YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The freshman class at Youngstown State University has nearly 300 fewer students than last fall's class.
The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports (http://bit.ly/1vgRdrX ) that preliminary enrollment is down 6.5 percent from last year, but officials say the new class is the strongest academically it's ever had.
The new class has 1,717 students. They have an average grade point of 3.12, compared to 2.97 in 2013. Their average ACT score is 21.05, compared to 20.48 last year.
Gary Swegan, associate vice president for enrollment planning and management, said the decline was partly due to the university's change from an open-enrollment to an open-access university. That change to no longer accept every student took effect this fall.
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel was officially installed as the university's president on Monday.
Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com