The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 5, 2013

Enrollment flat at NE Minnesota colleges


The Mankato Free Press

---- — DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Several colleges in northeastern Minnesota say enrollment is flat this year, perhaps because the economy is improving.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is expecting smaller overall enrollment. The College of St. Scholastica expects a smaller freshman class. The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College expects little or no growth.

The Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/184UMpj ) says enrollment at Lake Superior College was down 10 percent in June, so the school took action. Mailings, Facebook reminders and phone calls to previous students who hadn't registered brought that decline down to 3.5 percent.

Lake Superior College spokesman Gary Kruchowski says the height of the recession caused a big jump in enrollment. But now some of the institutions that saw double-digit increases are seeing similar decreases.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com