Enrollment at Hiram College dropped about 5 percent from fall 2011 to fall 2012.
There are 1,293 students enrolled, according to Fall 2012 figures, compared with 1,359 a year previously.
Thomas Ford, director of college relations at Hiram College, said the trend toward dropping enrollment is caused by many things.
"More and more students are finding that they can't afford college at this point," he said.
Ford also attributed the decrease in student population to the declining number of 18-year-olds in the country. According to the 2010 Census, the amount of children in Ohio is declining. In 2010, 15- to 19-year-olds made up 7.1 percent of the population, while the percentage of children ages 10 to 14 was 6.7 percent.
Ford said Hiram College is attempting several ideas to recruit new students and is also implementing strategies to better serve the current students, including adding more online classes in fall 2013. Hiram College currently has a completion degree program in partnership with Lorain County Community College, which allows students who go to school for two years at LCCC to complete their higher education through Hiram College to get a bachelor's degree. Instead of transferring to Hiram, students will be taught by Hiram professors at the LCCC campus.
The program currently allows students to get a bachelor's degree in Accounting or Financial Management and will be adding Integrated Environmental Studies in fall 2013.
Hiram College also has a tuition freeze and tuition guarantee in place. The tuition freeze allows fall 2013 freshmen to pay the same tuition rate that the students in fall 2012 paid. Once enrolled, the tuition guarantee, which has been in effect for about 10 years, means that students' tuition rates will not increase during their education.
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