Benedictine University enrollment drops by 32 percent

SPRINGFIELD - Officials at Springfield's Benedictine University says enrollment has dropped 32 percent this spring in comparison to last year.

According to Benedictine University spokesperson Nicole Sellinger, only 323 traditional students enrolled at the university this spring, compared to 476 students a year ago.  Total enrollment at the school is 512, compared with 795 students enrolled in the spring of 2014.

Last fall, Benedictine University announced that it would focus more on "nontraditional" students, and would phase out its undergraduate programs.  As a result of the change, as many as 100 staff members and faculty could be laid off.

Additionally, about 150 students will have to finish their degrees at different schools.  However, 68 juniors will have the option to complete their degrees at Benedictine.
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