CHICAGO — Freshman enrollment at financially troubled Chicago State University has fallen to 86 freshmen this fall semester.
Figures released Tuesday from the school show the university on Chicago’s South Side has fewer than half the students it did six years ago. The Chicago Tribune reports that about 3,600 students are taking classes this fall, down from about 7,350 students in 2010. Overall enrollment is down 25 percent and undergraduate enrollment is down 32 percent in one year.
The numbers come as the campus deals with a trouble year, at least partly due to loss of public funding due to state budget problems. The school declared a financial emergency in February and about 40 percent of its employees have been terminated or laid off. Academic programs and services have been reduced.