the spring semester from last year, a common theme among colleges and universities in the greater metropolitan Louisville area.

The university in New Albany is also seeing less students on campus than during the fall semester, but that is not out of the ordinary, according to the school.

Cindy Hess, spokeswoman at IUS, said less bodies are on the New Albany campus during the second semester for a variety of reasons.

“Sometime people don’t make the grades they need to make or they change their minds or decide to sit out (after fall semester),” Hess said.

Across the river at the University of Louisville, spring enrollment numbers have yet to be finalized, but Jenny Sawyer, the school’s executive director of admissions, said she anticipates a slight drop in the number of students, too, from the fall.

“We have more special programs for high school students and institutes during the fall term,” Sawyer said.

Those types of partnership programs often bring in bigger fall numbers, Sawyer added. U of L had more than 21,700 registered for classes in fall 2005.

However, at the Sellersburg campus of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, offering programs to high school students actually helps to increase spring enrollment numbers from the fall.

“We would anticipate by the end of spring, the enrollment will be over 4,000,” said Terry Nolot, executive director of marketing and communications for Ivy Tech.

Although spring enrollment dropped by 5.4 percent from spring 2005, Nolot expected it to rise by the end of the semester.

Since 2000, enrollment at the Sellersburg campus has increased by 70 percent.

Even with enrollment down more than 5 percent this spring from last, Hess said the IUS graduate program is growing.

Most notably are master’s of business administration classes, which have posted a 9 percent growth rate over last spring’s numbers, she said.

So You Know

Spring college enrollment figures

• IU Southeast — 5,670 students for 2006; 6,008 in 2005; 5.6 percent decrease

• Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Sellersburg campus — 3,636 students for 2006; 3,843 in 2005; 5.4 percent decrease

• University of Louisville — Pending, but school officials expect a slight drop in the fall 2005 count of 21,760 students.

— Note: Figures represent all students, not just undergraduates

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