Posted: Sep 13, 2013 7:59 AM
Updated: Sep 13, 2013 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University saw the number of students on its campus increase this fall for the first time in nearly a decade. That ends an enrollment slide that has plagued the university in recent years.
Southern went from 6,611 students enrolled last fall to 6,667 this year.
This year's enrollment increase of 56 students isn't significant by itself, but Southern administrators took the news as a sign they've managed to turn a corner on a campus that has lost 300 to 400 students annually for several years.
Much of the increase is due in part to Southern attracting a much larger than usual freshman class: 1,115 students compared with 743 freshmen who enrolled last year.