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Enrollment dips 5 percent at Hiram

By Rachel Hagenbaugh | Staff Writer Published: February 16, 2013 4:00 AM

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.

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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.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or rhagenbaugh@recordpub.com

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anonymous Feb 20, 2013 3:25 PM

Can anyone tell me if there is still a ratio of allowing so many disadvantage students to attend Hiram free for so many students that have to pay? I know there use to be such a thing.

anonymous Feb 16, 2013 7:57 PM

The Government won't stop abortion because children compete for the same resources that it wants. It would have cost $13 trillion to raise all those children. If those children hadn't been killed there wouldn't have been enough money for the Government and it would have collapsed long ago. So the real choice is between children and Washington. The correct choice is children but the liberals are perfectly content to have Big Government eat the children for them.

anonymous Feb 16, 2013 3:06 PM

Ha! Sounds like that retirement community will be a real winner at a college with declining enrollment. Is their plan to attract new students by telling them they can hang out with all the retirees? What's Chema really up to? No one really knows, but we know **** get his $$$

anonymous Feb 16, 2013 10:55 AM

Abortion is working. During the last 40 years, 55 million babies sucked from the womb since Roe v Wade 1973. It shouldn't come as a shock that the herd is being thinned. What a NATIONAL DISGRACE!!!!