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Fewer freshmen at MTSU, but transfers offset the decline

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The number of incoming freshman attending classes this fall at Middle Tennessee State University is down slightly, but the decline is offset by an increase in the number of transfer students.

MTSU says 22,766 students are enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, down slightly from 2014. Enrollment at the school has fallen steadily since 2011 when attendance peaked at just over 26,400 students.

However, fears that Gov. Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise initiative might dramatically impact MTSU’s enrollment seem to have been misplaced. The governor’s program offers high school graduates tuition free enrollment at the state’s community colleges and technical schools.

Vice President for Student Affairs, Debra Sells, says the verdict is still out on the Tennessee Promise impact, but says MTSU is pleased with the fall numbers.

“We knew that there might be some impact on that freshmen class of high school students and so we really did go to work very hard on the transfer enrollments and that has obviously has offset what we lost in entering freshmen.”

Sells says the university also saw healthy enrollment increases in the number of international students and graduate students on campus.