- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Nicholls State University’s enrollment is projected to decline for a fifth straight year, but officials are cautiously optimistic that it is about to turn around.

President Bruce Murphy tells The Daily Comet (https://bit.ly/1IWh6VA) he expects around 6,050 to 6,100 for the fall semester, about a 14 percent drop from 7,096 in 2010.

Official numbers will be released after the 14th day of class on Sept. 3.

Murphy’s strategic plan is heavily focused on increasing enrollment to 8,000 through priority programs.

Murphy says the goal is to increase enrollment by more than 500 in Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management, more than 300 in the Culinary Institute and more than 170 international students, besides increasing enrollments for Nicholls Online and out-of-state students.



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