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PRCC spring enrollment down, but hours taken per student up

Numbers of students at PRCC are down, but the number of credit hours are up. Numbers of students at PRCC are down, but the number of credit hours are up.
POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Fewer students are taking classes at Pearl River Community College this semester, but school officials said those students are taking more credit hours.

PRCC president Dr. William Lewis said spring enrollment is down about 50 students compared to spring of 2014.

But, he said those students have signed up for more credit hours.

He expects about 3,800 students to register for classes this semester. Spring registration ended Friday afternoon. 

"Our credit hours generated are at a break-even point from last year, so we feel good about our enrollment situation," said Lewis. "We wish it was a little bit stronger, but in the environment that we have in colleges and universities throughout the country, we feel pretty good about where we are with the spring enrollment," he said. 

Lewis said the decline in enrollment can be attributed to a drop in the number of 18-year-olds in the population and an improved economy, which means more people are working instead of going to school.

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