MSU Sees Low Enrollment Among Millennials This Spring

Midwestern State University saw a drop in enrollment this spring compared to the same time last year.
The drop this year may put a damper on the school's goal to increase the student population by 2000 by the school's 100th anniversary in 2022.
With less millennials in town, MSU officials look at ways they can bring them back to the area.
 
Nearly 6,000 students enrolled at MSU this spring, a slight drop from the enrollment the same time last year.
One student said it's due to the fact that there is nothing to do in Wichita Falls.
"There's not a whole lot for younger people to do around here. Like I said around the mall it's where most of the restaurants I would visit and most of the attractions I would go to are.... just make it more of an interesting place. There's not a lot going on here. Even just the dog park it's just a fenced in field.... maybe throw a tree out there too, ya know," said Jeffrey White, a senior at MSU. He plans to move back to Dallas where he's from once he graduates.
 
"If we can focus on the millennials, thats gonna help drive the economy. With that, is revitalizing downtown. Millennials want a place where we can walk around. Go from different shops to different restaurants and have a sense of community things to do," said District 4 City Councilor Jesse Brown.
 
From 2010 to 2013, the school saw a huge decrease in enrollment.
That's when officials took on several projects to expand the population.
Including the opening of their new flower mound location near the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The school board approved a letter-of-intent with Parker Assets last August to lease the building which is slated to open later this year.
 
"That will undoubtedly accelerate the growth to some degree. We also think that campus will serve our Wichita Falls campus very well because of the exposure to high school students in that region," said Keith lamb, Vice President for student affairs and enrollment management.
Officials say the decrease in enrollment may be due to the large graduating class in the winter, a number that affects spring enrollment.
 
Last fall, officials said total enrollment went up due to an increase in the number of transfer students. 
The school admitted 27 more transfer students this semester but Lamb says that is not enough to make up for the number of students who graduated in the winter. 
Although, enrollment for spring has gone down, it is still the second highest for the school in the past 6 years.

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